Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits

Just wait until you see how easy this pumpkin peanut butter oatmeal dog biscuits plus my TOP 10 list of must-have items if you have a dog!

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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’s so sweet, we are very lucky!

Charlie helps us 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 runs to the door as soon as we open it. He’s my constant companion! He follows me around all day and is ALWAYS in a good mood!

charlie (cocker spaniel) with dog bone treat createdbydiane.com


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

I have baked dog biscuits before we even had a dog. We have always loved when dogs would come by for a visit!

Now that we have a dog there are so many things that we have gotten that we LOVE.


dog must have items



Here are my top 10 must-have items for your dog!

  1. THIS is essential for a puppy, but we use it every day, he loves it. It’s his own little hide-a-way.
  2. This is the best dog bed cover it makes for easy clean-up, we even have one in the bed for the dog in our RV.
  3. I’d much rather take the dog for a walk and use THIS than stay home cleaning all day.
  4. And we all sure need THESE, don’t leave home without them!
  5. We just switched and got THIS and it really works not more pulling me around the block, it hooks in the front so if the dog pulls, he just turns himself around.
  6. And certainly can’t go for a walk without THIS leash, it has two handles and I love it.
  7. We have at least 2 of THESE it’s my dogs’ favorite, we replace them about once a year, they last a long time, he’s a chewer and they help keep his teeth clean. We also use these once a day they were recommended by our vet to keep his teeth tarter free or reduce tarter when were first started using them.
  8. Some days I wonder where THESE all go, then I’ll spot one and sure enough, they are all within a few feet of me and then I find 10 of them.
  9. I just love THESE, one for inside and one for outside, the bigger the better.
  10. and THIS, OMG this is the best at nighttime, no more walking into something I don’t want to and a clear view of what’s ahead.*My dog Charlie is microchipped, he was already chipped when we adopted him. I didn’t have a lot of info on registering him, chip info, and such and thought once I did it, he would always be registered, that was not the case with the company I registered him with. I paid a fee, thought that was it, I really didn’t know through that company that it was an annual fee type of thing. So the registering of the dog wasn’t really there. I was shocked.
    I’m happy to say I found a registry that then when checked through other chip identifiers, the info is there.
    It’s easy to use, you can update the info as needed. HERE is the website I used

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    Are these dog teats gluten-free?

    Are these dog teats gluten-free?

    Yes, these pumpkin peanut butter oatmeal dog biscuits are gluten-free, when you roll them out, uses cornstarch instead of flour or place the dough in between two pieces of wax paper. Which is great if you don’t have a food allergy.

    You can add flour to them if you’d like for them to be less sticky, but it’s not necessary. 

    If you want to avoid rolling them out and cutting them with a cookie-cutter, just place tablespoon-size balls and bake them, they are easy and quick and you’ll have a whole tray full done in no-time.


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    Can I make these with regular flour and no use oatmeal?

    I haven’t tried it, but yes I do think you can use all-purpose flour in this recipe, I believe you may need a little more so use 3 cups, then add some flour as need to get a consistency you can work with that isn’t overly sticky.
    taking dog for walk




click>>> on the video below and see how Charlie feels about the cat that is always in our yard.


After some treats, Charlie likes to go outside.

dog pool water swim

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 of times and we’ve scooped him out after he swam to the edge.

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

dog laying on desk


on top of my desk.

He thinks he’s the cat!

orange cat laying on desk

This is Jack, he’s a Maine Coon Cat, so sweet with a wonderful personality, he likes to be right with us all day long.

The closer the better… as you can see by him being on the desk!

Sadly Jack passed away in 2016. He is greatly missed. We had many wonderful years with Jack and think of him often.



cute dog cocker spaniel


He has such a sweet personality but really doesn’t like his photo taken too much.

I’m happy when I get a good shot of him, this one is so cute!


dog that helps


Charlie is ALWAYS ready to help me with my work!


