Rosemary is commonly used as a natural preservative in commercial dog food and treats. Along with it’s ability to help keep foods from spoiling, rosemary also has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Rosemary has also been shown to aid in digestion and support heart health.
These healthy homemade dog treats also include pumpkin, which is a well-known superfood for dogs. It is often recommended for dogs with digestive issues, because it is packed with fiber. Pumpkin can also benefit a dog’s urinary health and is a good source of protein and carbohydrates.
Making homemade snacks for your pup is the only way to ensure he is getting safe, healthy ingredients that are catered to his needs. If your dog has food allergies or sensitivities, you can substitute ingredients to accommodate them. These pumpkin and rosemary dog treats, for example, could be made with gluten free flour.
Pumpkin Rosemary Dog Treats Recipe
Treats should be fed sparingly, so many owners don’t think the quality of treats is that important. If you’re one of these owners, you’re sadly mistaken. They may not make up a large portion of his diet, but over time the toxins, chemicals, artificial ingredients, and fillers found in poor quality treats can lead to serious negative health effects. You need to put as much consideration into the treats you feed your pet as you do the meals that he eats every day.
Recipe: Pumpkin Rosemary Dog Treats
I use whole wheat flour in this recipe, but you could substitute oat flour, almond flour or any type of flour that meets your dog’s needs. Try to find organic pumpkin, if possible. I use canned pumpkin, but you could definitely use fresh if you have it available.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: about 48 treats 1x
- Category: Biscuit Treats
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Dog Treats
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. rosemary
preheat your oven to 350˚ F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and set it aside. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl to form a ball of dough.
As you’ll see in my video guide above, I roll the dough into small balls that are about 1/2″ in diameter. You could also roll the dough onto a floured surface until it’s about 1/4″ thick. Cut the dough into small pieces with cookie cutters or a pizza cutter, and bake the treats on the tinfoil lined cookie sheet.
No matter what shape you make them, bake the biscuits for about 35 minutes. You’ll know they are done when the tops are cracked and the bottoms turn a golden brown color.
- Serving Size: 1 treat
- Calories: 25
- Sugar: .2 g
- Sodium: 5 mg
- Fat: .5 g
- Carbohydrates: 4.4 g
- Fiber: .3 g
- Protein: .9 g
- Cholesterol: 3 mg
How to store: Store leftover treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 12-14 days. Remember that homemade treats do not have the preservatives that store bought products do. They will not last as long. If you’d like, you can freeze these treats in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
For More Information
We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you’re new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.
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