This dog, right here:
He is THE pickiest eater you will ever meet! In fact, up until I began making these treats, he had never eaten a fruit or vegetable. You know how some dogs are super easy and you can give them a piece of their kibble as a treat, or maybe a crunchy baby carrot? Not this guy! I tried them all: green beans, apples, spoonfuls of pumpkin. You name it, he couldn’t get away from it quicker. He’s strictly a freeze-dried meat kinda guy.
I decided to make homemade treats for a doodle gathering last year, and had no idea they’d be such a hit! I did a quick internet search and combined a few different recipes I found. I had no clue that Charlie would actually like them! A win for me, a win for him, and a win for all the doodles who were in attendance!
This recipe is super quick, easy, and (apparently) delicious.
1.5 to 2 cups Coconut Flour
1 can Pumpkin (make sure it’s just pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix)
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Peanut Butter (I use the Trader Joe’s brand with only peanuts in the ingredients)
I also add a few pumps of fish oil just for the health benefits, but this is optional
Somebody know’s that all of this is for him:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, then mix all ingredients into a mixing bowl. I usually mix with a wooden spoon, then use my hands when it becomes difficult. If it feels a bit too wet, add up to a 1/2 cup of coconut flour.
I spread a bit of coconut flour on my counter and roll out the dough. If the dough is juuust right, then it shouldn’t be a problem, but sometimes it’s easier to spread it out by hand for an even consistency. I have found that it is easier to work in batches, so I separate the dough into fourths. Once you flatten the dough you can begin using your cookie cutters.
Once you cut out your shapes, place the treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you want, use a kebab or toothpick to puncture holes into the treats. They may seem fragile, but once they are baked they keep their shape pretty well.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until they are browned on the edges. Allow them to cool before you serve! Enjoy!
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Have you made your own doggie treats? Share your recipes below!
Stephanie is the proud “pawrent” of her fur baby, Charlie aka @Charliegoldthedoodle. Charlie and Stephanie enjoy adventures all around Atlanta, whether it’s by land or by water. She loves taking Charlie on special visits as he is a certified therapy dog. Charlie has inspired Stephanie to take up photography, which comes in handy as she loves documenting all their adventures to new places.