Halloween is filled with spooky costumes, scary movies, and of course creepy crawlers. But there’s also something special about the season that makes us want to bring home a new pet for our family. Although your dog probably won’t fully understand why you are putting on that witch hat and giving him a basket of treats from an orange stranger, he will still be elated to join in the fun. With so many great ways to involve your furry friend during this spooky time of year, it’s important to have some homemade Halloween dog treat recipes on hand. Not only do these homemade Halloween dog treats cut down on unnecessary additives and excess sugar, but they also save you money. As a bonus, they can be made in just 20 minutes or less! So read on to learn how you can bake up a batch of wholesome goodies for your best friend this month.
No-Bake Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
These no-bake peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats are ideal for Halloween. You can create them quickly and your dog will love them! The three ingredients are simple enough that your children can assist you in making them. These are a great, quick treat to give your dogs this fall (or any time of the year).
What You’ll Need: - 1 cup pumpkin puree dry oats (fresh or canned) - 1/2 cup peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol) - 2 1/2 cups oats
How To Make It: Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well-mixed. Make little balls once everything is combined. You can make them smaller or larger in accordance with your dog's size. Once they have chilled for one hour on a wax paper-lined baking sheet, they will hold their shape and may be put in a covered container for storage. Store in the fridge and use within a week.
Apple Crunch Pupcakes
Make your dog a homemade cupcake, also known as a pupcake! Give your dog a dog-safe treat that they will certainly appreciate!
What You’ll Need: - 2 cups water- 1/4 cups apple sauce - 1/4 tsp vanilla extract - 4 tbsp honey - 1 egg - 4 cups whole wheat flour - 1 tbsp baking powder - 1 chopped apple
How To Make It: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the water, applesauce, vanilla, eggs, and honey in a large bowl and whisk. Combine the whole wheat flour and baking powder and stir into the wet ingredients. Fold in chopped apples. Spoon the mixture into greased muffin tins and bake for 35 minutes. Let cool.
Not only does this recipe make for a delicious treat for your dog, but it also doubles as a fantastic Halloween decoration. You can make this recipe with your kids as an after-school activity and have it out and ready to be tossed into the oven in no time.
What You’ll Need: - 1/2 cup dry oats - 1/2 cup chopped walnuts - 1/2 cup peanut butter - 2 tbsp honey - 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
How To Make It: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake the mixture for 9-12 minutes, or until the oats have cooked through. Remove from the oven. Let cool for 5 minutes. Break apart the pieces by hand.
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Cookies
Unlike the above Halloween bark recipe, this peanut butter and pumpkin dog cookie recipe can be made in advance. This is a great recipe to bake up for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. Plus, it’s the perfect way to use the pumpkin puree that you likely have leftover from making a pumpkin pie.
What You’ll Need: - 1/2 cup pumpkin puree - 1/2 cup peanut butter - 2 cups whole wheat flour - 1/2 tsp baking soda - 1/2 tsp baking powder - 1/2 tsp cinnamon
How To Make It: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Mix the peanut butter and pumpkin puree in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Add the pumpkin mixture to the bowl and stir until the ingredients are fully combined. Using a spoon or your hands, drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
Oven-Roasted Chickpea and Spinach Dog Snacks
If you have a sensitive tummy dog, you may want to avoid the pumpkin and peanut butter recipes above and opt for this oven-roasted chickpea and spinach dog snack recipe instead. Plus, this recipe is both vegan and gluten-free, so it can be enjoyed by the whole family.
What You’ll Need: - 2 cups cooked chickpeas - 1/2 cup rolled oats - 1/2 cup chopped spinach - 2 tbsp olive oil - 1/2 tsp ground pepper
How To Make It: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Mix all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake the mixture for 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Let the mixture cool before serving your dog.
Halloween is a fantastic time to include your dog in the festivities. There are tons of creative costumes you can buy your dog, or you can make your own at home. You can also throw a costume party and let everyone in the family dress up, including your dog. Homemade Halloween dog treats are a great way to celebrate the season while saving money and avoiding unhealthy additives. These recipes will keep your dog happy and healthy while they enjoy the spooky season.