'Tis the season for all things pumpkin for dogs- but sometimes our doggie pumpkin treats can be a little messy.
Have you ever made fruit leather at home? It's like the fruit roll-ups we ate as kids, except this is for dogs!
This dog-friendly treat is made with only a few ingredients and a few basic preparation steps.
Does the recipe omit a key ingredient? It’s patience.
It takes four to six hours for the pumpkin leather for dogs to dry out in the dehydrator at a low temperature.
That's right, it takes a while! Plan for the time it takes and you'll be fine.
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Using Quality Ingredients
You can make your own fruit leather at home, which is an advantage over the store-bought boxes of fruit leather we grew up eating. These homemade dog treats are an improvement for sure.
To start with, you can name all the ingredients in this pumpkin treat. There are no dyes or mystery flavors.
Let’s look into these ingredients a little deeper. The pumpkin puree, molasses, and the liver sprinkles should be a top quality without added fillers.
Check out the list of ingredients for the pumpkin puree and for the molasses: pumpkin and molasses. Nothing more and nothing less. Knowing that I am using high-quality products is important for my dogs.
How to make Pumpkin Leather Dog Treats
Let's review the steps for making pumpkin leather for dogs together.
Making pumpkin leather is so easy, there isn't much need for a recipe.
It's really just a matter of combining the ingredients in a bowl or a food processor, spreading them out on a dehydrator pan, and allowing them to dry slowly in a dehydrator.
Spread mixture over the fruit tray of the dehydrator.
Hint: Make sure it is evenly spread. You don’t want one area to be way thicker than another, as it will take longer to dry. Keep the thickness between ⅛ and ¼ inch thick.
You don’t want to see any gaps in the mixture. You also don’t want lumps.
What’s the Magic Ingredient in Making Pumpkin Leather Dog Treats
The key to baking fruit leather is to wait for it to slowly dehydrate. Just be patient.
Expert Tips for Rolling Up the Pumpkin Leather Dog Treats
- Flip the baked pumpkin leather for dogs onto a fresh sheet of parchment paper when done.
- For seasonal fun, use cookie cutters to make shapes in the pumpkin leather for dogs. Pumpkins, dog bones, bats, and witches would all be cute ideas!
- Use a pizza cutter to slice the pumpkin fruit leather into 3-inch strips. You can keep them flat or roll them up so they are like a fruit roll up.
- Roll tightly. The rolls hold their shape.
- Store in an airtight container.
Printable Pumpkin Leather Dog Treats Recipe
- 1 cup Pumpkin Puree, 100% Pumpkin
- ⅛ cup Molasses
- 2 teaspoons Liver Sprinkles
- Add molasses to pumpkin puree. Using a fork or in a blender mix until fully mixed.
- Spread mixture over the fruit tray of the dehydrator. Make sure it is evenly spread you don't want one area to be way thicker than another as it will take longer to dry.
- Sprinkle the liver over the pumpkin mixture.
- Place tray on dehydrator (I used one empty tray below) and then place the lid on. Select 130 degrees and 7 hours dehydrate time.
- When done, allow to slightly cool then carefully remove leather from the tray. You may have to use a spatula to help you lift it off as it will stick.
- Lay on a cutting board and cut into the size pieces you want. You can also roll them up so they are like a fruit roll/fruit leather.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 7Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
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