Mini Pumpkin Pies… for Dogs

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means food, food, food.  And, it’s also a time for sharing food with those you love including your four-legged friends.  However, the foods that we share sometimes aren’t the best for our dogs.

There are however recipes out there that you can make just for your dog and I found one!  I stumbled across this recipe for Mini Pumpkin Pies in the November edition of The Whole Dog Journal and was quite impressed.  I’ve always wanted to make something homemade for Boomer and Dottie (it’s on my bucket list 100 by 40) and this gave me a chance to do just that.

Pumpkin is actually quite good for our dogs but the sugar filled pumpkin pies we two-legged folk like are a little too much for them.  This recipe however is perfect because it has plain pumpkin, yogurt, applesauce, oats and a bit of flour.

It was so easy to put together, you really should give this recipe a try for the holidays.  Your fido will thank you with pumpkin pie kisses!

Mini Pumpkin Pies


  • 16 oz. can of pumpkin (plain)
  • 8 oz. plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, or a mixture of all-purpose and whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp. water


  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Mix oatmeal and flour together in a food processor.
  3. Add applesauce slowly, continuing to run the processor.
  4. Add water slowly, using only enough to make a ball (too much will make the dough sticky).
  5. Spray wax paper and muffin tin with olive or vegetable oil cooking spray.
  6. Roll out dough onto wax paper and cut out 8 circles, about 4″ across (or divide dough into 8 small balls before rolling out).
  7. Press individual circles into bottom and sides of muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Let crusts cool, then remove from the muffin tin.
  10. Fill each crust with about 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of canned pumpkin.
  11. Top with a dollop of yogurt.

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55 thoughts on “Mini Pumpkin Pies… for Dogs

  1. I think a whole batch of these need to be delivered over Thanksgiving to the dogs of Homeward Bound. My own Jack and Bella might even get some! What a fun project! Thank you🙂

  2. Hi I was just wondering how Long do they last and can you freeze them as I am going to make a few batches for my local dog pound Xmas party

  3. I love this!!! I have to make these🙂 – I’ve made a few homemade dog treat recipes and am expanding my offerings to them, lol. Glad I found your site (through Dog

  4. I got plain, canned pumpkin (100% pumpkin) for my finicky dog to treat his severe IBS. I was afraid he wouldn’t like it – he doesn’t like much. Well, he LOVES it!

    Pumpkin is packed with vitamin A so, careful not to over do it. A teaspoon-tablespoon per meal.

  5. Hi there! I was looking for a mini pumpkin pie recipe to make for the dogs boarding at my kennel over the holiday so they could celebrate too.. this is adorable! They will love it.

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