A Valentine’s Day Treat for Dogs and Parrots

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A healthy no cook treat your pets can share with you!

The ingredients are simple:  peanut butter, canned pumpkin purée, uncooked oats, a dash of cinnamon and a touch of honey.

For Valentine’s Day I add carob powder which is a chocolate substitute safe for your dogs and parrots.  Naturally sweet you may want to leave out the honey if using carob powder.

Note: do NOT use chocolate or cocoa these are both poisonous to your pets!

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Start with equal amounts of peanut butter and pumpkin. I used a heaping 1/2 cup of each plus a spoonful of tahini for extra flavor. Tahini can be bitter so if using don’t be too generous with it.  A couple of big spoonfuls of carob powder, a dash of cinnamon and a squirt of honey.  Stir till blended.

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Add enough uncooked oats leaving a sticky mixture.  I use regular, not instant.  Stir well.

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Make discs or balls for the size of your pet.  You can lay out on waxed paper or here I arranged them in one layer in sandwich containers.  Place in refrigerator for a short while to let them firm up. Keep unused treats refrigerated.  Use within a couple of days. We (and I include myself-these are yummy and healthy) eat these so fast I don’t know if you can freeze them but it might be a yummy cold snack in the summer!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your pets!

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