Simple and yummy dog treat alert! This 3-ingredient dog treat recipe is the easiest one out there, featuring just three ingredients: (1) pumpkin puree, (2) oats, and (3) eggs!
These are the first homemade dog treats I ever made for my pup, Kingsley, the week we adopted him, and we’ve never turned back!
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Breaking all the baking rules
The thing we should know about making dog treats is that it will go against the baker’s intuition you’ve built up. They won’t rise or expand like normal biscuits. Since many ingredients can upset a dog’s stomach, we have to bake as simply as possible, and that often means breaking rules.
Dogs can’t have yeast or rising agents because of their complexity, so the eggs featured in this recipe are simply for nutrition and moisture. This is good to keep in mind in case you have to make replacements which I’ve included options for in the recipe notes!
Here are some dog treat baking cues to look out for:
- the are no rising agents.
- the treats won’t grow or expand.
- there are only two textures: stiff dough and crisp treats.
- nonetheless, they will smell AMAZING!
How to shape 3-ingredient dog treats
Bone-shaped dog treats: I found a single bone-shaped cookie cutter in the Celebrations aisle at Wal-Mart months ago, and it has held in the dishwasher since!
Here are other affordable dog bone cutters from Amazon. You’ll use these over and over again, so I’d say go for it!
Round dog treats: a simpler method is to use a tablespoon scoop to dollop the dough into rounds, then flatten with a fork to create hatch marks.
How to Make 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Oat Dog Treats
Simple 3-ingredient dog treat recipe made with oats, pumpkin puree, and eggs! Pulse all ingredients in a food processor for easy cleanup. Your pup will love these!
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (old fashioned, not the quick-cooking kind)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree, unsweetened
- 2 large eggs* (see Notes for alternatives)
- Optional: whole wheat or all-purpose flour, as needed for rolling
- Prep. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Mix dough. Add oats to a clean and dry food processor. Process oats on high speed for approximately 2 minutes, until they resemble a coarse flour. Add pumpkin puree and eggs to the processor, and pulse until the mixture forms a stiff dough.
- Shape treats. To make bone-shaped treats, flour a clean work surface, and roll out the dough until about 1/4-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to press out the treats and place on the baking sheet. They won’t expand or rise much, so the treats can lay snug. For round treats, use a small cookie scoop to dollop dough balls onto the parchment. Press each ball down with a fork, creating cross-hatch marks.
- Bake. Bake the treats for 20-30 minutes or until the treats have stiffened up in texture. These treats won’t pick up much browning color. Cool completely before storing and giving to your pup!
- Storing. Since these treats are made with fresh ingredients, store them in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container or freeze in a zip tight bag for up to a month.
- Eggs: if your dog is allergic to eggs, you can absolutely replace them in this recipe since the eggs don’t provide lift. 1 cup of mashed bananas or applesauce will work just fine.
- Bonus Ingredients (to spoil your dog!)
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (non-xylitol), reduce pumpkin puree by 1/4 cup
- 3-4 bacon strips, chopped – no recipe alterations needed
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon, for smells your dog can’t resist
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