Celebrate fall with your dog with these adorable Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats
Just like humans, most dogs love autumn! The weather is cooler for longer walks and which puppy can resist a jump into a large heap of leaves ?! Help your dog celebrate the fall with banana and pumpkin treats.
Is pumpkin safe for dogs?
Pumpkin is a puppy favorite! Not only does most dogs love the taste, it is high in fiber and can aid in digestion. Since it is also low in calories, it is a good choice if your dog needs help with weight management. To prepare these treats, you can use natural canned pumpkin puree (no added sugar or other additives) or make your own. It's actually quite easy to prepare pumpkin puree yourself. With the holidays just around the corner, why not make a big party and freeze what you do not have at hand for pumpkin pie?
Although pumpkin is a safe food for dogs, it is always best to talk to your veterinarian before you feed your dog's diet with human food.
How To Make Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats
These treats are a breeze! Start by mixing your "wet" ingredients (pumpkin puree, banana and egg). Then slowly add flour to your mixture. Use the flour you want. If you want to keep these treats grain-free, almond or coconut flour is a good choice. Depending on which flour you use, you will need 2 to 2 1/2 cups of flour. The dough should be similar in consistency to a sugar biscuit mix. Next, fold in the oats.
Once you have made your dough, shape it into ping-pong balls. Lightly smooth the dough balls between your hands and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently squeeze on any treat with a fork (similar to making peanut butter cookies). The fork marks are not necessary, but they make the treats look more pumpkin-like. Finally, add a green bean as pumpkin stew to every treat.
Bake your treats at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until the edges start to brown. If you have a small dog, you can make smaller treats and reduce the baking time.
Now your fall-loving dog can enjoy a pumpkin treat while enjoying a pumpkin treat … maybe this pumpkin spice smoothie.
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Curious, what other fruits and vegetables is safe for dogs? Find out here.
Share a photo of your dog enjoying these homemade treats and tag us on Instagram @theproducemoms. Happy autumn!
* Always talk to your veterinarian before adding new food to your dog.
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