Updated: Nov 26, 2021
So I must admit, I'm no chef! But I've always loved to bake and thought it would be fun to bake some treats for my 5 year old pup, Kai. Turns out, Kai, absolutely loves pumpkin! When he was little, I gave him pumpkin puree a lot because he had frequent tummy episodes and I after sifting through the internet, I found out that pumpkin would really help his upset stomach. So as Kai as my inspiration and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make pumpkin inspired treats!
You'll find a lot of pumpkin DIY dog treats, but what makes this one different is it doesn't require a cookie cutter, rolling pin, or any other fancy baking supplies. You will only have to use 5 ingredients and I made it so you can have some free range with experimenting with treat shapes.
I know we all see the picture perfect treats online but to me, at home baking should involve creativity, experimentation and no need for perfection. After all, these treats are for your pup and frankly... they don't care what it looks like, just as long as it tastes good! So my encouragement to you is to not strive for perfection with these but find what works for your dog's size and what they personally like.
Before I get started, I also wanted to mention this disclaimer that I am not a Veterinarian, just a dog lover like you. While I have done research to know what pup safe ingredients can go into this recipe, always do your own research or ask your Vet if this recipe would be suitable for your own dog. Use your instinct as a dog parent and if you're not sure if any ingredient of this recipe is suitable for your pup, get creative and substitute it for something you know they love and is safe for them!
Okay, so now that I have that out of the way, let's get to it!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-40 minutes
*For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (check the ingredients and find the peanut butter that is made from natural peanuts and nothing else added).
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour (you can use all purpose flour instead)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (find the spice that is straight up cinnamon and stay away from anything with nutmeg as it can be toxic to some dogs)
I purchased all of my ingredients from Target just to make things super easy, affordable and simple.