No-Bake Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

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Fall is here (well almost here but the weather sure feels like it is fall) and that means pumpkin spice time. I’ve heard so much about pumpkin spice this or that on the radio for the last week or so already.

While I’m not a big pumpkin spice fan, I do enjoy baking with pumpkin. Pumpkin cake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars… all sound good, but I can’t share those with my dogs (too much sugar and other not so good for dogs’ stuff in them).

I do want to share something with them because pumpkin is good for them. You can read here about the benefits of pumpkin for dogs.

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Since I can’t give my dogs the pumpkin treats I make for myself, what can I give them?

No-Bake Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats is the answer. These were inspired by Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Balls and No Bake Peanut Butter Dog Treats.

With only three ingredients these are a great, easy treat to give your dogs this fall (or any time of the year). They are even easy enough that your kids can help make them.


1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) fresh or canned is fine

½ cup peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol)

2 ½ cup oats, Old-fashioned or Quick Oats


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. I started with a mixing spoon but once the peanut butter and pumpkin started mixing with the oats it became difficult to stir. I then switched to just mixing with my hands.

Once it is all combined, take a small amount and roll it into a ball. Size them according to how big your dog is.

I made the larger balls around ping pong ball size for Luna (as she’s an 85-pound German Shepherd). I made smaller balls for Morgan (since she’s only 23 pounds).

A hand holding a dog treat ball after rolling it.

Place them on a pan lined with wax paper and place them in the fridge for about an hour. If, like me, you used all your wax paper last Christmas and forgot to buy more, you can use freezer paper too. Or just place it on the pan with no liner.

Dog treat balls on a pan ready to be refrigerated.

After they have chilled for an hour, they should hold their shape and be able to be placed in a covered container for storage.

 Store in the fridge and use within a week.

German Shepherd Dog and poodle terrier waiting for treats.

Luna and Morgan were excited to get to try these. At least they were both cooperative with doing a sit before getting their treat.

German Shepherd eating a treat.

Both Luna and Morgan enjoyed their treats so much it was hard to get a good picture of them.

Poodle terrier eating a treat.

Like any treat, give these to your dogs in moderation. And if your dog has allergies or a sensitive stomach, check with your vet before giving these to them.

If your dog enjoys these, they may also enjoy these Soft Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats.

I hope your dogs enjoy these as much as mine do.

44 thoughts on “No-Bake Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats”

    1. I have not tried freezing them, but I have frozen pumpkin puree plenty of times. I think the texture may change some, but I know my dogs don’t care about texture.

      1. I did some research and didn’t find anything about raw oats mixed with wet foods like pumpkin. I did find that the AKC does not recommend feeding dogs raw oats because it’s harder for them to digest that way. But they were talking about plain oats not mixed with other food. You could cook them first to be safe, or check with your vet.

    1. I can’t say for sure that these would be ok or not for a 10-week old puppy. I would double-check with your vet to make sure it’s ok to give them to a puppy that young.

  1. Well my Chihuahua/Dodson mix adores them❣️ I was hoping my almost 16 year old Bassett would love these so I could use them as a pill pocket, but unfortunately he must be tired of peanut butter ☹️

    Super easy and quick treat👍🏻

    1. I have not tried freezing them, but you could try it. I’ve frozen pumpkin before and had no problems with that, but these might change in texture some.

  2. If you bake them for 30 min or so at 250 it might help keep the texture/shape then I think they would freeze fine.

    1. i agree, or cook up thick oats and add with mixture. it will serve its purpose until you get them in frig to hold .. Kaley is teething so every bit counts!

    2. i agree Ronda, cook up thick oats and add with mixture. it will serve its purpose until you get them in frig to hold .. Kaley is teething so every bit counts!

    1. The oats is what holds these together. You could try using flour but you would have to bake them since it isn’t recommended to eat raw flour.

      1. Some dogs have issues digesting almond products, like almond butter or almond flour, so start with small amounts and monitor your dog. Or check with your vet if it’s ok to give to your dog.

  3. I’m making a batch now. I added a little wheat germ and a little brewers yeast. So far everything IS LOOKING GREAT! I Know Kaley will LOVE THEM! Yummy for dogs…

    1. I have not tried banana in this recipe. You could try it but the banana may go bad faster than the rest of the ingredients. All the recipes I’ve made with banana have either been baked or frozen.

  4. My dogs loved them and they were so easy to make so I made a double batch. Can I freeze them ?
    Thank you for this amazing recipe

    1. I think these can be frozen but the texture may change some. I have some in the freezer now to try it out but my dogs have so many treats I haven’t taken any out to check the texture yet.

    1. I have not tried these with anything other than peanut butter so I’m not sure how they would turn out. I would think other dog safe nut butters would work, but I have never used any of those for either my dogs or myself, so I can’t say for sure. Just be sure that whatever you try is safe for your dog.

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