Let's Make Chickpea & Pumpkin Treats!

Let's Make Chickpea & Pumpkin Treats!

 

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 Elevate your dog's snacking game with Grandma Lucy's Chickpea & Pumpkin Treats. These treats are carefully crafted to provide not only great flavor but also essential goodness for your beloved canine. The blend of chickpeas and pumpkin not only tantalizes taste buds but also supports digestion. These treats are prepared with Grandma Lucy's Pureformance Fish. This recipe is a great training incentive or a delightful anytime snack. 

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

Making the Dough

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chickpea flour, puree pumpkin, and peanut butter with your hand and knead it until it forms a dough ball. If the dough feels very sticky, keep adding chickpea flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is smooth and not sticky. It should be the consistency of play-doh.
  2. Once the dough has come together, cover it in plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for 1 hour. This will make the dough stiffer and easier to cut shapes out of.
  3. Once the dough has been chilled in the fridge for an hour, take it out of the fridge and plastic wrap.
  4. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper and set it close by.
  5. Sprinkle chickpea flour liberally on the counter you are rolling out the dough on. Dust the rolling pin as well.
  6. Sprinkle a bit of chickpea flour on the dough and rub it gently on until there is a light coating on it, then roll out the dough to about ¬ľ inch to ¬Ĺ inch thickness.
  7. (Note: If the dough is still sticky, it might stick to the counter - to address that, dust the dough frequently on both sides and flip it often while you are rolling it out)
  8. Use a cookie cutter and cut out shapes in the dough. It is crucial to dip the cookie cutter in the chickpea flour in between each cooking cutting to prevent the dough from sticking to it. If you don't have a cookie cutter, you can cut them into squares or rectangles with a knife.
  9. Place the cut out shapes on the parchment paper with about¬† ¬Ĺ inch between each dog treat.

Baking & Drying it Out

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F 
  2. Bake the dog treats for 20-30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes have passed, if you have an electric oven turn off the oven and open the oven door ajar for another 20-30 minutes. (Electric ovens usually run hotter than gas ovens) If you have a gas stove, keep the oven door closed instead. We want to use indirect heat to dry out the dog treats so we don't burn the bottoms.
  4. Check the bottoms every 10 minutes to make sure they don't burn.
  5. Once they are done drying out in the oven, let them cool in room temperature for at least 5 hours. They harden and dry out more if you leave them out for a few days. I like to usually leave them on a large plate for a few days before storing them in a metal container.