You only need 4 wholesome ingredients to create these easy pumpkin banana dog treats! Their small size makes them perfect for training treats or between meal snacks.
Your Puppy Will Love Them
Not only are these treats super easy to make, but this recipe makes a lot! You should get more than 10 dozen out of a single batch of pumpkin banana dog treats. The treats are dried out into the oven so that they are super crunchy, which is great for removing tartar from your doggy's little teeth.
For Dogs of All Sizes
You don't need any cookie cutters or fancy equipment to make these pumpkin banana dog treats. The dough is rolled out and then cut into bites using a pizza cutter. Depending on the size of your dog or your intended usage for these treats, you can cut them as large or as small as you need. Cut larger treats for a bedtime snack or cut tiny treats for training aids.
And hey, if you want to cut them into fun shapes - go for it! These treats hold their shape in the oven and don't get all melty or spread out, so they are perfect for making adorable shapes!
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One of my favorite features of these pumpkin banana dog treats is the ingredients are basic, easy, and nutritious items that you likely already have in your pantry/refrigerator.
- Egg: One large egg will help bind the treat dough together.
- Whole Wheat Flour: Always a good, nutritious choice when baking for dogs.
- Canned Pumpkin: As always, make sure you are using plain canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling!
- Banana: Choose a ripe banana and mash it up with a fork, I've found that one small banana yields the perfect half-cup needed for this recipe
How To Make Pumpkin Banana Dog Treats
- MIX all ingredients together in a bowl. I recommend a hand mixer since the dough is quite thick. The mixture will resemble coarse crumbs at this point.
- FORM dough using your hands. Press all of the coarse crumbs together with your hands and use a lightly-floured surface to press and knead it until a nice thick dough is formed. The dough will be slightly sticky but shouldn't readily stick to your fingers.
- ROLL dough out to a rectangle about ½ inch thick. Dust a little flour onto your rolling pin to make it easier and prevent sticking.
- CUT the dough into the desired size treats using a pizza cutter, or you can use mini cookie cutters to create fun shapes. Gather up any leftover scraps and roll them out again so you can cut more treats and not waste any dough.
- BAKE the treats on a lightly-greased baking sheet or one lined with parchment paper. When they are done baking, leave them in the oven with the heat off for an additional hour or more, until treats are dried out and crunchy.
- FEED the treats, in reasonable serving size, to your sweet doggie babies.
Storage and Freezing Instructions
You can freeze pumpkin banana dog treats! After the homemade treats have completely cooled, place them into a freezer-safe zip-top bag and freeze. Thaw on the counter when ready to use, but make sure they are completely thawed out before feeding them to your dog - they might damage their toofers otherwise!
You can store the dog treats at room temperature for up to a week when stored properly. They should be kept in a cool place, away from light, and in an airtight container. Discard immediately if any mold growth is visible. Remember that moisture will promote mold growth, so the more you dehydrate your treats in the oven, the longer they will stay fresh. If you want to be super safe, go ahead and keep them in the refrigerator from the get go!Print
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