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How to Make Dog Treats without Pumpkin + Recipe

Pumpkin is such a wildly used ingredient in dog treats as many dogs love the taste and it boasts some amazing health benefits for your dog.

While pumpkin supports the digestive system and eye health, some dogs might react allergic to it.

Although pumpkin allergy is not as common in dogs, it’s still a possibility to consider when your dog shows any adverse symptoms after consuming pumpkin.

If your dog indeed suffers from a pumpkin allergy, don’t fret because he will still be able to enjoy many tasty dog treat recipes without pumpkin.

At the bottom of the post, you will find a recipe that will definitely have your dog drooling.

What to Use Instead of Pumpkin Puree in Dog Treats

Although many dog treat recipes call for pumpkin, you can still make the same treats by simply switching out the pumpkin for something else.

The best pumpkin substitutes for dog treats are sweet potatoes, apple sauce, bananas, carrots and peanut butter.

And here are the measurements:

1 cup pumpkin puree1 cup sweet potato puree
1 cup pumpkin puree1 cup apple sauce
1 cup pumpkin puree3 mashed bananas
1.5 cup pumpkin puree1 cup peanut butter
1 cup pumpkin puree1 cup carrot puree

While none of them taste like pumpkin, they have similar baking qualities and your pup won’t mind at all!

Whether or not your dog has an allergy or you simply have no canned pumpkin at hand, these ingredients are super tasty and also healthy.

Make sure that if you buy one of these options, there is nothing added to them.

No sugar, salt or any additives should land in a dog treat.

Cream Cheese Tuna Dog Treats

Luckily there are hundreds of dog treat recipes without pumpkin on the internet and here I have featured one of my favourites.

It is super easy to make and your dog will already be excited for them when they bake in the oven.

You will only need four ingredients:

  • 1 cup cream cheese (250g)
  • 1 can of tuna (with juices)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 tbsp buckwheat flour

With only 5 minutes of prep time, these treats will be ready for your next walk in no time!

First, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking tray with parchment paper, if you don’t have a treat baking mat.

Mash the canned tuna with cream cheese and the 2 eggs and stir in 1-2 tbsp of buckwheat flour to make the batter nice and runny.

On a treat baking mat, use a spatula to scrape the batter into the indentations.

Alternatively, you can roll the batter into very small balls between your palms and spread them out on a baking sheet.

Bake the biscuits in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are fully dry.

After cooling, you can shake the treats out of the baking mat.

Make sure that the treats are really dry to prolong their shelf life.

If the treats are still a bit wet, remove them from the moles and continue baking them at 120°F (50°C).

Cream Cheese Tuna Balls

Cream Cheese Tuna Balls

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These tuna balls are the perfect healthy seafood spin on your dog's diet and are super easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cream cheese (250g)
  • 1 can of tuna (with juices)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 tbsp buckwheat flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Mash the tuna with cream cheese and eggs and stir in 1-2 tbsp of buckwheat flour to make the batter nice and runny.
  3. On a treat backing mat, use a spatula to scrape the batter into the indentations.
  4. Alternatively, you can roll the batter into very small balls between your palms and spread them out on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake the biscuits in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are fully dry.
  6. After cooling, you can shake the treats out of the baking mat.

Notes

Storage: The dog biscuits can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 3 weeks. They should be dried through as much as possible to prolong their shelf life.

If you think they are still too wet, simply remove them from the treat molds and spread them out on a baking sheet to continue baking.

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About Danielle

I am the founder of PawLeaks where I share weekly tips on dog training and behavior. Sharing a passion for dogs and helping owners to solve problems through understanding canine behavior and modification is my number one goal.

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