Homemade Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats

cover doggieHello friends!  If you missed yesterday’s post about how Costa Rica has made me a better cook, CLICK HERE.  

To continue the cooking-from-scratch theme, today I am featuring my good amiga, Lynette!  She has learned to make her own doggie treats here in Costa Rica.  Actually, they sound so good, I’m wondering if these are just for pets??  Her dogs (which are the cutest goldendoodles ever) adore these treats, and I’m sure your dog(s) would too!


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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
Delicious tasting treats for your dog!
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  1. 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (can substitute white flour, but whole wheat is recomended)
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  4. 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. (NOTE: I initially whisk things together, but then end up kneading with my fingers/hands, squishing the dough until everything is combined. It's too dry to just use the whisk and you'll break the whisk.)
  3. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces (NOTE: I use a heart cookie cutter shape).
  4. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 30-40 minutes (NOTE: good to check starting at 30 minutes, in case they are done).
  1. I double the recipe and freeze the leftover pumpkin or give it to the dogs with their meals.
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The amazing Lynette with her beautiful girls, Josie & Gracie.

That’s all for now, folks! — Jen

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16 Responses to Homemade Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats

  1. I’m going to try these .. but with fresh ayote rather than canned pumpkin … I have a HUGE one that we can’t possibly eat entirely!

  2. Might want to add parsley depending on the dog’s breath. 🙂 Mix it into the dough and they will never know. 🙂

  3. Aloha!!!!

    My oh my how delicioso these treats look….. My 2 poodles adore peanut butter and pumpkin…….
    My name is Sarah or Sarita and you will be hearing more from me
    I just found your book and read it yesterday and am now diving into your blogs….
    Another hopeful future CR resident.
    I live in beautiful breathtaking extremely expensive MAUI ( 13 years) and have retired myself early from teaching elementary school over here……

    Have a great day and night!

    • Wow, Maui is beautiful (but I hear you, on expensive!). Thank you for reading my book and following my blog! My husband has a really great book on 100 tips for visiting or living in Costa Rica – you might want to check out as well (on amazon, or can find on my blog under books I recommend tab). Pura vida Sarita!

  4. Now if I only had a dog, lol….Not, but these look tasty. Have you ever heard of home made cat treats? Hum….all that crap in store bought treats freaks me out and I just won’t buy them for her since we ran out of the envelopes we brought from the states.

      • I looked on Pinterest after writing you, but there are so many and most are grain which is what you buy in the store. Several with tuna or salmon base, which she is not real crazy about. So am still looking. Thanks as always for your help. Look forward to actually meeting one day, but I don’t have a car either, lol…. Took you advise several weeks ago and went to Los Chorros, it was amazing!

        • Keep searching, there’s got to be something out there – I love Pinterest, and even just Google. Awesome on Los Chorros! Cheers!

  5. Hi Jen! Have read both books by you and Greg….you are my muse! I am 52 and trying to convince my husband this is our future! We are planning a trip to Costa Rica next summer to start the exploration. We vacationed there about 6 years ago and it was our fav vacation ever…Will definitely be coming to Grecia, it sounds like the perfect transition for us from Twain Harte in the Sierra Mountains of California.

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