Wondering what to do with all that leftover pumpkin? Carving one for the kids and don't want to waste the flesh? Try this super-simple dog treat recipe to impress your pup! Don't have any pumpkin? You can use the same quantity of mashed sweet potato instead!
1 cup flour (oat or wholewheat)
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (*see below)
1/4 cup peanut butter (made with 100% peanut only)
Mix together the peanut butter and pumpkin well. Stir in the flour a bit at a time until you have a slightly sticky dough. If it is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it is too dry add a splash of water or the juice from the pumpkin.
Roll the dough out to about 1/4" thick. It can help to lay a sheet of baking parchment on top to roll it if it is sticking during rolling. This dough will not rise, so whatever size you make the dog treat biscuits now, that's the size they will be when cooked. Cut into small squares or use a cookie cutter to cut shapes and place on a baking sheet. You can line it with the parchment you used for rolling out.
Bake at 180°C for 12-15 minutes, depending on whether you want them soft or crispy. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container. You can also freeze these. This recipe makes 40-50 dog treats.
*To make pumpkin puree there are a couple of methods depending on what you are working with:
If you have a whole pumpkin, the easiest method is to cut it in half through the stalk and lay each half cut-side down on a baking tray (one with a lip is best as there will be quite a bit of juice). Roast this until the top is soft when you press down. Depending on the size of your pumpkin this could be anything from 30 mins to over an hour. Allow to cool a little, flip it over and spoon off the cooked flesh.
If you have cut up or scraped the flesh out of the pumpkin you can roast it in a shallow dish or tin for 20 minutes, or boil until soft and drain well.
Drain your cooked pumpkin well. It can help to squeeze the juice out. Then puree or mash until smooth.