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Pumpkin Dog Treats

Oct 28, 2023

Pumpkin Dog Treats

In our household Autumn is the season of endless dog towel washing, but it’s also pumpkin season!

If you don’t want to do tricks for your dog, you’d better get ready with some tasty treats for this Halloween.

Below you’ll find 3 different ways to use pumpkin. If you use a bigger pumpkin you can do all 3; all freeze well, too.

The recipes are all based on using pumpkin puree. You can buy it in a tin, but why not make it from scratch, especially baked, your home will smell amazing!

Pumpkin Puree

Cut the pumpkin (best to use culinary/baking pumpkin) in half with a sharp knife, take the seeds out with a spoon. Place it on a baking sheet and bake it on Gas 6/200 °C until so soft it’s easy to separate the skin from the flesh. It can take up to an hour to bake.

Once cool enough to touch, spoon out the flesh and put it in the food processor/blender and blend it until smooth. You now have pumpkin puree!

Pumpkin benefits: Great source of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants and its fiber content helps the digestive system

Pumpkin & Kefir Mix

This is a super easy topper for your LickiMat or Kong.

Just mix a half a cup of pumpkin puree with half a cup of kefir and scoop it on your dog’s LickiMat or use it to fill your Kong and freeze it! That’s it, a gut health treat for your dog!

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Treats

I will make a confession I really like this treat. I mean I bake it to crispy and have a bite before give it to my dogs :D.

It only needs 3 ingredients!

Mix in a bowl or in the blender/food processor:

  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup of peanut butter*
  • 1 ¾ cup of oats flour (if you use a food processor, just put that in first and blitz it to flour in a min or two)

*peanut butter: smooth or crunchy, but no sweetener, xylitol is toxic for dogs!

You can bake it two ways:

  • To make crispy strips, add some water when blending then transfer it to a baking tray lined with baking paper in a thin layer. After around 15 minutes when it’s solid, but not fully baked yet, take it out and cut it up with kitchen scissors to strips and bake it a bit more, upside down.
  • If you’d like to use a cookie cutter to make different shapes, don’t add water to the mix, but roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut before baking. Bake it for 15-20 mins.

Pumpkin & Liver Training Treats

These tasty treats will be the ones your dog will do tricks for. A bit lighter than normal Liver treats.

Liver benefits and warning: Liver is a source of vitamins, and iron, and it’s a great source of protein. Don’t over feed it daily as it is very rich in nutrients!

Add to the blender:

  • 300g liver*
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • Water if needed

We want pancake batter consistency. Again, I really like to bake it as a sheet for 15-20 mins, then cut it up with scissors, and then dry it further if needed. You can also use a mould if you have one

*Use any other meat, or a can of drained sardines if you don’t like liver.

We hope you & your dogs enjoy these recipes.

PS: sorry about the dog drool in front of your oven.