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Pet-Friendly Halloween Treats

The Paw Print

Essential Pet Blog

If you’re a Halloween lover, then you probably also love indulging in seasonal treats. 

From pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin bread to apple pie and warm cider, it’s no secret that we take full advantage of the tastes of the fall season. Let’s not even start on the Halloween candy! 

While your pets can’t indulge in the same treats you know and love, you can still share the best of the Halloween season by making some delicious pet-friendly alternatives!

Check out these easy-to-make and dog-friendly Halloween treats that will be an absolute hit among your four-legged children!  

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

With pumpkin puree and peanut butter, there’s no doubt that your dog will love these yummy biscuits!

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup peanut butter (no sugar or salt). Optional: ½ cup more for drizzle
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups brown rice flour

Baking instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and beat until well combined (don’t worry if the dough looks crumbly).
  2. Using your hands, roll the mixture into a ball, and combine as needed. Place the ball of dough between two layers of parchment paper.
  3. Flatten the palm of your hand, and then roll out. The dough should be about ¾ inch thick. 
  4. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. If you don’t have a cookie-cutter, create small balls and flatten with the palm of your hand.
  5. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Times vary depending on the thickness of the dough, so keep an eye on them! 

Optional: Peanut Butter Drizzle:

  • Heat ½ cup peanut butter for 20-30 seconds in the microwave until smooth. Drizzle peanut butter over the treats and let cool before serving!

Candy Corn Dog Treats

These candy corn treats are delicious; even you will want to try them (psst, and you can!).

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 small bananas
  • 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt, divided
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • Silicone ice cube tray

Baking Instructions:

  1. Fill ice cube trays 1/3 full with plain yogurt, then place molds in the freezer. Freeze for 1-2 hours, or until yogurt is set.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together 1/3 cup yogurt and canned pumpkin until combined. Pour over frozen yogurt in ice cube molds, leaving space at the top for the third layer.
  3. Place in the freezer for another 1-2 hours, or until set.
  4. Mash bananas in a small bowl and stir in remaining yogurt, then pour over the mold’s frozen pumpkin layer.
  5. Freeze for 1-2 hours, or until set.
  6. Pop the treats out and serve them to your fur babies!

Pet-Friendly Gingerbread Cookies

These pet-friendly gingerbread cookies do not contain nutmeg or ground cloves, making them completely safe to share with your doggo!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or brown rice flour if your dog is sensitive to flour)
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Baking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together molasses, water, and oil. Mix liquid ingredients into the flour mixture until combined. If the dough is dry and crumbly, add water by the 1/2 teaspoon until soft and pliable. If the dough is too wet, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until the desired consistency is reached. 
  4. On a clean surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. 
  5. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before serving!

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