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Spoil Your Dog This Holiday Week with Some Healthy Pumpkin Treats!

One of the joys of Thanksgiving, aside from being with family and friends, is food of course! Zuke's has a recipe for seasonally appropriate pumpkin treats for your dogs to help them enjoy the holidays with you.

What would a Thanksgiving holiday be without pumpkin pie? Not only delicious, pumpkin is a "super food." It's high in vitamin A, beta-carotene and it can help boost your immune system. It's also high in fiber which is a benefit for proper digestion. Even better, it's a safe and nutritious food to feed our canine friends.

Dr. Anna-Marija Helt from Zuke's provides this holiday-themed treat you can make for your dogs so you can all enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. The recipe makes 20-40 treats depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

3 1/4 cups raw Rolled Oats - Grind 2 cups & leave 1 1/4 cup unground
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 pinches Sea Salt
1 cup canned Pumpkin Puree (Not pumpkin pie filling, which has added sugar. If yo'ure feeling adventurous you can prepare your own.)
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
2 Eggs
1 tbsp chopped Carrot
1 tbsp chopped unpeeled Apple
1 tbsp chopped dried Cranberries
Optional: Zukes Mini Naturals - I used Peanut Butter flavor, but any would work.

Directions: Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine wet ingredients in separate bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry (or vice versa, it doesn't really matter). Roll out with rolling pin. The dough will be sticky. Powder some extra oats to keep it from sticking to the counter and the rolling pin. Cut with cookie cutter and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 for 25-30 minutes (at least, thats what worked here at 6500 feet!). Before baking, press in a couple Mini Naturals per treat. To learn more about pumpkin and its benefits, visit the Zuke's website.


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