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In my family, gathering together for the holidays mean gathering with the adults, the kids, and the dogs, too. We all pack into my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. There are always more than 10 of us in total (and probably closer to 20 depending on who shows up) plus five dogs! It’s definitely a crowded house, but always a good time with lots of good food! Most of the dogs get table scraps, except for Hunter. We keep his diet pretty strict. He gets an occasional fruit or veggie as a treat, coconut oil for his skin and coat, and grain-free food.
So while Hunter might miss out on gnawing on a piece of turkey during Thanksgiving dinner, I made him special grain-free treats to celebrate Turkey Day. These treats are made with pumpkin puree and dried cranberries. Pumpkin is great for dogs! It’s loaded with vitamins and good for digestion. Hunter loves it! We recently found out that dogs can have cranberries, too. Who doesn’t love cranberries on Thanksgiving?
Fresh and dried cranberries can be good in moderation. They’re full of antioxidants and may help fight some diseases. Like us, dogs shouldn’t have a lot of sugar, so I used reduced sugar dried cranberries in these treats. If you can find unsweetened, that would be best. Because Hunter eats a grain-free diet, I also made these treats with coconut flour.
The simple ingredients in these treats make them super healthy for dogs! Since the ingredients reminded me of Thanksgiving dinner, I wanted to bake them into the shape of a turkey leg. Of course, they would look adorable as little turkeys, too!
- 1 - 15 oz can pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cups coconut flour
- 1/2 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries
- Turkey leg cookie cutter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin puree and oil together.
- Gradually add coconut flour until dough begins to form.
- If the dough is too dry, add a little water at a time, as needed.
- Stir cranberries into the dough until fully incorporated.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface.
- Roll the dough out to your desired thickness and cut out treats with the cookie cutter.
- Bake treats for 30 minutes or until the bottom of the treats turn golden brown.
- Let treats cool completely before serving to your dog.
- Store treats in an airtight container in the fridge.
I adapted this recipe from the DIY Grain-Free Dog Treat Ornaments I made a couple years ago. You might want to save that recipe for when Christmas rolls around!
These treats are full of delicious pumpkin flavor! You can see it in the color of these treats! They’re loaded with benefits to keep your pet healthy and happy throughout the holiday season!
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