This is a recipe for a healthierlow calorie dog bone with peanut butter and pumpkin.
Does this look like strawberry pie…. no it does not. I suffered photo failure. Somebody (me perhaps) forgot to take the pictures of the strawberries. So the doggie biscuits jumped ahead. And we get to do another strawberry pie out of this opps… ohhhhh darn.
Our golden Jake has had issues. The last two years have not been kind to Jake. First he was hit with a hereditary eye disease that lead to complete blindness in-spite of two major eye surgeries. A blown ACL with major surgery for that (a special thanks to the MSU vet school) and now a partial ACL on the other knee. So with the lack of exercise and people feeling sorry for him (us), he has gained an extra 25 pounds. I guess we are lucky he is not diabetic.
So now we count doggie calories. His big Milkbones were 120 calories each. These are 30 calories and he loves them. I took an Allrecipes recipe for Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats. I increased the pumpkin and got rid of whole eggs in favor of egg whites just to decrease the calories.
Rating: 5 Paws way up
Notes: I decrease the cooking time slightly to keep them softer for his senior teeth. The original recipe called for 40 minutes but many dog bone recipes call for 15-20 minutes and I did 30. These are firm but can be broken by hand. Since it is a dry dough, I’m very happy I started in the stand mixer. It earned it’s keep on this recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 convection.
Add 1/2 of a 14 oz can of pumpkin to 4 egg white, 1/4 cup water, 3 T peanut butter, 1/2 t salt and 1/2 t cinnamon. Turn on the mixer and combine until well mixed. I used the dough hook and it took a couple of minutes. Now slowly add 3 cups of whole wheat flour with the mixer on 2. You will need to add a little more water to get all the flour incorporated. For me it was another 1/4 cup. Again this is a very dry dough.
Place the dough on a cutting surface, cut into 4 equal pieces. Roll into logs of 1 inch diameter. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. I got 61 bones.
Prep 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper and distribute the biscuits evenly. Bake for 30 minutes for semi hard.
December 7 2013