These are not typical store-bought dog biscuits: 

  • there are no preservatives, store them in the fridge or freezer (they have fruit in them, the pumpkin, they will go bad after 2 days at room temperature)
  • the batter is sticky as mentioned, add flour to roll them out as needed
  • if you want them firm, bake them a little longer until the edges are lightly brown


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4.91 from 10 votes

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits

gluten-free dog treats, with pumpkin peanut butter, and oatmeal. These dog treats can be cut out with a cookie cutter or rolled into balls.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: dog treat
Cuisine: cookie
Servings: 3 -4 dozen
Author: Diane Schmidt Created by Diane


  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • cornstarch/ flour for rolling out cookies


  • Place the oatmeal into a food processor and pulse it until it's not so coarse, but it doesn't need to be fine as flour.
  • Add oatmeal, pumpkin, peanut butter, cinnamon, baking powder, and eggs to a mixing bowl then blend on medium speed until it's all mixed.
  • If it's overly sticky, add a tablespoon of cornstarch or flour to help dry it out a little so it's not difficult to roll out.
  • Roll out with a little flour and cut with cookie cutters.
  • Or roll out in between wax paper sheets, then cut with cookie cutter and place on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • If you don't want to roll out and cut the dog treats with a cookie cutter, simply roll tablespoon size balls and bake them on the baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  • Cool on a rack until completely cooled.
  • Place in a 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 and my dog likes them right out of the freezer.


Add additional flour as needed for rolling cookies out so they aren't so sticky. If you flour wax paper and roll the cookie out in between floured wax paper sheets they are easier to transfer to the baking sheets.
** these do not have preservatives so be sure to refrigerate or freeze them. (my dog like them out of the freezer just fine)


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  1. Oh my gosh, Diane! Charlie is such a sweetheart and so is your kitty πŸ™‚ 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.

  2. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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.

    2. 5 stars
      I too bake for my dogs and constantly have to explain canned pumpkin vs “pumpkin pie filling” great little recipe btw.

    3. She said pumpkin purΓ©e which is strictly one ingredient, pumpkin. She did not suggest pumpkin pie filling of which you are referring to with sugar, nutmeg, fillers, etc. Canned pumpkin or pumpkin purΓ©e as it is, IS healthy for dogs’ digestion as it is a good source of much needed fiber. I know this because my dogs get pumpkin purΓ©e daily and was recommended years ago by my all natural vet. Check your facts before you tell someone that they should change their recipe and doing that publicly and inaccurately is a disservice to yourself, your website, and your followers.

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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.

    1. I have looked at several charts for DO NOT GIVE DOGS and cinnamon is on the list

    2. I buy dog treats all the time with cinnamon in them. The amount is not large and I’m comfortable giving my dog these. Everyone had to do what they feel is right. I do not offer advice as far as what to feed your animal. I create recipes I’m comfortable with and share them. You may choose to omit an item you aren’t comfortable with. It will not effect the recipe other than taste.

    3. I don’t recall exactly, and it will depend on what cookie cutter size you use, but more than 24 I recall it making.

    4. I got 26 pig shapes, which were about 2″x2″, and I got about 15 small heart shaped ones. I just rolled out the dough as many times as I could to use it all up.

    5. I just looked it up again and according to the ASPCA, cinnamon is non-toxic to dogs.

  5. 5 stars
    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!

    1. So glad the dogs liked them, mine sure does. Happy New Year!
      I have a Fun dog/cat post coming up later this month for my dogs birthday πŸ™‚ I can hardly wait to post it.

    2. Thought the recipe sounded great, were rejected untill i smeared peanut butter on them. Do you have a dog safe recipe for peanut butter icing?

    1. 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.

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    1. 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.

  7. 5 stars
    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!

  8. 5 stars
    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!

  9. 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.

    1. 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.

  10. 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

    1. 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.

    2. I had great success just making small cookie balls and flattening with a fork…. no muss and fuss with the roller and cookie cutters.

