Halloween just isn’t Halloween without treats. And that goes for both us humans and our furry friends!
Although we love a good treat-eating-session with our favourite chocolates and sweets, they’re not suitable for our pups. Too much sugar can make your dog sick, and chocolate is poisonous to dogs. But that doesn’t mean they have to go without. You can get creative in the kitchen making your own spookilicious treats that are both fun and dog friendly.
We’ve scoured the internet to find these 4 fabulous Halloween dog treat recipes, so you and Fido can celebrate the spooky season in style this year.
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Zombie finger dog treats
These pumpkin and peanut butter dog treats from JustEatLife certainly look the part. And with all-natural ingredients they’re healthy and super yum! They take just 40 minutes to prep and bake, so your dog will be in tail wagging heaven in no time.
- 1 ½ cup oat flour
- ¼ cup finely diced bacon
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 cup all-natural canned pumpkin puree
- 1 apple, shredded (Save a couple of slices for the finger nails)
- 1 egg
- Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Mould the mixture into finger shaped logs and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Cut the slices of apple into finger nail shapes and place on the tip of each log.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Serve when cool.
Frozen pumpkin dog treats
Credit: Irresistible Pets
This simple but delicious frozen dog treat recipe from Irresistible Pets requires only three ingredients and are easy peasy to make. For the Halloween touch, you can buy some pumpkin moulds online, or you could just as easily use an old ice cube tray.
- 1 cup low-fat plain yoghurt
- ½ cup all-natural canned pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup water
- Mix together all the ingredients into a bowl.
- If you want a thinner ice lolly mixture rather than a creamy texture, add a little more water.
- Pour the mixture into your ice cube trays.
- Pop it in the freezer until frozen solid and serve.
Mummy bones dog treats
Credit: The Cottage Market
These mummy bones from The Cottage Market are a yoghurty delight and perfect for Halloween. They’re ideal for storing in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks, or freeze and defrost so they last longer. And if you and your pooch are in the sharing spirit, you could even share them with the trick-or-treating pups coming to your door.
- 2 ½ cups wholemeal flour
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup natural, unsweetened almond milk or water
- ½ all-natural peanut butter (Ensure it’s xylitol free)
- 2 table spoons honey
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- ½ cup melted yoghurt chips (Or as necessary for icing)
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
- Mix the egg, honey, pumpkin, peanut butter and milk in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and cinnamon together.
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a spoon first, and then by hand. This should come together as a dough that is easy to roll out. If it feels too wet, add a little more flour. If it’s too dry, add a little more water.
- Roll out your dough to a ½ inch thick and use a bone shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes.
- Place the shapes on a baking tray lined with baking paper and pop in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Take the bones out of the oven, flip each one and bake for a further 15 minutes.
- Leave to cool and melt your yoghurt chips over a bain-marie.
- When cool, dip each biscuit into the yoghurt mixture or using a piping bag to create a spooky design. Serve and watch your pooch go wild!
Cheesy mummy dog treats
Credit: Kol’s Notes
These cheesy dog treats by Kol’s Notes look as adorable as they do delicious. Your beloved pup is in for a real treat this Halloween!
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 2 cups wholemeal flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 egg yolk (Save the white for glossing the tops)
- 1 heaped teaspoon fresh parsley (Optional)
- Yoghurt chips
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- Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
- Beat the eggs in a large bowl, then mix in the oil and pumpkin. Then stir in the cheddar cheese.
- Add the flour and baking powder to the bowl and mix with your hands to combine well. The mixture shouldn’t be too wet, but not too stiff either.
- Put 1/3 of the dough to one side. Dust the counter top with flour and roll out the remaining dough to ¼ inch thick.
- In a small bowl, mix the filling ingredients together and spread over the dough in a thin, even layer.
- Roll out the remaining dough to the same thickness. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into thin strips.
- Layer the strips onto the filling and lightly press to make contact.
- Cut out into circles using a circular cookie cutter, a drinking glass or a shot glass.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake for 17-20 minutes.
- Pull your cookies out of the oven and set aside. Use the yoghurt chips to add eyeballs to the cookies while still slightly warm. Then add a black dot in the middle of each one.
- Wallah! Serve and watch your pooch enjoy!
Let me know if your pooch enjoyed these delicious Halloween dog treat recipes in the comments below…
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