Low(er)-Calorie, Full-Flavor Pumpkin-Oatmeal Treats For Fat Big-Haired Dogs


So, apparently a certain someone likes his peanut butter treats a little too much. Fatty Our fuzzy, big-haired dog is a little on the husky (Since princess here doesn’t even carry his own water on hikes, I’m not referring to the Iditarod, thank you very much) side and according to the vet needs to lose 5-10 pounds. So how am I supposed to reward him for being a total sweetheart? Hugs and kisses are all fine and dandy but show me the lurrrrrrve! And yes, I find those big brown eyes irresistible so while he would have me thinking that he’s wasting away, I have it on good authority that he’s all fur and fat 😉

Pumpkin is a popular ingredient in dog treats not only cuz pooches love the taste but also for its digestive benefits. 1 cup contains 7.1 g of fiber which is why you’ll often hear that a teaspoon of pumpkin purée is good for dogs with constipation or loose stools as it helps to bulk up making everything go through smoothly. It’s also chock full of nutrients with 1 cup providing 2.7 g of protein, 763% of the RDA for vitamin A, 49% vitamin K, 19% iron, and only 83 calories. Just what the vet ordered. The rolled oats are a great source of fiber with 2 g per 1/2 cup and are gluten-free (as long as the crops haven’t been cross-contaminated with nearby wheat fields) which is good as many dogs have problems with wheat. I’ve included some egg for protein as well as a binding agent and ginger can be helpful for digestion as well. The honey adds a little sweetness and has anecdotally been noted to boost the immune system and the effects of antioxidants. The tiny amount of cloves and allspice are just there to give it a stronger aroma cuz smell is very important to dogs (and people) in terms of taste. Oh, and don’t tell fatty fuzz face they only have 29 calories per cookie cuz he thinks they’re delicious. In fact, whenever I’m cooking or baking with pumpkin, he comes trotting into the kitchen thinking it’s a new batch of dog treats which means these would also make a nice treat or gift for the slimmer pooches in your life too.


1 1/2 c rolled oats
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch allspice
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 tbsp honey
1 large egg

In a large bowl stir together oats, ginger, cloves, allspice, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine pumpkin and honey. Stir in oat mixture and mix till just combined. Mix in egg till combined. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

While dough is chilling preheat oven to 350F.


Scoop out dough with a 2 tsp cookie scoop or large spoon. Place on a lined or greased cookie sheet 2-3 inches apart (they don’t spread much at all). Gently press dough with the back of a fork or spoon so that they’re ~1/2 to 3/4-inch thick and bake till golden brown and firm to the touch since these are dog treats and you don’t want them to be smushed in your pocket ~20-30 minutes. Makes 22 (cuz no, I’m not talented enough to end up with an even 2 dozen) + 1 happy svelte pooch 😀

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Enjoying the hippie life in Portlandia :)


  1. Wonder if these would be delicious people treats with a wee bit more sweetener?

    • Cam

      You know, they smelled delicious, very pumpkin pie-ish, coming out of the oven and if you only bake them to people cookie doneness so that they’re chewy I suspect that they would be people worthy with an extra tablespoon or two of honey. I was tempted to try one but felt like I would be taking food out of fatty’s fuzzy’s mouth 😉

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