13 Healthy Dog Treat Recipes with Pumpkin
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Clunk! I love the sound of the knife as it goes through the rind of the pumpkin. I really enjoy the sensory experiences of cooking – the feel of chopping, the smells of the foods, and the sounds of the food cooking in the pan.
I particularly like working with fresh, real ingredients. But you don’t have to wait for pumpkins to be in season to make these healthy dog treat recipes with pumpkin. You can used canned pumpkin for nearly all of these treats!
Dog Treats Recipe -Pumpkin Peanut Butter
This simple recipe is easy to put together and has just 4 ingredients.
Make sure you use all natural peanut butter, and if you use commercial peanut butter instead make sure it has NO xylitol in it. Some peanut butter is sweetened with xylitol, which is poisonous to dogs.
- 1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree
- ½ cup Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar, salt or oil added)
- 1¾ cups Oat Flour
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Do not skip the parchment to use cooking spray… trust me, it ends badly.
Now, add all the ingredients to a stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater attachment (not the whisk). Mix on medium speed to incorporate. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again. You’re finished when the mixture is thick like cookie dough, but not sticky.
Next, put the dough between 2 more sheets of parchment paper. Roll on top of the parchment until the dough is ¼” thick. Cut out bone shapes with a mini bone cookie cutter. Reroll the dough and punch out more cookies, until the dough is used up.
If you don’t have a mini bone cookie cutter, you can cut the dough into strips about ½” wide, by about 1” long.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until firm and dry. Let cool completely.
Store them in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. You can also freeze them in a quality zipper freezer bag for up to 3 months.
Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats
This recipe features all of the classic warming spices of a pumpkin pie and will smell fantastic as you are baking it.
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ginger
- 1 tsp. allspice
- 2 tbsp. canola oil
- 1/2 cup pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, smooth
- 1/4 cup water
Additional Flour for Rolling
- Preheat oven to 325° F
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.
- In a medium bowl, stir the canola oil, pumpkin, and peanut butter.
- Make a well in the flour and pour in the pumpkin mixture.
- Using a stand mixer, begin to combine the wet and dry ingredients on low.
- Pour in the water and mix on low, to medium-low, until thoroughly combined.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and hand knead the dough until no longer sticky.
- Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes with your favorite dog cookie cutters.
- Spray a baking sheet with baking spray.
- Place the cookies on the baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
- Turn the oven off and leave in for another 30 minutes.
- Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
Storing – This recipe, as well as other recipes for pet treats, can be stored for later enjoyment. Since they are baked quite hard, you can keep them in an airtight container for approximately 2 weeks. If you bake a softer pumpkin pie biscuit, you can store them in the refrigerator for 4 weeks, and in the freezer for 6 months.
Yield – You will get around 100 cookies using a small 1-inch cookie cutter.You most likely will get two baking sheets full of cookies, no matter what size cookie cutter you use.
Thank you to Dog Treat Kitchen for this recipe.
Dog Treats – Homemade Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal
This oatmeal and pumpkin based dog treat is full of healthy ingredients that YOU control. No artificial flavors or colors.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup quick cook oats
- ½ Tsp. salt
- 3 Tbsp. peanut butter
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- 2-3 Tbsp. milk
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Combine eggs, pumpkin, flour, peanut butter, oats and salt in a medium bowl.
- Add milk 1 Tbsp. at a time until dough is workable but not sticky.Roll dough to ½” thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters.
- Lay treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. I cook less as my pups don’t care for very hard treats.
- Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to a month.
Thank you to Pet Coupon Savings for this recipe.
Pumpkin Ginger Dog Treat Recipe
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water
- Preheat oven to 275°. Combine flour and ginger. In the bowl of a mixer, combine pumpkin, egg and coconut oil. Add the flour mixture and mix until crumbly. With the mixer on low, slowly add water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough comes together, but is not sticky. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-in. cookie cutter. If using a bone shape, press holes in the center of the biscuit with a fork. If using a pumpkin shape, press lines into biscuit with the edge of a spoon.
- Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until bottoms are lightly browned (tops may crack) and treats feel firm when pressed, about 2-1/2 hours. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
Thank you to Taste of Home for this recipe.
Another recipe that my readers love is this Kong Recipe with Pumpkin, Oatmeal and Yogurt.
Pumpkin Dog Biscuit Recipe
This recipe is heavy on the pumpkin and produces a dog biscuit that is long lasting and that dogs love! This recipe is also easy and contains ingredients that most people who bake have on hand.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons dry milk
- 2.5 cups flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Blend eggs and pumpkin together; add salt, dry milk, and flour.
- Add water as needed to make the dough somewhat workable.
- The dough should be dry and stiff, don’t be concerned with crumbs being left in the bowl.
- You will need to mix this with your hands because it is too stiff for an electric mixer.
- Roll to 1/2-inch thick.
- Cut into shapes.
- Place 1″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes on one side, then turn over and bake another 20 minutes
Yummilicious Peanut Butter Pumpkin Biscuit Recipe for Dogs
Peanut butter (which is in this recipe) sometimes contains xylitol. Xylitol is poisonous to dogs, so ALWAYS Check your labels.
You can puree your own pumpkin for this recipe or use canned. It’s a great way to use leftover pumpkin.
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter*
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 375F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl using an electric mixer, stir together pumpkin, peanut butter, and egg yolk until completely combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flours and baking powder.
- Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture until completely combined (dough will be quite dry).
- Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to approximately 1/4″ thickness.
