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 me than her! 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
- In a large bowl mix together the flour, quinoa flakes and cinnamon
- In a small bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs and peanut butter then add this to the bowl of dry ingredients, mixing to form a dough
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to approximately 1/2 cm thick then cut out shapes - size and shape of cutter is up to you!
- Bake for 35 minutes then leave to cool completely before storing in an airtight container or freezing in batches