It feels like forever since I’ve made Prince some dog treats.
Probably because it has been.
Before I had Audrey, Prince was my everything. We had, and for the most part still do, the type of relationship that those memes on Facebook poke fun of. The meme where it asks “where do you see yourself in 10 years” with the lady holding her dog on her hip as she’s cooking in the kitchen. That was me to a T.
I’d take Prince on weekly playdates to the dog park. I dressed him up in cozy sweaters. And I would make him his own special treats for the holidays.
Well, [insert child] I can no longer take him to the dog park like I used to, because children under the age of 13 are not allowed inside the gates. And while I occasionally dress him in sweaters, I wonder if that’s more appealing to me than it is to him.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I try really hard to make him feel included in our little family.
I even did a “smash cake” for his birthday because I did one for Audrey.
So, it seems only fair that as the holidays begin to approach and I start making delicious treats for Audrey and I, that I should also make some that Prince can enjoy.
I can’t help but to rave about how these were super easy to make.
And how they made the house smell so peanut butter-y.
And because I’m making everything pumpkin for myself, I figured what better way to show a little bit of appreciation to my little man than to let him enjoy this sweet autumnal flavor.
Not only is pumpkin absolutely delicious, but the oils found in the flesh are believed to support urinary health, and the fiber helps promote digestive regularity relieving your little pooch of stomach issues while helping to trim their waistline.
I’m all about giving my little man something he finds delicious that’s actually good for him.
Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats
- 2 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. canned pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter*
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- frozen peas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor, process the oats until they are coarsely ground.
Pour the coarse oat flour into a large mixing bowl and add the eggs, pumpkin puree, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together to form a stiff, but workable dough.
Scoop out about 2 tbsp. of mixture into a mound. Flatten the mound with your hand and then take a knife to make indents to look like a pumpkin. Place a frozen pea at the top for the stem.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes [for a soft cookie] or 40 minutes [for a hard cookie].
*I used Crazy Richard’s 100% Natural Creamy Peanut Butter because the only ingredient is peanuts.
Wait until you see what other treats I’m cooking up for Mr. Prince are…