This quick and easy homemade banana dog treats recipe is made with only 4 ingredients. They are less expensive than store bought varieties, ready in about 40 minutes and perfect for pups with sensitive bellies.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Quick & Easy – Ready from start to finish in about 40 minutes.
- Inexpensive – The cost of these ingredients probably totals around $2.00, and that’s much less than store-bought treats.
- Make ahead – You can make the dough ahead of time and bake the next day. You can also bake these treats and store them in the fridge or freezer.
Banana dog treat recipe
Dogs like snacks too! Think about it this way – would you rather have a packaged, store-bought cookie that’s been sitting on a grocery store shelf or a fresh, homemade cookie?
Making treats for your dog is no more difficult than a batch of cookies, and it shouldn’t take all day. These 4 ingredient dog treats are done from start to finish in about 40 minutes.
This recipe for homemade banana dog treats is quick and easy, it’s a healthier option for your pup, plus, there are so many options when you make them yourself.
- Yogurt – Plain, low fat Greek yogurt is best. Never feed your dog yogurt with xylitol, or yogurt with added sugar.
- Chia seeds – Chia seeds are a good source of protein for your pup, feed in moderation.
- Oats – I use old-fashioned oats. You can use quick-cooking if that’s what you have.
- Banana – One ripe banana – remember that bananas get sweeter when they are ripe.
How to make treats
DIY dog treats with banana are simple to make and with a bone shaped cookie cutter, they make adorable biscuits for your pup.
- Mix the chia seeds, yogurt, mashed banana & ground oats together in a medium bowl until it is thoroughly combined.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8″ thick.
- Using a small, 2 inch cookie cutter, cut out 34 dog bones, re-rolling dough as needed.
- Stamp, if desired, then bake for 25 minutes.
There are several variations of banana dog treats recipes on the blog, but this one is egg-free and uses only 4 ingredients.
DIY dog biscuits
I made these blueberry banana dog treats awhile ago, but because of the added moisture from the blueberries, I had to scoop them instead of rolling them out.
This dough is very forgiving and incredibly easy to roll out. It’s easy to work with and can be re-rolled several times to use up every last bit of it when making treats.
Banana dog treats Q&A
Because homemade treats do not contain additives to prolong shelf life, it is best to store them in the refrigerator. To store for longer, freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
If properly stored, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 weeks.
Yes. I use old-fashioned oats, but you can use a quick cooking variety if that’s what you have. You cannot use steel-cut oats, as those are entirely different.
Variations and substitutions
- Chia seeds can be swapped for hemp seeds. Dogs on anticoagulant drugs may not be able to have hemp seeds. Check with your veterinarian. Do not overfeed your pup chia seeds or hemp seeds. Excessive amounts, as with anything, can cause gastrointestinal issues.
- Chia seeds can be swapped for one egg. If you don’t have chia seeds, you can use an egg instead. The dough may be a little sticky because of the added moisture. You can add extra oats or flour to make it easier to handle.
- Old-fashioned oats can be swapped for quick-cooking oats. You can swap out quick cooking oats for regular old fashioned oats. Do not swap out for flavored oatmeal. Those little packets are not good for your dog.
Tools and equipment you may need
- Cookie stamp – This is the exact one that I used for these treats.
- Bone shaped cookie cutter – I’ve had these cookie cutters for years. They are easy to clean and they work great. I’ve used them for all of my treat recipes.
- Rolling dowel – This rolling dowel is not tapered, which I like. It makes it easier to roll out the dough to an even thickness.
- Parchment paper – This is what I use. Sheets of parchment that are cut to fit perfectly inside the baking sheet.
- Baking sheets – These half sheet pans work great! They are heavy duty, they don’t warp and the parchment fits inside.
More dog treat recipes
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- Fresh breath dog biscuits
- Pumpkin carrot dog treats
- Butternut squash dog treats
- Applesauce oatmeal dog treats
- Check out ALL of my homemade dog treat recipes, plus helpful tips & tricks.
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- 2 cups oats // 180g
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2% Greek yogurt) // 75g
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds // 10g
- 1 medium ripe banana //110g, mashed
- 1 - 2 tbsp. flour, for rolling out
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C / Gas mark 4.
- In a small bowl, stir chia seeds into yogurt. Set aside.
- Add the 2 cups of oats to the bowl of a food processor and grind until fairly fine. (A few pieces of whole oat is ok, but not too many)
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine mashed banana, yogurt with chia seeds and ground oats. Mix together with a sturdy rubber spatula or spoon until thoroughly combined. The dough will be stiff. You may have to knead the dough with the heel of your hand to incorporate the last bit of flour.
- Light dust the counter or a work surface with flour, and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/8" thick and cut out treats with a 2” cookie cutter. (or use a small cookie scoop to portion treats, then flatten into a disk)
- Use a cookie stamp to decorate, if desired.
- Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, rotating tray halfway through baking time.
- Cool completely before giving to your dog. Store treats in an airtight container in the fridge.
For EXTRA crunchy treats, increase bake time to 30 minutes.
You can use store-bought oat flour if you prefer not to grind oats.
Because homemade treats do not contain additives, they are not shelf-stable like store-bought treats. They will eventually mold, as with any baked good. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months.
To stamp your pup's name, or any word, on the treats, place the tiles BACKWARD in the holder, then stamp.
If you don't have chia seeds, but you have HEMP SEEDS, you can safely make that swap in the recipe.
Remember, these treats are for your dogs palate, not yours. Dogs do not taste things in the same way that humans do. However, their sense of smell more than makes up for it.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
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