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Oatmeal Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

Spoil your pup with these easy homemade dog treats. Made with just 3 ingredients, this oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe is a healthy and inexpensive alternative to store-bought treats.

By learning how to make homemade dog treats, you are able to customize them to your dogs personal taste and needs.

stacked pumpkin dog treats

Making dog treats yourself is easy and you can make them for half the cost of store bought, like these banana pumpkin dog treats.

These oatmeal pumpkin dog cookies also make a fantastic homemade gift – DIY dog treats. The holiday season will be upon us before you know it, so don’t forget about the furry members of the family.

This oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe will make tails everywhere wag with happiness.

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My go to recipe went missing so I wanted to find another. This one is much easier with less ingredients. Budden (pup) approved!

– Gail

Pumpkin Dog treats

My dog loves pumpkin. I mean, she loves it. So, naturally I keep her in pumpkin dog treats almost year-round.

Once we start approaching fall and pumpkin everything appears, I buy pumpkin in bulk at the big box store to fill the coffers and to make these soft dog treats as well.

oatmeal pumpkin treats tied with pink and white twine

How to make homemade pumpkin dog treats

For these treats, I used rolled oats instead of flour. The first time I made them, I mixed whole oats into the dough. It worked just fine, but I wasn’t thrilled with result.

oatmeal flour in food processor bowl

For the second attempt at these dog treats, I put the oats in the food processor to make the texture finer. This did the trick.

As you can see, it is not ground into a fine powder. I left it slightly coarse, but much finer than the whole oats.

The next step is to add in the eggs and the pumpkin purée. When buying canned pumpkin to make these dog biscuits, make sure that the can says 100% pumpkin. Do not get pumpkin pie mix.

oat flour, eggs and pumpkin in bowl of food processor

Turn the food processor on and let it mix until the dough looks fairly uniform.

This is what your dough should look like. It will be a thick, firm dough. At this point, you have two options.

oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe dough in processor bowl

You can either use a small scoop to make drop cookie style treats or you can add a little bit of flour to roll them out to cut shapes.

The dough will be a bit sticky and rolling it out without adding either extra oat flour or regular flour will be difficult. I did it both ways just to show you what it looks like.

Dog treat recipe with pumpkin and oatmeal

These are the treats that I scooped out and flattened with a fork, like a peanut butter cookie. I’ll let you in on a little secret – your dog could not care less if you scoop them or roll them into cute dog bone shapes.

Your dog just wants to eat them.

pumpkin dog treat recipe baked on sheet pan
scoop and bake into round cookies or roll out and cut cute shapes – it’s up to you!

I’ve done my research with this recipe. I gave samples to 8 different friends with dogs and every single dog liked them.

Even the picky eaters. So, I feel pretty confident that this pumpkin dog treat recipe will be a hit with your pup too.

Healthy homemade dog biscuits

These make great gifts for friends who are getting a new dog, perhaps a dog having a birthday 🙂 or maybe a nice, neighborly gesture to share with fellow dog parents around the block.

stacked pumpkin dog treats

Like I mentioned earlier, the holiday baking season is almost upon us and why should the dogs be left out? For all of these occasions, I roll the dough out to make these cute bone shapes to give away as gifts.

It’s also really easy and if you have kiddos in the house, this is something they can get involved in.

How to store

Because I live in a warmer, humid climate, I’d only keep them on the counter for a few days, then store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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.

You can also freeze them and take out a few at a time, which is what I do most of the time.

These treats will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days on the counter. If you store them in the fridge, they will last at least a couple of weeks and in the freezer, they will last several months.

My senior dog has a sensitive stomach and I like knowing exactly what is in the treats I give her. This fresh breath dog biscuit recipe also helps with digestion, so it’s a double win.

Look at that sweet face. I make these for her because it makes me happy and no doubt it makes her happy.

black and white photo of dog

Also, because I am that dog mom. There are lots of us out there, the people who love their dogs like crazy. I wear it proudly.

There you have it, friends. A homemade pumpkin dog treat recipe that is a sure winner, it’s inexpensive and it couldn’t be easier. My job here is done!

I really hope you love this recipe. If you make it, snap a pic and share it with me either in the Fabulous Foodie Friends Facebook group or on Instagram by tagging @pookspantry and using hashtag #pookspantry.

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Yield: 90

Oatmeal Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

stacked pumpkin dog treats

Made with just 3 ingredients, this oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe is a healthy and inexpensive alternative to store-bought treats.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin purée

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C)
  2. Add oats to the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Let machine run for 2 - 3 minutes, until oats are almost flour consistency with a few big pieces left.
  4. Add pumpkin purée and eggs, mix to combine until dough looks uniform.
  5. Scoop with small cookie scoop and drop on a parchment (or silpat)-lined sheet pan.
  6. Flatten with a fork dipped in flour.
  7. Bake for 16 - 18 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  8. Cool completely before giving to your dog.

