I admit it, we’re a little dog crazy in our house. Okay, maybe a lot. 🙂 Seriously, though, our dog Katie is the most adorable, sweetest girl around. So when it comes to her food and treats, Katie is a real food eater as well!
Now we don’t feed Katie treats very often. In fact, if she’s lucky, maybe she’ll get 3-4 over the course of a week. But boy does she love these homemade pumpkin oatmeal dog treats. When she hears the container’s lid opening, she speeds into the kitchen!
And as you can see in the photo below, Katie was very interested during the photo shoot for these treats. She usually doesn’t pay much attention to what we’re photographing, but she knew these treats were right there and wanted to get one. 🙂
So what makes these homemade pumpkin oatmeal dog treats so delicious? Simple ingredients like rolled oats, pumpkin, eggs, and applesauce. And I especially like to make them this time of year so I can give some away as gifts to our dog-loving family members and friends. Share the love, right!
So get out your food processor and get mixing up some dough. I promise you, your four-legged friend will love you even more!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Dog Treats
- 5 cups rolled oats regular or quick
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup oat flour (you can use whole wheat flour if you prefer)
Optional breath freshener:
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Optional: Only add if your dog is extremely picky
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets or line them with parchment.
- Using the mixing blade, grind the oats into rough-textured flour in a food processor. Add the pumpkin, eggs, applesauce, and salt. Process until the mixture resembles a thick, somewhat coarse cookie dough.
- Add flour to an empty bowl. Coat tablespoon-sized scoops of dough with flour, then roll each piece between your hands to make a round ball. Put the floured dough ball onto a prepared baking sheet, then flatten it with the bottom of a glass (see notes).
- Repeat until the tray is filled with treats. Bake for about 50-60 minutes. The treats are finished when they're lightly browned. (See notes about tips on doneness.)
- Remove from the oven and cool right on the pans. Store in an air-tight container.
Kitchen Tips and Resources:
- High-quality baking sheets are indispensable in the kitchen. Here’s one from NordicWare that’s similar to what I have.
- If you’ve never baked with parchment paper, you should try it. It’s so simple to use, and it makes clean-up a breeze. Here’s an unbleached parchment paper that is Green Seal Certified.
- These pumpkin oatmeal dog treats make wonderful gifts. Just fill up a pint-size mason jar with them, add a bow or some ribbon, and your friends and their dogs will love you forever!
Is the can of pumpkin used in this recipethe 16 oz or 29 oz size?
Thanks for visiting my blog! The recipe calls for 1 cup of pumpkin puree so either can size will work–but a 16 ounce can will have more than you need.
Hope you and your dog enjoy the recipe!
I made these for my dog as he has all sorts of allergies. He loves them! Ive made them twice now, once with pumpkin and once with leftover butternut squash. Thank you so much for a recipe that’s so easy to make. I love knowing exactly what I’m feeding my dog.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and trying out this recipe for dog treats. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply–I haven’t been blogging lately.
My dog, Katie, loves these treats–so glad your dog does as well! If you haven’t tried them out, another of her favorites is my Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats with Blueberries. If you have a chance, definitely give them a try!
Can I use regular flour instead of wheat flour? If so is there a measuring difference?
Sorry for my slow reply. I haven’t been blogging lately.
You can certainly use regular flour, and there shouldn’t be a measuring difference. Just remember that regular flour has been stripped of most it nutrients — that’s why I like to use whole wheat flours.
Do you have any dog treat recipe using bananas?
Hi Fran! Thanks for your question. I do have some dog treat recipes to share using bananas. I’m actually in the process of totally reworking my blog’s website, but when I get back to posting new recipes, I’ll put it on my list of recipes to share!
My pups wait at the oven for these to be done!!! Too easy to make and this time of year, I get deals on cans of 100% pumpkin. We’re giving this recipe an all paws up! Wags!!!
I’m giving this recipe 5 stars even though I haven’t tried it yet. I’m that happy to find it! I purchased an overpriced, pint-size container of oatmeal treats made with pumpkin that the greyhounds loved, but I didn’t know how to find the company so I could re-order. This way, I won’t have to and this recipe will make the dogs very happy.
I hope the recipe turned out great for your pups! I know my girl loves them!
Just so you know, my dog treat recipes have been so “pupular” (grin) on my blog that I decided to launch them. You can find them at http://www.yittopaws.com or on Amazon.com. Although we don’t have a pumpkin variety yet, we will soon!
Thanks again for stopping by my blog and leaving a review!
This is a great recipe! I made 3 batches, one batch I replaced the eggs with flax eggs and turned out exactly the same. I made those for christmas cookies for my clients (I work with dogs). I alway save the “liver dust” from the bottom of the bag containing the freeze dried liver treats. So I “spiked” the treats by adding a tablespoon of liver dust. Instead of rolling the dough into balls and flatten them, I rolled out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and used cookie cutters to make different shapes. I found 45 to 50 mins was plenty of time to bake them crunchy.
Hi. So glad you liked my Pumpkin Oatmeal Dog Treat recipe. If you haven’t tried them, I also have a recipe for Blueberry, Peanut Butter, and Oats treats that’s been the most popular recipe on my site yet! In fact, over 50,000 people have shared this recipe. Here’s a link to it: https://www.brucebradley.com/recipes/homemade-peanut-butter-dog-treats-with-blueberries/ In fact, this treat recipe has been so popular, I decided to start selling my treats online. They are organic, human grade, no sugar added, and are made from 6 simple ingredients or less. You can learn more about my treats at https://www.yittopaws.com/ Yitto Paws is just getting started, so please share with any dog loving friends and family!! Thanks! Bruce
How many treats does this recipe typically make?
Hi Letitia! Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know the total number of treats was left off the recipe. It really depends on how big you make the treats. Assuming each treat uses about 1/2 tablespoon of dough, you can expect about 240 treats. I hope that helps! Cheers! Bruce
These came out absolutely great – my pup loves them! Any nutrition info? I’m interested in the calories, protein, fiber and fat contents. Thank you!
Thanks for visiting my blog and trying one of my recipes.
I just updated the recipe with the nutrition info you requested. Remember, piece size can make a big difference with nutrition information. So if when you make this recipe, your treats are bigger and it makes substantially fewer treats, you’ll need to adjust the nutrition information accordingly. Hopefully, that makes sense.
BTW … if you didn’t know, my dog treat recipes have been so popular that I launched a line of organic, human grade dog treats called Yitto Paws. Although I havne’t launched a pumpkin treat yet, we will soon. You can learn more about my Yitto Paws treats at http://www.yittopaws.com.
Thanks again for visiting my blog. Hope to see you back sometime soon!