Meet Béa, she’s our 5-year-old rescued pound puppy that we adopted not quite a year ago. She came from a really awful place before she was taken to the Humane Society by the police. When we brought her home from the shelter two days after Valentine’s Day, she was still nearly 10 lbs underweight with injuries that hadn’t been healing.
Over the last 10 months, Bea’s life has changed dramatically and so has her personality. She was sweet and smart from day one, but she was also anxious and uncertain, with not many manners.
Béa’s injuries have long healed, she’s put on 8 lbs, and she’s become much calmer and more confident. She loves to play catch and is a pro at walking on a leash. And now, she’s getting ready for her first overnight vacation at our favorite pet-friendly inn on the Oregon coast. I can already picture her curled up in front of the fireplace!
Recently, I started experimenting with making tasty and nourishing homemade dog treats and landed on this Béa-approved version. These treats are super quick and easy to make. Plus, the recipe makes a big batch that you can keep in the freezer– no need to thaw before them giving to your pup.
P.S. I’m working on a nut butter, no grain version that I’ll share soon!
Pumpkin cranberry flax no-bake dog treats
15 oz carton of organic pumpkin purée
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free rolled oats)
1/4 cup juice sweetened dried cranberries
3 T. unrefined coconut oil, gently melted
2 T. freshly ground flax seeds
Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out level tablespoons and roll into balls. Or use level teaspoons for smaller treats.
Place cookie sheet in freezer for 30 mins or until firm. Transfer to an airtight container and in the refrigerator (to keep for 1-2 weeks) or freezer (to keep for up to a few months).