I admit it, we’re a little dog crazy in our house. Okay, maybe a lot. 🙂 Seriously, though, our dog Katie is the most adorable, sweetest girl around. So when it comes to her food and treats, Katie is a real food eater as well!
Now we don’t feed Katie treats very often. In fact, if she’s lucky maybe she’ll gets 3-4 over the course of a week. But boy does she love these homemade pumpkin oatmeal dog treats. When she hears the container’s lid opening, she speeds into the kitchen!
And as you can see in the photo below, Katie was very interested during the photo shoot for these treats. Normally she doesn’t pay much attention to what we’re photographing, but she knew these treats were right there, and she wanted to get one. 🙂
So what makes these homemade pumpkin oatmeal dog treats so delicious? Simple ingredients like rolled oats, pumpkin, eggs, and applesauce. And I especially like to make them this time of year so I can give some away as gifts to our dog-loving family members and friends. Share the love, right!
So get out your food processor and get mixing up some dough. I promise you, your four-legged friend will love you even more!
- 5 cups rolled oats, regular or quick
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup whole-wheat flour or oat flour
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets or line them with parchment.
- In a food processor, using the mixing blade, grind the oats into a rough flour. Add the pumpkin, eggs, applesauce, and salt. Process until the mixture resembles a thick, somewhat coarse cookie dough.
- Add whole-wheat flour or oat flour to an empty bowl. Coat tablespoon-sized scoops of dough with flour then roll each piece between your hands to make a round ball. Put the floured dough ball onto a prepared baking sheet, then flatten it with the bottom of glass (see notes).
- Repeat until tray is filled with treats. Bake for about 50-60 minutes. The treats are finished when they're lightly browned,
- Remove from the oven and cool right on the pans. Store in an air-tight container.
Each treat will be about 1½ inches in diameter and slightly less than ¼ inch thick. Treats can be baked closely together since the dough does not spread.
In order for these treats to keep for they need to be cooked until complete dry, and crisp all the way through. You can always put cooled treats back in the over to cook longer if they're crisp enough. Dry, crisp treats can last for 6 months or more if stored in an airtight container.
Kitchen Tips and Resources:
- High quality baking sheets are indispensable in the kitchen. Here’s one from NordicWare that’s similar to what I have.
- If you’ve never baked with parchment paper, you should definitely give it a try. It’s so simple to use, and it makes clean-up a breeze. Here’s an unbleached parchment paper that is Green Seal Certified.
- These pumpkin oatmeal dog treats make wonderful gifts. Just fill up a pint-size mason jar with them, add a bow or some ribbon, and your friends and their dogs will love you forever!