pumpkin oat dog treats.

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I think it’s safe to say that we’re all still in the throes of pumpkin and/or pumpkin spice madness, right?

I know that every time I go to the grocery store, I inexplicably leave with at least one can of pumpkin puree. My pantry is on pumpkin overload, so I figure it’s time to share a few recipe featuring everyone’s favorite fall flavor while we’re still in the month of November.

Let’s be real: we all know that once December hits, we’re dropping pumpkin like a bad habit. Don’t deny it. I bet you’re already looking forward to wintry flavors like peppermint, eggnog, and gingerbread. It happens. No hard feelings, pumpkin.

But let’s try to use up some of the pumpkin puree we’re been hoarding give pumpkin it’s due, while it still feels right.

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I had half a can of pumpkin puree sitting in the fridge the other day, and I decided to make the pups some dog treats. I like making treats for my dogs, because I know exactly what goes into them and they don’t contain and strange chemicals or preservatives. Plus, the boys genuinely seem to enjoy them, which is incentive enough for me to keep making them!

These dog treats are packed full of wholesome flavors that dogs are pretty obsessed with: pumpkin, oats, bananas, chicken stock, and applesauce. There’s no added sugar, no egg, and you can use oat flour or another gluten-free flour to make these treats grain free, if your pup has sensitivities to grains.

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These treats are chewy, which is great because a) it keeps pups occupied for more than .05 seconds, and b) the treats don’t crumble into a dusty mess wherever they’re enjoyed. I’m not exactly a fan of finding random dog biscuit crumbs say, on my pillow, or on the couch, or on top of the pile of clean laundry I haven’t gotten a chance to put away yet. I’m lazy sometimes. It happens.

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So this Thanksgiving, keep table side begging and guilt-inducing puppy dog eyes to a minimum! Bake up a batch of pumpkin oat treats for your favorite furry friend to enjoy while you’re tucking into turkey and gravy. Our dogs, Paddington and Winston, went pretty bonkers over these wholesome, chewy treats, and I’m sure your pup will love them, too! You will definitely be rewarded with plenty of puppy kisses, and that’s something to definitely be thankful for.

Be warned, though: your pups are bound to try and sneak seconds, like Paddington. With treats this delicious, they just can’t help themselves.

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Pumpkin Oat Dog Treats

Yield: 25 large or 50 small dog treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 cup pumpkin puree

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup whole rolled oats

2 tablespoons chicken stock (homemade is best!)

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour, plus extra for rolling out dough

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, with a rack in the center of the oven.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed banana, pumpkin puree, applesauce, and chicken stock. Using a silicone spatula, mix well until combined.

Add the rolled oats, and stir to combine.

Add the flour, a ½ cup at a time, stirring to combine. A soft dough will form, and be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl and incorporate the flour completely.

Dust a wooden cutting board or work surface liberally with flour and turn the dough onto the floured surface. Sprinkle the dough with flour and pat it out lightly with your hands.

Dust a rolling pin with flour and roll the dough out to ½" thickness.

Cut out the dog treats with the cookie cutter of your choice, being sure to flour the cutter often so it doesn't stick to the dough. Re-roll the scraps and continue with the cookie cutter until all of the dough is used.

Transfer the cut out dog treats to the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1-2" of space between treats on the sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. Turn the oven off, and allow the treats to sit in the oven for 3-4 hours until completely cool. This will give the treats a chewy texture that dogs love!

Transfer the cooled dog treats to an airtight container, and store in either the pantry or the refrigerator.

The dog treats will keep, stored in an airtight container for up to 6 months in the fridge or 1 month in the pantry.

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adapted from The Daily Puppy

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    alexandra @ sweet betweens blog — November 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I love that these treats are chewy! I make treats for our pack fairly often but they usually either turn out soft [like a muffin consistency] or crunchy. Looking forward to giving these a go, as I think we’ve got everything needed! [Though I might swap out beef stock for chicken. Don't think the dogs will mind much! :)]

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