These grain-free, gluten-free dehydrated cookies are a perfect holiday treat for your fur baby. The smell of pumpkin and cinnamon is delicious and reminds me of pumpkin pie, but they are very healthy for your dog as they contain no sugar and are very low in fat. They contain only good stuff, such as pumpkin which is known to help dogs suffering from indigestion and upset stomachs. It has plenty of fiber, too. Cinnamon is safe for dogs and some studies have shown that it may have anti-cancer properties. And you’ll be happy that these treats are so easy to make.
- 100 g raw skinless chicken breast
- 1/3 can pumpkin, or about 3 very full tablespoons
- 1 egg
- dash of cinnamon
I use chicken breast because it’s very lean. Fatty meats take longer to dehydrate and tend to go rancid faster. Make sure that you use pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling which has added sugar. Read the ingredients in the label to make sure there’s nothing but pumpkin in it.
- Cut the chicken breast in large chunks and put in a food processor. Process until the meat is very finely chopped and looks almost like a paste.
2. Add the pumpkin puree, egg and cinnamon and mix very well.
3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and with your fingers drop teaspoon-sized pieces of batter. This batter is very sticky and a little bit runny to make actual balls or patties, but you can make shapeless bitesize pieces with it.
4. Dehydrate in the oven at 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 to 5 hours depending on the desired final texture. You can use a food dehydrator, too, if you have one. I left my cookies in the oven for 5 hours and they turned very hard, almost like jerky. If you want them softer start checking at 3 hours.
This is the final result: crunchy, yummy, healthy goodness for your puppy.