Dog treats are often expensive and unhealthy. So why not make them at home for a fraction of the cost?
“But Amber,” you say, “what about all the research on not making dog food homemade because it lacks the fundamental nutrients a pup needs, like what they get from bones and marrow in the wild?”
To that I say: Don’t make your dog food homemade if you’re concerned. But treats are a different story. Likely the treats you already give your dog are unhealthy and packed with preservatives.
These treats are healthy, with only 5 ingredients. My dog gobbles them like it’s Thanksgiving!
They’re also super easy to make. Here goes!
Gather Ingredients and Tools
You’ll need everything in one spot for ease. Refer to recipe at end of post.
Set oven temperature to 375 F
Combine Eggs, peanut butter, and pumpkin
Mix until well incorporated.
Adding the cinnamon now ensures it will be mixed evenly throughout the dough.
Measure and add your flour
The recipes calls for 3 cups, but keep flour nearby because you may need to add a bit more to make dough less sticky so it can be rolled out flat.
Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick.
Cut dough into cute shapes with cookie cutter
I prefer small cookie cutter so I end up with more bones.
Bake, Cool, and dry!
The air dry step is crucial to be able to store the bones for any significant time, otherwise they mildew quickly. Air drying for at least 12 hours removes the extra moisture, thus avoiding mold.
That’s it! here’s the easy recipe:
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 1 can Pumpkin 14 oz can
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 3 each Eggs
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 3 cups Flour
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Grease a cookie sheet or place a Silpat on a cookie sheet.
- Combine pumpkin, peanut butter and eggs until well incorporated.
- Add cinnamon and mix.
- Add flour and mix until able to roll out flat.
- With a rolling pin, roll out to 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut shapes in the dough with a cookie cutter.
- Place bones on a cookie sheet or Silpat.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until crunchy.
- I also air dry my bones overnight so they won't have any moisture and won't mildew when stored. 12 hours of air dry is sufficient.
Let me know if your pooch likes these little morsels!