Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats


Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

A few weeks ago I was in the passenger seat, staring at Amelia’s reflection in the side mirror. Half of her body was hanging out of the window, tongue wagging in the wind and she was so content and so so silly looking. I was jealous. I turned around and roughly pet her on her head and told her she was cute and that her ears were so big that she should be embarrassed.

In that moment I decided to see what all the fuss was about and rolled down my window, took my seatbelt off and stuck my head out the window. And you guyssss….it felt amazing. The cool autumn-ish wind was delicious. I turned my head behind me to see Amelia looking at me with a bit of confusion but I think deep down she was like, I told you so.

I feel a little at one with my demon-corgi-pile-of-cuteness so I decided to whip her up some treats with some extra pumpkin I had in the fridge. If you’re at all baking or cooking with pumpkin, you’ll notice that most recipes don’t call for a whole can, which leaves you with a good amount of pumpkin that has no purpose. This recipe is perfect for that!

Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Like the other dog treats I made, these grain-free. I’m really in to using garbanzo flour because it’s cheap and high in protein but you could use other flours like quinoa, amaranth or potato flour.

I decided to get all October-ish and get a pumpkin cookie cutter and the dauschund is as close to a corgi I could get.

These cookies are one bowl kinda dough thing. They’re super sticky, so be sure to flour everything very liberally. But other than that these things couldn’t be easier. Get on it! Fido will thank you!

Have you ever met a real dog in real life named Fido?! Nobody actually names their dog Fido. I’m convinced.

Also, everyone knows that human names are kind of the best for dogs. I can’t think of anything funnier than a dopey Great Dane named Bob.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Amelia isn’t all that photogenic when she’s eating. She would KILL me if she knew I put this photo of her on the internet.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

This one’s much better. Much more flattering.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

4.5 from 2 votes
Serving Size: 16 cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups garbanzo flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium bowl, add the garbanzo flour, peanut butter, eggs and pumpkin puree. Mix until completely combined.
  • The dough will be sticky, so flouring everything is important: the wax paper, rolling pin, cookie cutter and your hands. Transfer the dough to the floured piece of wax paper and roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out the cookies using a cookie-cutter of choice. Re-roll the scraps and cut out more cookies. (I used the pumpkin and dauschund cookie cutter and ended up with about 16 cookies.)
  • Transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet. These cookies won't spread so you can place them close together without worrying. NOTE: If you don't want to roll out the dough, you can always scoop a teaspoon of dough onto a baking sheet, flattening the cookie a bit and baking it from there.
  • Bake the cookies for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to come to room temperature on a cooling rack. Cookies will be good for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
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  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie October 9, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Too cute! As we speak I’ve got my little under-the-weather pup sitting next to me. 🙁 These would be a nice treat for him once he starts feeling better!

  • Reply joanna October 9, 2013 at 6:55 am

    omg i need to make these for noodle ASAP!

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen October 9, 2013 at 7:32 am

    oh these are soooo cute! my dogs would just adore them i’m sure 🙂 great post!

  • Reply Marygrace Taylor October 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Chickpea flour, what a great idea. I recently made peanut butter treats for my dog with whole wheat flour and oats. Wholesome, but I knew she didn’t REALLY need the grains. These will be great for next time.

  • Reply Tina October 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Ur such a good mommie 🙂 those pictures….. Eerkkkkk I die!!

  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe October 10, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Aww…Amelia is such a cutieee! I’m sure my little babe, Maya, will love these pumpkin treats…she always literally drools over when I sit on the sofà snacking on cookies in the afternoon and now she’ll be able to join me! Thanks Adrianna!

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply Ashley - Baker by Nature October 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

    This makes me want a puppy 1000000000 x more than I already wanted one.

  • Reply Megan October 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

    haha I love the photos of Amelia! <3

  • Reply Daniella October 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Omgosh these sound awesome and they’re even paleo-friendly hehe 🙂 Actually they sound nice enough for humans to eat…. 😉

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 10, 2013 at 11:41 am

      I actually ate one and it wasn’t THAT terrible. Definitely not good…don’t serve them at dinner parties but totally edible. Hehe.

  • Reply Billy October 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I LOVE EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT THIS POST. I also have extra pumpkin that I’ve been planning on making into dog treats so we’re totally in kahootz. I just need some flashy cookie cutters! What about subbing in brown rice flour?

  • Reply dervla October 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

    ummm hilarious! I think Amelia wouldn’t be too pleased at all but that one eye shut makes me laugh. Lucky pup to have you as a mama.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Haha…there are like fifteen more super unflattering photos of her. It’s hilarious how unattractive she is when she eats. 🙂

  • Reply Kaydee October 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I met a horse once who was named Dusty Ed! I loved that name! My dogs just have the crazy names I think are hilarious but wouldn’t name my children…Cinnominni and Barkevious. Although Barkevious IS actually a real man’s name. He plays on some random pro football team that I can’t remember. Poor kid.

