First, let me start by saying my dog is not vegan, these treats are vegan because my kitchen is, and I don’t have animal products in the house. There are lots of arguments on each side and I believe that like anything else, this is a personal decision. My dogs diet is something I take very seriously. He’s fed better than a lot of children in this country (unfortunately). His diet, weight, and health are all monitored closely by our trusted vet. I do not support the commercial dog “food” on the market, and prefer to make most things he eats, this includes treats. These treats are quick and easy to make, and the pay off is knowing your best friend is eating something healthy, yummy, and cruelty free.
The best thing about this recipe is that these treats are made from ingredients that I have on hand more often than not. The recipe can also be changed around to match what you have on hand and your dogs specific tastes.
- 2 tbsp Flax seed meal + 5 tbsp warm water
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (Or sub some of the flour for rolled oats or oat flour)
- 1 cup of canned pumpkin or homemade pureed pumpkin/butternut/acorn/kabocha squash
- 4 tbsp natural peanut butter
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degres farenhiet, line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
- Add the flax seed meal and warm water to a small bowl and let sit on the counter.
- In a larger bowl put the pumpkin and peanut butter, mix well. use a fork to mash in the peanut butter if your peanut butter is hard or cold.
- add in the flax mixture, the flour/oats and mix well. The mixture will be dry, DO NOT add water, we want this dry, we want our bones to come out dry like milk bones not moist like cookies. Once the mixture becomes to dry to mix with a spoon use your hands to fold and kneed the dough. It should all be incorporated but dry, like a pie dough.
- roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thick and prick the dough to insure it doesn’t puff in the oven. Use cookie cutters or jar lids to cut out cookie shapes, here I used a dog bone cookie cutter shape. Alternatively you can roll dough into rectangle and cut rows/columns to create little bar shaped cookies. I promise your dog will not care what shape they are.
- Put into the pre heated oven for 40 minutes.
- LET COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE STORING. If you do not do this your cookies will be soggy, moldy and gross. I made these at 9:30 pm and didn’t put them in the jar until the next morning letting them cool in the oven as the oven cooled back down over night, this is essential if you have the time to do it, as this ensures crunchy dry treats. Also the less moisture in the final product the better shelf life on the treats.
These treats stay good for a while, especially if stored in the fridge or along with those “anti moisture” preservative packs from old bags of dog treats ( yes I really do save these). When in doubt, use your senses to tell you if something is still good, does it smell sour? Have they gone soft? are there any discolored or fuzzy spots? I promise an arbitrary “use by date” is not as wise as your own senses.
I hope you and your pet enjoy this healthy homemade vegan dog treats!