Add these easy gingerbread dog treats to your holiday baking and let Fido have a share of all the yummy goodness you're creating!
Packed full of healthy ingredients these dog-friendly gingerbread men are a favorite with my crew at Christmas. To be honest, they're a favorite at ANY time of year and don't save this recipe just for the holidays.
These gingerbread treats look and smell like gingerbread men but they're a lot less sweet than the ones we make for humans to eat. Because they're made from premium, human grade ingredients you CAN eat them if you want to, but be prepared for the fact that they won't taste exactly as you're expecting!
A Note About Dogs & Nutmeg
Although there are a variety of spices which are safe for your dog to eat, there are also several that can be dangerous, even toxic for him.
Ceylon cinnamon and ginger are considered safe.
However, please do not add nutmeg to your dog treats. Even small amounts of this spice could cause tummy upset in dogs, and large amounts can be toxic and potentially cause serious health problems such as increased heart rate, disorientation, hallucinations and even seizures.
Also avoid an spice mixes which contain nutmeg (such as Allspice). Always better to be safe than sorry.
2 1/2 cups wholewheat flour
1/4 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pie filling) or pumpkin puree
1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup cold water
This recipe makes approximately thirty-two, 2" tall gingerbread men
Preheat oven to 325F
Mix flour and dry spices together in large bowl
Melt coconut oil (zap it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so)
Put molassses, egg, canned pumpkin and coconut oil in small bowl.
Mix wet ingredients well using a fork
Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and stir together until combined
Add water if needed to allow ingredients to stick together
Use your hands to form dough and knead for one to two minutes
Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface
Press dough flat with your hands
Use floured rolling pin to roll dough out to approx. 1/4" thick
Use gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut out treats
Store in airtight container. In pantry for 5 days, refrigerator for up to 10 days.
* If you want your gingerbread dog treats to have a crunchier texture similar to ginger snaps it's easy to do. Simply turn off the oven after 25 minutes, crack the door open and leave the treats inside for an additional hour or until oven is fully cooled.
You can change this recipe up a little by substituting apple sauce for the pumpkin.
If you don't have molasses on hand, treacle or honey will work just as well. You could also use maple syrup, but it's not as thick as these other three choices so use 1/8 cup instead.
Molasses adds color and less sweetness than treacle/honey, but your dog will appreciate any of them.
Nutrition Facts Per Treat:
Servings: 32 (one treat per serving)
Serving size: 18 g
Calories per serving: 50
Total Fat: 0.67 g Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Total Carbohydrates: 9.8 g Dietary Fiber 0.4 g Total Sugars 2.07 g