Halloween is a fun time for us humans, with lots of yummy candy to munch on! But, Halloween can be a very dangerous time for our four-legged fur kids if they get ahold of that candy. Watch out for the ingredient Xylitol, which is a sugar substitute used in many sugar-free candies. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, and it doesn’t take much of it to bring on very serious health complications. Chocolate is another food to keep away from your pets as it is also toxic. Instead, give your fur buddy these Peanut Butter Dog Treats you can make yourself. Consider them a healthy treat for learning more tricks!
by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society
- 1 cup pumpkin puree*
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter, NO Xylitol or sugar substitutes
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (all-purpose can also be used)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs and peanut butter. Stir until completely combined.
- Add in flour and cinnamon, stirring until combined.
- Lightly flour a flat surface and roll out dough to ¼ inch, using flour as needed to keep dough from sticking.
- Cut shapes out of dough and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake 20 to 40 minutes depending on desired level of crunchiness.
- Remove treats from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to one month in the refrigerator or six months in the freezer.
* 100% pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix