As soon as fall rolls around, grocery stores fill up with pumpkin-flavored products. Pumpkin is full of vitamins and antioxidants, and the gourds have tons of health benefits for both humans and their furry best friends.
Pumpkin will help boost your dog’s immune system, moisturize their fur and skin, and improve their eye health. If you’d like to introduce pumpkin into your dog’s diet this fall, here are some delicious and healthy dog treat recipes your pup is sure to love.
1) Peanut Butter And Pumpkin Treats
If your pup is a big peanut butter fun, they’re sure to enjoy these pumpkin and peanut butter treats. Before you start making this recipe, double-check the ingredient list on your peanut butter, and make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol. This artificial sweetener can be toxic to dogs.
To make this delicious recipe from All Recipes, you’ll need:
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pre-heat your oven to 350°F. Then, whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl until the mixture forms a dough. Roll the dough out, and then cut the dough into ½-inch pieces. Place the pieces on a baking sheet, and bake for about 40 minutes.
2) Pumpkin And Apple Treats
Pumpkin and apple are two classic fall flavors, and together, they create a delicious treat your dog is sure to enjoy scarfing down. This recipe comes from Fake Ginger, and to make these treats, you’ll need:
- 2 1/3 cups flour
- 1 cup diced apple
- 1 egg
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon baking powder.
First, pre-heat your oven to 350°F. After that, whisk together the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Then, add in all the other ingredients, and stir until there are no lumps. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, and then use a cute cookie cutter to cut shapes into the dough. Place the treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for about thirty minutes.
3) No-Bake Pumpkin Treats
Don’t have time to bake treats for your pup? Try this easy recipe from Pop Sugar! To make these treats, you’ll just need two ingredients:
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup plain yogurt
Mix the two ingredients together, and then pour the mixture into a large ice tray. Place the mixture in the freezer, and leave it for about 24 hours. After the 24 hours, the treats will be nice and frozen and ready to be served to your pup.
4) Carrot and Pumpkin Treats
Like pumpkin, carrots are jam-packed with vitamins and antioxidants that are great for your dog. Combined, these two ingredients create a super healthy and super delicious dog treat. To make this recipe from Pawsitively Pets, you’ll need:
- ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup shredded carrots
Preheat your oven to 350°F, and then mix all your ingredients in a large bowl. Then, roll the batter into balls, and place on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 30 minutes until the treat is crispy.
5) Banana and Pumpkin Treats
Bananas are great for dogs, and they also go well with pumpkins. To make this recipe from Sweet Paul, you’ll need:
- ½ cup of canned pumpkin puree
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1½ cup whole wheat flour
Preheat your oven to 350°F, and then mix the banana, pumpkin, and honey together in a large bowl. After that, add in the baking powder and flour, and stir until the mixture forms a dry dough. If the mixture seems a bit too wet, add a little more flour. Roll out the mixture on a floured surface, and then cut out the treats using a cookie cutter. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown. Let them cool, and then serve them to your excited dog!
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