Pass the Pumpkin Banana Cheddar Balls!

As I am writing this recipe up, Luna is staring longingly into the kitchen with the occasional squeak hoping that one of these delicious Pumpkin Banana Cheddar Balls will magically roll off the counter and into her mouth.

Don’t feel too bad for her though. She has already run off with at least three.

The Pumpkin Banana Cheddar balls came about because I wanted to make sure that Luna and Cousin Keto would have a seasonal and delicious, but yet still healthy and safe treat to enjoy during our Thanksgiving celebration next week.

Last year we made Pumpkin Pup Pies, which are fun and festive, but these treats travel much easier for the holidays.

Pumpkin Banana Cheddar Balls - Great for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Banana Cheddar Balls


  • 2 cups white rice flour (Bob's Red Mill or similar)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/2 medium extra ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 pieces of dog friendly jerky (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix together dry ingredients in a medium bowl (white rice flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves)
  3. Beat or whisk together wet ingredients in another bowl (pumpkin, banana, honey, coconut oil, water, and egg)
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix
  5. The mixture should be thick and not too sticky. If it is still too sticky to work with mix in some extra white rice flour.
  6. Fold the cheddar cheese into the mixture
  7. Roll mixture into 1/2 inch to 1 inch balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet
  8. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes depending on size
  9. Optional: Add a jerky stem to the top of each cookie, so that it will look like a little pumpkin


I chose to make half my treats mini pumpkins and keep the other half as just balls. I added a small piece of a Spot Farms Chicken Strip to each of the pumpkins, but any dog friendly jerky should work.

Pumpkin Banana Cheddar Balls - Great for Thanksgiving!

These treats will be crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Because they will still have some moisture, they will probably only keep for about a week. Be sure to keep them in a sealed container for a longer shelf life.

If you want a crunchier treat, set your oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 2-3 hours.

I picked white rice flour because I thought it would show the orange coloring best, but as long as your dog is gluten tolerant you can use regular flour, whole wheat, or whatever your default is.

Now please pardon me as I go attend to my dog who is emotionally unstable around food.

Luna loves Pumpkin Banana Cheddar Balls!

What special Thanksgiving treat do you make for your dog?

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • These look awesome — and it’s such a great idea to have some seasonal treats on hand for Thanksgiving. It always seems like my dogs are being tortured by all the delicious smells coming from the kitchen. Thanks for the recipe, Jessica!

  • Cathy C Bennett

    They look doodle*licious – With all the cooking I have to do for the holiday’s Harley will have to settle for something store bought. Happy Holidays Luna!

  • Emma

    they sure do look tasty!

  • Oz theTerrier

    Jess, those sure sound delicious. Luna is one lucky dog to get those for the Thanksgiving holiday!

  • They are actually making me hungry! I wish I could participate in Tasty Tuesday but alas I’m not as inventive as you 🙂

    Great treats. Oh, and I also have one dog that is emotionally unstable around food.

  • Kate Obrien

    These look yummy…now if I can only motivate myself to cook them!

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  • Christine Aiello

    These look and sound delicious! I’m going to try making these for my dog. Thanks!

  • sandy weinstein

    i love this, like that you used rice flour instead of wheat or other grain…

  • SGilbert

    They sound so YUMMY! I am going to make them for Schooner and Skipper

  • Ruth Epstein

    They sound yummmy 🙂 AM gonna try

  • Helga

    My dogs would like to try those, yum. And so healthy.

  • Ruth Epstein

    Love the recipes thanks

  • Amy Lovell

    These look great thanks!

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  • Šimon Slávik

    Hmmm my grandmas dog whould love these 😀

  • sandy weinstein

    both the girls and i would love these, i would leave out the jerky so we could share. i try to make things that both the girls and i can share together.

  • Rochelle Epstein

    These look really healthy and I must try these in the New Year