Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Treat Recipe


We used a base Pumpkin Treats recipe from
here, but I made a number of alterations to it. Why change an already good recipe? Well, I wanted to reduce the amount of whole wheat flour and add sweet potato for my pup since he goes nuts for it. Also, I just can't stop myself from altering recipes when it feels off, so I did. Once the treats are finished cooking I turn off the oven and leave them in there for up to 2 hours so they can gain some crunch. For this recipe it made the treats a bit too hard, but oddly enough dehydrating them brought them to the right consistency for these puppy teeth. Lastly, I dehydrated these cookies after in the oven for 4.5 hours which turned out WAY better than prior to dehydrating.
 
Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Treats
1.5 cups ground oats (I grind mine in a food processor, but used to use a cheap coffee grinder)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup 100% pure pumpkin, canned
1.5 baked sweet potatoes (I just used leftovers)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine pumpkin, cinnamon & egg. Mix in ground oats and then flour. Flour your counter/surface you'll be rolling it out on then dump the mixture onto it. Put more flour on top of the mixture as it was messy for me. Roll out to your desired thickness and use cookie cutter* to make bite sized treats! Place on ungreased sheetpan or cookie sheet a few cm apart from each other. They did not puff up much and did not expand at all for me. Cook for 25-30 minutes, turn off oven then leave to get crunchy for up to 2h

*Alternatively, you can just put the mixture on an ungreased sheet and roll it out there then use a pizza cutter to indent marks for bite size treats. I would flour the sheet first as these were a bit sticky. These worked great as high value treats for my pup's training, but were hard to break in half prior to dehydrating.
**Last side note: I left these in an airtight container for 3 days prior to dehydrating as I was cooking up enough treats to fill the oven. If you're not dehydrating them then I would recommend refrigerating to prolong longevity. It did not seem like they would keep long at all (up to 2 wks) on the counter.

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