Healthy Pumpkin Dog Treats

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I’m going to be upfront with you: every single recipe this week will include pumpkin in some way, shape, or form. Kind of redundant for the blog but it made for a very pleasant weekend in the Britnell house…even for the pups!

One of my simple guilty pleasures in life is giving treats to my dogs. The excitement they get over one small biscuit brings me an odd kind of joy. I imagine it’s the joy you get from giving a small child the toy they begged for even though they have 100 of the same thing already at home.

I’m also entertained by the things that I can get them to do for one small biscuit. Zorro knows he has to be sitting to get a treat, so as soon as he catches on that treats are being disbursed, he plops his butt on the ground and scoots it to where I am in order to ensure that he gets his treat ASAP. But, don’t ask him to shake. I’ve been trying to teach Zorro to shake for 4 years now. He either 1) doesn’t get it or 2) knows exactly what I want him to do but refuses. I’m genuinely not sure which one it is. Lexi learned to shake with both paws in about an hour one day. I digress.

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Over the years that I’ve had my dogs, I’ve many a times found myself googling “can dogs eat INSERT RANDOM FOOD ITEM HERE!?”. This led me to not only learn what they shouldn’t eat but it also taught me what is GOOD for them to eat such as pumpkin, coconut oil, and cinnamon. Pumpkin is good for dogs digestive systems and is commonly recommended by vets for the fiber to keep dogs regular. Cinnamon and Coconut oil also have health benefits for dogs and, in moderation, are great for them.

I whipped up these treats to include lots of yummy, and good for them, ingredients. Bonus, my dogs love them. See:

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Lexi’s licking her lips just thinking about eating these treats. My poor dogs are constantly tortured smelling all the yummy things I cook in the kitchen. It’s nice when they get to enjoy some blog food too :)

Bonus, these treats are very easy to make!

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Mix the pumpkin, softened coconut oil,  and water together in a large bowl.

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Then mix in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder (yep, both!).

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Mix it a bit and then add in your egg.

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Continue to stir until it’s ALL combined. This might take a good minute and feel free to add a touch more water in order to get all of the mixture into one solid, slightly sticky ball.

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You’re likely to get some company at about this point in the cooking process:

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Once done, roll the dough out on a floured surface. I rolled my dough out to about 1/4 inch thick but the thickness doesn’t matter too much. If you make them too thick, you’ll just need to bake them a few extra minutes.

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Using a cookie cutter, cut out treats…

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And place on a lined/ greased baking sheet.

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Bake for about 25 minutes until the dough has completely hardened.

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Let cool and your pups are ready to enjoy!

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My dogs LOVE these and I feel better knowing what is in them and that they’re actually pretty good for em!

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I took a lot more pictures of the dogs eating them that I then put into adorable gifs. However, those don’t seem to be working. Rats! Here’s a cute picture of Zorro’s face instead :)

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***Important update!: If you don’t cook these treats until they’re totally dry and hard (like a traditional dog biscuit) then you need to store these in the refrigerator!

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Healthy Pumpkin Dog Treats


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
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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

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. Mix the pumpkin, softened coconut oil, and water together in a large bowl.
  3. Then mix in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder
  4. Mix it a bit and then stir in the egg.
  5. Continue to stir until it’s ALL combined. This might take a good minutes and feel free to add a touch more water in order to get all of the mixture into one solid, slightly sticky ball.
  6. Once done, roll the dough out on a floured surface to ~1/4 inch thick.
  7. Using a cookie cutter, cut out treats. These can be as small or as large as you want them (depending on the size of your dogs. I realize not everyone has giant dogs like me)
  8. Place prepared dough treats on a lined/ greased baking sheet and bake for ~30 minutes (depending on size) or until dough has hardened.
  9. Let cool and enjoy your pups excitement!

Notes

***Important update!: If you don’t cook these treats until they’re totally dry and hard (like a traditional dog biscuit) then you need to store these in the refrigerator! Either way, it wouldn’t hurt to put them in the fridge to store them.

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37 comments on “Healthy Pumpkin Dog Treats”

  1. Captain. Will. Love. These. —so will chichi and roxy too ha!

  2. It’s a good thing Chloe cannot read blogs otherwise she would have me in the kitchen immediately!

  3. How long do these last?

    • I’ve made these a few times and it depends. The first time I left them out on the counter in a cookie jar and they only lasted ~4-5 days. After that I started storing them in the fridge and they lasted ~2 weeks.

