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Fall Flavors: Homemade Pumpkin Oatmeal Dog Treats for Max

As the leaves in Asheville begin to change and the air grows crisp, my kitchen becomes a hub of activity, especially when it comes to baking. My Golden Retriever, Max, always seems to know when I’m whipping up something special for him. This fall, we’re sharing one of his favorites: homemade pumpkin oatmeal dog treats. These treats not only capture the essence of the season but also cater to Max's evolving taste preferences, ensuring he stays excited about his snacks.

The Benefits of Pumpkin and Oatmeal in Dog Treats

Pumpkin is a superfood for dogs, rich in fiber, which aids in digestive health, and beta-carotene, an essential antioxidant. Oatmeal is another excellent ingredient for canine treats; it's high in soluble fiber, which helps regulate blood glucose levels and promotes a healthy gut. Combined, these ingredients not only make a delicious treat but also provide a health boost that keeps Max healthy and happy.

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Oatmeal Dog Treats

Here’s a simple recipe for the pumpkin oatmeal treats that Max loves. It’s easy to make and perfect for keeping your furry friend satisfied.


  • 1 cup cooked pumpkin (canned pure pumpkin puree, not pie filling)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can substitute with any other flour if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup water (as needed)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Mix the ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, oatmeal, and applesauce. Gradually add the flour, mixing until it forms a stiff dough. If the mixture is too dry, add water one tablespoon at a time until it reaches a workable consistency.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  4. Cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutter or simply cut into squares with a knife.
  5. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the treats are hard and golden brown.
  7. Cool completely before serving to your dog or storing in an airtight container.

Keeping Max Engaged with Variety

Max’s tastes can change, much like our own, and I find that introducing new flavors and textures keeps him keenly interested in his treats. Sometimes, I’ll tweak this recipe by adding a spoonful of peanut butter for extra protein or substituting banana for applesauce for a different flavor profile.

Conclusion: More than Just a Treat

Creating homemade treats for Max is about more than just feeding him; it’s about providing a healthier alternative to store-bought options, bonding over food, and understanding his preferences and needs as they evolve. These homemade pumpkin oatmeal dog treats are a testament to the care and attention I put into his well-being, ensuring that each treat is not only enjoyable but also beneficial.

For all the dog parents looking to spice up their dog treat repertoire this fall, give this recipe a try. It’s a delightful way to celebrate the season and enjoy the satisfaction of making your dog’s tail wag with joy.

This post was last updated at July 20, 2024 20:29

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