Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats

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Show your pets some love with Pumpkin Coconut Grain-Free Dog Treats, made entirely from ingredients you already have in your kitchen!

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I swore up and down before I became a parent that I’d never be one of “those” people who has a baby and stops giving attention to their pets. My older siblings all warned me. They told me you just don’t have as much “dog patience” when you’re dealing with a screaming baby or tantrum-ing toddler. I scoffed. I’d be different! I’d still dote on my dogs and take them for long walks every single day and never, ever get frustrated with them!

Except…nope. Spoiler alert: the list of things I swore I’d never do before having a child and now do could fill a book. And this one would be on the first page. The truth is: I just don’t have nearly as much margin in my life to give my animals (particularly my dogs) the attention that I once did. Don’t get me wrong, they are nowhere near neglected with their premium dog food, regular vet visits, frequent snuggles, and fenced-in yard. They still lead lovely, happy, healthy lives—just with a little less of me in it.

Two dogs laying on a black and white rug, looking up at a treat being held in the air

I try not to feel too guilty about it (after all, I’m working hard to raise a kind, compassionate, empowered human here!), but there are times throughout the year that I feel like I need to give the puppers a little more love to make up for my absence. And this is one of those times.

This is one of the busiest times of year for me both personally and professionally, which means my already small amount of one-on-one time with the dogs has shrunk. The cure for my guilt? Regularly scheduled long walks with the dogs (it’s literally in my planner) and a totally over-the-top gift basket complete with all kinds of goodies from my local Meijer store!

Tan basket filled with dog treats and toys

Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats wrapped up for gifting, surrounded by dog toys

The idea for this started when I was browsing the aisles of Meijer killing time before I had to pick up my daughter from school one day. I stumbled into their massive Pets section, and I found a particular toy and thought, “Hey, I bet Ivy would like this!” and it ended up in my cart. And then, because I’m all about fairness, I went to pick up something for our other dog, Rory. And the shopping spree continued until my cart was jam-packed with toys and treats for the girls, and an idea to surprise them with an “I’m sorry I spend so much time playing Legos and so little time taking you on hikes” gift basket.

Shelves of pet products in a Meijer store

I also needed to pick up a few cans of pumpkin puree (because hello: it’s fall), so I popped over to the baking aisle and knew immediately that I had to bake the puppers some homemade pumpkin dog biscuits to go in their basket.

I have a homemade dog treat recipe already on Wholefully, but it uses wheat flour. I created that recipe before our vet recommended both our dogs go on a grain-free diet. It was time to get back in the kitchen and start working on new, grain-free dog treats! I snagged a few more ingredients from the Meijer baking section (including a cute bone-shaped cookie cutter!) and headed home to get started.

Ingredients for Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats lined up on a counter

What I ended up creating was a treat that not only made the puppies excited but also added a bit of a nutritional boost to their diet! The treats are packed with ingredients that can really help nourish your canine friends like:

  • Eggs: an amazing simple source of protein, especially for pups who may have adverse reactions to other proteins. If you get high-quality eggs like the Meijer True Goodness Cage-Free eggs, you also are giving your dogs a nice dose of Omega-3s, which can help keep your puppy’s coat and skin healthy.
  • Pumpkin: it’s full of fiber, which can help keep your dog’s gut balanced, and has beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant.
  • Coconut oil: helps get much-needed healthy fats to your puppy, and contains compounds that may help prevent cancer.
  • Turmeric and cinnamon: both are natural anti-inflammatories, which is great for all dogs (and humans!), but in particular is a good nutritional supplement if your dog has joint issues like our dog Rory does.

Ingredients for Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats being mixed together in a glass bowl

Hand using a bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut dough for Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats

A caveat here: there are tons of (many times conflicting) reports about what and what not to feed your dog. As with all decisions regarding the health of your loved ones, it’s probably best to check with a trained health care professional when introducing any kinds of new foods. A vet can give you a definitive “yes” or “no” on what should end up in your pup’s bowl.

That being said, the ingredients below avoid any products that are well-known doggie no-nos (like, say, chocolate!) and focus on ingredients that are generally accepted as good for doggie-dom. Just like with human food, it depends on the individual. So keep a close eye on your puppy any time you give them a new food or treat. Even though these grain-free dog treats are formulated to be as gentle on their systems and give them as many added nutritional benefits as possible, they still might not agree with some pooches.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats arranged on a white background, with half the treats drizzled with peanut butter

In the recipe below, I include how to make the (adorable!) peanut butter glaze for on top of the treats, but it’s absolutely not necessary. I can tell you from experience that the dogs couldn’t care less if there is a cute drizzle on top of their treats or not. They scarfed both versions equally.

