Gluten Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treat Recipe

Perfect for dogs who can’t eat gluten, this recipe combines pureed pumpkin with coconut flour for a treat that’s easy on the tummy.


Who says that gluten free can’t be yummy? Not us, that’s for sure! Just look at our Gluten Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treat Recipe. Coconut flour and pumpkin puree come together in this delicious cookie that’s easy for dogs to digest. Add in some peanut butter and flax meal, and you’ve got one happy dog on your hands!


Gluten Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treat Recipe

Makes 20 cookies


Ingredients:


1 cup coconut flour


1/2 cup peanut butter


1/2 cup pumpkin puree


1 teaspoon cinnamon


1 egg


¼ cup flax seed meal


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Mix until combined.
  3. Line countertop with 1 sheet of parchment paper. Take a fist-sized amount of dough and place in the middle on the parchment-lined countertop. Tear off another sheet of parchment paper and place onto of dough ball. Use a rolling pin to gentle roll out the dough – the parchment paper will help keep the dough in one piece.
  4. Roll out dough to ½ to ¼ inch thickness and cut using cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets.
  5. Repeat step 3 and 4 until all the dough is used up.
  6. Place cookies in oven for 20 minutes, until lightly brown.
  7. Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 2 hours.
  8. Store in air tight containers, and keep in fridge or freezer until needed.


Benefits of Pumpkin for Your Dog


Not only is pumpkin gluten-free, but it also provides many great benefits. If you aren’t already incorporating pumpkin into your dog’s diet, you will start after reading this! A well-known staple during the fall season, pumpkin is packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, and E, fiber, and potassium.


Each of these nutrients contributes positively to your dog’s health and well-being including promoting better eye health, boosting his immune system, optimizing his digestive system (and providing relief from digestive upset), and providing a source of hydration. Pumpkin is a low-calorie but very filling ingredient, making it a great option for dogs that are trying to lose weight. This is why it is often seen as an ingredient in dog treats! Who says that weight loss means that your dog can’t enjoy anything fun?


When selecting pumpkin puree for your dog treats, check the can to ensure that it is plain pumpkin puree and not a pre-mixed pumpkin pie filler. The spices included in pie fillers can upset your dog’s stomach, canceling out any potential benefits that you were trying to introduce. Most pumpkin pie fillers also include high levels of sugar, which is bad for your dog, or the sugar substitute xylitol, which is toxic.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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