Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Pumpkin peanut butter dog treats are easy to make and use only 4 ingredients. They are a healthier and less expensive option than store bought biscuits. Plus, these dog treats with rolled oats are made from start to finish in about 30 minutes.
Making dog treats at home is easy and you can make them for half the cost of store bought. This is also a great activity to do with kids who have been cooped up and need something to do.
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Homemade dog biscuits with peanut butter
I’ve been making homemade dog biscuits for as long as I’ve had my dog, which is going on 13 years.
Like many dogs, Sugar has a sensitive stomach and homemade dog treats were the best option for her. This fresh breath dog biscuit recipe helps with digestion too, so it’s a double win.
These dog biscuits use only 4 ingredients – rolled oats, pumpkin purée, peanut butter and egg. The best part is that they are made in the food processor, so dirty dishes are minimal.
You can find the original banana pumpkin dog treats recipe that I made a few years ago if you’d like to try another pumpkin treat.
Peanut butter dog treats
Making biscuits for your pet shouldn’t take all day. These 4 ingredient dog treats are done from start to finish in about 30 minutes.
A few months ago, I made peanut butter banana dog treats for Sugar and tested them out on almost a dozen different dogs. They were a hit with all the dogs, even the picky eaters.
Dogs know a good thing when they’ve got it and homemade dog treats beat store bought every single time.
Made these for my dog and he loves them. I gave him one to try after it had cooled down and by the time the last batch was in the oven, he was sitting in front of the oven waiting for me to take more out. Big hit!-Deb
How to make dog treats
To make these simple peanut butter dog treats, the first step is to grind up the rolled oats in the food processor.
You can see that they are pretty fine, but not entirely ground up into flour. There are still a few pieces of oat in the mix.
Next, you’ll add the pumpkin, peanut butter and egg to the oats.
Turn the food processor on and let it run for a few minutes until the mixture looks uniform.
This is what the dough should look like when it’s ready to roll out.
All that’s left to do is cut out cute bone shaped treats and bake them!
How to store homemade dog treats
This recipe makes about 7 dozen treats, which is a big batch.
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 few days, 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.
Homemade peanut butter dog treats
They also make a great gift for friends and neighbors with dogs.
I love these cellophane puppy print gift bags or these paper gift bags with paw prints for gifting homemade dog treats.
With the paw prints on the bag, everyone will know they are for the dog and not for human consumption. Although, to be honest, they are totally edible and not half bad.
I took Sugar for a stroll around the neighborhood and we left treats for a few neighbors with dogs.
We had more than enough to share and who doesn’t love a good surprise? Everyone was so happy to get them, especially the pups.
More dog treat recipes:
- Homemade dog treats with oats and applesauce
- Soft pumpkin dog treats (great for older dogs or dogs with dental issues)
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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Pumpkin peanut butter dog treats are a quick and easy homemade dog biscuit made with only 4 ingredients.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup pure pumpkin purée
- 1 egg
- +flour for rolling out (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat, set aside.
- 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 peanut butter, pumpkin purée and egg to food processor.
- Mix until dough looks uniform.
- Turn the dough out onto the countertop.
- Dough will be sticky - sprinkle the countertop with a couple of tablespoons of flour, and work some of the flour from the counter into the dough until it is no longer too sticky to roll out.
- Roll the dough out to roughly 1/8" thick.
- Cut treats out with cookie cutter and place on baking sheet. Bake for 16 - 18 minutes, rotate trays halfway through.
- Cool completely before giving to your dog.
You can also use a small cookie scoop to form the treats, then flatten the treats with a fork (like a peanut butter cookie), if you don't want to roll them out to cut shapes.
Make sure canned pumpkin is 100% pure pumpkin purée and not pumpkin pie mix.
I used a 2 inch cookie cutter. The number of treats will vary depending on the size of cookie cutter you use.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
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Thank you for the recipes (dog treat) our German Shepard has developed a food allergy and I think making home made treats is a step in the right direction to making my girl happy and healthier. I am making the pumpkin banana treats this afternoon.
Thank you so much, Cheryl. I really appreciate your sweet comment. My girl has a very sensitive stomach, which is why I started making things for her instead of buying them. I hope your girl loves ALL the treats you make 🙂 Let me know how they turn out!
I would love to make these for my GIGI however she is suppose to be on a grain free diet. She is a itchy girl. Also I went to school with your MOM.
Hi Sheila 🙂
You could try to swap the oatmeal with cooked quinoa. It won’t be the same, but it might work. I’ve never done it, so I can’t say for sure, but in theory it should be ok. Maybe cut the recipe in half to try a smaller amount, just in case!
And, I’ll tell my mom that you were here 😉
Hi. Can I use cooked sweet potato instead of pumpkin?
Hi Erica, YES! You absolutely can swap in sweet potato for pumpkin 🙂 The dough may be a little stiffer, because pumpkin is a little looser than sweet potato, but it shouldn’t be a problem.
I have added both
Made these for my dog and he loves them. I gave him one to try after it had cooled down and by the time the last batch was in the oven, he was sitting in front of the oven waiting for me to take more out. Big hit, but I did find I had to keep them in the refrigerator as they did tend to get moldy if left in the pantry. I may not have gotten them baked firmly enough but keeping them in the fridge seemed to solve the issue. Thanks for sharing!!!
Hi Deb, I’m so glad your dog loves them! And, yes, fridge is best! Thank you for the lovely comment!
I do the same don’t grind oats add some yogurt and fresh blueberries. They love. Use a cookie scoop. Great if you need to get them to take a pill just put inside. Thanks I didn’t know they last two weeks I always freeze and take one out a day. They know when it’s time for breakfast
Hi! Can’t wait to make these for my puppy! I’d love to freeze them too – is it best to freeze the batter then bake as I need them, or freeze the baked treats? Thank you!
Hi Jenna! It’s better to freeze the baked treats, then thaw them as needed 🙂
hi i have a glut of various squashes. is it ok to use instead of pumpkin?
Also i believe some peanut butter that contains xylitol is not good for dogs,
Hi Stan, yes you can. The texture may be slightly drier. Also, that is correct – no PB with xylitol.