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

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen one or two (or seventeen) pictures of my dog or family’s dogs.  All of us together have 5 dogs.  There are more dogs than people.  Anyways, we have 4 French Bulldogs and 1 Doberman.  It’s a bit of a long story on how and why we got 3 Frenchies from the same litter, but the point is, we’ve got 3 pups turning ONE today (or should I say seven, knowing dog years?)!  🐶🐶🐶  So, I made these Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats to celebrate.

Happy Birthday Cherry, Opie and Maya!  🎁🎈🎉

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Cherry is mine, Opie is my parents’ and Maya is my sister’s.

Wanna hear their embarrassing nicknames?

Cherry = Cherry Berry  🍒

Opie = Opie Dopie  😴  (he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed)

Maya = Mai Tai  🍹

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats (sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, eggless, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

My Cherry Berry is known for her piercing eyes and peanut butter obsession.

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats (sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, eggless, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Little Mai Tai wasn’t cooperating for the photoshoot so I only got Opie Dopes and Cherry Berry in this pic. They sat so well! Especially when these treats were involved.

These Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats are packed with peanut butter flavor, flavorful cinnamon, and tummy-friendly pumpkin and gluten-free oats.  Your dog is sure to love ’em!

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Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ cup Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar, salt or oil added)
  • 1¾ cups Oat Flour
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater attachment.  Mix on medium speed.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.  Mixture should be thick and fudgy, not sticky, like cookie dough.
  3. Roll the dough in between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it's ¼" thick.  Use a mini bone cookie cutter to punch out bone shapes.  Reroll the dough and punch out more cookies, until the dough is used up.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until firm and dry.

Notes:

Store in a tightly sealed container at room temp for up to 2 days, then refrigerate up to 5 days.

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats (sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, eggless, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Note:  I revamped this recipe and added some more pictures to the post.  I originally posted this recipe for Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats on April 6th 2013 for our first dog’s 1st birthday (Jax was our only dog at the time).  It’s such a coincidence, Jax’s birthday is exactly my half birthday…  ah, we were meant to be  🙂

Here are some pics from Jax’s 1st birthday:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oooo, fire! He’s mesmerized.

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

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

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

Food coma ensued.

Because a personal birthday cake only lasts one meal, let’s make our pups some treats that’ll last a few days to a week.  I made this super easy, super fun, 4-ingredient recipe using a mini dog bone cookie cutter.  I love the healthy and natural ingredients, but most importantly, my dogs go crazy for these treats and are willing to do whatever trick I ask them to do (which is rare, since they’re so stubborn)!

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

Sit.  Stay.

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

Good boy!

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

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

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

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

Jax will do anything for these Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog 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…)

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats (sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, eggless, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

I can’t believe how much I’ve bonded with Cherry.  I’ve only known her for eight months, yet I love her SO so much.  I ADORE her!  Frenchies don’t live as long as some other dogs due to their numerous health issues, so I try to make her life as enjoyable and happy and exciting as possible.  She’s had such a positive impact on my life, I know I want to get her tattooed on me.  I’m thinking on my upper arm, right below the roses on my shoulder/upper arm.  But, of course, that’s a huge decision and I need to think about it for at least a year before I go ahead and do it.

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39 comments on “Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats (To Celebrate My 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! 🙂

  3. HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY PRECIOUS PUPPY!

  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!!!

    Xo,
    Rachel Ashley

  7. I’ll have to make these for my mom’s pooch :p

  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 😀
      -Jess

  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 🙂

  16. Well, I wish Cherry, Opie and Maya all beautiful first birthdays! I’m sure they LOVED their pumpkin peanut butter dog treats! And is it wrong that I kind of want them now for myself?

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  18. How long do these keep? We just got an older dog with a sensitive stomach who we have been click training. He has done so amazingly but id love to give him a healthier treat!

  19. I don’t think dogs should have cinnamon. Ask your vet.

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  21. Are these soft cookies?
    I am guessing they are but wanted to check

  22. Making them now! Windering if this dough would be good Kong stuffing?

    • I’m sure the dough would be great as a toy stuffing! Dogs LOOOOOVE peanut butter! I would just make sure that the toy is cleaned out properly if you’re using the dough rather than the baked treats, since baked treats keep longer than a raw dough. Hope your pup likes the treats! 🙂

  23. Hello, this looks great and im sure my dogs would love these. However, one of my yorkies is allergic to Oats, rice and flax. what can i substitute the oat flour with? thank you.

  24. What temp and how long to bake?
    Sorry if I missed it

    I want to make these for our dogs, and us!

  25. I made these today-left out the cinnamon, my dogs really like them though. Wish I could post a picture because they turned out too cute in my puppy paw silicone cookie mold. Thanks for the recipe.

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