Cranberry Pumpkin Grain-Free Dog Treats

November 13, 2017

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Let your dog be part of the Thanksgiving feast by making them these festive, homemade Cranberry Pumpkin Grain-Free Dog Treats!

In my family, gathering together for the holidays mean gathering with the adults, the kids, and the dogs, too.  We all pack into my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner.  There are always more than 10 of us in total (and probably closer to 20 depending on who shows up) plus five dogs!  It’s definitely a crowded house, but always a good time with lots of good food!  Most of the dogs get table scraps, except for Hunter.  We keep his diet pretty strict.  He gets an occasional fruit or veggie as a treat, coconut oil for his skin and coat, and grain-free food.

So while Hunter might miss out on gnawing on a piece of turkey during Thanksgiving dinner, I made him special grain-free treats to celebrate Turkey Day.  These treats are made with pumpkin puree and dried cranberries.  Pumpkin is great for dogs!  It’s loaded with vitamins and good for digestion.  Hunter loves it!  We recently found out that dogs can have cranberries, too.  Who doesn’t love cranberries on Thanksgiving? 

Fresh and dried cranberries can be good in moderation.  They’re full of antioxidants and may help fight some diseases.  Like us, dogs shouldn’t have a lot of sugar, so I used reduced sugar dried cranberries in these treats.  If you can find unsweetened, that would be best.  Because Hunter eats a grain-free diet, I also made these treats with coconut flour.

The simple ingredients in these treats make them super healthy for dogs!  Since the ingredients reminded me of Thanksgiving dinner, I wanted to bake them into the shape of a turkey leg.  Of course, they would look adorable as little turkeys, too!


Cranberry Pumpkin Grain-Free Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 - 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries
  • Turkey leg cookie cutter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin puree and oil together.
  3. Gradually add coconut flour until dough begins to form.
  4. If the dough is too dry, add a little water at a time, as needed.
  5. Stir cranberries into the dough until fully incorporated.
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured surface.
  7. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness and cut out treats with the cookie cutter.
  8. Bake treats for 30 minutes or until the bottom of the treats turn golden brown.
  9. Let treats cool completely before serving to your dog.
  10. Store treats in an airtight container in the fridge.
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I adapted this recipe from the DIY Grain-Free Dog Treat Ornaments I made a couple years ago. You might want to save that recipe for when Christmas rolls around!
 
These treats are full of delicious pumpkin flavor! You can see it in the color of these treats!  They’re loaded with benefits to keep your pet healthy and happy throughout the holiday season!

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16 Comments

  • Reply ambernmccain November 13, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    These are so cute! Hunter’s lucky to have you as his fur mama.

    • Reply Jessica November 13, 2017 at 10:58 AM

      Aww! Thanks Amber! 🙂

  • Reply Helen at the Lazy Gastronome November 20, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    I would make these if I had a dog!! LOL – I have a cat and I’m sure he’d eat them too. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

    • Reply Jessica November 20, 2017 at 2:32 PM

      I’m not sure what kind of treats cats like, but go for it! Haha!

  • Reply Judith Graber November 26, 2017 at 6:41 AM

    These are much better for our 4-legged friends than scraps from the table. I knew your treats were shaped likek turkey legs! Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday.

    • Reply Jessica November 26, 2017 at 4:34 PM

      Isn’t it a cute cookie cutter shape for Thanksgiving? Thanks so much!

  • Reply angie November 26, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    great way to keep our pets in with all the holiday fun. Great that you thought of the animal and made it grain free
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    • Reply Jessica November 27, 2017 at 9:32 AM

      Thanks! We’ve got to look out for our animals and make sure they’re part of the fun of the holidays, too!

  • Reply Miz Helen November 27, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Max will just love these awesome treats! Thanks so much for sharing with us at our Thanksgiving Edition of Full Plate Thursday! Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply Jessica November 27, 2017 at 8:38 PM

      Aww! I’m glad your pup will love these! Thanks!

  • Reply frugal hausfrau November 28, 2017 at 12:06 AM

    Jessica, I know a little – Well not so little anymore, labradorable that would love these! Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday!

    Mollie

    • Reply Jessica November 28, 2017 at 10:18 AM

      I hope your Labradoodle loves these treats! 🙂

  • Reply Shannon L Wynne November 29, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    I tried these last night but mine never got to a dough like consistency where I could roll and cut them out. I ended up putting them in silicon molds. They were very crumbly when cooked. I put them in the freezer this am to firm them up and that worked. Also, my Shelby loved them. I am thinking that the problem was my rice flour, going to try the next batch with oatmeal flour and see how that does. Thanks for the recipe – Shannon

    • Reply Jessica November 29, 2017 at 7:32 PM

      Hi Shannon! I’ve never baked with rice flour before. I always use coconut flour to make my homemade dog treats. Hopefully oatmeal flour will give you a better consistency, but I would definitely opt for coconut flour, if you can! I’m glad Shelby enjoyed these!

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