Side-by-side shot of two dogs chewing on rawhide bones

The dogs were very pumped about their gift basket. They ate a few of these homemade treats each, and then each of them grabbed one of the rawhide retriever rolls (their favorite) and happily chomped on them for a few hours. I don’t think they’re feeling so overlooked anymore. I hope your dogs enjoy these treats as much as mine did!

 
IMPORTANT NOTE: I am not a veterinarian, and this recipe has not been approved by animal health professionals. Always check with your vet before feeding your pet any homemade treats.
Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats on a white background

Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats

Yield: 4 dozen treats (using a medium-size cookie cutter)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

IMPORTANT NOTE: Many people have had problems with this recipe. We have tested it in multiple kitchens and had great results. We continue to retest this recipe to replicate the problems (and fix them!), but in the meantime please read through the comments before embarking on this recipe. Thanks!

Show your pets some love with Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats, made entirely from ingredients you already have in your kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can Meijer 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup True Goodness Creamy Just Peanuts Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup True Goodness Pure Coconut Oil, melted
  • 4 True Goodness Organic Cage-Free Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon True Goodness Organic Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon True Goodness Organic Cinnamon
  • 1 2/3 cups coconut flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, peanut butter, coconut oil, and eggs until smooth.
  3. Add in the turmeric, cinnamon, and coconut flour. Mix until well combined. Let rest for about 5-10 minutes to thicken. Coconut flour NEEDS this time to absorb the moisture. If your dough is too moist, let it sit longer.
  4. Layout a piece of parchment paper and place the dough on top. Then place another piece of parchment on top of that. Roll the dough between the parchment sandwich until the dough is about 1/4” thick.
  5. Remove the top layer of parchment paper, and then cut using cooking cutters. Remove the dough scraps (but leave the cutouts behind), and transfer the parchment sheet with the cutouts directly to a large baking sheet.
  6. Combine the scraps, place between two sheets of new parchment, and roll, cut, and place on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the cookies are dry and hard. Let cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

Notes

  • This is a very soft dough to work with!
  • For an optional (cute!) glaze, mix together 1/4 cup peanut butter with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Place in a ziptop bag, snip off the corner, and drizzle on. The glaze will harden in the fridge, but might be a bit soft at room temperature. Keep the biscuits unglazed if planning on packaging.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 medium-sized treats Serving Size: 1 treat
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

 

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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24 Responses
  1. Joy

    Fresh-ground peanut butter is better than anything in a jar, and I doubt that any dog cares whether his treats look like bones or have a glaze, so I just spoon a slightly softer dough and squoosh it with a spoon. Cooks up well, and a great dog treat. I hadn’t considered using turmeric or cinnamon until you pointed out that they’re great anti-infammatories. Thanks for the suggestion. My Sheltie is on a raw diet and only gets cooked treats when I’m agility training. Carrying around bits of raw meat is not fun.

    1. Dani Em

      I just had this same problem. 🙁 I am making these for my client’s dogs and this batch is toast!
      I’ll report back if I figure it out.

    2. Cassie Johnston

      We had no problems testing these at 350° with two different recipe testers in different kitchens, but if you’re having issues, lowering it to 300° and baking longer will do the trick.

  2. CJ

    Ok so I tried to make these and was very disappointed. They were so soft and kept breaking because they were so wet. I couldn’t even pick them up with a spatula, so I thought I hadn’t added enough coconut flour. I added in at least another cup and kneaded it into the dough. Same thing. I think this recipe should call for 3 cups of coconut flour, and then let it sit for half an hour in the fridge before rolling to firm up. Not pleased with this recipe at all

  3. Allana

    My pup unfortunately has an egg intolerance but I thought I would try the recipe anyway- I figured with so many of the ingredients already making great binders, it just might work without eggs! It totally worked!

    In place of the eggs, I added a few tbs of chia seeds (for the omegas) mixed with 2T of water. I noticed the mixture became very workable with only a single cup of coconut flour, so I also omitted the extra 1/2c stated in the recipe. Very little extra flour was needed to help roll out.

    Based on others reviews about burning I baked at 300. Baked for about 50 mins

  4. Nona

    Hi Cassie

    So I tried your coconut flour recipe. I’m sorry to say, it was just awful! The dough was way too moist (yes I added flour–but coconut flour is not cheap)! Do you think 4 eggs is too much for the ratio of flour? Well it was a mess! Instead of using a large cookie cutter I resorted to a smaller one and hand pressed the dough! That increased the overall labor time. Then storing them in a container made them soft even after I baked them extra time.

    What can I say…my dog likes them and they are tasty but my main reason for making these was to give her something hard to chew on as I also make her own food. Next time I will find a recipe using W.W. flour!

    P.S. I don’t know how yours came out so good. Sorry to be so negative, but I spent time and money and the finished project was a disappointment.

