Sunday, December 15, 2013

Buddy's Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats

The benefit of pumpkin and blueberries in our diet is undeniable, but did you know these super fruits offer the same benefits to the family dog?  Pumpkin is great for your dog's digestive health, aiding in constipation and diarrhea, where blueberries are a super food, chock full of anti-oxidants while helping to protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease.    

We were blessed with an abundance of these fruits this year On the Urban Farm, and we have been adding these to our dog's diet in the form of these amazing dog treats that we've created.  

From our kitchen to yours, we hope you and your furry friends enjoy!  Please feel free to share on Facebook and Pinterest, and of course let us know how your dogs like them.

XOXO,  Emily and The Reluctant Farmer 

Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats

1 c. plain applesauce
1 c. fresh pumpkin (use canned if fresh is not available....)
4 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. flax seed meal
50 fresh blueberries (use frozen if fresh is not available...)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the pumpkin and applesauce in a large mixing bowl and stir well.  Once the pumpkin and applesauce is well blended , stir in the flour and flax seed meal.  Work the dough with your hands until all 4 ingredients are well mixed, and then roll out to a 1/2" thickness.  

Cut treats in 1" x 1" squares and place them 1" apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  With your finger push straight down in the center of the square and form a divot.  Place a blueberry in the divot and bake for 25 minutes.  After 25 minutes, flip the treat over and bake for an additional 25 minutes on the opposite side.  

Remove from the oven and allow treats to cool for 7 minutes before removing from the parchment paper.  (If the treats are not allowed to cool, the blueberries fall out of the center of the treats!)  Remember, because there are no preservatives in these treats, store in an air tight container for up to one week.  Freeze if going to keep for a longer period.  


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