You love it, I love it, and now your dogs can love it, too! This pumpkin pie for dogs is full of puppy-safe ingredients that'll create a special treat that your little furry friend will do backflips for!
Homemade is Best
If you get the warm and fuzzies from cooking and baking for your loved ones, you should try making something for your pets, too! A homemade dog treat can include healthier, wholesome ingredients free of fillers and other icky stuff that might be present in commercial pet products. In addition to knowing exactly what your dog is consuming, this pumpkin pie for dogs is just plain fun to make!
Serving Size Matters
Though this recipe is for one whole pie, it wouldn't be a good idea to serve it up to your puppy all at once. Cut into smaller pieces and serve as a treat using your own dog's weight and nutritional needs as a guide for how big to cut your slices. Remember that this recipe is meant to be given as a special snack and is not intended to be a replacement for your dog's regular meals.
Dog Safe Ingredients
This pumpkin pie for dogs contains safe ingredients that, when given in appropriate serving sizes, shouldn't result in any intestinal upset for your pup.
- Whole Wheat Flour - You can use oat flour instead, though you might need to adjust the liquids a bit to get the right consistency.
- Applesauce - Use plain unsweetened applesauce to cut down on the sugar, but watch out for "No Sugar Added" varieties since those can contain artificial sweeteners.
- Pumpkin - Make sure it's plain canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling!
- Cinnamon and Ginger - I use these two spices alone, since "pumpkin pie spice" blends contain ingredients that might upset doggy tummies.
- Egg - One large egg will help bind the pie filling together.
- Honey - This will add a little sweetness from a natural source.
- Whipped Cream and Sprinkles - These are completely optional and are just for making the pumpkin pie extra cute! Make sure you're using 100% real whipped cream and don't add too many sprinkles.
What Kind of Pan To Use
This recipe is scaled to fit a 6-inch round cake pan.
You can also make mini pumpkin pies by separating the pie crust dough and pressing into a greased muffin tin. You should be able to get 4-6 mini pies depending on how much filling you put into each one. They will bake faster than the full-sized pie, so start checking them after 10 or 15 minutes and pull them out when the filling darkens just a little (it'll still feel soft, so don't use the 'touch test' to determine doneness).
Just like the regular version for humans, this pumpkin pie for dogs should be stored in the refrigerator to retain the best quality and prevent spoiling. You can serve a slice to your dogs cold from the fridge or you can let it sit on the counter for a bit first to take the chill out.
Can People Eat This?
Well, I won't tell you what to do, and the ingredients are all 'real' and safe for human consumption, of course. BUT... because doggies shouldn't have too much sugar (and don't care as much about sweetness as us people-folk) be forewarned that this pumpkin pie will not taste like the version that you're used to having at your Thanksgiving dinner table.
This recipe is a great base for exercising your creativity. Try these interesting twists:
- Carob Chips: A better alternative to chocolate for dogs, stir in a small handful of carob chips for a "chocolatey" crunch.
- Chopped Peanuts: Sprinkle some nuts on top of the pie prior to baking, just make sure to choose unsalted peanuts to avoid excessive sodium consumption.
- Fresh Banana: Chop up half of a fresh banana and fold into pie filling for some extra nutrition.
- Peanut Butter Drizzle: Heat up a little natural peanut butter to drizzle over the cut slices of pie. Make sure to choose a natural peanut butter with no added salt or sugar, and be certain that it doesn't contain the sweetener Xylitol, as this is quite toxic to dogs.
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