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. They are ready in about 25 minutes and perfect for pups with sensitive bellies.
By learning how to make homemade dog treats, you are able to customize them to your dogs personal taste and needs.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
Making dog treats yourself is easy and you can make them for half the cost of store bought, like these banana pumpkin dog treats. This oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe will make tails everywhere wag with happiness.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Quick & Easy – Ready from start to finish in about 25 minutes.
- Inexpensive – The cost of these ingredients probably totals a few dollars for 90 treats, and that’s much less than store-bought.
- Make ahead – You can make the dough ahead of time and bake the next day. You can also bake these oatmeal treats and store them in the fridge or freezer.
Oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe
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.
I call this recipe my 3-2-1 dog biscuit. It’s one of the easiest treats you can make and your pup will be so happy to have them
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats – These treats use oatmeal as the base instead of flour.
- 2 eggs – Eggs help to bind them together.
- 1 cup pure pumpkin purée – Not pie filling, 100% pure pumpkin.
How to make
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.
For the second attempt at these dog treats, I put the oatmeal 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.
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.
- You can add a little bit of flour (oat or regular) to roll them out to cut shapes.
The dough will be a bit sticky and rolling it out without adding either extra oatmeal 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.
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 oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe will be a hit with your pup too.
Oatmeal pumpkin dog treat FAQ’s
Because these oatmeal pumpkin dog treats do not contain additives to prolong shelf life, it is best to store them in the refrigerator. To store for longer, freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
If properly stored, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 weeks.
Yes. I use old-fashioned oats, but you can use a quick cooking variety if that’s what you have. You cannot use steel-cut oats, as those are entirely different.
Variations and substitutions
- Eggs can be swapped for chia seeds. To make these dog biscuits without eggs, substitute with 2 tbsp. chia (or hemp) seeds mixed with 6 tbsp. water. Wait 5 minutes until it has started to gel before adding to dough.
- Old-fashioned oats can be swapped for quick-cooking oats. You can swap out quick cooking oats for regular old fashioned oats. Do not swap out for flavored oatmeal. Those little packets are not good for your dog.
- Sweet potato or butternut squash can be swapped for pumpkin. The texture may be slightly drier than canned pumpkin, so you may need to add an additional tablespoon or two of water to the dough.
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.
These oatmeal pumpkin dog cookies also make a fantastic homemade gift – DIY dog treats. Because they are really easy, 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 store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Remember that homemade treats do not contain preservatives and will eventually mold, just like any baked good.
If you live in a cooler, less humid climate, you can store these treats in a cute dog treat jar on the counter for a few days before moving them to the fridge. You can also freeze them and take out a few at a time, which is what I do most of the time.
More dog treats recipes
- Butternut squash dog treats
- Sweet potato dog treats
- Peanut butter dog treats
- Cheddar apple dog treats
- Christmas dog treats recipe
There you have it, friends. Lots of options to spoil your sweet pup!
Helpful tools and equipment
- Bone shaped cookie cutters – The same set of cutters that I used for this recipe.
- Food processor – This is an updated of the one I own.
- Baking sheets – Commercial grade sheet pans don’t warp in the oven. Invest in them once and they’ll last you a lifetime.
- Parchment paper – Sheets of parchment cut to fit perfectly inside the pan.
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- 3 cups old-fashioned oats // 267gr
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pure pumpkin purée // 227gr
- Preheat oven to 350°F // 180°C // Gas mark 4.
- 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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Serving Size:1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total 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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