I have been wanting to make a recipe for dog treats for quite a while now and have been doing research into a really healthy homemade high-protein dog treat. It was important that every ingredient has beneficial ingredients that your dog needs and no fillers. This is not a substitute for your dog’s regular meal but a great and healthy “dessert”. My dog, Bailee (or Bae Bae), is quite the picky eater and loves these. She was involved in every step of the process – from batter licking to the final review. These have her stamp of approval!
I did a lot of research into these cookies to use very beneficial ingredients that taste great. Every ingredient has an essential purpose in your dog’s everyday health:
- Garbanzo flour – This is a gluten-free flour that is high in protein and fiber. It is made from chickpeas and provides many more nutrients that dogs need than regular flour does. I got my bag at Natural Grocers and Bob Mill sells it as well. If you can not buy it at your local store, you can get it online here.
- Pumpkin – This is a great ingredient to incorporate into your dog’s daily diet. It is great to regulate the digestive tract and adds fiber and beta-carotene. It is really important to buy canned pumpkin that the only ingredient is pumpkin, you do not want to get the pumpkin pie mix.
- Peanut Butter – Many nuts are not good for dogs, so make sure to only use a peanut butter. It is also important to find a natural peanut butter with peanuts as the only ingredient. Most additives that are put in peanut butter are not good for dogs (like sugar, xylitol, and salt) and can be very harmful. It’s even better to ground your own roasted peanuts, but let’s be real, most of us are happy to have the time to make our pups homemade treats! So a store bought natural peanut butter with only peanuts in the ingredients. This will provide the treats with good fats, proteins and a yummy flavor!
- Turmeric – This is a new ingredient for me! As I was researching exactly what would go in these treats, I found out about the amazing health benefits of turmeric for dogs (and humans!). The main benefit is that turmeric acts as a anti-inflammatory agent in the body helping important joint health in your pup.
- Flaxseed meal – Flaxseed provides your pup with critical fatty acids, and proteins and fiber. This is a wonder food for dogs and it binds your cookie together (very important so your floor isn’t covered in crumbs!).
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a grain that is gluten-free, so it is safe for dogs with wheat allergies. It provides lots of fiber and important carbohydrates that will give your pup good energy. Always use pure old-fashion oats and never an oatmeal with any additives to it. I like to grind my oatmeal in a food processor or a blender for a better texture in the treats.
- Olive Oil – This is an optional ingredient, but I like to spray my cookies with an olive oil spray before they bake. This gives the treats a nice finish on top but also provides some great health benefits! It has fatty acids to keep their skin and coat shiny and healthy and keeps their brain working well.
There are two ways you can prepare your biscuits to bake: making a drop cookie or rolling them out like a sugar cookie. This is a personal preference in how you want the final treat to look. I made them both ways and they both work great.
- Rolling & cut-outs: To roll out your dough, you will need to chill your dough for an hour to decrease the stickiness. Liberally coat the dough and your surface with the garbanzo flour and roll our to about 1/4″ with either a rolling pin or your hands. Then cut out the shapes (small for small dogs and big for big dogs) to put on the baking sheet. I used this rolling pin covered in paws & bones that I just LOVE from MoodforWood.
- Drop cookie – This is a great, quick and less messy way to make your cookies! Just take about a teaspoon of dough for a small dog or a tablespoon for a big one, roll it in a ball and place on the cookie sheet. Then flatten the ball with the palm of your hand until it is about 1/4″ thick.
Baking time will vary depending on the size of the dog treat. You are looking for a hard to the touch cookie that is barely golden (color of cookie will not really change).
Storage of the cookies. This recipe makes quite a few cookies (about 3 dozen 1″ circles) and this is probably far too many for your pup to eat in a week. They last in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week. But unless you are planning on sharing quite a few, freezing is your best option! You can keep them in an airtight container in the freezer and just take out what your pup needs every week!
Pumpkin Peanut Butter dog treats
- 1½ Tbsp Flaxseed meal
- 6 Tbsp Water
- 15 oz Canned Pumpkin, pure pumpkin, not pie filling
- ½ cup Peanut Butter, no additives, only peanuts
- 2 tsp Turmeric
- 2 cups Garbanzo (Chickpea) Flour
- 1½ cups Old Fashion Oats, ground in blender
- Olive Oil Spray, optional
- In a small bowl, mix together flaxseed meal and water. Set aside for 3-5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together canned pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Add your flaxseed mixture and whisk. Next add the garbanzo flour, turmeric and ground oatmeal. Slowly combine all the ingredients. Batter will be very thick and you may need to mix with a spatula.
- To make cut out cookies, see blog for instructions. To make drop cookies, preheat oven to 350F. Scoop out dough with a teaspoon for small dogs and a Tablespoon for big dogs and roll into a ball. Placed the ball on the cookie sheet and then flatten with the palm of your hand until it is about 1/4" thick. Bake for 7-12 minutes based on the size (cookies are done when they are completely hard to the touch, but they wont change colors much).
- Let cookies cool and then store in an airtight container for a week at room temperature or freeze for 2-3 months.
If you finish and you are crazy jealous of your pup and their cookies, here are some cookies you can treat yourself with!
- Lemon Poppyseed Cookies
- My Favorite Sugar Cookies
- Spicy Ginger Crisps
- Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
- Vegan Fortune Cookies