Flour, butternut squash, banana and eggs are all you need to make these easy 4 ingredient butternut squash dog treats. Making homemade dog treats is less expensive than store-bought and better for your pup.
For another quick and easy recipe for dog biscuits, try these pumpkin dog treats.
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Butternut squash dog treats
I’ve made a few pumpkin dog cookies for Sugar over the years, but I recently discovered that she loves butternut squash.
She’s a big fan of sweet potato treats, so it shouldn’t have come as any surprise that these would be a big hit.
Butternut squash is naturally sweet and a good source of fiber. It makes a healthy, low fat dog biscuit with plenty of vitamins for your pup.
DIY dog treats, like this oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe, are less expensive than store-bought treats and I feel better knowing exactly what is in them.
Four simple ingredients are all you need to make this dog cookie. This is a perfect way to use up an overripe banana!
- Whole wheat flour – you can substitute regular flour or oat flour
- Cooked butternut squash – roast the squash until very tender
- Banana – you want a very ripe, speckled banana for this recipe
- Eggs – 2 large
How to make
These butternut squash dog treats are made in one bowl, which makes for easy cleanup.
Whisk eggs, then add cooked butternut squash and banana. Mash up until mixture is fairly uniform.
Using clean hands, work in all of the flour and form the dough into a ball. If your dough is too sticky to roll out (and it might be), wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 – 45 minutes.
Liberally flour the counter and using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/8″ thick, then use bone shaped cookie cutters to make treats.
How to store butternut dog treats
If you live in a cooler, less humid climate, you can store these treats in a cute dog treat jar on the counter for about a week. Because I live in a warmer, humid climate, I’d only keep them on the counter for a day or two, then store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
You can also freeze them for up to 3 months and take out a few at a time, which is what I do most of the time.
Because these treats do not have preservatives in them like the store-bought varieties, I do not recommend storing these dog treats with butternut squash on the counter long-term. Store in the refrigerator or freezer for best results.
When using a 2 inch cookie cutter, the recipe makes 95 treats – plenty for sharing with friends and neighbors!
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- 2 eggs
- 1 cup roasted butternut squash
- 1 ripe banana
- 3 cups whole wheat flour (12 oz.)
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 177°C / Gas Mark 4
- Peel, seed and chop butternut squash. Place on baking sheet, cover with foil and roast for 30 - 40 minutes until very tender. Set aside to cool to room temp.
- In a medium mixing bowl - whisk eggs, then add banana and cooked butternut squash.
- Using a potato masher, break up banana and squash until mixture is uniform, with no large pieces remaining.
- Sprinkle in whole wheat flour and stir to combine. Use your hands to incorporate remaining flour and form dough into a ball. (Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes if necessary)
- Flour your work surface and a rolling pin. Roll dough out to 1/8" thickness. Use 2 inch cookie cutter to cut shapes out of dough.
- Place treats on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 18 - 20 minutes.
- Cool completely before giving to your dog.
I've included the roasting time for the squash in the total time. If done ahead of time, these treats will only take you roughly 35 minutes from start to finish.
The recipe yields 95 treats when using a 2 inch cookie cutter. If you use a larger cutter, your yield will be less. A smaller cutter will yield more than 95.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
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