Show your dog just how much you love them with homemade dog treats. Made with just 3 ingredients + cinnamon, this oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe is not only healthy for most dogs but it ‘s a great alternative to store-bought dog treats.
Guys, I have 3 dogs all of who are at different stages and like different things.
Odin could stand to lose a few pounds or 10, Finn is a small breed active dog and Lou is a giant breed growing puppy with a HUGE appetite. I’ve been spending a ton of money on store-bought dog cookies and I’m just over it.
I thought it would be easier and less expensive to start making them homemade dog treats to fit their individual needs and they are loving these DIY old fashioned oatmeal pumpkin dog cookies!
Not only do these oatmeal pumpkin baked dog treats only contain 4 ingredients but they are super easy to make and they would make a great homemade dog gift to give to other members of your fur-family.
Homemade Oatmeal Pumpkin Dog Treats
My dogs don’t always like the same foods but they all really like pumpkin so I always have some on hand to make dog treats or to use as a topper on their meals.
Pumpkin is easy to work with when making DIY dog treats, it’s low in fat and it’s easy to find!
For these oatmeal and pumpkin dogs treats you can use canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) or homemade pumpkin puree. Either will work!
I opted to use old fashioned oats just to change things up a bit and oats are normally good for most dogs.
Can Dog Have Oats?
Oats are an excellent source of protein and soluble fiber, which may help some dogs with digestive issues.
They also contain vitamin B6 and iron and they’re low in gluten and can be a good grain for dogs that have wheat allergies.
Oats are also packed with minerals including iron, magnesium and zinc and are high in vitamin B and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which help to maintain healthy skin and coat.
Old-fashioned rolled oats are the best option for dogs. Stay away from oats or oatmeal that are precooked and have additional flavorings because these can contain ingredients that are not safe for dogs and they contain a lot of sugar.
For the oats in this dog treat recipe, I put them in a food processor so I had a finer texture.
You don’t have to do this but I think it makes the dough easier to work with and the cookies come out better.
You don’t have to necessarily make it into a fine powder but just make grind it up a little finer than they are.
- 3 cups of old-fashioned oats
- 1 egg
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
Homemade Oatmeal Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Add your oats to food processor.
- Blend your oats for 1-2 minutes until they are a finer texture. You’ll still have some bigger oat pieces mixed in and that’s ok!
- Add pumpkin purée, egg, and cinnamon
- Mix until all the ingredients are combined
- Split your dough in half
7. Place on flour covered parchment paper (I used wheat flour but you can use something else)
8. Place another piece of parchment paper on dough
10. Use cookie cutters of your choice to cut our cookies
11. Place dog cookies on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
12. Bake for 20-25 minutes
13. Cool on cooling rake
14. Serve to your dog!
These treats should store for 5-7 days in an airtight container or you can store them in the fridge for up to 7-10 days. They”ll freeze for up to 3 months!
A few notes about these old-fashioned oatmeal pumpkin dog treats:
- Your dough might might be sticky, if it is add more oats.
- I used a variety of different sized cookie cutters and got 28 cookies. I used a 4.7 inch bone, 3.9 inch bone, 3.2 inch bone and a 2.4 inch bone. If you use the same size cookie cutter, you’ll get a lot more cookies! For example: I got 11 cookies out of the 2.4 inch bones and 5 out of the largest sized bone cookie cutter.
- I rolled my dough to about 1/8″ thick. You can make thicker cookies if you want but you’ll have to adjust your cookie time!
- My dogs like crunchy treats which is why I baled them a little longer. I your dog likes softer treats, adjust the time. Keep in mind that these dog cookies will harden as they cool.