These tasty, no bake, bite-sized treats combine the nutritional (not to mention tasty) benefits of pumpkin, cashew butter, rolled oats and chia seeds, plus a splash of soy milk if needed to soften the dough. Yum.
What's just as good as the nutritional value of these treats, is that they're super easy to make, so you can whip them up in no time at all!
But what if you don't have cashew butter, or almond milk on hand?
No worries, it's simple to make substitutions in this recipe.
Peanut butter (make SURE that whichever brand you use doesn't contain Xylitol, which is poisonous to dogs), or almond butter, work just as well as cashew butter.
No soy milk? Use whatever milk you have available.
Dogs often don't do well with dairy so almond or cashew milk are great options. If you prefer to use dairy milk, whole milk or 2% will work best. Skim milk is a little too thin.
Dog's can't have RAW cashew butter!
These delicious little no-bake bites benefit from the smooth, creaminess of cashew butter. But not all cashew butters are created equal.
Never use raw cashew butter in anything you make to give to your dog!
Raw cashews can contain toxins which are dangerous to your dog, so it's important to only buy cashew butter which is made with roasted or cooked cashews.
For more on which nut butters dogs can eat safely, check out THIS PAGE
To make these no bake pumpkin cashew butter dog treats you'll need:
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup canned pumpkin (not the pie filling variety)
1/4 cup cashew butter (not RAW cashew butter)
2 tbsp soy milk (if needed)
You'll also need these ingredients to coat the treats:
Additional 1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chia seeds
This recipe makes approximately twenty-four, 1 inch round treats.
In large bowl mix together canned pumpkin and cashew butter using a wooden spoon
Add the oats slowly, stirring well as you go
If the dough is too dry to hold together add the soy milk and stir in
Divide up dough and form into round balls approx 1" in diameter
On a wide, shallow bowl or plate, mix the remaining 1/3 cup of oats with the chia seeds
Roll each dog treat ball in oat/chia seed mix until coated
Place treats on tray or serving platter and refrigerate for approx. one hour
These treats can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.
Nutrition Facts Per Treat:
Servings: 24 (one treat per serving)
Serving size: 18.5 g
Calories per serving: 75
Total Fat: 5 g Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Total Carbohydrates: 8.2 g Dietary Fiber 2.3 g Total Sugars 0.4 g