Homemade Peanut Butter- Pumpkin Dog Treats

Happy Wedneday, friends! Half way through what I hope is a great week for all of you. Did you have a fun Cinco de Mayo? Or at the very least a taco-filled Taco Tuesday? I certainly hope so. Today, I wanted to highlight the furriest member of our family- sweet Tica! Those of you who know me in real life know that calling me a “crazy dog lady” is an understatement. Ha! Anyway, today I’m going to share a recipe of a different sort- Homemde Peanut Buttter- Pumpkin Dog Treats.  I originally found this recipe (via Pinterest) on the website Brit + Co., and gave a few little tweaks before whipping up a batch for my fur-baby. If you guys have a pup, I hope you’ll give them a shot.

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Homemade Peanut-Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Ingredients:

-1 cup pumpkin puree (I used canned, unsweetened)

-2 eggs

-1/2 cup oats

-3 cups flour or choice (I used 1/2 whole wheat, 1/2 brown rice)

-4 heaping tbsp peanut butter

-1/4 cup ground flax seeds

Method:

-Preheat your oven to 350*

-In a large bowl, mix whisk eggs, pumpkin, and peanut butter until well combined. Make a well in the center, and add oats & flour to the bowl.Mix well.

-Turn dough out onto a floured cutting board or countertop. Roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness.(*if dough is too sticky dust with more flour) If you have a favorite small cookie cutter, feel free to use that. I cut the dough into about 2 inch wide strips, then cut each strip into small triangles.

-Place on a baking sheet (or 2 if needed) prepared with parchment or non-stick foil. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden and brown at the edges.  Allow to cool on pans (treats will harden as they cool). Store in an airtight container. *

*note: this makes a large batch, and as there are no preservatives in them, I recommend freezing half.

Tica absolutely loved these treats and gobbled them right up.  As you can see from the note above, I recommend freezing half, or in this case we shared some with our doggy neighbors.I plan to try a few different variations (Peanut butter-banana next time? one with some low-sodium chickenbroth? Maybe an apple-cheddar variety?). I love knowing exactly what I’m feeding her, and also, these save a ton of money (we go through a lot of treats over here, mkay?).

In addition to doing some canine baking, I also had a lot to get done for my current challenge group, and also squeezed in a workout of my own. Today was my favorite day of the 21 Day Fix Extreme– Pilates! It focuses a lot on the core which I love, and I had never done pilates with a resistance band before so I love the challenge of it.

Do you guys like pilates? I find people seem to either love it or hate it. As for me, I fall on the side of LOVE!

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