I admit it, I’m a crazy dog mom. I adore my pups so, so much. Aren’t they the cutest? Lila, our coonhound we rescued as a puppy, is almost four and the prettiest megaphone you’ll ever hear. She’s a LOUD howler but we still love her to pieces. Talon, a lab mutt mix, just turned one and we call him our ‘cartoon dog’ - everything you imagine a goofy cartoon pup doing, that describes his personality perfectly. They both have a pretty great life here in the Midwest, playing outside together and getting into trouble (Talon eats my tomatoes from the garden and Lila kills the grass running back and forth along the fence), but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Now, I don’t spoil them all the time - they don’t get table scraps and I don’t make them birthday cakes (ok, maybe I bake them pupcakes occasionally!). I do like to make homemade treats for them - either vegetarian ones from peanut butter and pumpkin, or using the liver from the cow we buy each year to stock our freezer. But, search the web and you’ll find lots of different homemade dog food recipes you can make in your Instant Pot, but not a single dog treat recipe. Great reason to create a signature Instant Pot recipe for you all, huh? :)
- ½ cup canned pumpkin puree (make sure it’s not pumpkin pie filling!)
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup water
- ⅛ cup vegetable oil
- 1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
Mix pumpkin, peanut butter, egg, water and oil (you can use a hand mixer if your peanut butter is too stiff, but I was able to do it by hand). Mix in baking soda, then flour until just moistened. Prepare egg bite silicone mold with non-stick spray and fill each cup (they will be just about full). Add 2 cups water to Instant Pot and lower silicone mold into pot using a handled trivet. Set to ‘manual’ ‘high pressure’ for 13 minutes.
Use quick release, and lift mold out of Instant Pot. Let cool before serving to your pups!
Now these treats are rather large, so I cut them into two and each dog gets half. I store these treats cut in half in the freezer. They cook pretty quickly so I make several batches at a time.
I’ll be making new dog treat recipes in the future - let me know what kinds your dogs like for some inspiration! We’ll do a wheat-free version as well!