Pumpkin Pawfection: Homemade Halloween Dog Treats Recipe

This Halloween dog treats recipe only takes 4, all-natural ingredients, and they are to die for! It is the perfect way to get your pup in the Halloween spirit.

halloween-shaped pumpkin dog treats on skull-shaped tray

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A Scary-Simple Halloween Dog Treats Recipe

As soon as the faintest hint of a crisp fall breeze arrives, the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air. But this year, I had a realization – my pups had never tasted the glorious flavors of pumpkin.

So, I decided to change that, right here and now, with this wonderfully uncomplicated Halloween dog treats recipe.

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And let me tell you, these pumpkin-infused dog treats were nothing short of a sensation! When my dogs tried them for the first time, their enthusiasm may have just rivaled that of the most fanatic Starbucks pumpkin spice latte enthusiasts.

Are you ready to get your pup into the Howl-oween spirit as well?

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Halloween Dog Treat Ingredients

This to-die-for recipe only requires 4 ingredients and a few simple steps. Here’s the ingredients list:

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
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Xtra Health Tip: Always check with your veterinarian before introducing new foods. Like people, all dogs are different, and their tolerance for these ingredients depends on numerous factors including age, allergies, health conditions, and more

Whole Wheat Flour

The backbone of most dog treat recipes, flour acts as a binding agent. Additionally, it’s a source of valuable energy. Unlike highly processed flours, whole wheat flour retains essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, along with fiber that supports digestive health.

Standard white flour can be used, although it is not nutritionally rich. 

Xtra Health Tip: Oat flour is a great substitution and is perfect for dogs with gluten allergies. Oats have high levels of soluble fiber, which can contribute to better digestion and help regulate blood sugar levels. They also contribute a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When buying oats/oat flour for your gluten-sensitive pup, choose certified gluten-free oats, which are processed in dedicated facilities that prevent cross-contamination.

Egg

Eggs bring more to the table than just binding the ingredients together. They are a powerhouse of high-quality protein, which supports muscle health and overall well-being. Eggs also contain essential vitamins like B12 and riboflavin, contributing to your dog’s health.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is the star ingredient in these treats. Rich in dietary fiber, it aids in digestion and helps regulate bowel movements. Besides promoting a healthy gut, pumpkin supplies vital vitamins such as A and C, along with essential minerals like potassium.

Moreover, its low-calorie content makes it an ideal choice for weight-conscious dogs.

Important! Make sure you grab pure pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie filling.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a great addition, and it’s not just because of its deliciousness. This ingredient serves as a source of healthy fats and protein, offering valuable energy and support for muscle development.

Make sure to select an all-natural, unsalted, and unsweetened variety (look for 100% peanuts in the ingredients list).

Xtra Health Tip: Xylitol is highly poisonous to dogs; even a small amount can be dangerous. Learn about other common food dangers here.

Lab Equipment (e.g. Kitchen Supplies)

You’ll only need a handful of supplies to bring these dog treats to life.

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Silicon treat molds OR a roller and cookie cutters
  • Baking tray

Halloween Dog Treat Creation

Now it’s time to head into the lab.

To bring this homemade Halloween dog treats recipe to life, begin by mixing all the ingredients together until they form a thick dough. If the dough feels too sticky, incorporate more flour to achieve the right consistency…it should be easy to work with.

Once your dough is ready, you have two options for shaping the treats. 

You can either roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 inch and use small Halloween-themed cookie cutters to create fun shapes.

Alternatively, you can press small pieces of dough into a silicone mold with Halloween shapes for an appropriately festive look. For my first attempt with this recipe, I chose the second option. 

I used Halloween-themed silicone molds (nothing particularly eco-friendly about this option, aside from the fact that they are reusable). And, to be honest, when they arrived, I was a little worried that the detailing was too small. 

But, in the end, these molds worked in perfect combination with this Halloween dog treats recipe. Because, how cute are these??

halloween silicon mold
halloween-shaped pumpkin dog treats on skull-shaped tray

Next, in your preheated oven (350°F / 175°C), bake the treats for approximately 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the molds used. Keep an eye on them to ensure they reach a golden-brown perfection. 