    3. I used a silicone bone and paw shaped muffin pan. They turned out great but may be a little thicker than the cookie cutter option. Was a great time saver as another option. I sprayed the ailicone first with Pam. Made the recipe exactly as shared but did bake them with a convection setting for 22 minutes since they are thicker. and my dog who never begs, is now pawing me for more! Thanks for sharing Diane. Great recipe!

    4. The silicone pan sounds like it worked great. I’m happy to see you dog knows what to be for πŸ˜‰

  11. 5 stars
    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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  13. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 4 stars
      Our lovely Lab is allergic to wheat (go figure) so I spooned it out in little “cookies” and they worked just fine!

    3. 5 stars
      Whoops, meant to add that I put a few tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce in them. I baked one batch according to recipe and the next at lower temp for longer time which developed a crispier texture. My dog devoured it!

  14. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

  15. 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.

  16. 5 stars
    My two Aussies LoVe these biscuits! And so do their doggie friends. I made them super crunchy by dehydrating them in the oven after cooking them per your instructions (250Β° for about 2 hours, just start checking them after about 1.5 hours). My pups love their pumkin treats! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  17. Made these treats today but was disappointed to learn that cinnamon is toxic for dogs. Hopefully it won’t cause problems for my dog since there isn’t much in the recipe. I also had to add 1 1/2 cups of organic unbleached flour to the dough because it was very sticky and could not be rolled out without it.

    1. I read an article about the 10 foods at Thanksgiving that you need to keep away from dogs. Pie was listed especially if it has cinnamon and nutmeg. I will call my veterinarian to make sure either way.

  18. Thank you for this recipe. I’m so fed up of the shop-bought treats; they’re stupidly expensive and have all kinds of rubbish in them. I’ll be making up a batch of these today and I’m sure my doggies will love them; peanut butter is a firm favourite in our pack!

  19. My dogs would love these! What could I use in place of Peanut Butter, my 2 cockers are on diets?

    1. The peanut butter really is a main ingredient in these (and holds it all together) you could substitute any type of nut butter. You could try adding more pumpkin and some honey for it all to stick together, but really that’s a whole other recipe and would most likely need to be tested to come out properly.

    2. Maybe some lowfat greek yogurt, pureed meat or banana could replace all or part of the peanut butter.

  20. I’ve baked many dog treats for my pup, but these are her favorite and one of the easiest to make. Will be baking these again!

  21. I noticed this recipe turns out sticky/wet if you “gently” fine the oats. I am going to try this recipe again but by switching to the quick-oats which are smaller so I can skip this step. Hopefully this will allow the result to be more “doughy” and less wet.

  22. I made this recipe today and Sparky loved them!!!! For the people who said the dough was sticky…I measured the oats AFTER they got “food processor’d”. Is that a word? haha. They measure differently when they are coarse vs fine. Maybe that was the prob? …cuz mine turned out perfectly…not sticky on the board or rolling pin (used a bit of whole wheat flour to prevent sticking tho). I did a double batch and it made 300 small circle treats. The Spark-meister is verrry fussy about which treats he likes but, he gave these “2 paws UP”!!! And it feels great to know how healthy they are πŸ™‚

  23. Great recipe, I made them today, thanks, my dogs love them. I’ve been hearing how pumpkin is so good for the dogs, and one of ours has a (*tmi*) leaky anal gland problem, peee-ew. I’m hoping 2-3 cookies a day will help neutralize that odour as I’ve been reading so many success stories!

  24. I always roll out my dough and cut squares using a pizza cutter- super efficient. I was disappointed with this recipe because the dough was super sticky and it took a lot of flour to stiffen it up enough to not stick to my fingers. I had to form the treats individually into balls and flatten them because rolling it out still didn’t work out- bummer. I did measure 3 cups of oatmeal before using the food processor.

