Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats!

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Today I made Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats for Zeus! (Aren’t they cute?!)
Whenever I bake something in the kitchen, Zeus is always near, watching me and I decided it was time to bake him a little somethin’ somethin’.
In continuing on with my pumpkin baking phase, these dog treats consist of pumpkin (of course), and all kinds of other healthy goodness – whole wheat flour, eggs, peanut butter, and cinnamon.

I found this recipe on allrecipes.com which you can find here. I made a few slight changes though after reading many reviews.
After looking through the reviews, I then googled every ingredient to double check that they are safe for dogs. So rest assured, all the ingredients are most definitely healthy for dogs. Pumpkin and peanut butter in moderation can actually have many health benefits for dogs. Pumpkin helps aid the digestion process, and is a good source of Vitamin E, Magnesium & Potassium. And peanut butter is rich in protein and contains healthy fats and vitamins E and H, which will help keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny!

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I used a few different cookie cutters of various sizes. Use whichever cookie cutters you like!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Ingredients:
(yield: 24 dog treats)
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter (I used crunchy – any kind will do)
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons of water (as needed)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In the bowl of your stand mixer using the whisk attachment, mix the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon until well blended and batter appears clumpy, forming a bunch of small balls. The dough will be dry and stiff. Knead the dough with your hands and add water if needed to make the dough more workable. Taking 1/3 of the dough at a time, roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll.
Cut shapes using your cookie cutters.

3. Bake in preheated oven, approx. 25-35 minutes.

Note: These treats should be stored in a ziplock bag/airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Zeus adored the treats, and couldn’t get enough. Here’s Mom giving Zeusie a treat.. 🙂
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Hope you and your fur-baby enjoy this quick, tasty healthy recipe!
Natasha xo

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate & Cranberries

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The last two days have been filled with everything baking and a lot of trial and error.

I had been looking forward to trying out zucchini bread, as I’d made zucchini muffins and cookies previously and they both turned out great. So yesterday I got to it & baked my very first zucchini bread loaf! What a let-down… it was the nastiest zucchini bread I’ve ever tasted. It was my first time making zucchini bread and I think it may be my last. That’s how bad it was. It turned me right off, and I doubt I’ll be baking with zucchini for awhile now.

Since my love affair with zucchini died – today I’d decided I had waited long enough and it was time to start baking pumpkin goodies!

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YAY for PUMPKIN! Move over zucchini – there’s a new vegetable in town.
(Is pumpkin a fruit or vegetable?! I will admit, I had to google it – apparently it is technically a fruit, but is accepted by many as a vegetable. I’m just going to go with vegetable. It just seems more veggie-ish.)

My mom had told me to wait until October to start baking with pumpkin but I just couldn’t wait. (October! Who can wait till October to start baking with pumpkin? Definitely not I. Sorry Mom!) 

Like many bakers, I have a massive crush on pumpkin.
Pumpkin = Moist, Healthy, Sweet & Spicy Goodness. Who can resist?
I adore the flavor and will literally eat anything with pumpkin in it. (Anyone tried homemade pumpkin pasta or ravioli and know of a good recipe? I’m thinking about trying it out soon!)

For my first pumpkin recipe of the year, I decided to bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate & Cranberries – and they most definitely did not disappoint.
Besides the minor setback of almost burning the house down (yes, that happened – don’t ask. 😉 ), the cookies turned out perfect and my pumpkin craze has now officially started. (Be prepared for lots of posts on pumpkin-flavored baked goods!)
Bring on the Fall! 

If you’re looking for the ultimate chewy, moist, pumpkin-spiced, oatmeal cookies – this is the recipe for you! The pumpkin combined with the oatmeal, plus the addition of the white chocolate chips & cranberries give this cookie amazing texture, and tons of flavor. It is definitely one of my favorite pumpkin recipes!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate & Cranberries

Ingredients:
(yield: 48-52 cookies)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.

2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice & salt in medium bowl.

3. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Add the flour mixture and combine until all ingredients are incorporated.
Fold in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.

5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for approx. 2 minutes than remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Note: Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Happy Start-of-the-Pumpkin-Season Baking!
I’m looking forward to seeing all the pumpkin recipes start to pop up.

Natasha xo

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This is Zeus, aka Zeusie, Zeusie-Zoo, Zeuser, Doodie-doo, Dooder, Mr.Z, Poopie-Poo, Baby, Little Man. (He’s a dog of many names)
He’s our 13 year old fur-baby and the love of our lives. We just got a new DSLR camera and of course the first thing I do is shoot some photos of Zeusie. It was late at night and he was sleepy but I couldn’t resist, I had to sneak a couple photos. He was just looking too cute. Adorable ain’t he? 😉