These no bake pumpkin dog treats are easy to make, budget-friendly, made with healthy ingredients and they can double as DIY pill pockets for large dogs.
Making homemade dog treats shouldn’t be complicated and that’s why I love these pumpkin peanut butter dog treats.
Not only can I make them in less than 10 minutes but I usually have all the ingredients in my kitchen so I don’t have to worry about adjusting my grocery budget to make this pumpkin dog treat recipe.
Another big plus with these homemade treats is that I don’t have to turn the oven on which is always nice when it’s pumpkin season but still steamy out outside.
Made with wholesome ingredients such as canned pumpkin, oats, peanut butter and a dash of ground flaxseed, these no-bake pumpkin dog treats are one of my dog’s favorite fall snacks. I think they like them because they’re a cool treat on a warm fall day and all of my guys love any treat that combines pumpkin and natural peanut butter.
The ground flax meal is totally optional in this recipe and won’t change the outcome if you don’t add it.
I just added it in because I had some on hand from making our apple oat bar dog treat recipe a few weeks ago.
Before we get to the simple ingredients for these special dog treats, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks.
First, since this recipe calls for peanut butter, make sure that whatever brand you’re using doesn’t contain xylitol.
When making pumpkin treats for dogs, always use plain pure pumpkin and never pumpkin by filling mix because it contains nutmeg which is toxic to dogs.
Next, these little pumpkin balls will usually stay good stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. I freeze most of mine and let them sit out for a few minutes before I serve them.
Lastly, the best part of making these no-bake dog treats are that they’re shareable which means you can enjoy a few too!
- 1 cup of canned pumpkin (you can make your own pumpkin puree but I’ve found that canned pumpkin works better for these dog treats)
- 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter (no xylitol)
- 2 cups of old-fashioned oats
- 1 tsp of ground flax meal
I quickly blended our oats for this tasty treat because our vet told me that whole oats can be hard for dogs to digest. This is optional but I think it actually worked better and blended well with the pureed pumpkin and creamy peanut butter.
- Toss the 2 cups of oats in a food processor or blender and pulse for a few seconds
In a large bowl mix your oats, peanut butter, pumpkin puree and ground flaxseed
Form pumpkin mixture into 1″ balls with your hands (for more treats or for small breed dogs-roll smaller balls)
Place pumpkin balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper.
Chill for at least 1 hour
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
The amount of pumpkin balls you get will be based on the size of the treats you make.
I got 22.
I used canned plain pumpkin to make these pumpkin and oat balls because I don’t think homemade pumpkin puree would work well.
I got fancy and rolled some of our homemade treats in a small bowl of oat flour and I also dipped a few in plain Greek yogurt.
If my no-bake pumpkin balls are frozen, I usually take them out of the freezer and bring them to room temperature before giving them to Odin.
No-Bake Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe Variations
You can customize these no bake pumpkin dog treats to suite your dog’s taste or diet.
A few additions that would work well would be:
- Ceylon cinnamon
- crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy
- coconut oil
- CBD oil
Pumpkin can be a great source of fiber for most dogs and it could be a good option for dogs with a sensitive stomach or digestive issues but as always, make sure to add any new food to your dog’s diet gradually and talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns.