So keeping in the spirit of delicious treats that contain NO junk. I present a little pumpkin "meringue" treat that can be piped as small as you like. (I got 68 treats) The Gelatin in this recipe serves two purposes. Not only is it great for your dogs coat and nails (just like humans) but it helps to stabilize the "merignue" since it contains absolutely NO sugar. The lemon juice is important for this reason as well. Normally one can use Cream of Tarter to acidify the egg whites, allowing for a more stable meringue and greater height. The only problem is that Cream of Tarter is a "Grape" product, from the wine industry... NEVER EVER feed Grapes, Raisins or Grape Seed oil to your dog. They are all poisonous.
Why Pumpkin? Well, pumpkin can stave of certain cancers, it's loaded with fiber and Beta-Carotene which promotes healthy eyes but also assists in fighting off infections. Pumpkin can foster "regularity" due to soluble fiber content. It's also high in potassium to regular blood pressure. Pretty cool, huh?
I was a little bummed though, I really wanted to add ground Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to the mix, but all I had were salted ones. So I left them out. (sigh) Oh well, next time.
Pumpkin Puppy Puffs
1 pkg Knox Gelatin (2 1/4 tsp)
2 large Egg Whites
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
optional 3 TB Unsalted Roasted Pepitas, ground finely
After gelatin has bloomed sufficiently (about 5 minutes),