This crunchy pumpkin peanut butter dog treats recipe needs only 4 ingredients and is ready for your best friend in less than 1 hour! Make doggie treats today, then make them some pupcakes for their birthday or adoptaversary.
I make a lot of treats for humans, but we should never forget that our furry friends deserve homemade treats, too! I’ve been making these for years, and the recipients are always overjoyed. These peanut butter pumpkin dog treats are easy to whip up, and will make you your dog’s most popular human – I promise.
And you’re going to love listening to that satisfying cronch cronch while they enjoy your
hard easy work.
- Oats – You’ll going to give them a few pulses with a food processor or other grinder to get a mixture of whole oats and ground oats. You don’t need them to be ground into a fine dust like flour for this recipe.
- Pumpkin puree – It’s very important that you make sure you’re using unseasoned, organic canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix. I always have cans of Libby’s 100% Pumpkin around the house, but any brand whose only ingredient is pumpkin will do.
- Egg – This will help bind the cookies together.
- Peanut butter – It’s also very important that you’re using natural peanut butter, being 110% sure that the kind you’re using does not include xylitol. Xylitol is extremely dangerous for dogs. Outside of that, dogs’ tummies tend to be more sensitive than ours, so we want to be sure we’re giving them the best, most natural ingredients. Conventional peanut butters can contain junk like hydrogenated oils, sugar, and corn syrup.
How to make peanut butter oatmeal dog treats
Step 1: Use a food processor or other grinder to pulse oats into a mixture of whole and ground oats.
Step 2: In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, peanut butter and egg.
Step 3: Whisk it all together until well combined.
Step 4: Add ground oats to pumpkin mixture.
Step 5: Stir with a spatula until well combined.
Step 6: Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut out the biscuits. Note that this isn’t the consistency of something like a sugar cookie cutout, so you won’t want to use super detailed cookie cutters for this recipe.
Step 7: Bake at 325°F for 23-30 minutes (depending on the size – bigger treats will need more time) and then let place on a wire rack and let cool for about 15 minutes.
Store in an airtight container and dole them out to your pooch when they deserve a treat!
Tips for making the best homemade peanut butter dog treats
- Grind your oats. They don’t need to be ground to a fine dust like flour (although you can if you want to), but using a food processor or grinder of some kind to get a mixture of whole and ground will be good enough.
- Measure your oats after grinding. You want 1 1/2 cups of ground oats, so you’ll end up with a bit less than you originally measure out. It depends on how fine you grind the oats, but I usually find that 2 cups of whole oats yields 1 1/2 cups coarsely ground oats.
- Use a spatula to fold together your wet and dry ingredients. I always whisk the pumpkin/peanut butter/egg together to get it smooth, and then switch over to a spatula when I add the oat mixture.
- You can roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface… or not. I find that I get similar results when I just use my spatula to press the dough into a nonstick baking mat and eyeball it.
- A floured surface will help with the stickiness factor, but if you’re in a rush or don’t have flour on hand it won’t be the end of the world. Plus, your dog really doesn’t care if they look perfect, ya know?
- Don’t try to get super detailed cookie cutters. This isn’t like sugar cookie dough with super precise lines, so don’t try to use cookie cutters with lots of detail. They don’t spread at all when they bake, though, so they will stay in whatever shape you make them.
In moderation, yes! Pumpkin contains vitamins like A, C, and E, as well as minerals like iron and potassium. And because of its high soluble fiber content, pumpkin is helpful for your dog’s digestion.
But just like everything else – always in moderation.
You can make these big or small, totally up to you (and the size of the pooch you’re treating). If you didn’t want to deal with cookie cutters, you could even just turn out the dough and slice it in rows to make square treats of whatever size you want. Because again – your dog doesn’t care if it’s in the shape of a bone or a heart. We care… but they really don’t. They just want delicious snacks.
For this particular recipe, your best bet is to store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days, or in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, max. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months, if you want to make a batch for Future You.
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- 1 ½ cups ground oats, see notes
- ½ cup pumpkin puree, canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, make sure it does not include xylitol (it is dangerous for dogs)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a medium bowl, mix ground oats and baking soda. Set aside.1 1/2 cups ground oats
- In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, egg, and peanut butter until well combined.1/2 cup pumpkin puree1 egg1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- Add dry ingredients to wet mixture, and stir with a spatula until well combined.
- Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut out the biscuits. Note that this isn’t the consistency of something like a sugar cookie cutout, so you won’t want to use super detailed cookie cutters for this recipe.
- Line a baking sheet with nonstick silicon mats or parchment paper, and place the biscuits about an inch apart on prepared pan (they’re not going to spread when they bake).
- Bake for 23-30 minutes (depending on the size – bigger treats will need more time) and then let place on cooling rack and let cool for about 15 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container and dole them out to your pooch when they deserve a treat!
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