Dog Treat Recipe: Puppy Pumpkin Puffs

Pumpkin, kale, and turkey combine for a healthy snack in this DIY treat recipe.
By: Nicole Pajer

Pumpkin is a powerhouse fall food that has many benefits for dogs. It aids in digestion and packs a bunch of antioxidants for prime pet nutrition. This recipe mixes hearty kale and tasty turkey with pumpkin for a yummy autumn snack that’s perfect for your pups.

We teamed up with Lisa Hennessy, of Your Pet Chef, to bring you this PawCulture exclusive fall dog treat recipe.

Equipment needed:

  • Food processor
  • Slicing knife
  • Measuring cup
  • Spatula
  • Spoon
  • Cookie sheet
  • Plate or platter for freezer

Ingredients:

Ingredients for dog pumpkin treat recipe

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup kale
  • 3-4 oz. pureed pumpkin

Directions:

Combine the turkey, egg, and kale in your food processor and puree until creamy. Take mixture and create 1” size meatballs. Place meatballs into the shape of a square on the greased cookie sheet and flatten with spoon.

Puppy pumpkin treats baking in the oven

To bake, cook at 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool. Remove from cookie sheet and place on plate or platter for freezing. Put the pumpkin in the food processor and puree for a minute or until creamy. Dollop small amount of pumpkin on the meat balls and serve. To store, place in plastic bag or container. They will last up to 3 months in the freezer.

Nutrition Information:

This recipe contains 897 total calories. Consult with your veterinarian before feeding your dog any new foods.

Verdict From Our Canine Samplers:

Rocky and Lyla try the homemade dog treats

Rocky taste testing homemade dog treats

This recipe went over well, particularly the pumpkin dollop on top of the puffs. Rocky and Lyla licked the pumpkin off the top of the treat before diving in and devouring these fairly quickly. It was definitely a hit!