Oh, the antioxidants!

In her continuing column, Certified Chef Diana Klein creates “Fido Fare” and “Family Fare” from many of the same ingredients, this time using canned pumpkin.

Chef Diana aims to save time and provide readers with healthful recipes for our dogs as well as for our families.

It is our experience that if you take a pocketful of these dog treats on your walks, you will make lots of canine friends.  And if you get super hungry, go ahead and share one with your dog (this has happened!)  All the ingredients are healthful.

Chef Diana at home with her dog Phoenix.

Chef Diana at home with her dog Phoenix.

Family Fare
Pumpkin Cookies

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 can, 14.5 oz., organic pumpkin

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl.

Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth.

Gradually beat wet ingredients into flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle glaze over cookies.

For glaze:

Combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a small bowl.  Blend  until smooth.

Fido Fare
Pumpkin dog treats

1 can, 14.5 oz., organic pumpkin or puree

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup sugar free applesauce

1/4 cup nutritional yeast*

1 cup peanut butter

Mix all ingredients well in a mixing bowl. Add more flour as needed to make sure batter is not sticky (this is key.)

Separate the dough into thirds and roll out one onto floured surface.

Cut the dough using a round biscuit cutter or a knife, if you want to make squares.

Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, bake in a 225-degree oven for at least 40 minutes.  The longer you bake, the harder the treats become.

Note:  if the treats are allowed to bake longer and become hard, they store better in a plastic bag or in containers.

*Nutritional yeast is a natural flea repellent when ingested, but should not replace your flea/tick medication.