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Pumpkin Granola for Dogs

Treat your pup to Pumpkin Granola for Dogs! This easy homemade dog treat makes a great snack, lunch, or food topper for your fur baby.

If you love making food for your dog as much as I do, be sure to check out some of John John’s favorite recipes like Chicken Dinner Recipe for Dogs, Mini Blueberry Cheesecake for Dogs, or Blueberry Pancakes for Dogs.

pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat
pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Healthy: This easy homemade dog treat is healthy for your dog because it’s loaded with super foods! Ingredients like pumpkin, coconut oil, honey, and oats all have great benefits for your dog!

Easy: Making granola for your dog is just as easy as making granola for yourself! So if you’ve ever made homemade granola for you, then you can easily make it for your dog too!

Dogs Love It: Dogs love this easy homemade dog treat! Of course dogs will love this because it’s homemade. And you can feel good about giving this treat to your dogs because it’s made with organic ingredients.

pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

Why I Give My Dog Lunch

When we had Otto, our Pug Basset Hound Mix, that made me fall in love with pugs, we learned that smaller dogs need to eat more frequently. Otto went through a phase where he would wake up at 5AM and puke up bile. Nothing seemed to be wrong except that this would happen most days. And he was always completely fine right after.

The vet explained that smaller dogs have a smaller stomach. Therefore, they need more frequent meals to stay full. He was only puking up bile because there was nothing in his stomach and it was making him physically sick because he’d gone too long without eating.

He didn’t need more food; he just needed his food to be spread out more evenly throughout the day. We had been feeding him two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). But his dinner was sometimes around 4PM or 5PM, so that time frame from dinner to breakfast at 9AM was much longer than from breakfast to dinner. So, we divided the same food up into three meals per day and made sure his last meal was at least around 9PM or even as late as 11PM. The day we started doing this, it stopped, and it never happened again!

John John's Meal Schedule

So, when we got John John, who is even smaller than Otto, we just assumed we’d feed him more often. John John actually eats four times per day. And he's not complaining!

Two of his meals (breakfast and dinner) are meals like Chicken Dinner Recipe for Dogs or Beef Liver Dinner Recipe for Dogs. And the third and fourth meal is just 2 tablespoons of this dog granola with a tablespoon of Greek yogurt on top! Lunch comes in between breakfast and dinner (obviously) and dessert is his last meal before bed. John John loves this easy homemade dog treat! He will go over to his bowls around lunch time and stare at me until I did his lunch!

pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Granola for Dogs

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a super food for your dog, just like it is for you! Pumpkin can help with GI upset and keep your dog’s tummy happy and healthy. It’s perfectly safe to feed your dog daily! I buy Nummy Tum Tum Organic Pumpkin for John John. And a little tip is even though this is marketed for dogs, you can eat it too! It just has one ingredient, organic pumpkin.

Oats

Oats are a healthy carb for dogs! Just be sure you are buying organic oats so you know they are free of GMO’s and harmful chemicals.

Coconut

The meat of the coconut is actually even better for dogs than coconut oil! You can use it in treats and dogs love it! Coconut meat is anti-inflammatory and can help with hot spots, yeast infections, allergies, dry or itchy skin, and it helps support a shiny coat. John John is a huge fan of coconut and I even give him raw while we’re baking. He also loves it toasted too!

Pumpkin Seeds

Organic pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, fiber, and minerals such as magnesium and zinc. They support immune function and may aid in parasite control. Just be sure the pumpkin seeds you use are either raw or just lightly salted, like the ones I've linked.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are a good source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. They support bone health, skin, and immune function and include Vitamin B and E. Small amounts of sesame seeds included in treats or meals can give your dog these health benefits.

Honey

Just like honey is healthy for humans, it’s also healthy for dogs! Honey contains live digestive enzymes, which can help with digestion. It also is antibacterial so it can help with GI issues that result from an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. Honey acts as a binder in this Pumpkin Granola for Dogs which helps it stay together. It also brings a little sweetness for your pup!

pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

Ingredients for Pumpkin Granola for Dogs

Nummy Tum-Tum Organic Pumpkin Puree

Costco Kirkland Organic Coconut Oil

Organic Raw Honey

Organic Rolled Oats

Food to Live Organic Unsweetened Wide Flake Coconut

Food to Live Organic Roasted & Salted Pumpkin Seeds

Terrasoul Organic Hulled Sesame Seeds

pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Small Pot

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

Mixing Bowl

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a small pot add the coconut oil, honey, and pumpkin. Put over low heat and melt until the honey and coconut oil are completely melted. Remove from heat and set aside.

pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat
pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

Step 3

In a large mixing bowl, add the rolled oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.

Step 4

Add the pumpkin mixture to the oat mixture and stir to combine completely.

Step 5

Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly.

pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat
pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

Step 6

Bake for 20 minutes, stir to move the outside granola into the middle and the middle granola to the outside. Then bake again for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 250°F and leave the granola in the oven for another 20 minutes.

Step 7

Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet. Break up into clusters and store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

Tips for Pumpkin Granola for Dogs

  • Make sure to use unsweetened organic coconut. Baking coconut can sometimes be sweetened and that’s not good for dogs.
  • If you only have unsweetened fine shredded coconut, you can use that instead.
  • Be sure to store in an airtight container.

Ways to Treat Your Dog

  • Use as a food topper.
  • Give to your dog as a snack or treat.
  • Mix together with organic Greek yogurt for a midday snack or meal. This is how John John eats this!
pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat
pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat
pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

FAQ's

Can I eat this?

Yes, this dog granola is totally okay for you to eat too! We eat it all the time!

How should you store homemade granola?

Store in an airtight container in the pantry for up 1 month.

Can I freeze this?

Yes! If you have a small dog you can freeze half of the granola for later. Or, even if you want to make more than one tray at a time you can freeze some for later. I do this for John John and sometimes make two trays at once.

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pumpkin granola for dogs, easy homemade dog treat

Pumpkin Granola for Dogs

Mimi Council
Your dog will love this easy homemade dog treat! Pumpkin is a superfood for your dog and this Pumpkin Granola for Dogs includes many other healthy ingredients for your pup!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dog Food
Cuisine American
Makes 8 cups
Calories 423 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small pot add the coconut oil, honey, and pumpkin. Put over low heat and melt until the honey and coconut oil are completely melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the rolled oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.
  • Add the pumpkin mixture to the oat mixture and stir to combine completely.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, stir to move the outside granola into the middle and the middle granola to the outside. Then bake again for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 250°F and leave the granola in the oven for another 20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Break up into clusters and store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

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Notes

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 8gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 282mgFiber: 7gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 2763IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 3mg
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