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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.
Since I can’t give my dogs the pumpkin treats I make for myself, what can I give them?
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).
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.
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.
Luna and Morgan were excited to get to try these. At least they were both cooperative with doing a sit before getting their treat.
Both Luna and Morgan enjoyed their treats so much it was hard to get a good picture of them.
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.