I mentioned previously that pumpkin is really good for dogs. Pumpkins are very rich in fiber and adding a few teaspoons of canned pumpkin to your dog’s food helps the digestion process. I won’t go into all those details here, but feel free to read more about how pumpkin can be beneficial to your dog. I’m also a firm believer in all-natural food (see my other site TreeHuggingPets) so clearly a logical step here would be to make homemade dog cookies and treats, including these yummy pumpkin apple dog treats.
These use human-grade ingredients, are easy and quick to make, plus you can enjoy them with your pup.
I just happened to have a dog bone cookie cutter, but any cookie cutter will do. You could even just shape them freeform and bake them. Your dogs won’t care one bit.
The thing I love about this recipe is that you can use other fruits (except for grapes/raisins which can be deadly to dogs) and veggies. However, if you do replace the pumpkin, you’ll want to add about a 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. I prefer to keep the pumpkin and swap out the apple for things like carrots, zucchini, pears, or bananas.
I make mine on a thin side, because I have tow dogs that don’t really chew. They are more whole-treat swallowers, so I find the thinner the better. You could easily roll these out to be 1″ or thicker if you prefer.
Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats Recipe
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 2 small finely chopped or grated apples (could probably do 1 large/medium)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
- Mix together flour and cornmeal.
- Add apples, egg, pumpkin, brown sugar and water.
- Flour your work surface and roll out dough.
- Cut your cookies and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Turn off oven and leave cookies in the oven for another 35-45 minutes to let them crisp.
- Store in an airtight container.