Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

One of our readers, Elliot, asked us to come up with a few grain-free recipes for Asterix, his German Shepherd, and I was happy to oblige. You’ll be seeing some more in the weeks to come. This is my first crack at using buckwheat, which is grain-free, despite its name… it’s actually a seed! Buckwheat is a low glycemic food, so it won’t spike your dog’s blood sugar. As well, it contains magnesium – this chills out your dog’s blood vessels, which improves blood flow, nutrient delivery and the overall cardiovascular system. How’s that for a super-healthy treat!

Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Makes 25 cookies


2 1/2 cups buckwheat flour

2 large eggs

1/2 cup flax seed meal

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1/4 cup of beef broth


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl put the buckwheat flour and flax seed meal (you can make your own with flax seeds and a food processor).
  3. Add the pumpkin puree, eggs, and beef stock to mixture.
  4. Stir until all of the ingredients are combined. The dough will be stiff but a bit moist.
  5. Roll out on a buckwheat floured surface to 1/2 to ¼ inch thick. Cut out treats using cookie cutters and place on non-stick cookie sheets. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Let cool on cooling racks. Place in airtight containers.

If your dog eats a grain- or gluten-free diet, feel free to send us your recipes. I’d be happy to try them out and put them on the site for everyone to sample.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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