  4. My dog AJ loves these!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. I make cookies/treats and cook for my picky chihuahua. I do not use wheat flour as it is not good for them but instead replace it with oats which I powder in the food processor. Does the trick.

  6. I made these the other day for my neighbor’s dog and was a little concerned that you put baking soda and baking powder in them, but figured that you had most likely done your research before posting the recipe so it must be okay. Then I came upon an article about what NOT to feed your dog and why today and here is what it said:

    Kitchen Pantry: No Dogs Allowed
    Many other things often found on kitchen shelves can hurt your dog. Baking powder and baking soda are both highly toxic. So are nutmeg and other spices. Keep food high enough to be out of your dog’s reach and keep pantry doors closed.

    Having read that, I will be throwing the treats out and going back to my original recipes that have no baking powder or baking soda in them. I hope I haven’t made my neighbor’s dog sick! Ugh.

    You can read the full article – or, watch the entire slideshow, rather here: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

    • Hi Vanessa! Thanks so much for your comment. That article looks very off to me. THREE of the items on that list are items that my vet has specifically told me are totally fine for dogs. But yes, I did lots of research before posting this recipe. And for what it’s worth, my dogs have eaten these many times and are fine :)

    • Yea that article is not true. It says raw meat, fish and eggs are dangerous too tell that to the 1,000’s of people who raw feed their dogs. Garlic is also great for dogs, keeps fleas and ticks away. Fear mongering by a website that caters to processed pet foods. As for the baking powder and baking soda, there is 1/4 tsp of each, divide that up by each individual treat and it amounts to nothing. I bet your neighbors dog was fine, there is nothing wrong with the ingredients in this recipe.

      • I agree with Deb. The point of that article is to make sure your dog doesn’t have unsupervised access to your kitchen pantry because many items when consumed in large quantities in a single sitting could be quite harmful.

        I’ve fed these treats to my golden retriever and our friends’ chocolate labrador retriever and german shepherd-mix mutt. All three dogs enjoyed them very much and ate several over the course of a weekend trip. I will be making these again, and again. Thanks Brita!!

  7. Loved the recipe and my furry babies did as well!! No upset tummies and happy doggies. Do you have more recipes you can share?

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  9. dogs cant eat a box of backing soda and backing powder that would be bad, but you can bake there treats with them. the amount they get in treats will not harm them after all its a treat not a daily meal. many articles are out of date still some times I make recipes with out baking powder or soda i just make the cookies bigger its not a problem they just don’t rise. I think we should individually deiced whats best for are furbabies. I have a min pin that eats every thing and a picky pug not every recipe has what i need so i tweek it to mu furbabies wants and needs.

  10. Pumpkin is my fur babies’ favorite. I will give them this treat.

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  14. Does the pumpkin have to be cooked first then added to the recipe

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  16. They should be ok to freeze like a typical cookie right 

  17. I’ve been making these for our dog, Toby, since he was a puppy…his very favorite treat by far. Added bonus: If you bake them in a round ball shape, they serve two purposes: a toy & a treat! Toby will play with one for ten minutes before he lays down to eat it! 🐶🍪🙂

  18. I got a last minute request from a Kennel client for some treats to give out for XMAS when she found out I made dog treats. Since I was house-bound I had to work with what I had on hand to meet her deadline. Since I didn’t have any pumpkin, I used raw pureed carrots (1 for 1 substitution) and added a bit of water to moisten a bit. Also all I had was rice flour, where I used 1 1/2 cup rice flour and 1/2 cup cornstarch in place of the wheat flour. They smelled absolutely delicious and the treats will be delivered tomorrow. Can’t wait to try with pumpkin!

  19. My dogs will love these❤️ Thank you 😊 

  20. Can you freeze extra dough?

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  22. Just how much pumpkin should I use? can I please get some exact measurements ? im going to try making this for my dogs tenth birthday this following week.

  23. Easy to make.  My dog Lady loved them.  I tried them too. Pretty good.  

  24. \\HI BRITA, I just wanted to tell you that I tried this recipe on my 4 month old Newfoundland puppy and he loves them so much. He is teething right now so I put them in the freezer for a little crunch. He barks at the freezer to let me know he wants one. this an AWESOME recipe. Two thumbs up.

  25. Can you please suggest what can we substitute the egg with?
    our beagal does not eat eggs
    And I can’t find any other recipe without peanut butter.

    • You can use a very ripe mashed banana in place of the egg. My dog can’t have eggs (or peanut butter) either, so a banana works well. I just made them into circles with my hands instead of rolling them out.

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