Monday, 17 October 2016
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{RECIPE} Harvest Pumpkin and Rosemary Dog Truffle Treats


Homemade truffle dog treats on a wooden table with drawstring treat bags

Packed with harvest flavours and healthy add-ins, these truffle-style homemade dog treats are very easy to make and pretty doggone healthy too.

No-Bake Harvest Pumpkin and Rosemary Dog Truffle Treats


3/4 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
2 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
3 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
1 tbsp dried parsley (optional)
1 tsp dried rosemary (optional)
approximately 1/3 cup coconut flour

Thoroughly mash/puree the pumpkin and stir in the coconut oil.  Add the ground flaxseed and herbs, then mix in the coconut flour. Add a little extra coconut flour or water if needed to adjust consistency to a nice sticky dough - precise measures can vary depending on the liquid in your veggies and optional add-ins. The coconut oil will firm-up when chilled, so this dough may feel slightly wet and crumbly when warm.  Press into small bite-sized balls and refrigerate until firm.

Dalmatian dog eating a homemade truffle dog treat

Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated for consistency and food safety (read more about making homemade chilled dog treats).  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.
  • Parsley and rosemary can both be healthy herbs for dogs (check out Modern Dog for more about dog friendly herbs).  My dogs love the smell of rosemary and seem pretty keen on the taste too.  Make sure that you chop to a suitable size for your pet, if needed.
  • 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 fiber, 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 hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, explore from our DIY Dog Treat Recipes navigation page 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.
 
Homemade truffle dog treats on a wooden table with drawstring treat bags

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