Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats - A crunchy treat made of pumpkin and peanut butter, perfect for your loving fur babies!

You guys!! I’m in Vegas this week for a conference, so my blogland presence has been a bit sketchy. My apologies. I had fun this morning attending a session with Barbara Corcoran and Robert Jerjavec from ABC’s Shark Tank. I was always taught to take at least one “golden nugget” back from each session at a conference. This morning Barbara was talking about running a successful business, and she said the key to great success is “having fun.”

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Photo of the session snapped with my smart phone

I absolutely believe that to be true. Her statement made me think a lot about the name of this blog – because I know if I’m not giggling and having fun, I’m not going to be able to create little “bitz” of ANYTHING. High stress and burn out = zero creativity. So, anyway, once and awhile it’s good to get out, listen to others for inspiration and then get back to work doing what you do best! And that’s what I plan to do!

Blah, blah, blah. Will she ever get to talking about the Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats?! Ha, ha. I know that’s what you’re thinking! So, before I left for Vegas I made these delicious treats for our golden retriever, Belle. She turned one-year-old at the beginning of the month so we’ve been showing her the royal treatment as of late. In our family, it’s almost as if we have birthday “months.” 😉 That’s a good thing.

You may have already seen the Banana Pup Pops or the Chewy Cheddar Puppy Puffs she loves. Let me tell you what. . .she would do flips for these treats, too! And so will YOUR pup!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats - A crunchy treat made of pumpkin and peanut butter, perfect for your loving fur babies!I love this recipe because it involves dumping a few ingredients into a bowl and stirring. I can handle that. The most time consuming part is rolling out the dough and cutting out the shapes. Allow me to let you in on a little secret. . .if you don’t have time for the pretty shapes and cutters, you can always just roll small pieces of the dough into little balls and make them into training treats.

To celebrate the beautiful fall weather we’ve been having, I cut out some pumpkins and leaves, and then, of course, made some of her favorite shape – the doggy bone. You’ll find that the dough can at times be a bit sticky, but adding a little flour to the dough when kneading it and rolling it out helps tons!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats - A crunchy treat made of pumpkin and peanut butter, perfect for your loving fur babies!
I normally always use whole wheat flour when I make dog treats. It’s just a better choice for your fur baby and, believe me, most everything tastes good to a pup. Psst. . .she ate her own poop once when she was really little (TMI, I know). ANYWAY. . .

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats - A crunchy treat made of pumpkin and peanut butter, perfect for your loving fur babies!
She nearly knocked Cora over waiting for her treat. It wasn’t helping that Cora decided to try and make her wait for a REALLY LONG time. Poor thing. LOL

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats - A crunchy treat made of pumpkin and peanut butter, perfect for your loving fur babies!

The recipe makes about 24 treats if I were to have made all of the medium-sized dog bone treats. I got more than that in this batch using some of the smaller cookie cutters and at the end I even rolled a few pieces of the remaining dough into balls for some smaller training treats like I mentioned earlier.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats - A crunchy treat made of pumpkin and peanut butter, perfect for your loving fur babies!
So, this year when you’re buying canned pumpkin for all of your fall treats, don’t forget about your furry family member. Make a batch for Thanksgiving so they can  join in on the family celebration, too! Bake some for family and friends who are animal lovers. They’ll think it’s such a kind gesture – and so will their pups! I can’t wait to hear about all of your puppies doing flips for these treats, too! Make sure to let me know if they liked them!!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
 
Serves: 24
 
A crunchy treat made of pumpkin and peanut butter, perfect for your loving fur babies!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Extra flour to reduce stickiness of dough
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together with a spoon or spatula until well combined.
  3. If the dough seems real dry yet, add a little water at a time until you achieve a dough-like consistency - remember this should be a dryer dough.
  4. Sprinkle some of the extra flour onto a flat surface and use a rolling pin to spread the dough out.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Notes
If the dough seems a bit sticky use small amounts of flour when working with your cutters.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 1671 Fat: 30g Saturated fat: 6g Unsaturated fat: 20g Carbohydrates: 291g Sugar: 12g Sodium: 1497mg Fiber: 20g Protein: 59g Cholesterol: 372mg

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing! I will have to give these a try! That’s funny about your daughter making her wait for her treat! We just adopted our first puppy and my son does the same thing!!

    • Julie, let me know what you think! One of Cora’s teachers just made the treats for her dog and said she couldn’t believe how crazy he was over them. I hope your new puppy feels the same way! Congrats on your new furry family member!

  2. I have tried this recipe with well over 3 cups of flour, yet it remains the stickiest dough I have ever worked with. No amount of flour can reduce the stickiness enough to cut out shapes – even after I refrigerated it. I tried another recipe using less pumpkin and less flour, and it worked much better.

    • I’ve never found the dough to be unworkable after refrigerating. I’m sorry this particular recipe didn’t work for you but I’m glad to hear you found a recipe that did.

  3. I just made a batch of these. They look and smell really good, but I just realized I forgot the eggs….oops. Is that a problem?

    • Hmmm. . .well, I’ve never made them without the eggs. If they turned out without the eggs, they should be okay. Let your pup be the judge!! Let me know how it goes!

  4. Do these treats have to be refrigerated?

    • Hi Callie! The treats will keep longer when refrigerated although if you know they will be eaten in a couple days you wouldn’t have to.

  5. Sandra Bell says:

    I prefer using oat flour rather than wheat flour. They turn out just as good and are more healthy

  6. Making these right now! I think my pooches will LOVE them! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I made as followed and yielded 30 treats cut into a medium size bone cookie cutter. i didn’t have any issues with ‘sticky’ dough if i added flour. I think this is a great recipe for left over pumpkin for our furkids. Since we only have 2 pups and we plan to give them one a day, we will keep them in the fridge and still give some to friends so they do not go to waste.

    Thanks for the recipe!! Look forward to checking out further stuff!!

    • Excellent, Monica. I’m so glad your pups enjoyed them – and you’re right, they’re great to give as gifts. I have another pumpkin pup treat coming soon – and I would love to have you back for a visit! 🙂

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