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Well, I’m not waiting until next year to bring you these homemade pumpkin dog treats. I’m helping you save space in your pantry. There’s an extra can of pumpkin puree in there somewhere, isn’t there?
With Sora’s surgery and cancer treatment taking up so much of our time, energy, and emotion, tending to the blog fell off the radar over the past couple of months.
Luckily, dogs have no idea that the pumpkin spice craze is seasonal and they’ll enjoy these treats any time of the year.
Days before Sora was to have her surgery, I reached out to my friend Hannah, and asked for her expert advice on selecting a . She replied right away and helped me select a few options that would arrive in time for Sora’s surgery. With 4 weeks in a cone, there was no way we were going to subject her to the plastic Cone of Shame.
I was super grateful for her help and wanted to send a little gift for her own dogs, Maggie and Orbit (they have a fantastic Instagram account, follow along if you don’t already).
Maggie has been battling some sort of allergies, so I wanted to create a treat that was not only vegan, but also grain-free to reduce the risk of a reaction for her.
Most of us have probably given our dogs pumpkin filling when our pups come down with tummy issues. I’ve also since learned that pumpkin is high in Vitamins A and C, both of which are super important for dogs recovering from cancer treatment, like chemotherapy. They also aid in vision health and boost the immune system, respectively.
In addition to the benefits from pumpkin, these homemade dog treats are also packed with a host of other goodies like:
- Chickpea flour, an easily digestible protein high in folic acid, potassium, and fiber, and a good source of iron, magnesium, copper, vitamin B6, and calcium, among others.
- Coconut flour, which is high in fiber, protein and lauric acid, which boosts the immune system response.
- Low amounts of high-quality Blackstrap molasses contain calcium to help fight osteoperosis, vitamin B6 for digestion of fats, and chromium, which may reduce the risk of diabetes.
Sora went crazy for these homemade pumpkin dog cookies! She wasn’t too thrilled that I gave most of them away to Maggie and Orbit, but did I save her several.
Homemade Pumpkin Dog Cookies
These homemade vegan and grain-free pumpkin dog treats are packed with tons of healthy ingredients like chickpea flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, and molasses. You may even want to eat them yourself!
- 1 flax egg 1T ground flax seed + 3T water
- ¼ cup Blackstrap molasses
- ½ cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
- 1 T coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup of water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups chickpea flour
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the ground flaxseed and water and set aside to gel for 10 minutes while you get the remaining ingredients together.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flax egg, molasses, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, water, and cinnamon until combined.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir together until a soft dough forms.
- Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, place balls onto the cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a fork.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until hard like a biscuit, but not burnt.*
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.
* If the cookies are starting to brown too much, turn the oven temperature off and leave the cookies in the oven to continue cooking at a lower temperature and check on them frequently. If they are on their way to burning, take them out of the oven, but leave on the cookie sheet to continue cooking a bit longer.