Butternut Squash Dog Treats

Whenever we get butternut squash in our local box I like to roast and purée it on the weekend, in preparation for the week ahead.  The entire process takes less than an hour, and I can use the ready-made squash purée in recipes like  Macaroni and Cheese and Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup on busy weeknights.  If there’s any leftover purée, I like to make these fast and easy treats for my dog Barclay.  That way none of my local produce goes to waste, and Barclay gets to enjoy the squash, too!

Tip: the process for roasting pumpkin, butternut, or delicata squash is the same.  These hard squash are interchangeable in most recipes, and you can even substitute sweet potatoes in a pinch. A great demonstration of how to cut, roast and purée a butternut squash is found here.

Butternut Squash Dog Treats
3/4 cup squash purée
2 eggs
2 Tbs. peanut butter
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour for rolling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix eggs, squash and peanut butter in a large bowl.  Incorporate flour until you have a stiff, dry dough. Knead with your hands if necessary.  (This dough is much drier than cookie dough for humans, about the consistency of pie crust.) Roll the dough out with a rolling-pin on a floured surface until it is 1/2 inch thick.  Cut with the cookie cutter of your choice, or just use a knife to cut the dough into 1/2 inch squares.  I found this one by one-half inch bone-shaped cookie cutter at Zinger hardware for 50 cents.

Bake the treats on greased cookie sheets until hard, about 25 minutes. Move to a wire rack to cool.

These treats make great Kong puzzlers and are much cheaper than commercially-packaged dog biscuits.  Barclay likes to give packages of these treats to his friends for birthdays and holidays.

Of course, you should check with your vet if you have any questions about your dog’s diet.  These treats are vet-approved for Barclay!

About Kathryn

Kathryn fell in love with Greenling as a Local Box customer in 2010, and she hasn't missed a delivery since! These days she works in Sproutreach for Greenling, spreading the good word about local food to everyone in Central Texas. Kathryn is the voice behind Greenling Central Texas' Local Box meal plans, events, and the recipes that accompany Local Box deliveries each week. In her spare time, she serves as the Vice President of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, and she is an aspiring Bikram yogi.

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5 comments
villy23
villy23

I realize that I am VERY late to the party, but thank you for this! I'll definitely have to give these a try. I have a tortoise, and my dog always eagerly sits at my feet while I make the tortoise's lunch, because she always gets a little slice of zucchini or squash. Somehow it never occurred to me to make her some of her very own squash treats!

LettyBromenschenkel
LettyBromenschenkel

another  option,  dehydrated butternut  squash treats.  I  slice the squash very thin ,  blanch it for a  minute in  boiling  water   or steam  blanch  and then  dehydrate it.  You can also dehydrate the squash, sweetpotatoes, pumpkin, kale, in your  oven  on  LOW with the oven door cracked to release the steam if you make a  huge batch.  Keep the  temp  under  175 degrees,  136 is  best option. My dog loves the treats.   I have a dehydrater and use it  to make veggie dog  treats.

doxie mom
doxie mom

This recipe gets a 12 paws up. All 4 babies love them

Kathryn
Kathryn

Yeah! I am so glad your pack approved. :)

Theresa
Theresa

Thanks for the recipe, my Prudence will love these!

Kathryn
Kathryn

Thanks, Doggy Dessert Chef!

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