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.  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 them these Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats to celebrate.

Happy Birthday Cherry, Opie, and Maya!

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

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

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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.

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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.  Let cool completely, then store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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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:

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).

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

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

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)!

Sit.  Stay.

Good boy!

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…)

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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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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