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of dough and transfer cut out cookies to prepared cookie sheet, placing at least 1″ apart.
- Re-combine any dough scraps and re-roll and then cut out to use all of your dough.
- Bake cookies on 375F for 20 minutes for small cookies and 25 minutes for large cookies.
- Allow to cool completely before sharing with your pet.
- Keep uneaten cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Thank you to Spend with Pennies for this recipe.
2 Ingredient Pumpkin Puppy Treats
I don’t think there you can get much simpler then 2 ingredient treats. This is super easy. Check out this super simple recipe in this video. All you need is flour and pumpkin!
(there are also a few optional ingredients)
Pumpkin Applesauce Dog Treats
Applesauce is a great ingredient for baking – it doesn’t matter if you are baking for your dogs or yourself it works just as well. And the applesauce makes them sweet enough to share with your dog if you want.
- 2 1/2 cups of coconut flour
- 1 cup of applesauce
- 1 1/2 cups of pure pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl add your coconut flour, pure pumpkin puree, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon and eggs.
- Combine all 5 ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Cut out your shape of preference with a cookie cutter, then place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
Thank you to K9 Instinct for this recipe.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Applesauce Dog Treats
Add some oatmeal to your pumpkin puree and you have an yummy treat for your dogs. You can even make this recipe wheat free by substituting in oat flour instead of wheat flour.
- 5 cups rolled oats, regular or quick
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup whole-wheat flour or oat flour
Optional breath freshener:
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets or line them with parchment.
- In a food processor, using the mixing blade, grind the oats into a rough flour. Add the pumpkin, eggs, applesauce, and salt. Process until the mixture resembles a thick, somewhat coarse cookie dough.
- Add whole-wheat flour or oat flour to an empty bowl. Coat tablespoon-sized scoops of dough with flour then roll each piece between your hands to make a round ball. Put the floured dough ball onto a prepared baking sheet, then flatten it with the bottom of glass (see notes).
- Repeat until tray is filled with treats. Bake for about 50-60 minutes. The treats are finished when they’re lightly browned,
- Remove from the oven and cool right on the pans. Store in an air-tight container.
Notes:We recommend using organic ingredients when possible.
Each treat will be about 1½ inches in diameter and slightly less than ¼ inch thick. Treats can be baked closely together since the dough does not spread.
In order for these treats to keep for they need to be cooked until complete dry, and crisp all the way through. You can always put cooled treats back in the over to cook longer if they’re crisp enough. Dry, crisp treats can last for 6 months or more if stored in an airtight container.
Thank you to BruceBradley.com for these recipes.
Coconut Flour Pumpkin Dog Treats
For dogs with sensitive systems, this is a great recipe. It features all organic and natural ingredients and works well for dogs that have troubled tummies.
- 1 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or nut butter of choice, no added ingredients
- 4 organic eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree**
- 1/3 cup shredded carrots
- 2 tsp dried parsley
Preheat oven to 350In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and form dough into a ballRoll out dough in between two sheets of parchment paper*Gently use your desired cookie cutters to cut and lift cookies into ideal shape**Transfer to a lined baking sheetBake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are hardLet cool completely before serving
*If dough is dry, add an additional egg**This recipe also works with unsweetened apple sauce***I used these cookie cutters
Thank you to Lexis Clean Kitchen for this recipe!
Dehydrated Pumpkin Dog Treats
Dehydrated pumpkin makes a great chew for dogs. You can easily make deyhdrated pumpkin treats by slicing fresh pumpkin into thin strips and placing them in a dehydrator.
You can also bake them in a 125 degree oven until they dry.
Most dogs love dehydrated pumpkin and it’s easy to make!
Frozen Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Super easy to make and fun for dogs – especially in the summer, these frozen treats are EASY. Make sure that the peanut butter that you use has NO xylitol which is poisonous to dogs and is either unsweetened or sweetened with real sugar.
- 1 cup yogurt plain
- 1 can pumpkin puree 15 oz
- 2 tablespoons the honest kitchen Instant Goat’s Milk
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter no sugar added
- Add yogurt, pumpkin puree, goat’s milk and peanut butter into a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour mixture right from blender into ice cube trays or silicone molds. Use a spatula to ensure the mixture is spread evenly into the tray or mold.
- Once each mold is full, wrap in plastic wrap or place in Ziploc bag to avoid mess.
- Place in freezer and let freeze completely, overnight.
- When you’re ready to serve, take molds out of freezer and let stand for a minute. They’ll pop out with a simple twist of the tray.
I like to place a flat, moveable surface under my molds when I’m pouring any mixture into them. The silicone molds are flexible and the mixture tends to go all over the place once I pick it up to move it (not to mention all over the freezer!). By placing the mold on a piece of stiff cardboard (cut to size) or a small baking sheet, I just pick it up with the full mold and place it in the freezer—no mess!
Thank you to The Honest Kitchen for this recipe,
1 Ingredient Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treats
This is the easiest recipe on this page. Simply scoop pumpkin puree into the slots on an ice cream tray. Frozen pumpkin soothes dogs tummies and is wonderful on a hot day.
Dog Biscuit Cutter
I’m a sucker for shaped cookie cutters and I love this three pack of stainless steal dog biscuit cutters. They’ll work for almost every recipe in this list (except for the frozen ones).
The Bottom Line on Healthy Dog Treats with Pumpkin
There are a lot of fun ways to use pumpkin for homemade dog treats. As with all dog treats you want to limit added sugar (which all of these treats do).
Pick your favorite and try one out today!