I’m super excited because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which is the kickoff to the holiday season. In my opinion, this is the best time of year. Family comes together to give thanks and feast on yummy food. Seriously, what could be better?!
As you start planning your Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget about your canine kids. Whether your guests are bringing their fur babies to join in on the celebration or it’s just your pooch who will be running around the house, why not whip up a little something special?
Enter: Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bites.
I was playing around in the kitchen the other day, trying to figure out what I’m going to serve my pups on turkey-day. I prefer not to give them table food just in case the recipe maker included some spices or other ingredients that are on the doggy no-no list. Plus, I don’t want them to get in the habit of begging at the table. Overall, I think making the dogs something special and just for them is a smart idea!
The Main Ingredients
These gluten-free treats are made with (full recipe below):
Brown Rice Flour – This gluten-free flour is simply ground up grain brown rice. Adding it to your dog biscuits will give them a mild nutty flavor, which compliments the other ingredients in this treat.
Sweet Potato – Sweet potatoes provide a nice serving of fiber, key vitamins, and various minerals. When feeding them to your dog, make sure they’re unseasoned (or seasoned with dog-approved spices/herbs), peeled, cooked, and mashed.
100% Pure Pumpkin Purée – Pumpkin is considered a superfood for our canine cuties. It’s loaded with fiber, making it great for digestion and weight management. Plus, pumpkin also contains potassium and a moderate amount of protein. *This isn’t to be confused with pumpkin pie filling, which contains sugar and spices that aren’t good for dogs.
How To Make These Treats
After you mix all of the ingredients together, roll the dough into little balls. I made mine a little larger than a chickpea. You can either keep the treats as little bite-size balls (as shown in the photo below) or you can flatten them with a fork (as shown in the photo above). I feed them to my dogs both ways and they don’t seem to have a shape preference. Honestly, my little guys gobble these treats down in seconds. As soon as they see me reaching to give them one, their eyes grow wide and their tails become a blur from wagging so fast!
So make these DIY dog treats for your Thanksgiving feast, or anytime you are looking to make something a little different for your pooch!
- - 1½ Cups Brown Rice Flour
- - ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- - 1 Cup Mashed Sweet Potato
- - ½ Cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Purée
- - ½ Cup Water
- - 1 Egg
- - 1 Tablespoon Organic Maple Syrup
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together brown rice flour and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, mash sweet potato.
- Add pumpkin, water, egg, and maple syrup to sweet potato and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon until you're left with a thick batter.
- With your fingers, pinch off a small amount of the mixture (approx. 3/4 teaspoon) and roll into little balls. Place the balls on the baking sheet, spacing them about an inch apart.
- After treats are placed on the baking sheet, take a fork and flatten the little balls to around a ¼” thick.
- Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes.
- *Flip them over and continue baking another 10 minutes.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Store in refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container and in freezer for up to a month.
- For crispier Pumpkin Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, continue baking until desired consistency.