Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits

I’m pretty sure the day we brought home Charlie we thought we were rescuing him…..

turns out we now think he rescued us.

He helps up be more active, we are always getting up to let him out, to go for a walk or play fetch.

He rescued us from ever feeling like there is no one home.

He helps us realize how much love we have to give and of course he is there every step of the way reminding us how much he loves us.

Even if it’s sometimes means cleaning up a chewed up mess…..he is probably trying to remind us to make sure everything is put in it’s place! (with a lid on it if need be)

I have baked dog biscuits before we even had a dog.

Dog bonesHomemade Peanut Butter Dog Bones

This time I wanted to include pumpkin and instead of using flour and cornmeal, I used oatmeal.


5.0 from 7 reviews
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits
  • 3 cups oats
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  1. Place the oatmeal into a food processor and pulse it until it's not so coarse, but it doesn't need to be a fine as flour.
  2. Add oatmeal, pumpkin, peanut butter cinnamon baking powder and eggs to bowl on mixer and blend on medium until it's all mixed.
  3. Roll out with a little flour and cut with cookie cutters.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Cool on rack until completely cooled.
  6. Place in airtight container to keep them fresh, or in the freezer. I keep them in the freezer, they don't freeze solid as there is little liquid.

 After some treats, Charlie likes to go outside.

The weather is still pretty warm here about 85 today and I really do think he thinks of going for a swim. He hasn’t jumped in on his own yet. But he’s fallen off the edge a couple times and we’ve scooped him out after he swam to the edge.

and when Charlie isn’t outside running around he can be found in his new spot…

on top of my desk.

He thinks he’s the cat!

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    Oh my gosh, Diane! Charlie is such a sweetheart and so is your kitty :) I love making homemade treats for my pup, too. So fun to treat them for their daily antics that make us love them even more haha. And my dog totally acts like a cat too! So funny.

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    Nice recipe! We would be happy to post your recipe on our website with a link back to your website, if you don’t mind that we recommend not using canned pumpkin. The sugar, possible nutmeg and fillers are not very healthy for dogs.

    • 7

      Diane says

      There is no added sugar in the canned pumpkin I used. (Libby’s Brand) I didn’t use the pie filling just the plain canned pumpkin. Th only ingredient is pumpkin. No nutmeg either.
      I prefer that the recipe not be copied, but you are welcome to mention the recipe with a link back. If you print the recipe there would be no incentive for people to click over to my site.
      I hope you understand.
      Thank you for asking.

      • 8

        Bonnie says

        I too bake for my dogs and constantly have to explain canned pumpkin vs “pumpkin pie filling” great little recipe btw.

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    Tricia says

    I’m making these now (after having them on my “What’s Cooking this Week” Pinterest board for weeks!) My kitchen was a big mess this morning after making pies for school, so I figured, let’s make ’em now! The batter smells delicious and I would try but for the raw eggs. Looking forward to treating my pups to these yummy treats! Thank you for the healthy recipe!!!

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    Thanks for the information about the pumpkin you use, Diane! I understand that cinnamon, unlike nutmeg, may actually be good for dogs. Have you heard anything along that line?

    And, good idea! We should put together a list of links to online dog treat recipes. If we do, I will be sure to send you a link.

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    debideb says

    I made these for Christmas and my dogs loved them! I did give them to relatives and friends who have dogs also and received good feedback on the treats. Thanks for the simple and healthy recipe for my pups!

    • 16

      Diane says

      It’s 1 cup powdered sugar and a couple teaspoons water with food coloring. Mix it until it’s smooth and adjust the consistency until it’s the thickness you need. I piped it on with a piping bag, allowed the first color to harden then wrote the names.

    • 18

      Diane says

      I used Quaker Oats, not the 1 minute variety, the oats you cook a bit longer. I’m sure most varieties will work. The box says Old Fashioned. They are not Steel Cut Oats, those take a while to cook.

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    Rebecca says

    I made this recipe, and I’d to say that these treats are a roaring success! My great danes are crazy about them, and I like that they’re super easy to make, and wheat & corn free. Thanks for sharing!

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    Charlie says

    Made these tonight, and they are a big hit with my dog. He watched me through the entire process, like he somehow knew they were for him. My cat also tried to help by stepping in the dough and flour, but had no interest in the finished product. But definitely a winner for dogs! Thanks!

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    Noreen says

    Hi Diane,
    All I have in my pantry are steel oats. You mentioned it would take longer for the treats to cook. How much longer should I cook them? I think my four legged boys are allergic to wheat so would like to try these treats, but am limited to ingredients.

    • 24

      Diane says

      I’m not sure how long they will take to cook, test ever couple minutes after after 20. I’m sure you will be able to tell by texture if they are baked enough.

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    Amy says

    trying to make these this afternoon, and the batter is crazy sticky! There is no way they can be rolled out. Did i miss something? Do they need to chill like cookie dough before rolling? Or do i need to add extra oatmeal til its drier (seems like that would be a LOT more). Thanks

    • 26

      Diane says

      I just rolled the ball of dough in flour and then lightly floured my surface. Yes, it’s sticky. I didn’t find it too difficult to work with, but if you are having trouble, you can add a couple tablespoons of flour to the mix, chill it if you prefer. I didn’t but that’s not to say you can’t. I work with lots of sticky dough and find if the temperature in the room is warmer, it’s more difficult. Sorry you are having trouble with it, hope these suggestions help.

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    Chelsea says

    Just made these for my pups and they loved them! Great use for pumpkins left from Thanksgiving. The dough was a little sticky so I just rolled little balls and then flattened them. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Sarah says

    This dough is so sticking that it can’t even be rolled out. It just sticks to my hands even after adding more oats. Unfortunately it’s not usable.

    • 29

      Diane says

      Add a little flour and don’t over work the dough, you can flour the dough and roll it in between wax paper, or chill the dough if it’s giving you trouble to make it easier to roll out.

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    Marylou Sanders says

    Hi Diane, I just wanted to tell you that these are THE BEST doggie biscuits ever! They are super healthy for my fur babies and they love them. I make them all the time. My Poodle/Bichon sits on the back of the family room chair so she’s even with the counter and watches while I make them. The house smells so good when I make them too. I won’t buy any manufactured treats any more, even made in the USA, too many unpronounceable ingredients. I posted your link on my Facebook wall for my friends whose dogs have allergies to wheat. Also gifted so my friends and their dogs love them. As far as the dough being sticky, I don’t even use flour on my granite counter. I just put some dough down and flatten it with my hand and use the cookie cutter and a knife if needed to unstick it from the counter. My first batch involved flouring the surface and trying to use a rolling pin, but it didn’t work at all. I really find it easier my way. Thanks so much for the recipe. Carmelo and Sunshine thank you too!

    • 31

      Diane says

      So happy to hear you and your fur babies love them. I don’t have granite, but yes I’d imagine that would make it easier :)

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    Jamie Baker says

    I have a male cocker spaniel that thinks he is a cat too. I always said he was a cat trapped in a dog suit. Thank you for this recipe. I can’t wait to make it for him.


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