10 Best Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipes

by the Sarah Carroll

There are so many health benefits of pumpkin and with Autumn showing her pretty colors and the freshest produce, you’re sure to find pumpkin popping up everywhere. Is pumpkin safe for dogs? Definitely! Pureed pumpkin helps in relieving your furkids’ digestive problems such as diarrhea and constipation. With pumpkin, overweight dogs can feel full longer so you can definitely keep the paunch away. From frozen treats to gluten-free biscuits, here are the top ten most delectable pumpkin dog treats.


1. Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Dogs love peanut butter as much as we do! It’s okay to give them some as long as xylitol (a sweetener that’s harmful to pets) is not included in the ingredients. One of the best ways to give our dogs peanut butter is to include them in your treat recipes.

Ingredients 1 cup Pumpkin Puree 1/2 cup All Natural Peanut Butter 1 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour

Instructions Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients until well-combined and not clumpy. This forms into a dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to about ¼ inch thick using a rolling pin. Cut with your cookie cutter and arrange on your lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on a rack.


2. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

If your beloved dog has a chronic illness, gluten-free biscuits will bring some sunshine to his days. Gluten can cause digestive problems such as diarrhea, give your pets lackluster coats, and even cause them to lose weight.

Ingredients 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour 2 tablespoons flax meal 2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/4 cup cold water or enough to make dough stick

Instructions Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare your baking sheet lined with parchment paper In one large bowl, combine brown rice flour and flax meal. In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin and eggs together. Add pumpkin mixture to brown rice mixture in two parts, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula. The dough will have a shaggy texture. Add water, a teaspoon or two at a time until the dough comes together Lightly flour surface, then roll out dough until ¼ inch thick. Cut with a cookie cutter, and arrange on your lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the surface is dried completely. Take out the sheet and flip the biscuits over. Bake for another 20 to 25 minutes. Cool biscuits on a rack. Yields 36 large biscuits. Store in an airtight container.


3. Pumpkin & Ginger Dog Biscuits

Did you know that ginger helps in relieving your pet’s upset stomach? Whether it’s fresh or powdered, ginger can help in relieving vomiting in dogs. Going on a long trip with your dog? You might also want to keep ginger handy just in case he gets nauseated. Here’s a wonderful recipe that lets you incorporate ginger and pumpkin into your dog biscuits.

Ingredients: 3 cups whole wheat flour ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ cup pumpkin 1 large egg, beaten 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted ¼ to ½ cup water

Instructions: Preheat oven to 275° F Combine your flour and ginger in a bowl. In the mixer bowl, 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 lightly floured surface, roll out your dough to ¼ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut into your desired shapes. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until the bottoms are lightly browned (approximately 2 ½ hours). Treats should be firm when pressed. Cool before storing in an airtight container.


4. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits

Who would have thought that oatmeal is a great alternative to wheat? Carbs are important to our dogs, but sometimes our furkids are sensitive to wheat and other grains. This is where oatmeal comes to the rescue! Aside from that, oatmeal is a good source of soluble fiber, which is effective in keeping gastrointestinal problems away. Not sure how to feed oatmeal to your furkids? Here’s an ingredient that you can combine with pumpkin to make a batch of yummy biscuits.

Ingredients: 3 cups oats ½ cup peanut butter 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375° F. In a food processor, pulse the oatmeal until it’s not as coarse. Combine oatmeal, pumpkin, peanut butter cinnamon baking powder and eggs in mixer and blend on medium until well-mixed. Lightly flour the surface and roll out the dough. Cut with cookie cutters. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Place on a cooling rack before giving to your furkid. Store in an airtight container. Note: For a more refreshing treat, keep in the freezer.


5. No-Bake 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Dog Treats

What’s one of the worst things to run out of? Dog treats! You don’t want a bored dog in the house. Soon you’ll find your couch edges all chewed out or discover that your fluffy pillows are no longer…well, fluffy. If you have some pumpkin and yogurt in the house, you’re in luck! Here’s a no-frills dog treat recipe you and your furkids will absolutely adore.

Ingredients: 1 cup plain yogurt 1 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions: Mix pumpkin puree and yogurt Pour into your ice cube trays. You can also use those silicone ice cream molds that come in fun shapes Freeze for 24 hours Transfer to a freezer bag to save some space, but if you have plenty of space in your freezer, it’s okay to leave them in the tray.    

