You likely have friends or family members who have switched to a grain-free and/or gluten-free diet. These types of diets are also becoming increasingly popular in the canine world, but some veterinarians are not convinced that they are a healthy option. If you want to cut down on the grains in your pet’s diet, give these a try Pumpkin coconut dog treats.
Coconut flour is naturally grain-free and gluten-free. It’s also high in fiber and low in sugar and carbohydrates. Coconut flour is a great source of protein and healthy fats.
There is research supporting both sides of the grain-free dog food diet, but ultimately the decision is up to you and your veterinarian. The first thing to mention is that taking something that is good for people and applying the same concept to dogs is not always the best approach.
Recently the FDA issued warnings about grain-free foods that cause heart problems in pets. With the recent explosion of gluten-free and grain-free diets for humans, the grain-free diet for dogs has also been successful.
Be careful when choosing the right diet for your dog. Consult with dog nutrition experts to help make the best decision for your pet. You don’t have to offer Fido a completely grain-free diet. Instead, try these pumpkin and coconut dog foods to add a healthy variety to your pup’s diet.
Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats
Coconut flour is a great choice for dog food for several reasons. Most of the fats in coconut flour are medium-chain triglycerides. MCTs are healthy saturated fats that naturally boost your metabolism. They also kill bad bacteria in the digestive tract that can cause tooth cavities, stomach ulcers, and urinary tract infections.
Recipe: Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats
These homemade dog treats are made from coconut flour. They are naturally grain-free and gluten-free. Coconut flour is also hypoallergenic, which makes it a great choice for dogs with digestive sensitivities.
- Preparation time: 5 minutes
- Cooking time: 45 minutes
- Total time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 60 Cookies 1x
- Category: Biscuit treats
- Method: Baked
- Kitchen: Dog treats
- 15 oz. Canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 4th Eggs
- 1 teaspoon. turmeric
- 1 teaspoon. cinnamon
- 1 and 2/3 cups coconut flour
Preheat your oven to 350 ° F.
In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and coconut oil together. Add the coconut flour, turmeric, and cinnamon. Mix until everything is mixed well. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes to give the coconut flour time to soak up the moisture.
As you will see in my video tutorial above, I use a well-greased mini muffin pan to bake these goodies. You can also drop spoons of batter onto a well-greased baking sheet and press the biscuits down with a fork. No matter what shape you make them in, bake the treats for about 40-45 minutes, or until they’re brown on top.
- Serving size: 1 biscuit
- Calories: 49
- Sugar: .5 g
- Sodium: 14 mg
- Fat: 3.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 3.3 g
- Fiber: 1.7 g
- Protein: 1.4 g
- Cholesterol: 11 mg
How to save: Store remaining goodies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 12-14 days. Remember, homemade goodies do not contain the preservatives that purchased products contain. You won’t be that long. If you want, these goodies can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
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We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, tips, and advice on cooking pet food, see our Recipes section. If you are new to homemade dog food, we encourage you to read more about “How Much to Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements to Use” to prepare balanced meals, and “How to Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food to keep in the fridge or freezer.