Aloha, dog lovers! I’ve got a delicious homemade pumpkin dog treat recipe to share today!
I had a bunch of pumpkin puree left over from the natilla recipe. Most of the human recipes that I make call for a full can of pumpkin, so I knew cooking up something new for Caesar would be perfect!
While brainstorming what flavor I wanted to make for the treats, I had a couple of ideas. The first of which was pumpkin peanut butter, because Caes has loved peanut butter treats. But alas, the girls finished all the peanut butter on the couch with spoons. They take after their father.
As I continued to think, I figured something more seasonal might be fun. When I think Fall, I think pumpkin patches and apple picking, so those are the two flavors I combined!
Any time I introduce a new food item to Caesar, I make sure to research it like CRAZY, to be sure it’s safe. I know that canned pumpkin is on the safe list, as it is often recommended to help settle an upset stomach. Apples are also good for dogs and are a good source of fiber and vitamins A and C. Make sure that the core and seeds have been removed from the apple!
For this recipe, I used my my food processor to grind up the oatmeal and grate the apples. However, if you don’t have one, you can easily grind the oatmeal in a blender, and grate the apples by hand. The dough ends up being pretty thick, so it was easiest to use my stand mixer, to combine it all. Feel free to use those muscles, if you’ve got them!
Once the dough was combined, I rolled it out on a surface that was dusted with oatmeal. Pop those babies in the oven, then let them cool after cooking. Once they’re good and cool, store them in an airtight container for about a week. I have yet to test them in the fridge, but I figure they will probably last a little longer in there.
- 4 - 4.5 cups oatmeal, plus additional
- 1 medium apple
- 1 egg
- 1 CUP canned pumpkin
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Grind the oatmeal down in a food processor or blender. Transfer to mixing bowl.
- Core apple, being sure to remove all of the seeds. Grate apple, and add to bowl with oatmeal.
- Add egg and canned pumpkin to bowl and mix well to combine. The mixture will be thick and slightly sticky.
- On a surface dusted with oatmeal (ground or not, your choice) roll the dough out to approximately 1/2" thick. Use a doggy bone cookie cutter to cut dough into shapes, and transfer to a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Allow to cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container for up to a week.
These may very well be the best homemade dog treats yet! Caesar could not get enough of them!