apple pumpkin dog treats (grain free)

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If you’re anything like us, your dogs are your kids, and you want to give them the best. While you can absolutely find some great store-bought treats, sometimes it’s nice to make them yourself. By making them, you can control the ingredients, and they tend to be cheaper!

Many of my homemade dog treats include coconut oil and turmeric. Coconut oil is fantastic for dogs on so many levels. It’s great for the skin and coat, which means it helps alleviate dry skin, shedding, and cracked pads. It’s also great for the hips and joints, helping to lubricate joints and ultimately making movement a bit easier. Turmeric is an optional ingredient, but I always include it because it also is great for the skin, coat, hips, and joints.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (or mashed cooked sweet potato)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (optional)
  • 6 tbsp coconut flour
  • Pinch sea salt

Make Them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Melt coconut oil in the microwave, approx. 1.5 minutes.
  4. Add pumpkin, eggs, applesauce, coconut oil, and turmeric to a food processor and mix.
  5. Gradually add coconut flour to the processor and mix.
  6. Transfer mixture to papered pan, and spread out to approx. 1/4 inch thickness (I just use my hands for this). Try to keep the edges as smooth as possible.
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove pan from oven, and cut into bite-size pieces using a pizza cutter.
  10. Return pan to oven and bake an additional 18-20 minutes, or until edges begin to brown slightly.
  11. Allow to cool on the pan before transferring to a storage container.
  12. Store in an airtight container (for extra shelf life, store in the refrigerator).

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Jodi Hoyt

Jodi Hoyt is a content specialist and blogger working out of a home office in Sioux Falls, SD. Through Jot, she provides copywriting, proofreading, and editing services for any personal or business need. Specialties include digital content creation and copywriting for social media platforms, websites (with an emphasis in SEO tag words and key phrases), and print materials. Jodi has been a freelance consultant for nearly ten years, and she officially started Jot (previously Hoyt Consulting) in January 2011. She earned her Master of Business Administration in 2009 from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and her Bachelor of Music in music theory and composition in 2004 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Additionally, Jodi is an adjunct business instructor at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, and she is a creator and blogger with Simple Family Remedies. Jodi and her husband, Nathan, married in 2004 and have a two-year-old son, Lincoln. They are expecting their second son in May 2018. They also have two cats. In her spare time, Jodi loves to golf, run, ride bicycle, and play sand volleyball. She is also a big Marvel fan and a self-proclaimed tech geek.

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