Most that know me, know I love to make homemade dog food for my dogs. I don’t always do it, but on occasion homemade dog food is the only way to go. One of the reasons I like doing it, is because I know exactly what is going in the food. Second, I can get rid of leftover this and that and completely make it my own. Before you ever attempt to make homemade dog food, do some research on what your dog cannot have.
Since I don’t always make homemade dog food, I do try to make my dogs homemade dog treats. These pumpkin peanut butter dog treats are a twist on a muffin recipe for my human family, made for my doggie family. I had to eliminate the flour first and I wanted to avoid wheat since one of my dogs has a common sensitivity to it. So I switched to Rye flour because it was easy to find and the dogs like it. You can also use other flours – just check this list.
You also need a cute doggy silicone treat pan. I have these: (this is not an affiliate link, promise!) Doggie Silcone Treat mold.
And once you make these Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats you will have a happy doggie! Bennie and Lulu were both quite content with these dog treats. The pan I use makes 3″ dog treats so I usually break them in half and they share one.
To store these, you need to keep them in the freezer. Before you ask if you really need to do this, YES. Because you are making them homemade they have no preservatives in them. They will go bad in just a day or so if you don’t do this. Freeze them. Remove from freezer at least 10 minutes before wanting to give one to your pup. What I do, is remove 2 in the morning and place them in a bag in the refrigerator to thaw there. By the time I want to use them, they are ready. The dogs actually really like them cold, so there is no worry there. Otherwise, just take one and allow it to thaw on the counter.
Bennie is sitting pretty waiting for his Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treat. Btw, he can smell them a mile away and comes running. He really loves them!
- 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1¼ cup water (can use milk)
- 1 egg
- 2 cups Rye flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except flour.
- Add flour and mix until well blended.
- Pour batter into lightly greased dog treat pan.
- Bake 45 minutes.