Spoil your pup with this easy homemade dog treat recipe. Made with a handful of ingredients, these blueberry pumpkin dog treats are a healthy and inexpensive alternative to store-bought treats. Quick, easy, and made entirely in the food processor for easy clean up. This recipe makes about 4 dozen small dog cookies.
Pumpkin dog treats are always a popular choice, especially in the fall. And because it is easy on their bellies, it’s a staple in homemade biscuits for your pup.
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Blueberry pumpkin dog treats
I had a bit of canned pumpkin left from making these pumpkin carrot dog treats and I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I combined it something sweet to make another fall dog cookie recipe.
There is always a container of blueberries in the fridge, so I grabbed them and went to work.
Because this dough is a little sticky, it’s easier to scoop than it is to roll out. If you prefer to cut out shapes, you’ll need to generously flour your work surface.
Your dog, or any dog, doesn’t really care if they are cut into cute shapes or not. Pups just want delicious, homemade biscuits made for them.
There are six simple ingredients that make up this dog treat: canned pumpkin, blueberries, coconut oil, egg, oats and cinnamon. That’s it.
Make sure you are buying 100% pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. Especially during the fall months, this is an easy mistake to make. For the blueberries, you can use fresh or frozen. If using frozen, make sure they are thawed and drained well before using.
Healthy treats made at home don’t contain additives, preservatives or questionable ingredients like fillers. All dogs, no matter their age or diet, benefit from a healthier option.
If you are looking for low fat dog treats, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe has a bit of coconut oil in it, but not enough to really move the needle on the fat content.
Helpful tools and equipment for blueberry pumpkin dog treats
Here is a list of helpful tools and equipment for making dog treats. Below are the items that I use most often.
- Bone shaped cookie cutters – this is the exact same set that I have.
- Rolling dowel – Used in almost every recipe for dog biscuits.
- A small cookie scoop – make drop style cookies instead of rolling cutout treats
If you find yourself making a lot of treats for your pup, like I do, it’s worth investing in a few of these tools.
These adorable dog treat gift bags also come in handy (especially around the holidays), for sharing with friends and neighbors with pups.
My dog Sugar loves pumpkin, so I incorporate it into lots of my DIY dog treat recipes for her. I keep a can or two in the pantry year-round, so I can keep her treat container full at all times.
How to make homemade dog treats
The first step is to grind the oats. Break them up in the food processor until they are almost flour. A few whole pieces are ok.
Then add everything to the food processor and let it run until the dough is uniform.
Scoop the treats with a small cookie scoop and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten the tops to press them into circles. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. That’s it! A super simple treat for your pup with very little cleanup.
Because homemade treats do not have preservatives in them like the store-bought varieties, I do not recommend storing them on the counter long-term. Store in the refrigerator or freezer for best results.
Looking for more? Here are more DIY dog treats made with either pumpkin or blueberries for your pup.
- Blueberry dog treats – made with fresh blueberries.
- Oatmeal pumpkin dog treats – a favorite of Sugar’s.
- Soft pumpkin dog treats – perfect for senior dogs!
- Pumpkin turmeric dog treats – good for pups with joint issues.
- Banana blueberry dog treats – Made with bananas, blueberries, oatmeal, egg and a bit of flour.
- Pumpkin peanut butter dog treats – super simple 4 ingredient cookie, makes about 80 treats.
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- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup pure pumpkin purée
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen & drained)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 177°C / Gas mark 4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add oats to the bowl of a food processor.
- Let machine run for 2 - 3 minutes, until oats are almost flour consistency with a few big pieces left.
- Add cinnamon and coconut oil. Pulse a few times to combine.
- Add pumpkin purée, egg and blueberries. Mix to combine until dough looks uniform.
- Scoop with small cookie scoop and drop on lined sheet pan.
- Flatten the tops with your fingers (wetting them a bit helps to keep it from sticking).
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, rotating halfway through.
- Cool completely before giving to your dog.
I used a small cookie scoop that holds 2 teaspoons. If you use a scoop that is either larger or smaller, your yield will vary.
To make these WITHOUT a food processor, just stir everything together in a large bowl and proceed with the recipe. The texture will not be as smooth, but the recipe will still work.
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Serving Size:1 treat
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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