Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats are a great way to use up some of that leftover pumpkin. Plus, your pooch deserves some holiday treats, too!
Thanksgiving is over, the dust has settled, and you’re wondering what in the heck to do with that extra half can of pumpkin sitting in the fridge.
While I have a few ideas of how you could make good use of it (hellllo gluten-free pumpkin spice donuts, pumpkin spice granola, and pumpkin cake) I hear that some people get absolutely pumpkined out come December.
I don’t know who you people are (this girl would be happy as a clam eating pumpkin pie mid-June) but for those of you that fall in that camp, why not spread the love and bake up a yummy treat for your most favorite pooch?
While I don’t have a pup of my own just yet (how we – two of the biggest dog-lovers in the world – keep ending up in “no dogs allowed” rentals is beyond me), I have become a MASTER at spoiling everyone else’s dogs. I’ve been known to walk into friend’s houses with gifts for the dogs and not for the masters. Whoopsies!
I first made these peanut butter pumpkin dog treats YEARS ago for one of my most favorite puppies on planet earth – one Brody Magody. Since they were a HUGE hit with Brodes (and Brodes has since moved to the west coast 😭), I’ve got to spoiling alllll of the other puppies in my life to compensate, in the form of peanut butter pumpkin dog treats.
Even my little Yogi Man, who might be the most persnickety eater in the whole doggy world, will gobble these treats down in 2 seconds flat. In fact, he was here visiting for Thanksgiving (shhh don’t tell our landlord) and after giving him one treat he sniffed alllllllll around the house until his nose landed on the exact bin where I had stored the treats for a few days before his arrival. They’re THAT.GOOD.
You can feel GOOD about giving these treats to your dog, too! They’re homemade and therefore free of all those nasty, scary additives, they’re packed with pumpkin which is great for a dog’s digestive tract, they have just a touch of parsley with helps ward off bad doggy breath, plus they’re gluten-free!
And YES, many dogs do need to eat gluten-free, too! A lot of times you’ll hear that someone’s dog has to eat grain-free, and you’ll see dog food that is labeled grain-free, but after some research I learned that in the doggy world grain-free often means gluten-free, as rice flour is used in a lot of “grain-free” products. So, in my recipe I use rice flour, and all of the “grain-free” dogs in my life have seemed to have no problems with these treats at all! BUT, of course, always be sure to check with your vet about any allergies and changes in their diet!
For those of you that have dogs with a steel tummy, feel free to use wheat flour here. It will work just as well!
These dog treats make WONDERFUL Christmas gifts, and from what I’ve found, they make the masters almost as happy as the puppies. As my sister-in-law always says: “The way to my heart is through my dog. If she loves you, I love you.”
So let’s give the pups some pumpkin love, too, this holiday season!
P.S. Is it possible to be a Crazy Dog Lady if you don’t even have a dog of your own? Pretty sure I just solidified that title with this blog post, regardless. 😂
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 Tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups gluten-free rice flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and egg together.
- In a separate small bowl, combine flour, salt, and dried parsley. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Using a small cookie cutter, cut the dog biscuits out and gently transfer to a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown and crispy.
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