Notes

If you want to roll the dough out to cut bone shaped treats:

  • Add 1/4 cup flour to the dough while it is in the processor
  • Sprinkle your work surface with a few tablespoons of flour, turn the dough out onto the counter and work some of the flour from the counter into the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  • You may need to add another few tablespoons. If it is humid, or your dough is still sticky for any reason, you may need a bit more. You just need to add enough flour so that you can roll the dough out without it sticking to the rolling pin.
  • Roll the dough out to the desired thickness (I did about 1/8")
  • Place your treats on the lined sheet pan and proceed with step 7 to bake.

If you have an older dog or a dog with dental issues or a dog that prefers soft treats

  • You can bake 14 - 16 minutes, this will give you a softer treat instead of a crunchy one. Make sure that it is baked all the way through before taking the entire tray out of the oven.

I used a 2" cutter, the recipe made 90 dog bone treats.

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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    90

    Serving Size:

    1 piece

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 13Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

    Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.

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    88 Comments

    1. My 6 year old and 6 month old German Shepherds love these treats, they definitely don’t last long! I really enjoy the thorough instructions on all of your recipes, keep up the great work!

    2. Pook made a test batch of the bone shaped treats. I gave two of them to my mini-Schnauzer Augustus and he LOVED them. Based on the ingredients, it is obvious that these treats are healthy for my dog. You provide easy instructions and a lot of great pics to make sure I don’t mess it up! Thanks!!

    3. Thank you for the recipe! I just made a batch of these- am wanting to make homemade dog treats for Christmas presents. They turned out great, and my little Corgi Trixie LOVED them.

    4. Hi I just wondered how long these will keep if I individually heat seal these? Just thinking I can make these ahead of time.
      Thanks

      1. Hi Carmel – These treats will keep in an airtight container for a week or two on the counter in a cool place. If you store them in the fridge, they will last at least a month and in the freezer, they will last several months. 

    5. 8/8 stars. I made this as a holiday gift yesterday for 4 dogs in my family, as well as some for my 4 guys, one of whom is very picky about his treats. Out of 8 dogs, all 8 loved them. I’m going to have to make more already. I thought they’d like them but I didn’t expect them to be so excited about them!
      Great recipe! Very easy, quick, and well-instructed. Thanks for making their holiday.

      1. Brittany, thank you for making MY holiday!!!! I’m SO EXCITED that All the pups like them! This makes my heart very, very happy! Thank you!

    6. I made these a few days ago for my two dogs, plus a friends dog were taking care of . All three are absolutely nuts about them! I’m starting another batch – I’ll double it this time. Thank you for the great recipe!

      1. Hi Joann, I think it should be fine. I haven’t made them with 1 minute oats before, so I can’t say for sure. My best advice would be to make a small batch and test it out. If you’re happy with the results, then go for it and make a full (or double) batch!

        1. Has anyone used the 1 minute oats?? I have a huge container of them. Everywhere I went they were sold out of the whole oats.

          1. Hey Karen! I haven’t used the one minute oats, but I think they would work. My best advice would be to make HALF the recipe, to test it out. That way, if you’re not happy with them, you didn’t waste too much.
            I would love it if you let me know how they turned out. I’m certain you’re not the only one with that question 🙂

            1. Thank you. Imma gonna try them today. I’m bored and need something to do.. will let you know how these turn out

          2. I have made them today. I used organic quick oats instead. I replaced one egg by a couple tbsp of peanut butter, just because I wanted to use some peanut butter leftovers. They turned out perfect. Our dog loved them!

              1. Kelly, the recipe is for 2 eggs. I’m working on another one with peanut butter, it’ll be out soon 🙂

    7. My dog loved these! He is an elder border collie with a very sensitive stomach (there is something with his digestive system or liver). At the beginning of this year, got a serious case of bad diarrhea (sorry for the unpleasant image on a recipe post). The vet has recommended pumpkin puree in addition to what they prescribed him as extra help. I tried to give his some puree by itself and he was NOT having it (oh and he’s a picky eater who doesn’t like peanut butter, I know right?).

      So I was searching the Internet on homemade treats with pumpkin & without peanut butter and tada! I happen to have extra oats on hand too. Couldn’t be easier!

      I just did the non-flour version and dropped them onto the baking sheet. I completely missed the fact that the original recipe yields 90 – I halved the recipe (wanting to make a test batch to see if my dog likes it first) and ended up with 15 or so laaarge treats lol. I ended up baking them 25 minutes or so, they were still not crunchy but I think my senior dog enjoys it that way. Once cooled, I broke one into smaller pieces to feed him and he absolutely devoured it and wants more. Now off to use the rest of my pumpkin puree! Just wanted to first drop by and say thank you so much for such a simple & useful recipe!

