These 4 ingredient pumpkin carrot dog treats are mixed together by hand and they are ready in about 30 minutes, to the delight of your pup. Just stir the dough together, then roll out and bake your bone-shaped dog cookies. Homemade dog treat recipes don’t have to be complicated or difficult. This recipe uses common ingredients for an easy, DIY recipe your dog will love.
Like many of my pumpkin dog treats, I try to keep the ingredients to a minimum. This recipe has only four ingredients and you probably have all of them in your kitchen already.
Pumpkin and carrot dog treats
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.
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 of canned pumpkin in the pantry year-round, so I can keep her treat container full at all times.
This pumpkin and carrot dog treats recipe is low fat, which is great for senior dogs. Just like people, as our pups get a bit older, they are less active and require fewer calories than they did when they were growing puppies.
- Whole wheat flour – You can swap regular AP flour, or whichever flour you prefer for your pup.
- Grated carrots – 2 or 3 medium sized carrots is all you’ll need.
- Canned pumpkin – Be sure it is pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. They are not interchangeable.
- Eggs – 2 large eggs, use whatever size you have (as long as they aren’t pullet eggs).
Helpful tools for making carrot 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.
Making homemade dog treats isn’t much different than making a simple batch of cookies.
Stir everything together in a large mixing bowl. You’ll need to use a clean hand to work in all of the flour, then dust the counter with a bit of flour and roll out the dough.
This is what your dough should look like – it will be a stiff dough when all of the flour is worked in.
Use a small cookie cutter (about 2 inches) to cut treats out and place on lined baking sheet.
Bake for about 20 minutes and then let them cool completely before feeding these carrot pumpkin dog treats to your pup.
Homemade dog treat FAQ’s
Remember that these treats do not contain preservatives like commercially made biscuits. My recommendation is always to store them in the refrigerator.
You can leave a handful of treats out on the counter, but only enough for a day or two.
To make treats more shelf stable, you need to remove moisture. This means extending baking time, at a lower temperature. Removing moisture from the treats will make it harder for bacteria to grow (but not impossible!), however, in doing so, you’ll also end up with a crunchier treat.
Choose a cool, dry, dark location for best results. Do not store near the stove or in direct sunlight. Make sure treats are completely cooled before storing. Treats spoil faster in warm, humid climates – trust me on this. I know from personal experience.
Treat these like any other homemade baked good. They do not have preservatives, so they won’t keep quite as long as store-bought dog biscuits.
Dog treat recipes
- Cheddar apple dog treats
- Healthy sweet potato dog treats
- Banana dog treats with blueberries
- Oatmeal pumpkin dog treats
- Pumpkin turmeric dog treats
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- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup pure pumpkin purée (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup grated carrot
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 177°C.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix together with a rubber spatula or spoon until most of the flour is incorporated, then use a clean hand to work in the remaining flour until the dough is uniform.
- Lightly dust the counter with flour, then roll dough out to 1/8" thick with a floured rolling pin.
- Cut treats out with a 2 inch cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 18 - 20 minutes, or a few minutes longer for crunchier treats.
- Cool completely before giving to your dog.
For best results, store in refrigerator.
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Serving Size:1 bone
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 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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