This Easy Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe is a treat that Kylie has been dying to make for our dog Bentley! She and Bentley are like BFFs and are always together, so much so that Kylie has been known to taste his treats for him. (No joke)
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Kylie is my pumpkin fanatic, so when she found out, Bentley could have dog treats made with pumpkin, she was on a mission to make him happy. That she did, she was so excited when we found some cute little cookie cutters shaped just like the little dog biscuit treats. We will make more special treats since the dog devoured these!
We used Fox Rug Dog bone cookie cutters from Amazon. You can use any cookie cutters for these; my girls loved that they were in the shape of dog bones. You can find a wide variety of dog-themed cookie cutters on Amazon!
Easy 4-ingredient Pumpkin Dog Treat Ingredients:
- All-Purpose Flour– You can use all-purpose, whole wheat flour, oat flour, almond flour, and chickpea flour. I use all-purpose flour most often. Watch for reactions if it’s your first time baking a special treat for your dog.
- Large Egg– You can use store-bought or fresh eggs in this recipe.
- Canned Pumpkin – Use pumpkin with no additives; see below for a canned vs fresh pumpkin comparison.
- Peanut Butter– I used creamy peanut butter, be sure your peanut butter doesn’t have Xylitol.
Can Dogs Have Pumpkin?
Before giving your dog any new foods, you can consult with a vet to ensure they are safe for your dog and its breed. As well as being a healthy dog snack, these are tasty human treats. According to the American Kennel Club’s list of Safe Fruits and Vegetables, pumpkin is safe and has health benefits for the digestive system and their skin and coat.
Plain canned pumpkin is good to have on hand for your dog. According to the American Kennel Club, the soluble fiber can add bulk to a dog’s stool and absorb water when a dog has diarrhea or an upset stomach. In addition, pumpkin offers skin and coat benefits for your furry friend and an aid to digestive issues. Plain canned pumpkin is the healthiest choice for your dog. But like all things in moderation, too much pumpkin in a dog’s diet can cause more stomach issues.
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Should I Use Canned Pumpkin Or Fresh Pumpkin:
Plain canned pumpkin is the healthiest choice and is a great ingredient for these pumpkin peanut butter dog treats. You will want to make sure any canned pumpkin has no added salt, sugar, spices, or other additives. (Pets.Webmd gives a great breakdown of the best advice on this topic)
Fresh pumpkins will have a higher water content than canned pumpkins. If you make fresh homemade pumpkin puree, you will de-seed your pumpkin and then boil the pumpkin until soft. Remove and drain from water to mash, then store the puree in the fridge for three to four days in the fridge, or six months in the freezer.
Never use canned pumpkin pie or peanut butter that contains Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs.
How To Make Easy Pumpkin Dog Treat:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees f!
In a large mixing bowl, combine your wet ingredients, the egg, peanut butter, and pureed pumpkin. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer for this step or mix with a whisk or wooden spoon.
Once your wet ingredients are mixed, slowly mix in the dry ingredient of flour. We put in a cup, then added in 1/4 cup each time until we got to the 2 cups of flour, and the dough’s thickness increased.
Flour your counter and roll your dough into a ball onto the floured surface.
Roll your dough out flat with a rolling pin onto your floured counter.
Cut out your cookies to the thickness you like your homemade dog treats to be.
Next, lay out your dog treats on a baking sheet, aka cookie sheet, you can use a piece of parchment paper as well.
Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes until they are done or golden brown
Allow to cool off and share the treats with your dog! Kylie tried a bite of one and liked them as well as Bentley did
How To Store Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats:
Place these in an airtight container and store them at room temperature. You could store these in a refrigerator if you want to for up to a week.
Our Other Homemade Dog Treat Recipes:
- Easy Homemade Coconut Oil Peanut Butter Dog Treats– These frozen treats are our dogs’ favorite in the summertime!
- Homemade Dog Breath Treats– Use fresh mint to make these tasty dog treats to help your furry friend’s breath fresher!
- Homemade Apple Pumpkin Dog Treats-Dogs can enjoy all the fall goodies of apples and pumpkin in these tasty treats with oats!
- Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats-With only four ingredients, these are easy-to-make and tasty treats for your four-legged friend!
Have you made dog treats before for your dog?? What did you make??
Easy Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees f!
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your wet ingredients the egg, peanut butter, and pureed pumpkin. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer for this step or mix with just a whisk or wooden spoon to do this.
- Once your wet ingredients are mixed slowly mix in the dry ingredient of flour. We put in a cup then added in 1/4 cup each time until you get to the 2 cups of flour, and the thickness of the dough does increase.
- Flour your counter and roll your dough into a ball onto the floured surface.
- Roll your dough out flat with a rolling pin onto your floured counter.
- Cut out your cookies to the thickness you like your homemade dog treats to be.
- Next layout your dog treats on a baking sheet aka cookie sheet, you can use a piece of parchment paper as well, and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes until they are done or golden brown
- Allow to cool off and share the treats with your dog!