An easy homemade pumpkin dog treat your pup will love! Feel good about feeding your furry friend a healthy homemade dog biscuit made with simple wholesome ingredients like pumpkin and peanut butter.
This is a post about my dog, and making dog treats for her.
I’m not sure if that means I’ve become some crazy stay at home pet-obsessed lady already in my 7 days of unemployment or if I just love her that much…jury’s out.
Most of you already know her, but if not, meet Ginger.
She’s my insane Weimaraner who literally makes me laugh every single day.
This dog suckles on a stuffed hedgehog like she’s 16 behind the high school bleachers.
Jumps up and wraps her arms around my arm ferociously wagging her tail every.single.time I enter the house no matter if it’s 2 weeks since I was home last or 20 minutes.
Groans like a human when she’s tired.
Whines incessantly if she can’t be within 6 feet of you at all times.
And tries her absolute hardest to catch the family of deer in our backyard for 4 years now. Each time it’s with such renewed vigor like maybe, just maybe, this time will be the one she actually does it.
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN DOG TREATS
With just 7 simple pantry ingredients this pumpkin dog treat recipe is incredibly easy to whip up for your pup. Sometimes, they deserve more than jerky made from vegetables, right?
And since we’ve established that dogs can eat pumpkin safely, using it as the main ingredient in these treats is the perfect option for a healthy biscuit.
Ingredients for pumpkin dog treats:
- oat flour
- whole wheat flour
- an egg
- pinch of salt
- peanut butter — swap out for almond butter if needed
To make the dog treats, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.
Turn the dough out on a counter and roll out using a rolling pin. Use a dog biscuit cookie cutter (or any shape you like) and place the cut outs on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake the pumpkin dog treats in a 350°F preheated oven for 15-17 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer each biscuit to a cooling rack to cool completely before giving one to your dog.
Because this recipe uses just 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin, it’s a great way to use up the rest of the pumpkin left in an open can.
HOW TO STORE PUMPKIN DOG TREATS
Because these treats are homemade without preservatives, they won’t keep long at room temperature.
Store the dog treats in an air-tight plastic bag or container in the refrigerator.
MORE HOMEMADE TREATS FOR YOUR PUP!
This pumpkin dog treat recipe was one of my first experiments in making food for my dog but since perfecting these snacks for Ginger, I’ve also tried my hand at homemade dog biscuits which are very similar to these pumpkin treats, just without pumpkin.
And if you’re really ambitious, try your hand at making homemade raw dog food. There’s a lot of possible benefits from a raw food diet worth exploring.
We do this from time to time and Ginger absolutely loves it. It’s a bit of a commitment but knowing you’re feeding your dog the absolute best in terms of ingredients is incredibly satisfying.
I’m of the belief that my dog’s nutrition should be just as good as my own!
As a puppy and for the first few years of her life, Ginger’s energy levels were insane.
Literally, insane. Any one who owns a Weimaraner can attest to this.
We spent many nights riding around our neighborhood on a bike with her running along side us on the leash or throwing a tennis ball back and forth at midnight in the boat storage lot of our community at the time just trying to tire her out so we would all be able to sleep for at least 6 hours.
People ask why I don’t want kids, Ginger’s first year of life is why.
Around age 6 though, she finally calmed down.
Her day now consists of 75% following the sun around the house and 25% running around like a lunatic when we let her outside.
She’s gone from happily strapping on the harness and leash for a run with Ulysses to literally hiding under my desk when he’s in workout clothes and calling her (smart little lady).
If you saw the hill he runs up in the neighborhood next to us, you wouldn’t blame her.
But she doesn’t get off that easily around here because let’s face it, even if she’s 42 in dog years, that’s too damn young to be spending all day laying around on the carpet, only getting up to swipe blog food off the counter while I’m photographing.
So, I happily play the role of annoying mom, leash her up and march her butt right up that big hill until we’re both panting at the top.
Then we come home, she gets one of these homemade pumpkin dog treats and I raid the pantry for chocolate while she stands by with sad eyes trying desperately to understand why I never give her a piece.
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (or mashed sweet potato)
- 1 egg
- pinch of salt
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flours and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk together all other ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together until fully incorporated.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll out with a rolling pin.
Using a cookie cutter (any shape will do) and place on a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet.
Roll all the scraps back into a ball and roll out again with rolling pin.
Cut out as many cookies as possible again and place on the baking sheet.
Continue this process until all the dough is used up.
Bake for 15-17 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
Once cooled completely, store in a air tight plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
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