Natural canned pumpkin puree is the perfect ingredient to add to your homemade dog treat recipes. Pumpkin is healthy and nutritious, and also high in fiber for pups who are experiencing a little irregularity. What better time to treat your dog to a little pumpkin-flavored snack than around the holidays, when you’re baking pumpkin pie and running around with a pumpkin spice latte (or pumpkin beer) yourself? Here are some simple pumpkin dog treat recipes you can make at home. (And don’t forget to save a little plain pumpkin for your cat when she’s constipated or coughing up hairballs!)
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats (kevinandamanda.com)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Stir together ½ cup natural peanut butter and 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree. Stir in 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour ¼ cup at a time until dough is not sticky. Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick between two sheets of parchment paper. Cut with a cookie cutter and place on pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and store in airtight container (or freezer).
No Bake Pumpkin Oat Treats (twolittlecavaliers.com)
Combine ¾ cup pumpkin puree and ¼ cup water in a bowl. Add 2 ½ cups of oats to the pumpkin mixture and stir well. Roll the dough into small balls. Spread additional oats on a plate and roll the balls in oats to coat them. Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving so that the treats become firm.
Pumpkin FroYo Bites (irresistiblepets.net)
Mix together 1 cup plain nonfat frozen yogurt, ½ cup canned pure pumpkin, and ¼ cup water. Pour mixture into ice cube trays. Freeze 3-4 hours (or overnight) before serving.
Gluten Free Cheddar Pumpkin Treats (doggydessertchef.com)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Mix 1 cup pumpkin puree, ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ cup oats, and ½ cup soy flour in a bowl until well combined. Spread on baking sheet to ¼ inch thick. Score the dough into a checkerboard pattern with a pizza cutter. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool and break into squares. Keep refrigerated.
Pumpkin Spice Puppuccinos (lolathepitty.com)
Combine in a blender ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk (or almond or goat milk), ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1 cup pure pumpkin. Blend until well mixed. Pour into small cups (or ice cube trays and freeze for a frozen version).
Pumpkin Carrot Bites (mypawsitivelypets.com)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ¾ cup pure canned pumpkin, 1 slightly beaten egg, ¼ cup shredded carrots, and 1 cup whole wheat flour in a bowl until moistened. Roll the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Store in the refrigerator.
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