Valentine’s Day Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

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While enjoying all of your Valentine’s goodies this year, make this easy dog treat recipe to show your furry friends how much you love them!

While many festive dog treats are sold in stores, it is important to be careful when looking to purchase these items. Like “human treats”, these decorated treats are not always the healthiest options for your pets. They oftentimes are packed with a long list of ingredients; sugars, poor quality grains, preservatives, and inexpensive unhealthy fats. There is also a risk that purchased treats may be beyond their expiration date. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, allergies, dental problems, or is very young or very old, these are all factors to keep in mind!

These treats are not only incredibly easy to make, but also pack-in the nutritional value so you can feel good about the treats you are giving to your pup! Peanut butter contains healthy fats, and pumpkin puree and flax seeds provide fiber to keep digestion healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup unsweetened peanut butter

  • 1.5 cup flax seed meal

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin puree and peanut butter until well combined.

  2. In ½ cup increments, add flax seed meal and whole wheat flour.

  3. When the dough begins to become dry and crumby, transfer onto a floured surface and knead until well combined.

  4. Roll the dough into a ½ inch thick sheet and use cookie cutters to make your desired treat shapes.

  5. Transfer treats onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 350-degrees for 15-20 minutes until the treats are golden brown and firm to the touch.

  6. Cool at room temperature, and let your pup enjoy!

  7. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6-months.

Recipe yields approximately 100 small/medium-sized dog treats.