Autumn has arrived which brings crisp evening walks and leaf piles for dogs to play in. It’s also a time for munching on lots of fall inspired treats. Celebrate this time of year by making some of these seasonal themed dog treat recipes that your dog is sure to love.

 

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

Save this recipe for when you have leftover canned pumpkin from baking your pies. These peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats are super easy to make and can be made any size for any sized pup:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup peanut butter*
  • ¼ cup pumpkin
  • ¼ cup liquid vegetable, chicken, or beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Combine flour, peanut butter, pumpkin, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add stock and stir until well-combined. The dough will be thick.

Once combined, use your hands to press the dough into a ball. Place dough ball on a flat surface (with a sprinkle of flour if needed) and roll out evenly with a rolling pin. Dough should be about ¼ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into desired shape and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 18+ minutes or until golden brown and hard to the touch. The baking time will vary based on the size of the treats.

Store in an airtight container.

*Be sure your peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol as it is dangerous for pets.

Homemade Apple Dog Donuts

It’s that time of year when we crave a cup of hot cider and a tasty apple cider donut. Most of us tend to pick up some fresh donuts when visiting the apple farm and now, your four-legged friend can join right in the fun with these Homemade Apple Dog Donuts! Use your freshly picked apples to make these dog treats that can be customized in any way like adding in peanut butter or even carrots:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free cake flour (Better Batter® brand has no corn and is safe for dogs)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, at room temperature
  • 2 extra-large eggs at room temperature, beaten
  • 3/4 cup 100% no sugar-added apple cider
  • 1 apple, diced very fine or grated

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 325°F.

Grease donut pan.

Mix together dry ingredients: cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add in oil, eggs, and apple cider. Continue to mix until it begins to thicken.

Add in diced apples, mix until just blended.

Pour batter into donut pan.

Bake for about 8 minutes (the tops of the donuts should spring back when pressed).

Candy Corn Frozen Dog Treats

Even though fall is here, the days can still heat up. There is no time like the present to combine this fall theme with a tasty frozen treat to keep your dog cooled off. Regular candy corn is high in sugar and other ingredients that are not so dog-friendly but these candy corn frozen dog treats are delicious and nutritious:

Ingredients

  • 1 – 1 ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1-2 small bananas
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 oz paper cups

Instructions

Put a spoonful of yogurt into the bottom of the paper cups (about ½ cup total).

Freeze for 1 – 1.5 hours.

Mix ½ cup yogurt and 1/2 cup pumpkin (optional).

Add a spoonful of the yogurt/pumpkin mixture or just canned pumpkin to the paper cups.

Freeze for 1 – 1.5 hours.

Mash 1-2 bananas.

Mix bananas with ½ cup plain yogurt. Immersion blender works great too (optional).

Add a spoonful of the yogurt/banana mixture or just mashed bananas to the paper cups.

Freeze for 1 – 1.5 hours.

Peel off the paper cup and serve.

 

It’s no secret that homemade dog treats are less expensive than store-bought, but they are also much healthier and safer, too!  Many store-bought dog treats are filled with saturated fats, whereas homemade recipes consist of low-fat ingredients that will be much better for your dog’s heart and decrease the chances of obesity.  When planning your furry friend’s fall feast, not only are homemade treats healthier, but they are also fun to make … happy cooking!

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