      1. Hi Anne! Thank you so much for the kind words. Sugar (my dog) is 12, so I understand the issues of an older dog. I’m absolutely thrilled that your boy loved these 🙂
        If they are on the softer side, store them in the fridge, so they don’t get moldy. (I live in a humid climate, so I’m always on the lookout)
        Have a great day!

    8. My dogs loved this recipe. 4 out of the 5 like pumpkin. Even the picky eater ate a small piece. I didn’t have oats but did have oat flour. So I used 1 cup oat flour, 1/2 cup pumpkin, and 1 egg. I made them small about 1/2 tablespoon and cooked for 12 minutes. They were perfect. They won’t last long but so easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Hi Cathy! I’m so glad the dogs liked them! 4 out of 5 is pretty good 🙂
        Thanks for the feedback on how you made them!

    9. Also, am I wrong in thinking these can be for humans too? I was thinking of adding some dark chocolate chips or a bit of protein powder to some that would be exclusively for my quick, healthy to-go snacks (obviously being very careful to ensure my dogs don’t get the chocolate ones). Any thoughts?

      1. Hi Maureen, I can’t imagine why you only had 25. The only thing I can think of is that your scoop is bigger than the one I used. If you followed the recipe and used the same amounts that are listed, it has to be the scoop size.

    10. I tried your recipe my girls loved it. So I tried substituting the pumpkin with chopped strawberries, peanut butter, and I had to add a tablespoon of water. Then mixed it with a spoon instead of the food processor. It came out amazing

      1. Hi Audriana! That’s fantastic!! I’m glad they liked the treats and I love that you made a variation of your own! 🙂

    11. Hi. Love the recipe. I don’t don’t have pumpkin, do you think I can substitute peanut butter? Thanks.

    12. Hi!! I made these today for a bake sale – because everyone spoils their doggie – and my Lillian is IN love. Thank you for this great recipe. So simple but so perfect!! I’ll make again for sure.

      1. Hi Kimberly 🙂 I think that is a question for your vet. Every dog is different and mine has health issues, so I would ask a professional for their advice.

    13. Had a lot of pumpkin left over and wanted an easy pup cookie recipe. This was perfect! I only used 2 cups oats, didn’t pulse, and make big cookies, so I got 12 (which was fine with me). Let them bake for 20 min. They came out nice and soft, and done all the way through. I am auntie to 3 pups (a pittie mix + 2 tiny chi mixes) who loved them, and my roomie’s dog, also enjoyed! The large, soft cookies, were just right, since 2/4 pups are older with not so many teeth left 🙂 Will most def make this again, thanks so much!

      1. Hi Nico, thank you so much for the review!!! Good to know that the recipe worked, even with a few changes. I’m sure that will be helpful to others out there as well! 🙂

    14. Just made these for my doggos. They loved them! Gobbled em right up like greedy little buggers! Will definitely make these again

      1. LOL! Judy, that made me laugh (greedy little buggers)! I am so happy your doggos enjoyed them and I’m glad you’ll make them again 🙂

    15. I am a little confused about the nutrition information. Pumpkin has generally 7 grams of fiber per cup (canned) and oatmeal, 4 grams per cup. How do you justify 0 (zero) in the nutritional information?

      1. Hi Anne, the nutritional info is calculated by a third-party, not by me. My guess would be because the recipe makes 90 treats and they are small, so if you divide the recipe by 90, the grams of fiber work out to less than 1, so it automatically defaults to zero.

    16. My pup and my friends 3 LOVED the treats. Just wanted to leave an FYI – the Pumpkin stains your silicone baking mats. Not too big of a deal, but I felt it was worth sharing!

      1. Thank you, Kim! I’m so happy that the treats were well received 🙂 That’s good to know about the staining! I always bake them on parchment paper, so I’ve not noticed that before, but thank you for the heads up to anyone else using silicone mats! xx

    17. Just made this for my 15-month old labradoodle! She loved them! I did add about 1/2 small banana (because it was being wasted by my son), and stirred in about 1/4 cup dried cranberries. This recipe is a keeper! And probably great fir their digestion!

      1. Thank you , Heather! I’m so happy that your pup loved them! The banana is a great addition! Did your pup like the dried cranberries? I’ve never given them to Sugar.

    18. Just made these! Subbed half the pumpkin purée for apple sauce since my guy isn’t huge on pumpkin, they turned out great. Thank you!

      1. Thanks, Tiffany! I’m so glad your guy liked them AND that the recipe still worked even with the changes you made! HOORAY!

    19. Our Buddy is 14 and recently recovered from his 2nd acute Pancreatitis attack we’ve changed his diet to a home made organic pancreas friendly diet and he’s doing well. We stopped giving him store bought treats and have been searching for treats we could make for him and our other 2 furry babies Shiloh and Zoey I was thrilled to find your recipe and can’t wait to make these for them they will be do excited to get treats again and we will feel better knowing these won’t harm their health.

