Everyone wants treats this Halloween, including your pets! These quick and easy recipes are the perfect treats for your pets this Halloween.
Healthy Pup-kin balls
This tasty goody is nutritious and delicious. They’re loaded with Vitamin A, beta-carotene, iron, potassium, and fiber.
• 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
• 4 tbsp of water
• 4 tbsp of molasses
• 2 cups of whole wheat flour
• 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
• ¼ tsp of baking powder
• ¼ tsp of baking soda
• 1 tsp of cinnamon (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix your wet ingredients together – pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water – in a bowl
3. Now mix your dry ingredients together – whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon
4. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until dough softens
5. Take small amounts of the dough and roll into balls on your hands – it works best if your hands are wet.
6. Place each ball of dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet
7. Flatten the balls with a fork
8. Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is crispy and browned
You can also use these dog treat cookie cutters:
Some things to remember…
Enjoy making these fun treats for your pets, but keep any allergies they may have into account. If you are not sure if your pet will have a reaction to an ingredient, consider avoiding or omitting that ingredient.
You can also feed a small amount to your pet to test their reaction. This will also work with any picky eaters you may have! That way, you will not make an entire batch of treats only to throw them away because you pet cannot or will not eat them.
Keep your homemade goodies in an airtight container and put them in the freezer to keep them fresh. Before feeding to your pet, let the treat thaw for 10-20 minutes. In the freezer, your treats can last up to 6 months!
Tuna Catnip Kitty Treats
1 5oz. can of no salt added tuna, packed in water and drained
1 cup of old-fashioned oat flour
1 egg (bigger is better)
1 tbs. of olive oil
1 tbs. of dried catnip, heaping
Making your own oat flour is easier than you think! Simply take old-fashioned oats and grind them into a soft powder in a spice grinder (or an extremely clean coffee grinder).
1. Place your oven rack in the upper third section of your oven
2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Set aside a baking/cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. In a food processor, add tuna, oat flour, catnip, olive oil, and the egg. Blend the mixture until you have a nice, smooth dough. The dough should be thick and pliable, but not too sticky.
4. Take ½ a teaspoon of dough and roll into a ball. Add the ball to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Take a skewer or a toothpick and press an X into the dough. This helps the treats to cook more evenly.
5. Bake your kitty’s treats for 10-12 minutes. You will know they are done when they are dry on the top and lightly browned.
Some things to remember…
Make sure you let the treats are completely cooled before your kitty chows down! Make sure to keep an eye on your feline if they are known countertop jumpers!
Keep treats in the refrigerator in an airtight container. These treats will keep for up to 7 days.
Make your treats even more paw-sitively perfect with this mini paw silicone cookie pan: