There are people who love summer and a few who love winter, but I love spring and autumn. The cool, crisp air that washes over my skin at these times of year inspires me to bake seasonal yummies for my dogs.
And I especially like baking in autumn when pumpkin is a main ingredient.
Pumpkin is a naturally sweet and nutritious way to treat your dogs to something yummy!
Baking Autumn Treats for Dogs
One of the things to keep in mind as you’re looking at autumn treats for dogs is the kinds of spices that you put in your baked goods.
Some spices are harmful to dogs. Let’s look at a couple of the common ones and whether or not you should use them in dog treats.
Note: none of the recipes I give you will ever have dog-toxic ingredients in them.
Can dogs have nutmeg?
“Nutmeg is toxic to pets due to a compound in the nutmeg called Myristicin,”Stephani Liff, DVM
But generally speaking if your dog gets a small amount of nutmeg in a cookie it’s not reason to panic. The quantities have to be pretty large to have an impact.
Can dogs have allspice?
Allspice is not toxic to dogs (although you don’t want to give it to them in quantity), but can cause liver toxicity in cats due to a compound called eugenol.
Flavoring a treat with a little bit of allspice is fine for dogs.
Can dogs have cinnamon?
Cinnamon is not toxic to dogs according to the AKC.
But like most other spices, you should use it in moderation and not feed it to your dog by the spoonful. 🙂
(not that I think you’re going to do that).
How to Prepare Pumpkin for Dogs
Preparing pumpkin for your canine pals is the same as preparing it for humans, but you should use less sugar than what’s in a typical human recipe.
All the pupcake recipes featured here are sweetened with natural ingredients like pumpkin and banana. And if these aren’t enough here are 13 more healthy dog treats with pumpkin.
Important: on the peanut butter and pumpkin recipe make sure you are using all natural peanut butter or peanut butter sweetened with real sugar. Some peanut butters are sweetened with xylitol, which is VERY toxic to dogs.
3 Tasty Recipes for Baking Dog Treats with Pumpkin
I love these three recipes. They are wholesome, easy to make and my dogs love them. And because they all feature human grade ingredients sometimes I even sneak one myself.
Shhhh… don’t tell my dogs. 🙂
Homemade Pumpkin Pupcakes for Dogs
- 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 Tbsp dry milk
- 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 large egg
- Arrange 24 mini-muffin cups with paper liners (you can buy them on Amazon here). Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- Combine the dry ingredients (whole-wheat flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, dry milk) and mix together. Add the pumpkin, water, oil, and egg. Stir to combine.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared cups. Bake for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool before topping with whipped cream. You can use pup-safe sprinkles as well, but those are optional. Don’t forget to take the liners off before giving them to your dog!
- These can be frozen as well.
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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Cake
This awesome recipe comes from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup + 1 T. vegetable oil
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 3 T . honey
- 1/2 tsp . baking soda
- 1 tsp . baking powder
- 1 + 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 oz . cream cheese room temperature
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 T . peanut butter
- 1 T . honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners in your cupcake pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, vegetable oil, egg, and honey. Whisk together until combined.
- Add in the baking soda, baking powder, and whole wheat flour. Switch to a spatula and stir until incorporated. The batter will be really thick and perfect for scooping out.
- Scoop the batter and fill the cupcakes almost to the top of the liner.
- Place in the preheated oven and let bake for 25 – 27 minutes or until done. Stick a tooth pick in the center of the pupcakes and if it comes out clean or with moist crumbs, it’s done.
- Let cool completely.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the cream cheese, pumpkin, peanut butter and honey. Beat unitl thoroughly incorporated.
- Spread the frosting with a butter knife. I had a problem with the pumpkin puree getting caught in my tip while trying to pipe it.
- Store in the fridge.
Pumpkin Banana Dog Cupcakes
Thank you to Style Sweet CA for this pawsome recipe.
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup honey
- 8 ounces pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 bananas, mashed
- 8 ounces light cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degree. Place mini cupcake papers in a mini muffin tin and set aside.
- Combine the first 8 ingredients until mixed thoroughly.
- Using a small disher or cookie scoop, place batter in the muffin tin near the top of the papers (batter will not rise much).
- Bake about 12 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cupcake.
- Cool on a wire rack before frosting.
- For the frosting, beat softened cream cheese on medium-high until fluffy.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
I Like to Bake All of These Recipes in a Dog Paw Silicone Mold
If you use a mold like this to create bone shaped and paw shaped treats, then you’ll need to reduce your baking time by about half.
Check with a toothpick and if there are no crumbs sticking to the toothpick, the recipe is done.
This silicone mold really ups the level of cuteness on your dog treats. Normally all three pieces are under $10! Which is a great deal. You can check the price on Amazon here.
The Bottom Line on Autumn Treats for Dogs
Baking treats for my dogs is always fun and I hope you enjoy it too!
And just like for humans – treats should be treats and the majority of your dogs diet should come from a good quality commercial or homemade dog food like this beef dinner.
If you like these recipes you might also enjoy these 16 healthy dog treat recipes.
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