Recipe: Pumpkin Pie for Pups
Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs
Pumpkin is rich in dietary fiber, which can aid in regulating and improving a dog’s digestion. It can help alleviate both constipation and diarrhea by promoting regular bowel movements.
Pumpkin is packed with essential nutrients like vitamin C, A, and E, as well as potassium and iron. These nutrients can contribute to a dog’s overall health and well-being.
The antioxidants present in pumpkin, such as beta-carotene, can help strengthen a dog’s immune system and protect cells against oxidative stress.
Many dogs find pumpkin highly palatable, and it can be served in various forms. Whether pureed, cooked, or incorporated into homemade treats, pumpkin can be a tasty addition to their diet.
Why Make Pumpkin Pie For Dogs?
Human pumpkin pie is not good for dogs. It has lots of sugar and dogs shouldn’t consume sugary desserts.
Many common ingredients found in pumpkin pie mix are harmful or toxic ingredients for dogs. Some bad ingredients in pumpkin pie spice are nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Vanilla extract is also a harmful ingredient. Human pumpkin pie filling can cause an adverse reaction in dogs. Some dangerous symptoms include high blood pressure, abdominal pain, or upset stomach. This is why it is best to make a pumpkin pie with dog safe ingredients.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie for Dogs
Prep Time: 22 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 53 kcal
Author: Renee Dobbs
¾ cup Oat Flour
½ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
¾ cup Pumpkin Puree
¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, combine oat flour, applesauce, and egg.
Place approximately 1 tablespoon of the crust mixture into each cup in a one dozen mini muffin pan.
Use a small spoon to press down the center of the mixture and up around the sides to form a shallow well.
Bake crusts for 8 minutes. Then remove the pan from oven.
While the crusts are baking, prepare the filling by combining pumpkin puree, egg, and cinnamon.
Spoon about a tablespoon of filling onto each crust.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove the pan from oven and allow the pies to cool to room temperature.
Remove the pies from the pan.
Top each pie with a small dollop of Greek Yogurt.
Treats should not make up the majority of your dog’s calorie intake. Only give your dog small quantities of this healthy treat – just like you do with other treats.
And always remember when introducing your dog to new foods, to only give small amounts to see how your dog handles it and to make sure there are no adverse reactions.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Be sure to use plain pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
You can substitute the pumpkin with cooked sweet potatoes or butternut squash.
Sweeten this dog treat recipe with a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup if your pup likes sweet foods. Do this, and it will taste just like a slice of pumpkin pie!
It’s easy to make your own oat flour. All you have to do is place uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats in a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches flour consistency.
How long does homemade pumpkin pie last?
Place the pies in an airtight container. When pumpkin pie is stored in the fridge should last up to 5 days. Pumpkin pie stored in the freezer should last up to 2 months.
Can you eat this pumpkin pie for dogs?
All of the ingredients are safe for human consumption. But it’s not sweet.
*Check with your vet first before introducing a new food to your dog's diet. And if you do begin to give your dog this treat, be sure to start with small quantities. As always with any food, if you see behavioral changes or digestive issues call your vet.