I admit it, I am a terrible cook. I can make a few things but it takes a lot of effort not to ruin a meal so whenever I look for recipes I try to find ones which are simple. I made my own dog treats once with varying degrees of success, depending on who you ask, but I really wanted to try and find something for Halloween with a pumpkin twist my dogs would love. And which I couldn't ruin.
Here are three recipes I've found which I think my dogs will enjoy and yours might too. There's even a grain free recipe for dogs, like Christopher, with intolerances to certain foods.
Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats (2 Ingredients!)
Our first recipe comes courtesy of The Pop Gnomes. The ladies have shared lots of different recipe ideas for people and dogs, inspired by Olive. This has to be one of our favourites because it only has two ingredients with two additional ingredients optional.
For it, you will need:
1 -1 1/2 cups of Pumpkin Puree
2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour
Mix the flour and pumpkin puree together. Once mixed, add a little water if the mix is too dry. Once you're happy with the consistency, roll out keeping a good thickness to it as it won't rise when baking. Then, cut into shapes.
Bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350F / 175C or until you see them brown.
Watch the ladies explain in more detail how to make them:
Pumpkin Muffins for Dogs
Our second recipe is for those more cooking capable than I am perhaps, but looks great all the same and comes courtesy of Homemadedogtreatsnow.com
For this you will need:
½ cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup quick cook oats
1 tablespoon Coconut oil
½ teaspoon Vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ginger
¼ cup water
Homemadedogtreatsnow.com like to begin with preparation, so set your oven to the right temperature and lightly grease or spray a mini muffin tin ready for your batter mix.
Then, begin by placing the oats into a blender or food processor and set to blend/pulse until the oats are about half powder.
Once they're done, place them with all remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir until just mixed. Then, fill your already prepared muffin tins 2/3 full with the batter.
Finish by sprinkling some oatmeal on top of each muffin to give them a bit of a crunch.
Bake for 15-16 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350F / 175C until tops are golden brown.
When muffins have cooled, you can store in your fridge for up to a week or freeze them for 3 months.
Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats
These treats are inspired by Christopher, who has a sensitive stomach and we often can't feed him more than his basic diet and one select type of treats which have no additives, gluten or wheat.
Knowing he, and others have various intolerances I wanted to find a recipe suitable for all and this recipe, found on ACozyKitchen.com looks great.
Photo Credit: ACozyKitchen.com
For it, you will need:
2 1/2 cups garbanzo flour
2 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
And you can expect around 16 treats.
Begin by preheating your oven to 300F / 148C.
In a bowl (the site recommends medium sized) add the garbanzo flour, peanut butter, eggs and pumpkin puree. Mix together until completely combined.
The dough should be sticky, so have flour ready to sprinkle on your hands, rolling pin and wax paper, as well as your chosen cookie cutter.
As soon as you are floured up, transfer your dough to the floured piece of wax paper and roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Then cut out the cookies using your selected cookie cutter (the site does also say if you'd rather not roll out, then you can scoop the mix onto the baking sheet and flatten with a spoon).
Once all of your mix has been cut, shaped and is ready to bake, transfer them to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Once they're cooled to room temperature, your own GBBO canine judge can give you their own opinion (let's hope for no soggy bottoms).
These cookies will keep for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
Well, that's me baked out and rather hungry! I know which recipe we'll be testing this weekend, how about you?