After baking, allow the treats to cool for a few minutes; they should easily pop out of the silicone trays if you went with this option. 

And after giving your pup the obligatory sample, store the treats in an airtight container. They’ll stay fresh for about 5 days at room temperature, but you can extend their shelf life by keeping them in the fridge or freezer for future spooky snacking fun.

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Xtra Health Tip: Whenever serving treats, remember the 90/10 rule. At least 90% of your pup’s daily calories should come from balanced meals, leaving no more than 10% for the fun stuff.

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A Wholesome Howl-oween

This pumpkin Halloween dog treats recipe is a fantastic way to celebrate the spooky season with your pup, providing them with wholesome and delicious snacks. 

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I intentionally kept the recipe as simple as possible, including only ingredients that benefit your pup. In other dog treat recipes you find online, you may notice ingredients like salt and cinnamon, but I intentionally omitted them here. 

Why, you ask?

While generally safe for dogs in small amounts, salt can lead to sodium imbalances. And, cinnamon, while also non-toxic in small portions, can irritate the mouth or stomach and cause low blood sugar or even liver disease.

These treats are awesome without the extra ingredients and prioritize your pup’s safety and enjoyment. 

So, roll up your sleeves, put on your chef (or witch) hat, and let the Halloween baking festivities begin! 

Pumpkin Halloween Dog Treats

halloween-shaped pumpkin dog treats on skull-shaped tray

Pumpkin Halloween Dog Treats

Yield: 60 bite-sized treats
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Get into the Howl-oween spirit with these simple and nutritious pumpkin dog treats. But beware - these are so good, your pup might turn into an uncontrollable werewolf!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (without xylitol)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Combine the flour, egg, pumpkin, and peanut butter in a mixing bowl to form a thick dough.
  3. If the mixture is sticky, slowly add additional flour.
  4. Press small pieces of the dough into a silicon Halloween mold. Alternatively, roll out the dough until it is ½ in (1.3 cm) thick, and use Halloween-themed cookie cutters to create individual treats.
  5. Bake for 30-40 min until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool for several minutes, and then carefully remove the treats from the silicon mold (if you choose this option).
  7. Store the treats in an airtight container for about 5 days or extend the shelf life by keeping them in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

  • If your pup has gluten allergies, you can substitute certified gluten-free oat flour, which is processed in dedicated facilities that prevent cross-contamination.
  • At 30 min, the treats will likely still be a little chewy. If you want a crunchy treat, leave them in the oven a bit longer.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

FAQs: Pumpkin Halloween Dog Treats

Are the ingredients used in these Halloween dog treats safe for dogs?

Yes, the ingredients used in these Halloween dog treats – whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree, egg, and peanut butter – were selected because they are safe for dogs.

Just ensure that the peanut butter does not contain xylitol and that the pumpkin puree is 100% pumpkin with no additives.

Additionally, it’s essential to ensure that your dog does not have any allergies or sensitivities to these ingredients before feeding them the treats.

Can I substitute any of the ingredients if my dog has allergies or dietary restrictions?

Yes, you can make substitutions based on your dog’s specific dietary needs. For example, if your dog is allergic to peanut butter, you can use almond butter instead.

And if your dog is sensitive to wheat, you can use alternative flours such as coconut flour or oat flour.

How should I store these Halloween dog treats?

To maintain freshness, store the Halloween dog treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the treats for up to three months and thaw them as needed.

Can I decorate these Halloween dog treats for added fun?

Yes, you can decorate the Halloween dog treats using pet-safe decorations such as carob chips or dog-friendly frosting. Be sure to avoid using decorations that contain chocolate, xylitol, or other ingredients that are toxic to dogs.

How many treats should I give my dog at a time?

Treats should be given in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. Depending on your dog’s size and dietary needs, you can adjust the portion size accordingly.

It’s essential to consider the treats’ calorie content and factor them into your dog’s overall daily calorie intake to prevent overfeeding.

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