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Sharing a recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats. Additionally, this post discusses grains that you can use in your pumpkin dog biscuits and how to keep your homemade dog treats from molding.

During our recent, forced ‘staycation’ I found myself motivated to try to use what we had at home as opposed to having to go to the store when we needed something. These Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats came about as a result of trying to make do with what was in my kitchen!

Not only did I not have to go to the store or order dog treats for my sweet, sugar-faced Flora, but I was also able to use up some of the assorted flours that I had in my fridge.

Flora, the dog, waiting for a goodie

What Flours Can You Use?

As it turns out, you can substitute a great many different flours when making dog biscuits.

I’m not going to get into a discussion of whether your dog should be grain-free or not, that’s a discussion for you and your vet. If you are looking to do some research into grains in dog food, you might find this article from Tufts Veterinary School, as well as this one from a Vet in Chicago of interest. But I’m comfortable feeding Flora treats made with grains as they are a very minor part of her diet and she has no allergies to any grains.

In fact, according to the Tufts article, “Grains can be important sources of fiber, essential fatty acids and other nutrients and also serve an important purpose by decreasing the total fat and calories in a diet”

Substituting different flours will change the texture of your dog treats, but thus far, Flora hasn’t indicated that she can really tell the difference!

Closeup of homemade pumpkin dog treats with jar in the background

Here’s a list of the some of the flours that are suitable for dogs, in moderation of course.

  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Garbanzo or Chickpea Flour
  • Buckwheat Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Oat Flour
  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Barley Flour
  • Millet Flour

As you substitute flours, you may come across some, like coconut flour, that seem to be moisture sponges. If that’s the case, merely add a little water to get back to a consistency that allows you to roll and cut your dough.

overhead of dehydrated pumpkin dog treats

How to Keep Dog Treats from Molding

My first batch of these homemade pumpkin dog treats became moldy before Flora had the chance to enjoy them all. When I realized that they were just too moist to be stored at room temperature, I went back to the kitchen and made another batch to figure out how to keep our homemade dog treats from molding. In the end, it was simply a matter of rolling the dough thinner and dehydrating them very slowly.

Removing all the moisture resulted in a crispy and dehydrated pumpkin dog treat that has remained stable at room temperature for a month now. That being said, this recipe makes a bunch of these pumpkin dog biscuits, so I put about half of them in the freezer and just refill her dog treat container when needed.

Jar of Pumpkin Dog Treats

I have read that adding Rosemary Extract and Vitamin E will also extend the shelf life of your dog treats. But, not only did I not have these two ingredients sitting around when I was baking, but I’d rather add as few things as possible to these treats. Removing the moisture and making a dehydrated pumpkin dog treat seemed like the easiest and safest route.

When you are dehydrating, just make sure that when the treat is cooled that it is crisp, with no softness or give to it when you try to break it.

Overhead of Jar of Pumpkin Dog Treats

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Yield: 120 1" cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

A crispy homemade dog treat that is sure to please your favorite 4-legged fur baby.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or substitute (see list for substitutes)
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250° (use convection if you have it)
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix until the dough has 'play-dough' texture.
  3. Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/4" thick and either cut into shapes with a knife or with a cookie cutter.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 2 hours to fully dry out. To ensure that the treats are dry enough, break one. If there is any flex or softness to the treat, put them back in the oven. They should be very crisp!

Notes

By dehydrating them at 250°, I have not had a problem with these getting moldy at room temperature. But, since this recipe makes so many I freeze at least half of them just to be sure.

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To refer back to this Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe, as well as how to keep homemade dog treats from molding, bookmark this page or pin the following image. And if you are looking for more dog treat recipes, check out these Cheddar Cheese Dog Treats.

closeup of dehydrated pumpkin dog treats

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