Smashing Pumpkin And Carob Dog Treat Recipe
When furry ghouls come scratching at your door, offer them a pumpkin and carob homemade treat. And maybe, they’ll save their “tricks” for someone else’s lawn!
Billy Corgan has nothing on these treats! We love the health benefits that pureed pumpkin has for our dogs, while our pups love the sweetness of carob. It’s a match made in doggy treat heaven! This was the inspiration behind our Smashing Pumpkin and Carob Dog Treat Recipe (although, I’m still a big fan on the band!).
The festive gourd, when it’s pureed, boasts a power-punch of health benefits for our dogs. Adding it to your dog’s diet (in moderation), can help relieve both diarrhea and constipation, and it’s loaded with fiber and beta-carotene. Remember to use pure pumpkin puree, and not the stuff intended for pies – that filling is loaded with sugar and spices.
Carob is a substitute for chocolate that’s safe for dogs. It doesn’t contain chocolate’s theobromine, caffeine, phenylethylamine or fromamide – all of which are toxic for dogs. Carob has a naturally sweet flavor, and has vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6 and D, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and protein.
I added little white candy eyes to my batty bats, but it’s not necessary for this recipe. I used a melting candy that’s safe for dogs, but I try just to use it in moderation, as it contains sugar.
Smashing Pumpkin and Carob Dog Treat Recipe
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/3 cup carob chips
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, egg, molasses, cinnamon, and carob chips. Mix well.
- Add flour to the mixture, one cup at a time, until dough is formed.
- Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut with cookie cutter and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes. You want the carob chips to melt, but not burn.
- Place on cooling rack overnight to harden. Store in fridge or freezer in airtight container.