  25. I made these and had to add extra blended oats…no fault to the recipe…it could have just been that the first batch of oats weren’t blended in the processor enough and didn’t soak up the liquid. So it’s a great recipe and the doggy we gave them to couldn’t get enough of them! Thanks!

  26. I am making these right now d dont see how they can be “rolled out” without adding some extra flour, waaaaay too mushy. After adding some rye flour (my dog has allergies to wheat) i was able to roll them out and they were great, my baby loves em!

  27. Hi, Diane. My name is Hayes and I’m 9 and I LOVE animals. I volunteer at a dog hotel/cat hotel/doggie daycare. My Granny is having a garage sale and I want to raise money for homeless pets at Heart of the Valley animal shelter. So we used this recipe and I’m going to sell it at her sale. We are also using a dog breathmint recipe and a cookie recipe. I have two dogs, one cat, six cattle, two ponies, a bunny, two chinchillas, and my brother has a leopard gecko. I named my puppy Gunner, my dog is Frankie, my cat is Tiggy, my chinchillas are called Pedro and Pablo, our cows are Vi, Cookie, Mudball (ask me how she got her name), and Cinnamon, our bullie bull is named Copper, our steer is named Harry,my brother’s gecko is called Squirmy, and our ponies are Bugs and Squirt.

    1. Hi Hayes, Happy to hear about all your animals and I’m hoping the dog biscuit recipes work out well for you!

  28. Charlie is so cute. My pup will love these biscuits. With pumpkin and peanut butter, who wouldn’t love them! I’m going to make them this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  29. I have a small dog, who doesn’t really like large hard treats. I know I can alter the size, but I’m wondering do these turn out hard? Or is it more like a soft/medium hard biscuit?

    1. They are not super hard, you can bake them to the desired firmness you’d prefer, (mine come out soft-medium) keep in mind smaller treats will bake faster. I keep these in the freezer and even frozen they are not too firm to give to my dog πŸ˜‰ happy baking!

    1. I haven’t made them with applesauce, applesauce usually replaces the oil in recipes. But I’d love to hear how it works if you try it.

  30. I made these as a halloween treat for my friend’s dog and she is so obsessed with them that they have promptly requested another batch πŸ™‚ Awesome recipe!

    1. I have a stash of them in the freezer and everytime I open the freezer my dog clearly asks for one πŸ™‚

  31. My dogs love these! They can’t get enough of them. The dough was easy to work with when i added a small amount of flour before rolling as you suggested. Great recipe!

  32. I made these today for my fur babies and they love them. I had some left over bacon from our breakfast and added bacon bits to the recipe. This was my first attempt at making dog treats and it was a huge success. Thank you for a great recipe. Will definitely be making these again

  33. Hi! Sounds like a great treat. I am going to add some a half cup of Brewers Yeast to your recipe to make them flea repellent. As for the stickiness, I will be using oat flour on my counter as it is so easy to make oat flour in a blender. Thanks for your recipes!

  34. Hello ,
    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check out your website. I like it!
    I love pets. I have two beautiful that dogs called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother to her. πŸ™‚
    Keep up the good work on your blog.
    Jim Fox

  35. Hi,
    I would like to thanks for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I’m hoping the same high-grade website post from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing abilities have inspired me to get my own blog now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a great example of it.

  36. Very messy recipe… definitely have to add a lot of flour to be able to roll them out. And worst of all, they get moldy after a few days on the counter. Also, they stay very soft – not anything like a dog biscuit or a regular cookie. Will not make these again.

  37. Just made these for the first time. My three dogs LOVE them. Definitely will make these again. Thanks for the recipe!

  38. My dog just loves these treats, I keep them in the freezer and he can’t wait for me to open it to give him some.

  39. Hello! Your recipe sounds like a wonderful treat. To make them flea repellent, I plan on adding half a cup of Brewers Yeast. To avoid stickiness, I will be using oat flour on my counter. It is incredibly simple to make oat flour using a blender. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

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