Sunshine's three-ingredient treats

By Wendy Andresen | Jan 23, 2019
Photo by: Wendy Andresen

These easy-to-make dog treats are approved by our Sheltie, Sunshine, and by all the neighborhood dogs we meet on our daily walks. I like to know what goes into my dog’s treats, and making them in our own kitchen is the best way to do that. You can be clever and cut them into bone shapes or any other shape, but I make them so often I want to keep it simple.

All dogs are subject to arthritis, and turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties can help ease the pain. Turmeric tops the list of natural remedies for treating dogs with stiff joints. I’ve also read that dogs with memory problems can benefit from having turmeric added to their diet. Some sources have reported that turmeric helps dogs digest their food properly. The recommended dose of turmeric for dogs is 15 to 20 miligrams per pound of body weight per day or, more simply put, a eighth- to a quarter-teaspoon per day for every 10 pounds of weight. You do the math … I plead blonde.


2 cups oatmeal

2/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 Tbsp. ground turmeric (or more, or optional)


1. In a food processor, process the oats until they’re very fine.

2. Add the other ingredients and process until they are well combined and form a crumbly, barely moist dough.

3. On a large piece of parchment paper sized to fit a sheet pan, roll out the dough to a rectangle of some sort.

4. Use a pizza wheel to cut the dough into half-inch squares. Of course you can make them much bigger if you have a big dog. You can get creative with various cookie cutters if you want.

5. Slide the parchment onto a sheet pan.

6. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. The treats should be firm. You can dry them a bit more by leaving them in the oven turned off with the door open. They will firm up more as they cool. Let them dry and harden completely before storing.

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