    The best to you…

    1. Brittany

      Awful. Absolutely awful. I wish I’d read the reviews before trying this out- a bunch of expensive ingredients and a waste of time. The dough is way too wet to roll. I used a smaller cookie cutter, checked them at 20 minutes and they were absolutely burnt. I waited for them to cool before throwing them out and they were somehow still squishy, even though they burnt. Dont waste your time with this.

  5. The pumpkin coconut dog biscuit recipe was terrible to say the very least. I ended up using 3 cups of extra flower to even make it workable. And had to cook it for 4 1/2 hours at 2:50 to get them even not soft. I don’t know how you made this recipe or maybe you never even made it you just imagined it. But honestly the worst recipe ever and the ingredients are so expensive. Not good

  6. Jamie

    I just made this recipe for our dog and it was a huge hit! It worked out perfectly. Although i will say that I’ve been baking with gluten free flours for many years, And there are a couple of key steps that were omitted. First: after combining all ingredients, you HAVE to let them set undisturbed on the counter for 10-15 minutes. This is essential for the coconut flour to adsorb the excess moisture from the dough. Do NOT skip this! Second: when you roll out your dough make sure there is a big sheet of parchment paper on both above and under the dough. Gluten free doughs are notoriously sticky. Third: slide the rolled out dough on a cookie sheet (it’s still on that piece of parchment) and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. This will solidify the coconut oil giving you a firm dough that is easy to cut, and place the biscuits on a parchment (a new clean piece) covered baking sheet. My oven has a hot spot on the left side (causing everything on the top left side to burn) so i rotated the pan 180 degrees at the 30 minute mark. I also poked three holes down the center of each biscuit so they would dry out more evenly when baking. Yes gluten free ingredients are insanely expensive, so i hope this clarifies and helps everyone be successful! Have a great day and God bless!

  7. Renee c Neubauer

    Great recipe, but I think that you shoukd add xanthum gum into your gluten free recipes. I just baked the coconut/peanutbutter/pumpkin dog treats, and from having my own personal experience with gluten free pastry type baking, any gluten free flour that isn’t one for one does not have what it takes to hold the pastry together. But Xanthum gum does.

  8. Jason Chang

    Tried the recipe and it came out just fine. Yes the dough was very moist, just as was stated in the recipe, key seems to really be in the moistness of the pumpkin. I steamed mine so maybe less moist than if you cooked in water. For me, I would either just add more coconut flour, or decrease the moistness of the pumpkin by baking it or something. never the less, the biscuits came out fine, and after the basking process, they were more like a soft cookie than a crunchy one. I also wanted to have a crunchier treat for my dog, so I threw them in my dehydrator for a couple of hours and they then became quite crunchy.

  9. Les

    Terrible recipe. Too much pumpkin. Should have known ….most recipes similar to this use approx. 1/4 cup of pumpkin and less egg. Had to use about 3 1/2 cups of flour. Needs baking sofa and baking powder to alleviate trees falling apart.

    1. K.M.

      I didn’t have pumpkin on hand, but I had a bag of frozen sliced carrots. So I cooked those, pureed them and used those instead. My pitbull loved her treats! My dough was sticky, but baked up just fine. I did different variations of thickness to figure out what would work best. The thicker ones were softer and the thin ones got a lil burnt but crispy. But the dog did not care.

  10. I am so glad I didn’t read the reviews first! Just made these, yes the dough is moist but just a sprinkle of coconut flour took care of that. Followed the recipe exactly (brands differed) except I didn’t have turmeric. I might have made mine a bit thick so I’m leaving them in the oven overnight to completely dry out! But Shadow loved them and I’ll be taking some to The Sanctuary at Haafsville where I volunteer with the dogs as a treat for them. Funny that the first review I ever left was on a dog treat recipe 🙂 Thank you!

  11. Bev

    Very sticky to work with but it is 90 F in my house right now.
    Buy at least 2.5 cups of coconut flour so you can roll and get to a non sticky consistency. I’m sure my dogs will be happy though!

  12. Michelle

    Can I substitute omega 3s for the coconut oil? and if so do you have a recommendation, I am looking to make something that may help add fiber to my dog’s diet to also help with his gland discharge issues… thanks

  13. Unfortunately Our dogs sniffed and walked away. A waste of ingredients, time and energy. Dogs truly are carnivorous and prefer meat and don’t care for tasteless treats even if they are healthy. Took a tiny piece to taste and so bland, no flavor. Don’t blame them from walkig away.

  14. Jo

    Well, I’m p!ssed to say the least. I wasted an entire bag of very expensive flour over nothing. It was like runny batter even AFTER I added endless cups of flour and let it sit out on the counter forever. I even put it in the fridge for awhile to try to harden it and when I tried to use my cookie cutter it was just a limp mess. Ugh.

    1. Cassie Johnston

      So sorry they didn’t turn out for you! We haven’t been able to replicate any of these problems in our own kitchens, but we’ll keep trying to try to fix the problems that folks are having.

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