This is my beautiful companion dog, Piffany. No, not “Epiphany”. Not “Tiffany”. Yes, I know it’s confusing. I named her after a character in Nodwick (a geek comic). If you don’t know who the character Piffany is, no amount of explaining will ever work. If you do know who Piffany is, then I don’t have to explain it. 😉 (Or go and start reading the comic at the link. I’ve linked to the first comic. If you like it, you’re welcome, but don’t complain to me about the time sink. 😉 )
Piffany is a great dog. She works really hard to earn her keep in my house. I have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) among other things. Piffany knows the signs when I’m going into a flashback, or when the paranoia or other issues are getting to me. If she notices I’m about to go into a flashback before I enter one, she jumps up on me and starts licking my face.
Yup, dog kisses. That’ll stop a flashback right quick. If I’m already in a flashback by the time she notices (and she does have to sleep sometime), she’ll cuddle on me so she’s there when I come out of it. Also, she has woken me up out of night memory dreams by licking me until I can come out of it.
She’s pretty important to me.
So, when I found out that she had a major allergy issue with many grains and additives that were in many premade dog foods and dog treats, I knew I had to do something. After much searching on the web, I finally came up with my own recipe for dog treats that she loves. Seriously, she will do almost anything for one of these treats.
The problem with making dog treats for her is that when I’m making human treats (aka, cake, cookies, etc), she thinks they are for her, and can’t understand why I won’t give her any!
Pumpkin Applesauce Dog Treats
1 cup pumpkin puree (I used pumpkin left over from juicing pie pumpkins in the fall, but a good canned pumpkin, with no additives should be okay)
1/2 cup applesauce (again, I usually make my own, but a no sugar, no additives applesauce works well)
1/2 cup coconut oil (if you don’t have coconut oil, olive oil works fine)
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 and 3/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350* F.
If you are using the coconut oil, microwave it for about 30 seconds so it’s liquid. Make sure your applesauce, pumpkin, and egg are room temperature, or it will solidify the coconut oil immediately.
Mix the applesauce and pumpkin together with a whisk. Add the coconut oil, and blend well. Beat in the egg and the honey. Add the baking powder and the oat flour one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Finally, add the coconut flour and cinnamon, mixing it well. It will be stiff, but still pretty sticky. Set it aside for a few minutes.
At this point, take some parchment paper and cut it to just bigger than your cookie sheet. When you are done with that, the coconut and oat flour should have absorbed all the liquid. Spread it into your pan as best as possible. I usually start with the hands and get it spread out, and then I finish using a rolling pin. You want it to be about 1/4″ thick all the way through. Once it’s all the way spread out (and you will probably have to take the parchment out of the pan for the rolling), score the dough into bite sized pieces appropriate for your dog.
Bake for between 30 to 45 minutes. You want to see no moisture in the middle of the treat. When it has no moisture in the middle of the treat, it will be a nice, hard, crunchy hardtack style biscuit, once it cools. Or, if your dog doesn’t like the hard treats, then you can cook it for only 25 minutes. It will be soft, but you’ll have to keep the treats in the refrigerator. Piffany prefers the hardtack style biscuit.
This will make a TON of treats for a small dog! It keeps well in an airtight container or ziplock bag.