Pumpkin and Molasses

September 23rd marked the first day of fall. The days will start getting shorter as the weather starts getting cooler. The summer fruits are disappearing so what's a dog to snack on now? One of the best fall fruits is pumpkin. It's also one of the most popular crops in the United States with 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin produced each year. The stores again boast shelves bulging with cans of pure pumpkin. This is when I stock up.

Pumpkin is packed with large quantities of vitamin A for resistance to infections, improve night vision and keep the body's membranes healthy, potassium for good blood pressure, iron for healthy blood, and roughage to help digestion. Use fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin, never pumpkin pie mix which has sugar and other harmful ingredients.

With Halloween just around the corner you could buy a fresh pumpkin, scoop out the pulp to cook and the seeds to roast, and carve the remaining shell. Me, I'm lazy. I'm perfectly happy grabbing a can and a can opener. Kirby doesn't mind either way as long as he gets his pumpkin fix. 

Kirby has a sweet tooth so I like to use Blackstrap Molasses, a natural sweetener which is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.

Pumpkin And Molasses

Pumpkin And Molasses

These dog treats are healthy with pumpkin with just enough sweetness from the black strap molasses.

Yields: 8 small treats
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Chelsea decided she wanted some so Kirby patiently waited until she had eaten enough. 

I realized these should be served in a bowl or outside as I watched Kirby lick one right off the plate and across the floor. 

Fall's produce is bountiful and full of wonderful healthy flavors your dog will love!