Hey everyone! I added this on my Instagram page, but figured I should share it here as well!
Roasted pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite snacks not just around Halloween, but the entire fall season! Start by separating the seeds from the pumpkin guts (save the guts – these can be repurposed too!) Once the seeds are separated, rinse them off and spread on a cookie sheet. Bake at 300° for 30 minutes. Take out, and toss the seeds with some olive oil and sea salt, spread back onto the pan, and bake another 20 minutes.
Once cooled, you’re ready to enjoy!
Next is the pumpkin stock. Place the pumpkin guts in a pot with 4-5 cups of water, and boil for about 20 minutes. Don’t worry if you get a few seeds in there either! Strain the guts, and bam! Pumpkin stock for your next fall soup!
Seriously so easy, am I right?!
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If you’re like me, you’re crazy about your fur babies. We adopted this little guy a few months ago, and I decided he was only going to have the best of everything! These treats are great for so many reasons. They only have 4 ingredients, they are grain-free, and they are pumpkin and peanut butter flavored (which every dog loves!). Seriously. Ragnar will devour his treat and then spend the next 5 minutes licking the spot he ate at. Only treats he does that with!
I wanted to have his treats come out in a bone shape, so I went to the store and found a cookie cutter. Mine was at Walmart for less than $1 if you were interested in getting one! I also put some of the treats in little balls to make some training treats, because everyone knows a 4 month old puppy needs a lot of training!
The most expensive part of these treats is the flour. Since I wanted these treats to be grain-free, I opted to go with coconut flour. Don’t worry, I did lots of research and it’s safe for your furry friends!
This recipe does need to be chilled in the fridge for 1-2 hours, so keep that in mind when you plan to make these! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
With that being said, lets get baking!
1 1/2 cups coconut flour
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. The mixture will be lumpy and crumbly, and should somewhat resemble the consistency of play dough.
When mixture is ready, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. This makes it easier to roll out and cut out the treats later.
After the mixture has been chilled, it’s time to roll and cut.
Preheat the oven to 375 ° .
Sprinkle some coconut flour on a cutting board, and ball up some of the mixture. Mixture may be crumbly, so be sure to press firmly together before rolling.
Roll it out with a rolling pin until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick.
Use the cookie cutter if you have it, and if not, use a knife to cut out squares. You can also roll the mixture into little balls like I did to make smaller treats.
Place treats on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 25-35 minutes, until the treats start to brown.
When treats are done, they should be hard and like a biscuit.
Let cool completely, and then your dog is ready to enjoy their new treats!
I hope your fur babies enjoy these as much as mine does! I love this recipe because it is so easy, and you know exactly what is going into your dog.
And just because I can’t get over how cute he is, here’s another picture of Ragnar waiting for a treat.
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