Low Calorie Pumpkin Spinach Dog Treats

These low calorie pumpkin spinach dog treats skimp on calories and fat, but not on taste!

Low calorie pumpkin spinach and parsley dog treats in polka dot bowl on wooden tray

I created this dog treat recipe especially for my daughter's dachshund, Knox, who is having a hard time keeping his weight down. 

With surgery for a spinal problem in his past, and a human toddler who is like a food vending machine for pint-sized dogs, he can't afford to gain anymore weight and has been put on a diet. Poor guy.

But, that doesn't mean he shouldn't be able to have the occasional 'cheat treat', so I whipped up a batch of these low calorie goodies just for him!

Whole-wheat flour gives these dog treats crunch, pumpkin puree, spinach and parsley bring the flavor, and  wheat germ plus pink Himalayan sea salt add a little zing.

When did a low-calorie dog treat recipe last taste (or look) so good?

Ingredients List

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp wheat germ
  • 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
Ingredients used to make low calorie pumpkin spinach dog treats


This recipe makes approximately sixty, 1 3/4" bone shaped dog treats. I made small treats as they were specifically for Knox, who is a small standard dachshund but this dough works equally well with cookie cutters of all sizes.


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Line baking tray with parchment or silicone baking mat
  • Put flour into small bowl and add salt, stir to mix 
  • Finely chop spinach and parsley
  • Put spinach, parsley, pumpkin puree and eggs into a large bowl
  • Use wooden spoon to mix ingredients together well
  • Add wheat germ and stir into mixture
  • Add flour, a bit at a time, stirring well to mix between additions
Picture collage showing steps used to make low calorie pumpkin spinach dog treats
  • Once all flour has been incorporated, use your hands to form dough
  • Turn dough out onto floured wax paper
  • Cover dough with second sheet of wax paper
  • Use rolling pin to roll dough out to approx. 1/4" thickness
  • Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutter or sharp knife
  • Bake at 350F for 30 - 35 minutes
  • Remove treats from oven and allow to cool completely 
  • Store treats in airtight container in pantry for 5 - 7 days, in the refrigerator for up to 10 days

This dog treat recipe must smell especially yummy because Ivan literally sat at my feet the whole time I was preparing it, he was VERY interested in what I was doing. These treats were for Knox, but of course both Ivan and Dax got to taste-test them, as per usual!

Dog staring up at dog treat dough being prepared on kitchen counter top

Nutrition Facts Per Treat:

Servings: 60 (one treat per serving)

Serving size: 6 g

Calories per serving: 9

Total Fat: 0.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.05 g

Total Carbohydrates: 1.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Total Sugars 0.08 g

Protein: 0.5 g

Vitamin A: 355 IU
Vitamin B3: 0.1 mg
Vitamin C: 0.2 mg
Vitamin D: 1 IU
Vitamin E: 0.06 mg
Calcium: 2 mg
Iron: 0.1 mg
Magnesium: 4 mg
Phosphorous: 11 mg 
Potassium: 16 mg

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