Pumpkin Everything, Part One: Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

August 12, 2015

DSC01529When I logged in to WordPress today, I knew it had been awhile. But…I didn’t realize how many whiles it had been!

Tsk, tsk. Slacker! My excuse? Check out what we’ve been up to around here over the past two weeks:
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  1. Completing many yard projects we’ve had on our to-do list for over a year. Victory!
  2. A trip to Kennewick for my grandma’s surprise 70th birthday fiesta, complete with a mariachi trio (chalkboard pictures to come).
  3. A trip to Seattle for my friend Micaline’s birthday…and lots of baby snuggles too!
  4. Celebrating our first wedding anniversary by watching Mike conduct for closing night of Seussical at Spokane Civic Theater.
  5. A trip to beautiful Lake Sutherland (in Port Angeles, WA) to visit my grandma, aunt, uncle, and cousins (and eat delicious food).
  6. My first wedding chalkboard job, thanks to my for hire page and post (more pictures to come)!
  7. Planning and executing my ten year class reunion with my friend Rachel.
  8. Finally organizing the mother lode…our walk-in master closet (post to come).

Okay, now I don’t feel like a slacker anymore.

I clearly have so much to share with you, but first, I have to share a fun baking project from this morning.

Yesterday, my mom posted a pumpkin sugar cookie recipe on my Facebook timeline that just looked absolutely to die for…especially because it’s August. I once read that, for teachers, the month of August is one long Sunday night. If you’ve ever had a case of the “Sunday Saddies” (as my sister affectionately refers to them), take that feeling, multiply it by 31, and throw in a few very scary first day of school nightmares for good measure. Yikes!

How do I survive this month, you ask?

Well, pumpkin everything, of course.

In the hysteria spirit of pumpkin everything, I made the mistake of saying, “I’m going to make pumpkin cookies!” to Mike this morning. He was excited…and so was this girl.
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Photo Credit: Sierra Perrins

…and that face? It’s really, really cute. So, naturally, Denali got pumpkin cookies first! I promise to tell you all about the human pumpkin cookies Mike and I enjoyed in my next post (yes, Mike got his cookies too).

For now, let’s whip up some delicious treats for our favorite furry friends!

Before I dive into the recipe, I have to tell you: the ingredients in this recipe are not only delicious, but also really healthy for dogs.

  • Pumpkin: soothes a puppy’s upset tummy
  • Honey: aids digestive health, boosts energy, and helps alleviate allergies
  • Oats: nutritious, calm nerves, aid digestion, balance hormones
  • Peanut Butter: good source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins
  • Eggs: good source of protein, vitamin D, calcium, and choline

Need more convincing? I didn’t think so! Let’s try it.

Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups gluten-free flour*
  2. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon*
  4. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  5. 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter*
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine dry ingredients (2 cups gluten free flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, & 1 tsp cinnamon) in a large bowl. Mix and set aside.
  4. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 2 eggs, and 1 tbsp honey until smooth.
  5. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, gently folding with a spoon. Use clean hands to mix together the last bits if needed until a ball of dough forms.
  6. Roll out dough to 1/4 - 1/2" thick.
  7. Use cookie cutters to cut out biscuits and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Biscuits will not expand during baking, so they can be as close together as you like!
  8. If desired, use the tines of a fork to decorate your creations.
  9. Bake biscuits for 15 minutes in your 350 degree oven. Flip biscuits and bake for another 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven! Don't forget to let cool completely prior to feeding your pooch!
  11. Store in airtight container.
Notes
  1. *Regular all-purpose flour can be used if your dog tolerates wheat (many dogs are gluten sensitive)
  2. *Cinnamon (which dogs love!) is non-toxic for adult dogs, but should be avoided for puppies
  3. *Make sure your peanut butter is low in sugar and doesn't contain xylitol (toxic to dogs)
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DSC01515DSC01518DSC01520DSC01521DSC01524DSC01530DSC01534Hold up…check out that human pumpkin cookie on the right! Think it looks tasty? Well, it really is. Stay tuned for more deliciousness in the next installment of Pumpkin Everything!

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