It’s Ms Meg’s birthday in a few days and every year I try a new biscuit recipe for her that I think she might like. I have NO idea why I bother as this is a dog that will eat cat poop, maggots and spiders. I am SO sorry if you’re eating 🤢 I’m probably doing it more for her than me. And I can’t personally vouch for their taste but she seems to enjoy these Pumpkin Dog Treats.
This year I really wanted to incorporate something from Hodmedods and their Quinoa Flakes are just perfect for this. Great little nuggets of extra fibre to keep your pup’s gut healthy. Am I talking too much about guts and poop? Again apologies. They’re also packed with protein – perfect for keeping my old girl in tip top energetic health 🙌🏻
Hodmedods is a wonderful company that work with British farms to source a range of top quality ingredients and delicious foods. Founded in 2012 they started with the humble fava bean – packed from their kitchen table and distributed through local community groups and shops. Overwhelmingly positive feedback was collected and they now supply all kinds of grains and beans, all UK grown – including lentils and quinoa.
I’ve been using a lot of their products lately (you’ll see plenty more ideas over the coming weeks!) and I honestly can’t recommend them enough.
Anyhoo, back to the pup treats …
This mix makes a LOT of biscuits and while they freeze very well, I also enjoy spreading the doggy love and we always seem to know people who have pups themselves.
This dough doesn’t have the same smooth consistency as normal pastry dough. Though to be honest, the dogs really don’t care if it has that super flaky texture us humans strive for – with Meg there’s rarely any teeth involved in the eating process anyway! So to get it to where you can roll it out, tip it onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands.
You can just keep re-rolling the trimmings until you’ve used up all the dough. If you’ve got some straggly bits left just cut them into strips, the birds love these soaked in a bit of water too!
You can tie them up with pretty ribbons and bows or you can keep them in a fancy(ish) jar …
Again, Ms Meg does NOT care a jot. She also KNOWS I’ve made them and constantly reminds me that they’re there. She’s the same with the porridge saucepan.
Though sometimes she’s not the brightest button …
But I love her more than life itself and I’ll keep making her biscuits for as long as either of us is around.
By the way, do you have one of those dogs that just poses when you get the camera/phone out? Not Ms Meg. Nuh-uh. You’d think with the amount of them of her that I take she’d be flipping used to it. Sometimes I can get a really good candid shot of her. But as soon as I actually intend to take a photo of her she’s all NOPE! I swear, I must have take 200 photos just to get those dodgy 3 above because the rest look like this …
Pumpkin Dog Treats
Yield 40-50 biscuits - depends on size of cutter used!
- 3 cups wholemeal flour
- 1/2 cup Hodmedods Quinoa Flakes
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 3 tblsp smooth peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 160 Fan / 180 C / 350 F / Gas 4 and line several trays with baking parchment or silicon mats
- In a large bowl stir together the flour, quinoa flakes and cinnamon
- In a small bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs and peanut butter. Add this to the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until a dough starts to form
- You might find it easier to tip the mixture onto your work surface to turn it into a roll-able dough. You don't need to worry about overworking it the same as pastry for us hoomins, the dogs really don't care 😉
- Flour your work surface and roll out the dough to approximately 1/2 cm thick and cut out shapes using a cutter or just a knife - the shape is entirely up to you!
- Put the biscuits on your trays - they don't spread at all so you can put them quite close together - then bake for 35 minutes
- Once they're completely cooled store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze in batches ready to treat your pup on a regular basis! Alternatively share the love with your other doggie friends ❤