      1. Hi Vena, Thank you so much for the lovely message! My Sugar will turn 14 this year, so I completely understand where you are coming from. Senior dogs need extra care and special diets for their system. There are quite a few dog treat recipes on the blog, I hope you try a couple of them 🙂 Let me know if you do, I’d love to hear how it worked out. I’m thrilled that Buddy, Shiloh and Zoey will be getting homemade treats made with love <3

        1. Sorry about the typos Pook. I meant thank you I definitely will let you know. My little pack is doing well. God Bless You. 🛐🙂❤️

    20. The recipe worked out great! Thank you for it. How long do you think the dog treats are good for until they turn bad?

      1. Hi there! I’m so glad the recipe turned out great for you! I’d recommend storing them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you need to keep them longer, freeze them for up to 3 months. Remember there are no preservatives, so they will eventually go bad. Maybe freeze half of the batch for later 🙂

    21. Thanks for the recipe. I also added golden roasted flax seed, turmeric, ginger powder, fine black pepper and dried parsley and cooked them about 10 minutes longer for a harder cookie. My dog is happy! ❤️

    22. I have four dogs (two long-haired Chihuahuas, a Great Pyrenees, and a black Lab) who need different diets. My Lab has so many allergies including peanuts, soy, peas, and pork! One of my Chihuahuas has to be on a prescription diet for bladder stones. My other Chihuahua is on a senior diet. Only my Pyr can have regular food! However, being a Great Pyrenees, when I give her a new type of treat, she’s like “nope, that’s poison!” LOL I love these homemade treats because everyone can eat them without dietary issues and my Pyr ate it immediately when I gave her the first treat. When I make them, my Lab is laying right in the middle of the kitchen waiting for the first batch to come out of the oven. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! My dogs love you for it!

    23. I added 3oz unsweetened applesauce, 1 TB. natural Peanut Butter and a tsp. cinnamon to this. They were excellent my fur babies love when I make treats.

    24. I made these cookies for our neighbours dogs and they just loved them. Got lots of cookies at least 4 dozen. Had to make very small and medium sized cookies. They were so easy to make and smelled so good when they were baking. I cooked mine longer for a crunchier cookie. Will definitely make again. I love recipes using oats instead of flour.

        1. Hi, I just made your banana/blueberry dog treats and our dog loves them. As canned pumpkin is not a thing here in New Zealand I wonder if I could use homemade mashed pumpkin/sweet potato instead do you think? Thank 🙂

          1. Hi Helle,
            You absolutely can use homemade mashed sweet potato or pumpkin! It will work beautifully. I’m so happy that your pup like the blueberry banana treats 🙂

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    26. I just made these and added some almond butter because it’s my dog’s fave thing. He loves the cookies. I made a half recipe and got 18 cookies not 45. I have no idea how I’d have stretched the numbers as my cookies are 1/8th inch thick but 2″ across not bones. I also mixed in some oat flour with oatmeal since I do not have a processor. I baked at 350 for 18 min and they are not overly crunchy, and some bend in the center still.

      1. Hey there, I’m not really sure what happened, as I’m not in your kitchen.
        I’ve made this recipe myself a few times and I consistency get A LOT of treats out of the dough. The only thing I can think of is my cutter – the bone shape is thinner in the middle, so maybe your cookie cutter used more dough?

    27. Our parvo puppy was having trouble building up her appetite during recovery and these really helped get her going. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ll definitely be trying out your other treats on Rosie.

      1. Thank you so much, Angie! I’m so happy to hear that your puppy is doing better! I’m thrilled she liked them 🙂

    28. I have a 10 year old minature poodle mix, who has a sensitive stomach and ended up with several emergency episodes. She’s on a prescriptive diet. I stopped buying store bought treats and was looking for natural recipes when I found your website. This recipe was perfect for Prada and she was able to tolerate the oatmeal, eggs and pumpkin. I made half a batch, and made them like drop cookies without the flour and flatten using a fork. I ended up with 22. I also baked for 21 minutes so they are not as chewy. It was a quick and simple recipe. I liked that there were minimal ingredients for pups with sensitive stomachs. But even more important, Prada loves them!

      1. That is WONDERFUL. I’m so glad your girl loves them and they are easy on her belly 🙂 Thank you so much!

    29. My 4 year old poodle mix has a sensitive stomach. She also is a picky eater and doesn’t like peanut butter or apples. This recipe is simple, straight forward and fast. I did add about 1/2 cup of blueberries to the blender with the rest of the ingredients. The batter was super gooey because of the blueberries. So I put it in a zip top bag and just pipped it out onto the cookie sheet. I baked for about 14 min till golden. My dog loved them! Thank you for a simple, no fuss recipe. I’ll be making these again soon!

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