These pumpkin peanut butter dog treats are a perfect Fall for your dog. An easy homemade low carb and grain-free dog treat full of natural ingredients.
Pumpkin peanut butter dog cookies are fairly soft with a slight firm crust. We used coconut flour for the flour and another flour would give a different texture. Many dog treat recipes use whole wheat flour but we wanted to keep this a low carb and gluten-free dog recipe which can be also suitable for diabetic dogs.
Our dogs loved these treats and would look hopefully every time I walked into the kitchen!
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CAN DOGS EAT PUMPKIN AND PEANUT BUTTER?
Both pumpkin and peanut butter are safe ingredients for dogs BUT the peanut butter should not be sweetened. A few brands of peanut butter are sweetened with xylitol which is highly toxic for dogs. Always read the ingredients, or make your own peanut butter.
Pumpkin is a great fiber rich food for dogs. Full of vitamins, potassium, iron and minerals. If you are using canned pumpkin puree, do not use pumpkin pie puree. It's easy enough to make your own pumpkin puree which ensures that your dogs are fed pumpkin with no additives, salt or sweetener.
IS COCONUT FLOUR SAFE FOR DOGS?
Absolutely! Coconut flour is a healthy low carb and gluten-free flour that is a good plant protein, high in fiber and has lauric acid which has anti-inflammatory properties.
I love cooking with is as it is highly absorbent and great for crunchy treats. If you want these pumpkin dog treats crunchier, add more flour.
INGREDIENTS FOR PUMPKIN DOG TREATS
Homemade pumpkin dog biscuits can be made with just these 3 ingredients or you could add other ingredients such as cinnamon or add blueberries or cranberries.
- Pumpkin puree - we make our own. If you use tinned do not use pumpkin pie filling. This is unsuitable for dogs.
- Peanut butter - natural and unsweetened
- Coconut Flour - A great low carb and gluten-free flour that is suitable for dogs.
Always check with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods into your dog’s diet.
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN PEANUT BUTTER DOG TREATS
Making these coconut flour dog treats is quick and easy.
Place the 3 ingredients in a bowl
Mix into a sticky dough
Form into cookie shapes
Bake and store
If you don't want to use coconut flour, a few other dog friendly flours could be used. White wheat flour is not something we would use as it is stripped of any vital ingredients.
A few flours you could use:
- Almond Flour
- Brown Rice Flour
- Sorghum Flour
- Whole wheat Flour
- Quinoa Flour
Once the 3 ingredient peanut butter pumpkin dog treats have cooled, store them in an air tight container. We keep ours in the fridge and they should last up to 2 weeks.
If you want to freeze these treats, they are an easy freezing treat. Place the treats in a ziplock bag or air tight container and they will last up to 3 months in the freezer.
HOW MANY DOG TREATS SHOULD BE GIVEN DAILY?
These are a treat and should not be given as a meal. No more than 2 treats a day should be enough. If your dog is trying to lose a bit of weight, add the calorie nutrition of the treats into their daily allowance.
MORE DOG TREAT RECIPES WITH PUMPKIN
Pumpkin is a great dog treat ingredient and we have used it for a few more homemade dog recipes.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place the 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix well to combine all the ingredients. If the dough is too sticky, add more coconut flour.
- Using damp hands or a cookie scooper, place a walnut shape amount of the dough on the parchment paper. Flatten them down with the back of the spoon.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the cookies over and bake for a further 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool before giving out a treat or two!