My friend Anda, beautiful soul and photographer extraordinaire, just adopted this absolutely adorable little Cocker Spaniel puppy named Ruby. When I met Ruby, needless to say, I fell completely in love ?!! So, obviously, since I usually cook for the ones I love, I promised to bake her some delicious homemade treats? Miss Ruby now has close 1,000 followers on Instagram, that’s how adorable she looks!
It turned out that, after I brought her puppy the treats, my friend Anda gave ME an even bigger gift: she took these AMAZING pictures of them! Really, isn’t she a fantastic photographer? Oh and by the way, she’s also the one to credit for my own pictures on this blog. You should go see her website, it’s definitely worth your time 🙂
While doing my research about how to create the best puppy treat for my new furry little friend, I learned that many dogs are allergic to wheat and corn, so it’s a good idea to try an alternative flour. Brown rice is a great source of manganese and a good source of selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and niacin (vitamin B3). It is also rich in fiber and protein so it seemed like a perfect option as a base for these puppy treats. If you know that your dog is fine with wheat, you can substitute the brown rice flour in the recipe for whole wheat flour as it is easier to find and generally less costly.
According to Cesar Millan, famous and trusted dog trainer and specialist in anything related to the canine race, pumpkin puree (the natural kind) is a “miracle food” for dogs as it is good for “both diarrhea and constipation”. As well, the egg added in this recipe will give your pup a beautiful shiny coat. As for the peanut butter, well, most dogs go absolutely crazy for that treat. However, I learned that it’s really important to use the natural, salt, sugar and xylitol free kind (the latter is very toxic to dogs).
This recipe is adapted from different websites that I have been visiting, none (that I saw) are exactly the same but many are very similar.
Dog owners are usually absolutely crazy about their little furry friend, and for a good reason! So, even if you don’t have a dog, why not start making these home-made dog treats as gifts for your friends & family’s pups? It’s certainly a gift that they will appreciate.
- -1 1/4 cups brown rice flour
- -1/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
- -1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter (no sugar added)
- -1 large egg
- -Pinch of salt
- 1.Preheat oven to 325 F.
- 2.In a bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin puree, and peanut butter until smooth. Add the flour and salt and mix with your hands to form a stiff, dry dough.
- 3.Dust your work surface with a little brown rice flour and knead the dough into a rough ball. Roll between ¼ inch thick. Use any cookie cutters you like to make the biscuits. Re-roll and cut any scraps. If you’d like, use the flat side of a wooden skewer to poke 3 little indentations about half-way deep into each treat.
- 4.Place treats onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (they won’t spread so you can put them fairly close to each other). Bake about 18 minutes, then flip each treat over and bake an additional 5-8 minutes, until the treats are golden and dry.
- Let cool and store in an airtight container.