Monday, 3 October 2016
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{RECIPE} Pumpkin and Salmon Dog Treats

Homemade pumpkin and salmon dog treats in a drawstring treat bag

These pumpkin and salmon treats are packed with healthy goodness.  Our dogs LOVE their fish treats and the strong smell is simply irresistible. Our "Stinky Pinky" treats were a doggy hit, so we decided to create an adaptation that stretches the salmon into a much bigger batch of treats that are still stinky and fishaliscious using the healthy addition of delicious and nutritious pumpkin. Yum!


Pumpkin and Salmon Treats (Large Batch)


1 large (210g) tin of water-packed salmon, undrained (can substitute tuna if you wish)
1 cup of cooked unseasoned pumpkin
1/4 cup ground flax (optional)
2 tbsp kelp powder (optional) 
Approximately 1+1/4 cups rice flour plus extra for rolling

Preheat over to 180C. Mix together your pumpkin, salmon, and optional add-ins until finely pureed and very well combined (a food processor works very well).  In a large mixing bowl, incrementally add the flour to your wet pumpkin/salmon mixture until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency. The amount of flour required may vary depending on your individual salmon/pumpkin mixture and any optional ingredients, so working the flour in incrementally is important. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of water, a small drizzle of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. Roll, cut, place on a prepared baking tray, and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes (less for small treats).  Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven.  Cool before storage and serving, and these are best refrigerated or frozen for longer storage.

Step-by-step making pumpkin and salmon dog treats
Homemade pumpkin and salmon dog treats spilling out of a drawstring treat bag

Tips and Tricks:

  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, ingredient/ambient temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • Tuna is an easy substitute in lieu of salmon if you prefer.
  • Rice flour is a great option for making a smooth rolling dough.
  • Stinky is delicious!  These are best baked on a day when you can open a few windows. Hehe. :) As noted in our recent post on keeping a (mostly) clean pet-friendly home,  if you're a coffee fan, popping your used coffee grounds into the still-warm cooling oven after your stinky treats are baked really does help and they're still good-to-go for your garden/compost afterwards. 
  • These treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 

Dalmatian dogs eating homemade pumpkin and salmon dog treats

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Homemade pumpkin and salmon dog treats spilling out of a drawstring treat bag

1 comment:

  1. Great reader question via email on how to get a crunchy little circle treat, so I thought I'd share my reply here too. :) Here it is:

    I usually aim for a rolled thickness of around 1/2 to 3/4 cm depending on the dough. Any thicker than that and it might be to thick for your plungers to work freely. The thinner the treat the quicker it bake and easier it is to dry for crunch.

    Baking time depends on the dough and temperature. Unless I'm trying really hard not to brown the edges or have an extra sensitive dough, I bake most treats at 180C so tiny treats would usually be done in around 8 minutes, give or take. You can press to check for firmness or watch for the edged to start to brown.

    Since most healthy homemade dog treats don't have much fat or sugar, which give our human cookies snap once cooked and cooked, removing moisture is the way to make treats crunchier, much like a cracker. I like to bake normally and then dry. To do this, any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out. Totally optional, of course! For the small circle plunger treats, I usually find just leaving them to cool in the oven with the door ajar does the trick nicely since they have lots of surface and not much middle. You can do a quick snap-test anytime, and they will be their crispest after they are cooled to room temperature.

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