Pumpkin Dog treatsMy 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. These treats will keep in an airtight container for a couple of weeks on the counter. If you store them in the fridge, they will last at least a month and in the freezer, they will last several months.
how to make homemade pumpkin dog treatsFor 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. 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. 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. 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 oatmealThese 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. 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 treat recipeThese 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. 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 homemade dog treatsIf 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 few days, then store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze them and take out a few at a time, which is what I do most of the time.
pumpkin dog treat recipeLook at that sweet face. I make these for her because it makes me happy and no doubt it makes her happy. But, she 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. Also, because I am that dog mom. “I love her like I gave birth to her” is heard daily in our house. 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!
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- 3 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pure pumpkin purée
- Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C)
- 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 pumpkin purée and eggs, mix to combine until dough looks uniform.
- Scoop with small cookie scoop and drop on a parchment (or silpat)-lined sheet pan.
- Flatten with a fork dipped in flour.
- Bake for 16 - 18 minutes, rotating halfway through.
- Cool completely before giving to your dog.
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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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.