Paleo Puppy Treats

Ever since I’ve started eating Paleo I have become so aware of everything I put into my body and realised how important it is to fuel my body properly as well as how much junk is packed into most pre-packaged foods.

But what about this girl? This gorgeous thing is our fur baby Bronte. She’s a gorgeous 6 month old Great Dane and is spoiled beyond measure!

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Initially when she came into our lives we bought average quality kibble and tinned food, gradually we’ve realised that what goes into her body is just as important as what goes into ours. we need to look after her because she can’t make the choices we do, and the more I speak to other dog owners who have 13 and 14 year old dogs who run around like puppies, the more aware I am of the importance of a raw food diet for our fur baby.

So why shouldn’t Bronte be paleo too?

I went looking for home made dog treats and all I found was cookies full of dairy and wheat, neither of which are good for dogs and often pets have food sensitivities just like humans. While they are treats, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be somewhat good for her and not irritate her belly. Talk about inspiration!

Introducing Paleo Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cookies…for Puppies!

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Paleo Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cookies for Puppies

Paleo Dog TreatsIngredients

  • 500g of pumpkin
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups of rice flour (or enough to create a dough like consistency)
  • Water if needed to loosen mixture.
  • 3tbs peanut butter (organic! There are some peanut butters out there so full of junk!)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius
  2. Dice pumpkin into 1cm chunks without skin and steam until soft
  3. Mash pumpkin until smooth, then stir in eggs and peanut butter
  4. Mix in the flour gradually, good to get your hands in here and feel the mixture, keep adding it until you have reached the right consistency (it will feel slightly doughy and should be easy to roll out without falling apart). Leave to rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Put a portion of your dough between two pieces of baking paper (you will have too much to roll out the entire mixture, best to do it in stages). Roll out the dough until it is about 1/2cm thick and cut into pieces (I used a cut bone cookie cutter!)
  6. Lay the cookies on another piece of baking paper on a tray and bake for 30-40 minutes or until they have dried out.
  7. Allow to cool and then let your furry friend dig in.

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Bronte loved these, she would have devoured the whole lot in one go if I had let her and her Border Collie friend adored them too. Pumpkin is so good for dogs, it’s a super-food for them! So while they’re treats and should be given sparingly, they’re really good for them!

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2 thoughts on “Paleo Puppy Treats

    • Thanks for your comment and concern. I think you’d be surprised at the health benefits of pumpkin and other vegetables for dogs. That’s not saying I only feed my girl vegetables (she eats mostly meat and loves raw bones), but for dogs with digestive complaints pumpkin is one of the best things you can feed them (for diarrhea and constipation for starters)
      While dogs are carnivores, they will scavange pretty much anything they can get in the wild, so why deny them those things in domestic environments?
      If Bronte can get into the compost heap and pull out pumpkin skin or egg shells she will and she’s always rooting around the garden, snapping at leaves on trees and munching on grass.
      And quite honestly, if the RSPCA (among others) is recommending a small amount of vegetable matter in my dog’s diet, then I’m listening to them.
      Besides…these are treats…occasional things.

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