6 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Dog Treats
Fall is such a tease in Kansas. For a few days, it’ll be absolutely beautiful outside, and then, out of nowhere, it’ll go back to being 90 degrees. Or worse, it won’t get above 50 degrees all day (yes, that’s cold to me. I’m such a baby). True to my Florida roots, I love summertime. Cold weather just doesn’t work for me. But, I can appreciate the beauty of fall, especially since fall isn’t really a thing in Florida like it is in the Midwest. I especially love all of the delicious flavors of fall: pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread – actually pretty much anything pumpkin.
I’ve been really getting into the fall spirit by swapping out all of my light, summery beer in the fridge for my top five favorite fall brews, and making every pumpkin recipe I can get my hands on. I even tried pumpkin mac and cheese! I came to the realization though, that my dogs were being completely left out of the mix with all of the fall goodies. So, I used all my favorite fall flavors as the inspiration for these super easy fall treats for them.
These treats are the baked cookie type and they are perfect for fall with their yummy pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. They’ll definitely get your pups in the mood to go jump in some leaf piles or go for a fun fall hike. All of the ingredients in these treats are also super healthy for dogs which is something I always try to be mindful of when making or buying my dogs treats. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber and other nutrients like beta carotene, plus the oat flour in these treats is perfect for dogs with wheat allergies. And, they’re only 6 ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to make!
Even though they’re healthy, Chewy and June Bug still go (pea)nuts for these things! They know as soon as the peanut butter jar comes out, I’m probably baking something for them. They’re not allowed in the kitchen, but they’ll stand just outside the doorway, peeking in until the treats are done. Once all the treats are baked and cooled, they can’t get enough. Get your pups in on the fall yumminess with these Presley pup approved treats!
Here’s how to make them:
First, you’ll mix all of your ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. You’ll need 2¼ Cups of oat flour, 1 Cup pure pumpkin puree, 1/2 Cup of peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon of brewer’s yeast (optional), and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
Then, you’ll mix it all up to form a dough that’s moist, but not sticky to the touch like cookie dough. You can do this step using a stand mixer, but I just get in there and use my hands.
Then, roll out your dough between two sheets of parchment paper and cut your shapes. Once your treats are cut out, put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The nice thing about these treats is they don’t really puff up like people cookies, so you can put them pretty close together for baking.
Once all your treats are on the cookie sheet, pop them in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the treats are dry and firm.
Once the treats are done, cool completely and watch your pups sit soooo pretty waiting to get some of their super yummy pumpkin spice treats!
Chewy and June Bug LOVE these treats. Can you tell?
Here are some more in-depth instructions:
2¼ Cups oat flour (you can definitely substitute with whole wheat or coconut flour. Both are healthy options for pups, but a different type of flour might throw off your measurements slightly)
1 Cup pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
½ Cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon brewer’s yeast (optional, but it is believed to help with itchy, dry skin in cold weather and our dogs love the taste of it)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix them until the dough is formed. You can use a stand mixer for a few minutes, but I’m not that fancy so I just mix it all with my hands. The dough should be moist enough to stick to itself, but shouldn’t be sticky to the touch like cookie dough. If you are using a different type of flour, you may need to add more or less to create the right consistency.
Once the dough is all mixed together, roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper until it’s about one quarter to one half inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out your treat shapes and re-roll dough to cut more shapes until all the dough is used up
Bake for about 15 minutes or until the treats are firm and dry.
Cool completely before giving to pups and, as always, check with your vet before feeding anything new.
Also, a note about peanut butter: double check that your peanut butter does not contain the artificial sweetener xylitol. It is very, very toxic for dogs and is increasingly common in “sugar free” peanut butter.
Treats will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for about two days, and in the fridge for about four days. If they’re moldy or smell funny, throw them out.
From our pups to yours, have a happy and delicious fall! Have you ever baked your dogs treats before? Share some of your favorite fall recipes with me in the comments (for dogs or humans)!