6. Pumpkin Apple Treats

Autumn means an abundance of pumpkin and apples! Got some leftover pumpkin puree? Bake a batch of delicious pumpkin apple treats for your furkids!

Ingredients: 4 - 4 ½ cups oatmeal plus additional 1 medium apple 1 egg 1 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400° F. Prep your baking sheet with parchment paper Take out the apple’s core and seeds Using a food processor, grind the oatmeal down and transfer to a mixing bowl Grate the apple and mix with the oatmeal Stir in egg and pumpkin puree Dust a surface with oatmeal (you can use whole or ground oatmeal, whichever you prefer). Roll out the dough to about ½ inch thick and cut with a cookie cutter Arrange on your lined baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy Cool before serving to your dogs. Store in an airtight container

7. Pumpkin Carrot Bites

What do you love most about the holidays? For us, it’s the sumptuous food that abound our dinner tables. As much as we want to share with our dogs, some of these mouthwatering holiday meals are not safe for them. We can still share the holiday spirit with our furkids by whipping up delicious, nutritious treats for them. Here’s a simple pumpkin-infused recipe for your dogs.

Ingredients: 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (make sure that it’s just pumpkin and not the pie filling) 1 egg, slightly beaten 1/4 cup shredded carrots 1 cup whole wheat flour

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare your baking sheet by lining with parchment paper Mix pumpkin, egg, carrots, and flour in a large bowl Roll into small balls and arrange on your baking sheet Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool before storing in an airtight container. For longer shelf life, store in the refrigerator.


8. Healthy Pumpkin Dog Treats

Can’t get enough of the pumpkin-oatmeal recipe we shared with you? Here’s another version and just as delectable and nutritious.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin (canned or fresh) 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, softened 4 tablespoons of water, plus more if needed 2 cups of whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder 1 egg.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare your baking sheet by greasing or lining with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin, softened coconut oil, and water together. Stir in the egg and continue to stir until well-combined. Feel free to add a touch more water in order to get the mixture into one solid, slightly sticky ball. Lightly flour the surface and roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick Cut out the treats with the cookie cutter of your choice. Arrange on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack before giving to your dogs.

9. Pumpkin-Spinach-Carrot-Zucchini Biscuits

A veggie-loaded biscuit recipe is one of the best treats you can give to your dog. Your furkid may be like your human kid who doesn’t like veggies. Don’t worry! Here’s a fun and super delicious way to make sure your pet is getting the nutrients he needs.

Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/4 cup peanut butter 2 large eggs 1/2 cup old fashioned oats 3 cups whole wheat flour or more as needed 1 carrot, peeled and shredded 1 zucchini, shredded 1 cup baby spinach, chopped

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare your baking sheet lined with parchment paper With your electric mixer, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs on medium-high setting for one to two minutes. Use the mixer’s paddle instead of the wire whisk. Set mixer to low speed and gradually add oats. Add 1 cup of flour at a time until your dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini, and spinach. Beat until well-combined. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about ¼ inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter and arrange them on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

10. Peanut Butter-Bacon Glazed Pumpkin Treats

This one’s a real treat for your furry friend. Imagine treats glazed with bacon and peanut butter. We bet Fido’s never ever going to leave your side while you’re baking this treat bursting with flavors!

Ingredients: For the Dog biscuits 1 cup pumpkin 1/2 cup peanut butter 2 eggs 1/4 cup oil* 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda For the Glaze 2 tablespoons bacon grease, coconut oil, chicken fat, or any other fat that will solidify at room temperature, melted 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350° F In a bowl, combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil. Stir in baking soda and whole wheat flour until a stiff dough forms. Knead until well-combined. Lightly flour surface and roll out the dough. Cut out with a cookie cutter of your choice. Bake for 15 minutes or until biscuits turn golden brown. Set aside. Whisk your bacon glaze and peanut butter until well-blended. Drizzle over your treats. Pop in the fridge until glaze hardens. Note: If you’re concerned about the bacon grease in this recipe, please consult your vet about the best alternative for your furkid. If you want to let us know how your homemade dog treats turned out or if you have perfected a pumpkin treat recipe, please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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