These low calorie pumpkin spinach dog treats skimp on calories and fat, but not on taste!
I created this dog treat recipe especially for my daughter's dachshund, Knox, who is having a hard time keeping his weight down.
With surgery for a spinal problem in his past, and a human toddler who is like a food vending machine for pint-sized dogs, he can't afford to gain anymore weight and has been put on a diet. Poor guy.
But, that doesn't mean he shouldn't be able to have the occasional 'cheat treat', so I whipped up a batch of these low calorie goodies just for him!
Whole-wheat flour gives these dog treats crunch, pumpkin puree, spinach and parsley bring the flavor, and wheat germ plus pink Himalayan sea salt add a little zing.
When did a low-calorie dog treat recipe last taste (or look) so good?
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup fresh baby spinach (finely chopped)
1 tbsp fresh parsley (finely chopped)
1 tsp wheat germ
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
This recipe makes approximately sixty, 1 3/4" bone shaped dog treats. I made small treats as they were specifically for Knox, who is a small standard dachshund but this dough works equally well with cookie cutters of all sizes.
Preheat oven to 350F
Line baking tray with parchment or silicone baking mat
Put flour into small bowl and add salt, stir to mix
Finely chop spinach and parsley
Put spinach, parsley, pumpkin puree and eggs into a large bowl
Use wooden spoon to mix ingredients together well
Add wheat germ and stir into mixture
Add flour, a bit at a time, stirring well to mix between additions
Once all flour has been incorporated, use your hands to form dough
Turn dough out onto floured wax paper
Cover dough with second sheet of wax paper
Use rolling pin to roll dough out to approx. 1/4" thickness
Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutter or sharp knife
Bake at 350F for 30 - 35 minutes
Remove treats from oven and allow to cool completely
Store treats in airtight container in pantry for 5 - 7 days, in the refrigerator for up to 10 days
This dog treat recipe must smell especially yummy because Ivan literally sat at my feet the whole time I was preparing it, he was VERY interested in what I was doing. These treats were for Knox, but of course both Ivan and Dax got to taste-test them, as per usual!
Nutrition Facts Per Treat:
Servings: 60 (one treat per serving)
Serving size: 6 g
Calories per serving: 9
Total Fat: 0.2 g Saturated Fat 0.05 g
Total Carbohydrates: 1.6 g Dietary Fiber 0.3 g Total Sugars 0.08 g