Halloween Pumpkin Oatmeal Spice Dog Treat Recipe
It’s that time of the year again- the fist chill is in the air, everything smells like pumpkins and everyone is excited about picking the perfect Halloween costume- and kids are already daydreaming about all the candy they’ll hoard with this year’s trick-or-treating. But what about your pooch? Why should he be left out of all the fun activities? Sure, you might dress him up in a costume to make him involved in the festivities, but truth be told, it’s not the Halloween activity that your dog would have chosen to participate in. If he could get his paws on a mountain of candy, he probably would- but we all know that’s a bad idea. So what’s a pawrent to do?
Your fur baby might not get to pig out on trick-or-treating candy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to include them. Instead of leaving out your pooch from all the Halloween fun– try our Halloween Pumpkin Oatmeal Spice Dog Treat Recipe. They’re so good, it’s scary!
Halloween Pumpkin Oatmeal Spice Dog Treat Recipe
This recipe yields 20 generously-sized cookies that will have your pooch wagging his tail well after Halloween passes. And even if they snarf up all of them in a few days- we won’t tell anyone, because these homemade, wholesome treats are healthy for your pooch. Just don’t make it a regular indulgence- these cookies might be great, but all those calories will make your dog a chunky boy in no time.
*Cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, but if you think your pooch won’t like the scent of in his chow, feel free to omit it from the recipe. (Just don’t sub for other spices, as they’re not all safe for pooches).
**Both pumpkin and oatmeal are great ingredients to help better digestion in dogs. Even after Halloween, these cookies can become a staple in your pet’s diet, as they can be a lovely healthy substitute to store-bought treats, especially for dogs with food allergies and sensitive tummies.
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine pumpkin, oil, water, and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir well. All the “wet” ingredients should be well mixed until the consistency is smooth and even throughout.
- Once the “wet” ingredients are all nicely blended, gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Slowly pour in oatmeal and flour, mixing while you do it, to form a stiff dough. It might be a bit sticky, but it shouldn’t be too soft, as you need it to be pliable to shaping and not too soggy.
- Once you get the desired consistency, roll dough to 1/4″ thick and cut with cookie cutters on a floured surface.
- Bake on non-stick cookie sheet for 30-40 minutes. That’s it- the whole process takes just about an hour and as a result, your whole kitchen will smell divine and your pooch will get to enjoy some dog-friendly Halloween treats.
BONUS TREAT: If your pooch happens to really like pumpkin or you want them to have an easy to digest, healthy alternative to commercial treats, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Recipes section for some delicious pumpkin inspo- our tried and true recipes include goodies such as Pumpkin Molasses Dog Treat Recipe, Devilish Pumpkin And Apple Dog Treat Recipe, Pumpkin and Almond Butter Dog Treat Recipe, and much more.
Is Pumpkin Healthy for Your Dog?
With so many different pumpkin dog treat recipes available, you may be wondering how healthy it is to treat your pup to this fall favourite. The good news is that it’s not only safe, but it also offers some great nutritional benefits. In fact, many veterinarians will even recommend including a small scoop of pumpkin puree as a meal topper with a dog’s regular feedings.
Pumpkin is packed with great vitamins and minerals for your dog’s health including vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and folate. It’s also high in fiber, making it a great option to boost your dog’s digestive health. If you notice that your dog is experiencing any digestive upset including both constipation and diarrhea, a little pumpkin is a well-known and trusted home remedy.
In addition to the digestive benefits, pumpkin has also been associated with better eye health, improved skin and coat and a stronger immune system. It’s also a low-calorie treat. That combined with the high fiber content makes it a perfect choice for those pups that are currently working on shedding a few pounds. The best part? Your dog will love the taste so much that he will have NO idea that he’s enjoying a diet-friendly snack. So, get baking and embrace the fall vibes.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, 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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