Our Lost in the Woods Homeschool Association wanted to give back to our community. With a ton of animal lovers in one room we decided our efforts would be best utilized at our county’s Animal Shelter, Loving Paws Adoption Center.
Because many of the smaller towns in the area do not have the funds to keep animals until the are adopted instead choosing to euthanize them, we wanted to sponsor pets directly out of those kill shelters. Our dog treat proceeds go 100% to rescuing these animals.
We brainstormed and determined that making and selling homemade dog treats was going to be a great way to get the kids involved in the fundraising project and serving those in need.
I am sharing with you the recipe I made with my kids to show you how easy they are to make.
Recipe: Healthy Pumpkin Balls
This snack is not only delicious but is also filled with fiber, vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, and iron.
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 4 tbsp molasses
- 4 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water together in a bowl. Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture and stir until dough softens Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough and roll into balls on your hands (wet hands work best) Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flat Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Refrigerate to maintain freshness.
Your dogs will woof them down!