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I try to feed my dogs the best stuff possible whenever I can afford to. Dog treats, however, are constantly in the news because of recalls – so the only treat I give my dogs are pieces of these hotdogs that I buy for about $1.19 a pack.
The phrase “chicken treats” gets a very dramatic response from all my kids. speaking of – here are my kids:
That is Memphis, Dexter & Moxie. They make me very happy. So – I decided to experiment with making them some treat other than the hotdogs.
I wanted to keep them as grain-free as possible but I did end up using a cup or more of whole wheat flour. The bulk of the flour I used was besan, or chickpea flour, that I buy cheaply at my local Indian market. I found this on the internet:
Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are legumes, like lentils and peas. Chickpea flour is high in easily digestible protein, which your dog needs a lot of.
Anyway – I blended the dough in my food processor, rolled it out on the counter & cut it up with a bone-shaped cookie cutter. I added two chicken hotdogs to the dough because I couldn’t predict how my kids would respond to these treats & I didn’t want them to be a complete bust. As it turned out – they are CRAZY for these. Next time – I might omit the hotdogs & maybe add peanut butter.
Also – pure pumpkin puree is really good for dogs and a MIRACLE cure for doggy diarrhea. Just mix some into a food they love & let the healing begin.
Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
3 cups chickpea (or rice or wheat) flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 chicken hotdogs – pureed (optional)
1 tsp salt
Combine ingredients to a dough either by hand or in a food processor or bread machine. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
Roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick & cut it – either with a cookie cutter or with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet greased with cooking spray (or lined with parchment paper) for 15 minutes & then turn them & cook another ten minutes. Allow to cool & serve them up to happy pups!