  • Reply Sophie @ dinnersforwinners October 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

    LOL @ the Amelia-while-eating picture! And your caption, hahahahahaha. Our dog Wallace has a human name, I love it on him. He is a mini dachshund and he also has really short legs that make it difficult to hold a treat and chew on it at the same time. He would love these!! You’re such a good dog-mom.

    Corgis are the best right! Our friends have a Corgi-Pit mix, he is so sweet — he will jump into your lap like a ninja to be snuggled, very gently even though he is quite large. He has a gigantic, heavy head and stubby legs, a swishy tail and soft ears. What a great and friendly pet he is!

  • Reply Two Red Bowls October 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Hahaha I was giggling throughout this entire post (especially at the first photo of Amelia, totally lost it). Love it. I sadly don’t own a dog, but so glad I read this — maybe this can come in handy for a gift idea for my friends who do. Thanks so much for this post!

  • Reply Carol Howell October 17, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Where do you get garbanzo or chickpea flour or how do you make it?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

      I bought mine from Whole Foods. I also include a hyperlink in the post above (highlighted in orange) to Amazon where it’s up for purchase.

      • Reply Carol Howell October 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

        thank you, and I was just there yesterday. will look next time I go.

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  • Reply andrea October 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Love this recipe cause its simple and super fast to make! Thsks you!!! Great idea to use garbanzo flour ..didnt have any on hand but will try that next time. To substitute I pulsed 1 1/2 cups oats, and used 1 cup rice flour. I also just rolled the dough into a long snake flattened slightly with my fingers and cut to fit in Nixies dog toys. We’d rather be out for a walk in the woods than in the kitchen using cookie cutters! 😉

  • Reply chris October 27, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Love the recipes! My two babies love cookies and I love that they are inexpensive to make!

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  • Reply Carmen November 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

    this may be a silly question but can the treats be frozen? I’m thinking we don’t give many treats and I wouldn’t want them to go to waste.

  • Reply Donna November 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hi there, can you freeze the dough, or the cookies, I am thinking about Xmas, and I always run short of time for everything. Love the simplicity of ingredients, less is more.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Yes, I’d recommend making the dough, cutting them out and then flash freezing them on a sheet of floured parchment paper in the freezer for 30 minutes. When they’re firm, I’d transfer them to a freezer-safe plastic bag and then bake ’em up, adding a few more minutes onto the recommended bake time.

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  • Reply Sarah December 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I have a corgi named Eddie who is three and adopting a baby corgi next week who will be Jake! I’m going to make homade treats all weekend so the smell of food distracts them. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      WHAA!! That’s amazing. Last year I got Amelia as an Xmas gift and it was mind-blowing. Enjoy Jake – they’re such a handful when they’re little baby pups but their smell is so amazing. Is that weird? I love how puppies smell. Hope they like these!

  • Reply Kate December 9, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I need to make these for Charlie! She’s never tried pumpkin, but I hear it’s great for dogs!!

  • Reply Richard Dany December 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I think, this recipe is easy to make and your dog will surely enjoy it.

  • Reply Leta December 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Just found your web-site…my little girl Molly-Bug is about as cute as yours!
    She has had an itching problem for months and months…taken her to vet, tried different supplements…costing almost $100 each time! We switched her to a good dog food Wellness that has no grain…but still at times were giving her dog treats the main ingredient was GRAIN! I am going to try these and see if it helps my poor sweet baby… Thanks and Happy Holidays!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 10, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Awww Molly-Bug! A lot of dogs are allergic to grain, it’s crazy. Hope she loves them! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply beth December 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Have you tried almond butter instead of peanut butter? Peanut butter contains arachidonic acid, which in humans, is very hard on the joints. Don’t know if it has the same affect on pups but I like to play it safe and use almond butter:) Thanks for your awesome recipes!

    • Reply Corinn February 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Dogs can’t have almonds!

  • Reply cece December 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I decrease the garbanzo flour and add in some coconut flour. Also make my own peanut butter with 3/1 ratio of raw peanuts / cocktail peanuts and virgin coconut oil…no sugar, very little salt, and no preservatives. Kuna my Shiva inu goes nuts over these and peanut butter banana

  • Reply Gretchen January 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Can you use pumpkin that was not canned? I have some puree in my freezer from my extra pumpkins last October.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

      It should be ok. Since this is for a dog, the treats don’t exactly have to be perfect. Fresh pumpkin tends to have a bit more water so you may need to add a bit more flour.

