Dog Treat Recipes
Halloween Treats for Dogs: Spooky No Bake Pumpkin Dog Treats
Fun, simple and tasty Halloween dog treats to spoil your furry trick-or-treater.
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These spooky homemade Halloween treats for dogs are sweet, nutritious, and frightfully delicious.
Sure, you may already have your dog’s Halloween costume sorted, but don’t forget the pawty snacks! While you’re chowing down on candy, your pup can enjoy their very own dog-friendly snack that’s sooo good, it’s scary.
Plus, these no bake pumpkin dog treats are so easy to make. It’s why we love no bake dog treat recipes so much – there’s minimal fuss, and maximum fun (and yum!).
Now we’re not sure about you, but we are BIG pumpkin fans in this house. In fact, this dog treat recipe was inspired by this pumpkin Halloween dog treat recipe from a few years back.
Just think of this as the spookier, no bake version of the original!
What makes this Halloween dog treats recipe ‘sweet’…?
First things first. By sweet we mean, naturally sweet. No yucky additives or preservatives here!
We’re talking pumpkin, carrot, dates and cinnamon. All nutritious, sweetly-flavored ingredients that each offer health benefits to your pooch (see the full list below).
Like all of our healthy dog treat recipes, the ingredients below all serve a purpose for your pup’s health.
Ok…but what makes them ‘spooky’?
That’s where our free printable Halloween cupcake toppers come in!
Yes, we’ve created a spook-tacular set of Halloween toppers you can print out and use to decorate your no bake pumpkin dog treats.
Mix them or match them, or even re-use them for Halloween treats for your kids, neighbours or trick-or-treaters.
Now, let’s get to making these homemade Halloween dog treats!
Spooky No Bake Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe (With Free Printable Toppers)
- 6 Mejdool dates
- 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree (canned or freshly pureed)
- 1 1/2 cup almond meal
- 2 x carrots
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp turmeric (plus extra for sprinkles)
HEALTH BENEFITS FOR DOGS:
Pumpkin: A superfood for senior dogs especially. Contains essential micronutrients and fibre, A, C, and E vitamins, plus minerals such as iron and potassium.
Carrots: Another dog superfood! Rich in vitamin A, potassium and soluble fibre.
Mejdool dates: Contain vitamins A, C, and B vitamins. Also a good source of fibre, iron, calcium, protein, magnesium and potassium.
Cinnamon: Regulates blood sugar and improves brain function. Can support dogs with arthritis.
Turmeric: Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
OPTIONAL SPOOKY TOPPINGS:
- Crushed dehydrated liver treats for black sprinkles
- Turmeric powder
THINGS YOU’LL NEED:
- Free Halloween printable toppers – download below!
- A4 sheet of white card
1. If you’re pureeing your own pumpkin, peel and dice pumpkin into cubes and steam over a saucepan of boiling water for 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool. Puree in blender or food processor (or mash yourself). Chill in refrigerator.
2. Soften dates for 20 minutes in warm water.
3. While the dates are softening and pumpkin puree is cooling, print your A4 Halloween printable toppers. Cut out each design, then attach a toothpick or small skewer to the back of the image, set aside.
4. Dry dates with paper towel, then add to the food processor with pumpkin puree and blend.
5. Grate the carrots, then add to the dates and pumpkin mix, and blend until smooth.
6. Pour blended carrot, date and pumpkin mix into a mixing bowl.
7. Add all dried ingredients and mix until combined. If your pumpkin puree is a little runny, just add more almond meal to get a thicker consistency.
8. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes (while the pups help clean up in the kitchen!)
9. Place the liver treats in a freezer bag, then seal it. Crush with a rolling pin or pestle and mortar to create the black sprinkles.
10. Remove mixture from the fridge and roll into balls. If the mixture is still a bit sticky, add some almond meal to your hands when rolling.
11. Place pumpkin dog treats on a serving dish, then sprinkle with the crushed dried liver treats and turmeric powder for a little extra Halloween magic!
Free Download: Halloween Cupcake Toppers
Click here to download>> Free Halloween Printable Toppers
TIP: Gifting your Halloween dog treats to friends or family? These DIY Halloween dog treat gift bags will come in handy!
Enjoy and Happy Howl-o-ween!
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