I have been itching to make some dog treats for my dog, Shadow. I am pretty sure he’s allergic to gluten so I have a hard time finding grain free treats that won’t break the bank. I discovered this allergy a few years ago. He was constantly rubbing his ears on the carpet and I had no idea why. I finally asked the vet and they told me to change his food to grain free. So we did, and he stopped the ear rubbing. Perfect!
I did a lot of searching on Pinterest and came up with this recipe. A lot of them called for whole grain flour, so my plan was to make some for my sister’s dog, Payton and give them to her in a dog treat canister that I was going to list on Etsy. But then I felt terrible sending them all home with Kelly and Payton so I gave some to Shadow. So I found some rice flour in my pantry from my gluten free kick. Originally I wasn’t going to put peanut butter in them but Kelly asked if they had peanut butter in them because her dog LOVES peanut butter. So I threw some peanut butter in the recipe for Payton. So these are Payton’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin treats!
*1/2 cup of canned pumpkin filling (NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING!)
*4 tablespoons molasses
*1/4 – 1/2 cup of water
*2 tablespoons vegetable oil
*1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter (make sure your peanut butter does not contain Xylitol. I used Skippy – no Xylitol)
*2 cups rice flour (you can use whole wheat flour if you’re not concerned about the gluten aspect)
*1/4 teaspoon baking soda
*1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-Preheat oven to 350.
-In a medium bowl, combine all wet ingredients (pumpkin filling, molasses, 1/4 cup of the water, vegetable oil, peanut butter)
-Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder)
-Mix all together – I started using a whisk and that was a giant fail so I used a wooden spoon. This is also when you can add more water to make it like a sugar cookie dough. It’s about another 1/4 cup of water.
-Drop them onto a cookie sheet lined with foil (makes clean up a breeze) in tablespoons. You can do fun cookie cutters (you will have to roll it out onto some of the rice flour – it’s what I did. But I don’t use a rolling pin. I use the palm of my hand) or just drop them by the tablespoon and flatten them out with a fork.
-Bake for 25 minutes, until hard.
-Lay on a cooling rack to cool before packaging.
This made about 42 treats. I used the letter “O” cookie cutter that I had.
Pumpkin can actually help soothe a dog’s stomach, which I am all for with my dog.
When my sister came over, she mentioned the house even smelled good! My dog devoured these. He had 3 today. They are crunchy which is nice and it takes him about 1 minute to get through one which is very long for him – it usually takes him about 20 seconds to get through anything and then he’s asking for more.
Crazy story – my sister was over and got a call from her friend who watches her dog – her dog had bolted. So she bolted out of the house to go home and help find her. They found her, thank God, and my sister sent me this text that night…
Ha! I swear this wasn’t staged! We love that little Pey-tee. 😉
Here is the listing for the jar! Lots of color options