Pig treats! Homemade oatmeal pumpkin bars

Are you tired of giving your piggies the same-old boring treats? Sure, they’ll eat anything, but why not make a special treat that’s healthy for them and sure to please? This recipe for homemade oatmeal pumpkin bars is easy to prepare, and pig-tested and approved!

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

For this recipe, you’ll need:

*1 1/2 cup steel cut oats

*1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or another type of plant-based milk)

*2 cups ground flaxseed meal

*29oz canned or fresh pureed 100% pumpkin (do NOT use pie pumpkin)

*1 tsp cinnamon

*1/2 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)

*1/2 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds (or a mixture of both!)

*1 tbsp coconut oil

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375° F

Step 2: Gather your ingredients (see picture above for brand ideas)

Step 3: Combine oats, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, and almond milk in a large mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Step 4: Add the pumpkin to the mixture, stirring in a little at a time. When complete, your mixture should be fairly thick and have a gooey consistency

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Step 5: Prepare a 9×13″ baking pan for the bars. You want to melt the coconut oil to coat the pan with; this can be done in the microwave or on the stove. Coconut oil has a relatively low melting point, so if you choose to microwave, cover the bowl with a paper towel to avoid a mess, and microwave in 20 second increments until melted. Coat the pan with the melted oil using a brush

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Step 6: Evenly spread the mixture onto the pan, pressing into the corners of the pan.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Step 7: Add the dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds to the top, making sure you lightly press into the batter so they stick.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Step 8: Bake for one hour, or until a toothpick pressed into the center of the tray comes out clean. Allow 10-15 minutes to cool prior to cutting and serving to your piggy pals.

The three little piggies can't wait to try these delicious snacks!
The three little piggies can’t wait to try these delicious snacks!

Potbellied Pig Diet

There is a lot of debate on the internet about safe foods, feeding schedules, and snacks for your mini pig. At Hog Haven Farm, one of our primary goals is to educate current and future pig owners about everything pig. While we are not experts, these resources should give you a clear idea on how to handle your pig’s diet and feeding routine. Please feel free to comment or email us for further discussion.

1. Main Diet

There are several brands of pig chow on the market for potbellied pigs. Finding a formula designed specifically for potbellied pigs (often labeled for miniature pigs) is important; if you purchase pig food formulated for standard farm pigs, the ratio of protein, crude fat, and fiber is off; this food is designed for a much larger breed of pig, and will cause your potbelly to gain too much weight. It is highly inadvisable to feed your pig any foods labeled for other pets (especially dog or cat food). These foods vary in essential protein, fiber, fat and minerals, and feeding the wrong diet to your pig can have detrimental effects, including obesity and digestive problems. In all cases, make sure your pig has access to plenty of fresh water as well.

Some of the current brands labeled for potbellied pigs:


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Here is a great chart from Mazuri to measure feed by body weight. Mazuri offers three types of food: Youth (for piglets under 6 months), Active Adult (for pigs aged 6m to 3 years) and Elder (for pigs beyond 3 years). Choose your feed based on age and activity of your pig. This chart can be used for any type of pig feed!

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Manna Pro

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Nutrena Mini Pig Feed

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We are sad to say that our favorite feed store, Valley Feed, is closing in January 2015. If you live in the Denver-Metro area, there are a few other local shops to find your pig chow, including Murdoch’s, Willow Run Feed and Supply, Parker Feed, and Big R. You can also order your pig food online from a variety of retailers. Average price of the above brands for a 25lb bag is $11-$19.

Hog Haven Farm follows a strict feeding schedule with our potbellied pigs; we feed them once in the morning at 8:00am, and again at night at 7:00pm. They get plenty of snacks in between as well. We will make a separate post for snack guidelines and tips for the best treats to give your potbellied pig!