Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bars

This is my puppy dog!  Okay, she's not exactly a puppy.  She is an adventure though.  She rolls in dirt (not mud - I love the rain!), digs under fences, walks the deck railing, jumps on the compost bin in order to jump over the fence, traps cute little bunnies in the garden (where she cannot get to them), seeks out love and affection, gets excited at the sight of a sheet being placed on the couch, curls up on the sheet and sleeps while we read or watch tv...  The list goes on and on.  We call her our little circus dog.  Name a beagle trait.  She has it.  My neighbor clued me in to her tree climbing, but yesterday I witnessed it first hand.  There was something outside the yard and she wanted it.  She can be one very determined dog!  The branch isn't strong enough to support her escape attempts, but she tries anyway.  This inspired a YouTube search for Beagle antics.
Following is one of the treats for our K9s that I promised to post awhile ago.  My mother-in-law found it in the November/December 2007 issue of Dog Living Magazine and passed it on to me.  It was fun to make together and our pups loved it.  All the ingredients are "dog safe".  For a list of foods that are dangerous for dogs, see this page on peteducation.com.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Bars
6 cups whole oats
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
2 1/2 cups water (substitution for water can be soy milk, yogurt, apple juice)
Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.  When mixed thoroughly, spoon mixture into an oiled or lightly sprayed 9x13 baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 mintues.  Let cool 10 minutes and turn out onto a cutting board.  Cut into squares, as big or small as you wish.  Keep refrigerated in a zip-lock bag or plastic tub with a lid.  These will be good for 6 weeks.
Note:  Pumpkin can be substituted for unsweet applesauce, peanut butter (natural, avoid the salt and sugar), cooked sweet potatoes, cooked chopped vegetables (not onions).
Don't have time right now to bake treats for your pup?  My girl loves to hear the vegetable peeler at work because she's hoping for carrot peelings.  She also loves cranberries.

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