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Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES
Did you know?
Pumpkin seeds are an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and… humans. Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract.
Coconut improves the digestion of your dog and becomes medicine for most digestive upsets. It can give your dog a smooth glossy coat, as well as healthy, supple skin. Yeast and fungal infections are also treated and prevented through the use of coconut. Coconut oil can help kill worm eggs and rid your pet of ear mites.
Cinnamon is known to help invigorate and support your pets respiratory and digestive systems. Cinnamon has great anti-inflammatory properties, especially for senior dogs struggling with arthritis.
Ginger is an anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and a carminative (means less flatulence). It helps in the absorption of food stuff, helping with digestion. It’s also helps boost healthy blood circulation. Ginger also helps in treating nausea such as motion sickness.
Pumpkin Spice
PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES
2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
2 cups cooked Pumpkin – mashed
1/4 cup desiccated Coconut
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger
1 tbsp. Pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, add the desiccated coconut, spices and seeds to the Oats and mix to combine.
Add in the mashed pumpkin and mix thoroughly.
Scoop out portions of cookie mixture with a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon and drop onto cookie tray.
Flatten cookies with the bottom of a small glass, your fingers or fork tines.
Bake for 15 minutes, remove tray from oven and flip cookies over.
Return tray to oven and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes (ovens vary).
Remove cookies from oven and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 30 cookies (soft texture)

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

BANANA OAT COOKIES
Bananas are high in potassium (great for muscle and blood vessel function), fiber (a handy home remedy for the occasional bout of doggy diarrhea or constipation) and magnesium (important for energy transport and protein building in the body). Bananas also have lots of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), which helps metabolize proteins and regulates blood cell function. They also contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage and helps build cartilage. Bananas are interesting because they are said to add natural acidophilus bacteria to the bowels, although probably in only small amounts.
Bananas are one of the nutritious fruits that will make a good treat for the dog.
Oats are one of the least allergenic of grains. It is a warming grain that calms the nervous and reproductive systems, strengthens the pancreas, spleen and immune system, as well as the heart muscle. Oats are high in protein, and are equal to meat, milk and egg protein. Many Vets feel that the protein in oats is very hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction) and therefore an ideal nutrient to be included in a diet formulated for pets suspected of having a food sensitivities or allergies.

Oatban
BANANA OAT COOKIES
(ONLY 2 ingredients with options)
2 – 3 large ripened bananas – mashed
2 cups of quick cooking oats
1 tbsp. chia, flax or sesame seeds – optional
1 tsp. ginger – optional
1 tsp. cinnamon – optional
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium size bowl, mix the bananas and cooking oats together.
*Since the size of bananas varies, you may need to add a little extra oatmeal to get a consistency where your cookie dough will hold together.
If using optional seeds and spices, add to the mixture and mix through thoroughly.
Drop small teaspoon size portions onto the cookie tray.
You can either leave portions as they drop onto the cookie tray or flatten them slightly with your fingers, to make small round cookies (I made some of each).
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes (Ovens vary).
Remove tray from oven and allow cookies to rest on the tray for 5 – 10 minutes.
Place cookies to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 32 small cookies (soft texture).

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 3 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BANANA OAT COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

BANANA FLAX CRACKERS
Did you know?
Flax meal is actually ground flax seed. Flax seed must be ground for your pet to be able to process the seeds, (whole flax seeds will actually pass through your pet undigested).
Flax seed is an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for your pet’s skin and coat health. Flax seed can prevent dry, itchy skin, shedding, and hot spots.
Flax seed also have cholesterol-lowering properties and may help stop tumor growth in dogs with cancer. 
Flax seeds contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. The insoluble fiber in flax seed speeds the passage of food through the digestive system. It also builds stool volume, preventing constipation. Many vets recommend the addition of ground flax seed to a dog’s regular food for these benefits, and also because heavier stools will help evacuate the dog’s anal sacs, preventing impaction.
Flax seed contains high levels of lignans (phytonutrients – natural chemicals) that provide beneficial properties for your dog. While flax seed does appear to lose some of its actual nutritional benefit during baking, the lignans remain stable, providing potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Banana Flax
BANANA FLAX CRACKERS
1 – 2 medium size (or 2 small) mashed bananas
½ cup flax seed meal
1 tbsp. flax seeds
1 – 2 tsp. sesame seeds (decoration)
Preheat oven to 150° C (300° F) and lightly spray a whoopie pie (or cupcake) tin with cooking spray.
Mix mashed banana, flax seed meal and flax seeds together.
Drop teaspoonful portions into each whoopie pie (or cupcake) cavity.
Press down the mixture in each cavity using either the bottom of a glass/cup or your fingers to form a thin, flat round.
Take a pinch of sesame seeds and sprinkle over top of cracker mixture. Press seeds down gently.
Bake for 20 – 22 minutes.
Remove tin from the oven and turn out crackers onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 24 crackers
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store
in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BANANA FLAX CRACKERS only as a treat.

Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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