Sweet & Spooky No Bake Halloween Pumpkin Dog Treats (with Printable Toppers!)
Get the Halloween pawty started with this fun, simple and tasty no bake pumpkin dog treat recipe - perfect for spooky celebrations!
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With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get your pawty food prepped with our Sweet & Spooky No Bake Halloween Pumpkin Dog Treats!
There’s just so much to love about this Halloween dog treats recipe – it’s fun, nutritious and totally delicious! And it’s no bake. We repeat: this is a no bake dog treats recipe…everyone’s favourite kind!
Now we’re not sure about you, but we are huge pumpkin fans in this house…it’s one of the reasons we love Halloween so much! So any excuse to get creative in the kitchen and whip up a pumpkin dog treats recipe is more than fine by us. In fact, this recipe was inspired by our Pumpkin Halloween Dog Treat Recipe + Free Printable from a few years back. Think of this latest Halloween recipe as the sweeter, spookier 2021 version of the original!
So, what actually makes this Halloween pumpkin dog treats recipe sweet and spooky you ask? Well, let’s start with the sweet stuff. And by sweet we mean, naturally sweet. No yucky additives or preservatives here! We’re talking pumpkin, carrot, dates and cinnamon – nutritious, sweetly flavored ingredients that each offer their own health benefits for your pooch (see the full list below). Like all of our healthy dog treat recipes, all of the ingredients used all serve a purpose for your pup’s health.
Ok, so that’s the sweet side of things covered. How are these Halloween pumpkin dog treats spooky then? That’s where our free Halloween printable toppers come in! We’ve created a set of spook-tacular designs you can easily print out and place on top of your freshly made no bake pumpkin dog treats. Our Halloween printable toppers can be mixed and matched however you like, and re-used for all kinds of terrifying Halloween treats – whether for your furry friend, kids, neighbours, trick-or-treaters – you name it.
Not only are these no bake pumpkin dog treats a wonderful Halloween snack for your pup, they make a fun and festive gift for all your dog-loving friends. And these super cute Halloween dog treat gift bags will certainly come in handy too!
Ready to get in the spooky spirit with your pup this year? Try our no bake Halloween pumpkin dog treats recipe below and let us know what you think! Your pup is going to LOVE these. The question is, will you make them perform a trick first…?
And if you don’t have a Halloween costume for your dog sorted yet, you must check out our adorable DIY No Sew Dog Pumpkin Costume modelled by Sunny below! You can also find plenty more DIY Halloween dog costume inspiration on the blog, as well as the best store-bought Halloween dog costumes and toys.
Remember, when it comes to celebrating Halloween with your dog – ‘tis the season to go EXTRA. Have a hauntingly good holiday!
Sweet & Spooky No Bake Halloween Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe
- 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 assist with arthritis in dogs.
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
- 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.
- Soften dates for 20 minutes in warm water.
- 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.
- Dry dates with paper towel, then add to the food processor with pumpkin puree and blend.
- Grate the carrots, then add to the dates and pumpkin mix, and blend until smooth.
- Pour blended carrot, date and pumpkin mix into a mixing bowl.
- Add all dried ingredients and mix until combined. This should form a thick paste, that should easily roll into balls. If your pumpkin puree is a little runny, just add more almond meal to get a thicker consistency.
- Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes (while the pups help clean up in the kitchen!)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Note: Printables are provided FREE of charge and are for personal use only. Please credit us when sharing. Enjoy!
WANT MORE HOMEMADE HEALTHY DOG TREAT RECIPES?
Check out our eBook 52 Weeks of Treats – Simple & Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Every Season.
Now in it’s 2nd edition, 52 Weeks of Treats has over 30 healthy DIY dog treat recipes – including everything from summer ‘Blueberry Pupsicles’ to hearty winter ‘Beef Bites’.
With a handy allergies guide, quick references for grain and dairy free recipes AND a whole section just for special occasions (Doggie Birthday Cake anyone?) 52 Weeks of Treats is the ultimate dog treat recipe book.
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