Man’s best friend has that name for a reason. Dogs are our companions, confidants and our biggest fans. My two furballs Jozi and Cupar make my day everyday (sometimes for the wrong reason – like when Jozi digs up my garden) none the less our lives would not be the same without the wagging tails, the excited faces, the face licks and the dog walks. They are our children and we love them.
My dogs require a little persuasion on our daily walks to listen and behave appropriately. This persuasion and bribery technique is in the form of edible treats (they are Labradors after all). I really hate giving them the processed treats you buy at the shops – who knows what is in them (I know a lot of salt and preservatives and flavourants) so I decided to start making my own – it is a lot more cost effective and I know that these are really nutritious and good for my beloved dogs. The pumpkin is super tasty and low in sugar, the peanut butter is super tasty (please get the sugar and salt-free version as sugar and salt is really bad for dogs) and the parsley helps freshen their breath.
They do take a while rolling and cutting the shapes out but this recipe makes a lot of biscuits!!! What I like to do is make them all and then freeze them in batches so I can pull them out when I need them – they do not last forever (as they are preservative free) so I find defrosting them when I need them a lot easier.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 70 biscuits
1 cup puréed pumpkin (place cubed pumpkin into a glass bowl with half a cup of water and cover the bowl with cling film – microwave for 7 minutes – remove from microwave, drain and let cool. When cool blitz into a fine paste – measure 1 cup)
2 heaped teaspoons of sugar and salt free peanut butter
1 Tablespoon finely chopped parsley
2 cups of whole wheat flour (plus extra for rolling)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. Place the pumpkin, parsley and peanut butter in a bowl and mix well
3. Add the flour and baking powder and mix til a dough forms – depending on the consistency of your pumpkin purée you may need to add a little bit more flour than suggested to get a dough consistency.
4. Roll the dough out and cut your desired shape out with a cookie cutter , before placing on a baking tray prick the dough with a fork.
5. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes
6. Remove from the oven and let cool
7. Spoil your dogs (but don’t let them eat all at once 😉 )
You can freeze the dog biscuits frozen or cooked