  • Reply Linda February 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Amelia is TOTALLY photogenic – beautiful little girl!!! Thanks for the recipe – I came by it through the “mom” of my little guy who makes them for her fur babies.

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  • Reply Ruth October 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

    This recipe did not turn out for me at all! I never got dough! It just stayed like a shortbread consistency. I added more pumpkin, PB and another egg but it was just way too much flour. I was so excited to make this and it was a total flop. If you can tell me what I might have done wrong I would appreciate it. Honestly bummed!

    • Reply Ruth October 27, 2014 at 3:02 am

      My mistake, I replaced garbanzo flour with coconut flour…my bad.

  • Reply Courtney November 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I love this recipe for a few reasons. My dog can’t have wheat flour, she has an allergy to it. Pumpkin is also great for digestion! Thanks for the recipe! (I’m using brown rice flour in my batch).

  • Reply Diana November 17, 2014 at 6:23 am

    TY! my dog has allergies to grains and we changed dog food but could not afford grain free treats too. I can now make these for him and his diet will be completely grain free. I didn’t know what flour to use before this post. Got some Garbanzo flour and will be making them today. Bubba says TY too. 🙂

  • Reply Diana November 17, 2014 at 6:31 am

    TY! for posting. My dog has allergies to grains and we changed his food but could not afford treats as well. So this is going to help I can now make his whole diet grain free. I was at a lost to what flours where usable . I got some Garbanzo flour and will make these today. Bubba says TY too. 🙂

  • Reply Casey December 1, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Hello! Thanks for the great recipe….one of my Boys is allergic to poultry, can I substitute applesauce for the eggs? I don’t want to ruin the texture/consistency. THANK YOU!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

      I haven’t tried it but that should work!

    • Reply Corinn February 27, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Did you find a sub for the eggs? I’m in the same boat with my dog. ☺

  • Reply Sue January 5, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I was excited to find this recipe, since I actually have garbanzo flour, always make my dogs’ treats, and usually make the brown rice flour/pumpkin treat recipe that is all over the net, which always comes out great. But this recipe was a disaster for me. Even adding a LOT of extra flour, the dough was so wet and sticky, rolling it was out of the question (and yes, I measured very carefully). I did one batch with spoonfuls, but it took forever, since no matter what I used the batter stuck to the spoon. So I added well over a cup of brown rice flour to the remaining batter, until it could actually be rolled. That batch is in the oven now. I’m interested to know if anyone else who actually make these per the recipe with Garbanzo flour had the same problems.

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    Note to anyone else. I tried this recipe, I used Potato Flour since that was what Mom had bought to use for Hank’s (our beagle) treats now that we switched him over to grain free (and chicken free) dog food and since it states that you can use potato flour. I followed the measurements exactly, tried to mix this up expecting it to be super sticky I grabbed a pair of gloves when it didn’t start coming together when I mixed it and started mixing it up by hand, still had a ton of dry flour left in the bowl. I had decided that since our hand mixer doesn’t do well with super thick/sticky stuff that I’d be mixing with a spoon or my hands. I ended up having to add the rest of the 29oz can of pumpkin I had opened and also a cup of water just to get a dough. Even with adding the ton of extra pumpkin and the extra water it is still lumpy, opted to just take a tablespoon and scoop it out and flatten them into biscuits by hand… baking them now.

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  • Reply Ashley Chaves February 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Let me start by saying you’re the first blog I’ve come across with recipes for dog treats – THANK YOU! I officially worship you. When I was little (middle school-ish) my mom would pick me up from school and my first dog, Sammie, would always come along. We had a long driveway and everyday on the ride home Sammie would naturally hang out the window like Amelia, and every time I was hanging out of my window with him. It really was the best feeling, lol. Thank you for sharing that!

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      awww man that is so sweet! i love dogs so much. so glad you found me! xo

  • Reply Michelle February 12, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Ok, so I have to admit, I was a little frustrated by the stickiness of this dough. I rolled it out twice to heavily floured wax paper and had to literally scrape it up with my fingers. Before throwing in the towel completely, I decided to put it in a floured bowl and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes. It rolled out beautifully. I used small heart shaped cookie cutters and they were adorable!

    Oh and I also opted to make my own peanut butter as to avoid any added sugars. My Chloe loves them!!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  • Reply Nicole October 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Can these treats be frozen?

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    Do the dog biscuits freeze well or will they fall apart after freezing them? I have tried everything to get my dogs to eat something other than meat, it’s my fault I started making their food for them with real meat, rice other veggies and sweet potatoes however most of the time they just pick out the meat and leave the rest. They do like peanut butter so I though I could get some pumpkin in them using this recipe, no way! They both snift them and walked away, I even tried showing them I would eat them. Anyway I thought I would save these for a friend of mine but I won’t see her for a few weeks so that’s why the question about freezing them.

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