Spoiling your dog with a special treat that’s also healthy for them doesn’t need to be difficult.
Rather than scour the pet store for nutritious treats and take a chance that your dog won’t like them, why not make your pup some homemade pumpkin dog treats?
Pumpkin is readily available year round, which makes this a great treat during any season.
Dog treat recipes are simple, and this one is no exception. Your dog will love you even more when you give them a new treat that they’ve never had before!
Pumpkin dog treats, like these pumpkin dog biscuits, are a great alternative to what you may find in the pet store. Pumpkin is loaded with great vitamins and minerals for your pooch, including calcium, potassium, and vitamin A.1
When you make pumpkin dog treats, you’re giving your dog some fresh variety in their diet, and you have 100 percent control over what ingredients you put into the recipe. Pumpkin for dogs is also tasty, especially if you add in a touch of peanut butter. Like pumpkin, peanut butter is packed with healthy fats and proteins… not to mention vitamins B and E. Remember, though, that not all peanut butter is created equal: some peanut butter contains added salt, which may not agree with your pup. If you’re feeling adventurous, making your own homemade peanut butter is delicious and ensures your pooch isn’t eating any unnecessary sodium.2
Making these pumpkin dog treats is easy, and this recipe is a perfect one to try out. Many of the ingredients are already in your kitchen, and the prep and cook time is minimal. What’s not to love?
Note: As always, consult with your veterinarian before making these treats, to ensure they are safe and healthy for your dog to consume.
Dog Treat Recipe
When you’re ready to start making these pumpkin dog treats, all you need are a few simple ingredients and few common kitchen utensils.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
- 1 egg
- 2 cups of whole grain brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup cold water (optional)
Before you begin, preheat your oven to 350º F. By the time you combine all of the ingredients, the oven should be warm enough to start baking.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg with the flour, pumpkin, peanut butter, and ground cinnamon. Whisk the ingredients together with a wire whisk. While you mix, add the cold water in, to make the dough a little easier to work with, but in general, the dough is supposed to be quite dry and firm.
After the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, roll the dough until it’s about 1/2 an inch thick. If the dough is sticky, sprinkle some flour on top of it.
Next, cut the dough into pieces as large or small as you desire. You can even use a cookie cutter if you’d like. Place them evenly on an oven-safe cookie sheet; they shouldn’t expand.
When the oven is preheated, cook the biscuits for about 40 minutes, or until they are hard.
Good Treats for a Good Dog
Pumpkin for dogs is an easy treat. You’ll enjoy making these biscuits, and your pup will love eating them. You can also freeze these yummy treats to preserve them for longer. And, once you master making this treat, you can try whipping up some other excellent, healthy dog treat recipes. Just like all types of treats, they should be given only in moderation (even if they are nutritious!)
If you are looking for a healthier kibble to feed your dog — and the pumpkin is a hit — consider giving your dog a dollop of pumpkin a day, or a dog food that contains pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that are great for your dog’s overall health.3