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To celebrate National Baking Week we decided to share some healthy recipes perfect for our furry friends. The refreshing frozen nibbles of summer have long gone and it’s time to get baking some yummy warming treats. With Halloween just around the corner you might be thinking about carving a few pumpkins with the family, but do you have anything planned for the pulp?
Well, you could make some Peanut Butter and Pumpkin treats…
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Bone-appetite Treats
- 225g of pumpkin puree (made from your pumpkin pulp, without the seeds)
- 125g peanut butter (dog-friendly with no xylitol or palm oil)
- 175g oat flour (just blend some old-fashioned oats in a food blender)
- Preheat the oven at 180°C and line a cookie tray (or 3 if you have them!) with greaseproof paper.
- Then, you’ll need to mix all the ingredients, you can do this by hand or using a stand mixer. If the mix is too sticky you can always add a little more oat flour.
- Roll the dough until it’s about 6mm thick (this way you get the most out of your mixture) and use your favourite cutters to punch out some shapes. If you don’t have any cookie-cutters then just use something like an eggcup. Repeat until all the dough is used up.
- And finally, bake for around 15 minutes. Then just let the treats cool and pop them into an air-tight container and store in a cool dry place.
And voila! The best thing about these Bone-appetite treats is that you can enjoy them, too! If you run out of sweets for the kids on Halloween you can always serve these bikkies, they’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Howl-a-ween Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Balls
If you don’t fancy baking you can always have a go at making some no-bake pumpkin and peanut butter balls for your dog, instead. These are perfect to make with little ones!
- 125g of peanut butter (dog-friendly with no xylitol or palm oil)
- 150g raw pumpkin (sliced, diced and deseeded)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 200g of old-fashioned oats or porridge oats
- Grab a large bowl and mix all the ingredients together apart from 40g of oats.
- Then you’ll need to roll the mix into doggy-sized balls. There’s quite a lot of mixture so get everyone involved!
- Roll the balls in the remaining oats so they look a bit nicer.
- Get someone to clean the dishes for some pocket money.
- And serve to any drooling doggies.
You’re able to keep these balls in the fridge or freezer, so they’re super handy to whip up if you run out of shop bought treats.
Scarily Simple Kitty Cookie
- 1 can of tuna, drained
- 100g oat flour (just blend some old-fashioned oats in a food blender)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 heaping tablespoon of catnip
- Preheat the oven at 180°C and line a cookie tray with greaseproof paper.
- Add all the ingredients into a food mixer and blend until smooth.
- Roll the dough into small balls and pop them onto the cookie tray, you can use a spoon to help you with size. Use your finger or a fork to press some shapes into the kitty cookies.
- Pop the tray in the oven and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes until they’re slightly brown.
These can be stored in the fridge for around 7 days. That’s a whole week of yummy treats for your cat. Just perfect!
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