Wednesday, 7 October 2015
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{RECIPE} Harvest Pumpkin Dog Truffle Treats

Whether you are looking for a harvest treat, planning a little something special for your dog's Halloween, or simply looking for a new (and health conscious) homemade recipe to try, these truffles are a hit!

Homemade pumpkin truffle dog treats flax crumb coating

Pumpkin Dog Truffle Treats


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

3/4 cup pureed cooked pumpkin 
1/8 cup (2 tbsp) coconut oil, warmed to liquid 
A sprinkle of turmeric (optional for added colour and scent/flavour)
1/2 cup coconut flour
Optional: ground flax seed mixed with panko breadcrumb (can substitute or use a GF alternative) for rolling
   
🥄 Making the Treats: 

Combine the pumpkin puree and coconut oil in a mixing bowl. 

Mix in the turmeric (optional), then incrementally add the coconut flour and mix thoroughly. Add a little extra coconut flour or oil/water if needed to adjust consistency to a nice sticky dough - precise measures may vary slightly depending on the liquid in your puree and chosen flour.  

Roll into small bite-sized balls, coat in the crumb and flax mixture (can use an alternative coating or leave plain), and refrigerate until firm.

Homemade pumpkin truffle dog treats in a bowl on a polka dot table cloth

Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated for consistency and food safety.  They can be frozen for longer storage, but defrost in a cool area, preferably in the fridge, so that they remain firm. Coconut oil will re-liquefy at warm temperatures, which can result in squishy treats.
  • I like to cube up and oven roast a whole pumpkin/squash, then freeze the cooked pumpkin for ready use.  Its a great way to add quickly that sweet roasted pumpkin goodness not only to dog treats, but also our human means (pizza, wraps, pasta...).  Cooked pumpkin is also great to have on hand in the event of upset dog tummies.  
  • If it is sold in your area, you can substitute pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling) and play with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency. Ready-made puree is usually wetter than home cooked mashed/pureed pumpkin.
  • Coconut flour is a good option for gluten-free / grain-free pet treats, but is also a fairly healthy choice outright. It is high in fibre, high in protein, and low-GI relative to alternatives. Coconut flour is very absorbent, which is key to getting a nice consistency and balance in these treats.

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

Happy Thanksgiving this weekend to our Canadian readers! We wanted to share this all-purpose pumpkin recipe early for those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, but we have some more absolutely pawesome Halloween dog treats prepped, taste-tested, and ready for posting over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! 

Homemade pumpkin truffle dog treats on an autumn leaf patterned place mat

 

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