Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats (To Celebrate Our Puppy’s 1st Birthday!)




Woohoo!  My little puppy turned one yesterday (or should I say seven, knowing dog years)

It’s crazy, his birthday is my half birthday…  ah, we were meant to be  :)

We got him all dressed up in his jersey and hat, and I baked him his own peanut butter cake suitable for his dietary needs (natural PB, brown rice flour, cinnamon, egg, applesauce, water)


Waiting patiently for us humans to snap our photos so he can shove his face into that cake.


Oooo, fire!  He’s mesmerized.

We sang our Happy Birthday song like Marilyn Monroe and he went head first into that cake.


Or should I say, frosting?


Yes, that’s my dog.  He likes frosting first.

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Food coma ensued.

Because a personal birthday cake only lasts one meal, I wanted to make him some treats that would last him a few days.  I made this super easy, 4-ingredient recipe in no time at all and it was so much fun to make.  I love the little dog bone cookie cutter, I love the healthy and natural ingredients, I love feeding these Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats to my puppy!

Healthy Homemade (Soft) Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Healthy Homemade (Soft) Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats


  • 1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar or oil added)
  • 1 cup 100% Pumpkin Puree, canned
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1+3/4 cups Oat Flour (I processed GF rolled oats in a food processor until finely ground)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter, pumpkin and cinnamon.
  3. Stir in the oat flour 1/4 cup at a time (when all the flour is added, you should be able to knead the dough without it sticking... if it's sticky, just add more oat flour)
  4. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper until 1/4" thick. Use the cookie cutter of your choice (I used this cookie cutter) to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan about 1/2-1" apart. Bake for ~8 minutes. Slide the parchment paper off the pan and onto the counter and let cool completely. Store treats in a jar at room temp for up to two days, then refrigerate it for up to five days after that.


Sit.  Stay.


Good boy!






Nom nom nom.


He will do anything for these peanut butter treats.  Sometimes I’ll just look over to find him standing like in the picture above…  like, for 5 minutes straight.  He’s adorable and makes my heart melt  :)  Now go make these treats for your pup!  (or cat, or bird, or you…  I ate these…  and they were strangely addicting…)

22 comments on “Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats (To Celebrate Our Puppy’s 1st Birthday!)

  1. I love it! I can’t wait to start making dog treats for Shazam. We’re still easing him into his new food, and have tried a few different foods to test them out on his digestive system (quinoa and pumpkin!). So far so good. I’m sure I’ll be baking treats for him by the summer! :)

  2. Love these pics…so photogenic! :-)


  4. Are you serious? This is the cutest thing I have ever seen! I have to try these for my dogs. They are crazy for peanut butter! Your frenchie is adorable!

  5. Oh these look great and I just printed out the recipe. I think these would make awesome gifts for the pet lovers on our Christmas list!

  6. I love this post! I love my puppies and I love baking for them! Thanks for sharing! BTW your puppy is so cute!!!

    Rachel Ashley

  7. I’ll have to make these for my mom’s pooch :p do you have the recipe for the cake as well?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      I’m sorry Kathryn I didn’t write the recipe down, I kind of just winged it. What I remember though is: 3T natural PB, 1 egg, 1/4 cup brown rice flour, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ~1/4 cup water, ~1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce… And plain nonfat Greek yogurt for frosting. I hope I’m not missing anything on there!

  8. These look great! I’ve been wanting to make homemade peanut butter treats for my little puppy and have been looking at lots of different recipes. I like that this one also has pumpkin and doesn’t have any wheat. Can you tell me what the texture of these is like? Or they soft at all or are they hard and dry? Thank you!

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  10. Instead of the pumkin purée, I use two 4.25oz Beech Nut organic apple and pumkin baby food(they’re in glass) and add an additional 1/4 cup of oat flour. My dog eats these things up like…..wait no, she doesn’t eat them, she inhales these things!! AWESOME recipe!!! Thank you so much 😀

  11. What would you say to using that powdered peanut butter, The PB2 stuff?

  12. I decided to not use that PB. I have my batch in the oven right now. I don’t have any cookie cutters so I just make a square, sliced it with a pizza cutter like it was a sicilian pizza and put the whole thing, parchment paper and all, right on a quarter sheet and into the oven.

  13. My dog loves these! I added some grated ginger which is supposed to be as good for them as it is for us humans. I used pie crust cut outs. They made the perfect small size. Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to explore your site some more! This is my first recipe of yours so far.

  14. How many treats did the recipe make I’m using the same size cookie cutter

    • Jillian-
      I didn’t count the exact number because the recipe made SO many. If you look at the glass jar in the picture though, that should give you an idea of how much… maybe 4-5 cups? Hope this helps! And I hope your pet loves the treats 😀

  15. I have a mccaw and I would like her and the various dogs we know to enjoy and they sound great for us to eat too! Throw in some grated carrots and they will be so thrilled! Might even share some with my avian vet :)

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