Moms like to say, "Eat your vegetables!" and that applies to doggies too! These wholesome treats are packed with vitamins and minerals from spinach, carrots, zucchini and pumpkin, and easy to whip up for your furry babies.
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
3 cups whole wheat flour, plus more as needed
1 cup baby spinach, chopped small
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 medium zucchini, shredded with peel on
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high in an electric stand mixer* until well combined (about 1-2 minutes).
Gradually add old fashioned oats and 3 cups flour at low speed, beating until combined. Add carrot, zucchini and spinach, beating until incorporated. If dough is sticky, add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time.
Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
Place in oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes for smaller cookies. If cookies are still soft, turn oven down to 315 degrees and continue to cook, checking every 10 minutes, until hard.
Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to one week. May be refrigerated or frozen for longer shelf life.
Yield: Varies depending on the size of your cookie cutter. For a 4-inch bone shape*, recipe makes approximately 3 dozen treats.
-Resist the urge to make very thick treats, as these will take a long time to harden.
-Use the large openings on a cheese grater to easily shred the carrots and zucchini.