What am I? I’m man’s best friend, that’s what I am. How can you show your appreciation for your best ‘furry’ friend? By cooking for him/her! November 1st is ‘National Cook for Your Pets Day,’ and I have, or should I say my momma has, a tasty organic recipe to share with you for this auspicious day! First, why is there a national cook for your pet day? Because ‘pets’ are awesome! We are there when you are happy. When you are sad, we’re the first one you turn to. And when you just need someone to listen to you – we are the ‘one’ you turn to.
So to show your appreciation, you must cook for us! Got it? Okay, so now you should get ready to make some pet treats! We offered a nice easy, organic recipe for dog treats to get you started. However, you may want to be creative and experiment on your own. But before you get all Iron Chef on your pet, make sure you know those foods that are toxic to your furry family member – click here for more info.
Wash your hands, make sure you have a completely clean food preparation space; and warm your oven to 375 degrees.
Organic “I Fell In Love With You” Treats
1 ripe organic banana
1 can organic pumpkin puree (use small can or 7 oz if you use organic whole wheat flour)
1 Tbsp organic raw honey
1 1/2-2 C organic emmer flour (may substitute organic whole wheat flour)
1 C organic coconut flakes ground in to 1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp organic baking powder
Prepare organic coconut flour by taking 1 C of organic coconut flakes and grinding in a food processor (momma uses her Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus). Grind until fine powder, shouldn’t take to long and time will vary depending on the tool you use. 1 cup ground down will equal the amount called for in this recipe: 1/2 C of flour.
In a big glass bowl, mix your organic pumpkin and banana together until smooth. Once smooth, slowly add raw honey, stirring in to incorporate. Next, add in the ground coconut flour and 1 cup of flour and baking powder and combine. You’ll want to slowly add in remaining flour until the dough is rollable – you may not use all the flour, or you might need more (depends on type of flour you used and if you had to augment with additional puree).
Toss some flour on top of your kitchen counter, grab your rolling pin and roll to desired thickness (I like mine a bit more more thick but cut in to smaller bit-size shapes). Here’s where the fun comes in – cutting out the treats with a knife or cookie cutter or pushing in to little molds. Be creative, cut out fun shapes if you use a knife. Momma likes to use silicone bone and paw print molds – she say’s, “Mattie, your eating yourself!” She’s a weird one, that momma of mine!
Place shapes on a baking mat or in your oven-safe molds and bake for 9-12 minutes. Just watch them after about 8 minutes, because time in the oven is dependent upon elevation and ingredients used; and your dog’s liking.
These little dog treats can be stored in an air tight container in your fridge for up to a week. But they won’t last that long, trust me – your pup will go cray-cray for these yummy goodies! Well, and our neighbor kitty likes these treats almost as much as I do… so I think they are cat-treats too.
Share Your Recipe!
Do you have treats that you make for your furry loved one on National Cook for Your Pets Day? Don’t hesitate, share it below in the comments. Have fun making something tasty for your Fido – and until this time next year, have a great National Cook for Your Pets Day!
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!
A little dog making a big impact in this world!®