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Homemade applesauce dog treats with rolled oats

Oatmeal dog treats are an easy way to spoil your dog. Made with just 3 ingredients, dog treats with rolled oats are a healthy and inexpensive alternative to store-bought treats.

My dog really likes oatmeal dog treats, and I really like my dog. Making homemade treats for her is an easy way to do something special for my pup.

Making dog treats at home is simple, like these banana pumpkin dog treats. You can customize treats to fit your dog’s needs and preferences, which is really helpful if your dog has allergies or dietary restrictions.

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How to make dog treats with rolled oats

The first step in this easy recipe is to grind the oatmeal in the food processor.

oatmeal flour in food processor bowl

As you can see in the photo, I didn’t grind it to a complete powder. I left a few whole pieces of oat to give it some texture.

Once you’ve ground the oats, it’s time to add the eggs and the applesauce.

When you are buying applesauce for these treats, make sure it is plain (unflavored) applesauce with no added sugar. Check the label to make sure the only ingredients listed are apples, water and vitamin C.

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Turn the food processor on and let it run for a couple of minutes until your dough looks uniform.

Fair warning – the dough will be sticky. If you want to roll it out and cut cute bone shapes, you’ll need to flour the countertop or cutting board first. You can also grind extra oats to use as your flour.

Homemade dog treats

To make these easy homemade dog treats even easier, scoop them like a drop cookie.

I used a small cookie scoop, then flattened the tops with a fork. The good news is this – your dog does not care if the treats are cute bone shapes or not. Your dog just wants an oatmeal dog treat.

dog treats with rolled oats tied with pink and white twine

I tested this dog cookie recipe on a handful of dogs and got the thumbs up (paw up?) from each one of them. I also tasted them myself and they aren’t half bad.

Plus, knowing what is in their treats because you made them yourself takes away any concerns of wondering what exactly is in their food or worrying about a recall.

Homemade dog treats with rolled oats

These 3 ingredient dog treats make about 90 treats in a full batch. If you only have one dog, you can cut the recipe in half or you can freeze half of them.

I tend to give homemade treats to friends and neighbors who have dogs, so I always make the full batch. As I mentioned, they freeze really well, so you can make them ahead of time if you are planning to gift them.

homemade dog treats with rolled oats on sheet pan

How to store homemade dog treats

If you live in a cooler, less humid climate, you can store these treats in a cute dog treat jar on the counter for about a week.

Because I live in a warmer, humid climate, I’d only keep them on the counter for a few days, then store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

You can also freeze them and take out a few at a time, which is what I do most of the time.

Dog treat recipes

Every dog biscuit recipe I make has come from the fact that my dog, Sugar, has always had a sensitive stomach.

To most of us, our dogs are like family. We do everything we can for them, right? Which is why I make treats for her instead of buying them when I have the time.

DIY dog treats are a great thing to give as a homemade gift, too! If you have friends who are adding a new furry member to their family, this is a thoughtful gift for their new pet.

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Yield: 90

Homemade Dog Treats with Rolled Oats

Homemade Dog Treats with Rolled Oats

Quick and easy, 3 ingredient homemade dog treats with rolled oats.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 5 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain, no sugar added applesauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C)
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, add oats and grind until almost a fine powder.
  3. Add eggs and applesauce. Run food processor for a couple of minutes until mixture is uniform.
  4. Scoop treats using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, then flatten into a disc with a fork.
  5. OR - Remove dough from bowl of food processor onto a floured surface.
  6. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/8" thick and cut out shapes.
  7. Bake treats for 18 - 20 minutes, cool completely on baking sheet before storing or giving to your dog.


Treats will keep for a few days at room temperature.

Treats will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks or the freezer for 6 months.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.

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There you have it, friends. A homemade dog treat with rolled oats that is inexpensive, easy and sure to be a winner!

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a delicious day 🙂


    1. I’m sorry you feel that way, Paul, but advertising is how I pay the bills and run this site that provides you with FREE recipe content that I’ve spent much time and money creating. I wish you well.

    1. Hi Melissa, yes you can substitute. Just make sure to roast the sweet potato until it is very mushy, like the pumpkin.

  1. Recipe looks great can’t wait to make it. Do you spray the cookie sheet or use parchment paper?

  2. Is there a substitute for eggs? I’m allergic so don’t have them. Do have applesauce, oats, peanut butter, honey. He’s 15 and has a heart murmer so low salt.

    1. Hi Deborah, Sugar has a heart murmur too, so I get it. You could make a chia seed or flax egg by mixing with water. If you don’t have either of those, add a little PB to the mix. It will help give it a little body.

  3. Just made my first batch. I made one pan full and put the remaining dough in the fridge. I got worn out 😥 They are pup approved at my house. I think next time, though, I will add more applesauce in place of an egg, or maybe some banana. My little girl is allergic to pnuts, so that leaves out that yummy binder 😭
    Oh, forgot, these don’t spread, so you can put more cookies per pan! Squeeee

  4. Thank you so much for this recipe ! I’ve made a few of your recipe and my puppy loved them all , he goes crazy when I’m baking.

  5. Just finished making my first (and definitely not the last) batch of cookies. Happy pups here in our house today! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! It makes me so happy to know that your pups are loving the treats 🙂
      I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a lovely comment.

  6. That seems a lot of oats with little liquid. Won’t they swell in the dogs gut when they drink water after eating them?

  7. Made these 2x already! I have a very overweight dog who needs to shed some pounds but still needs a treat now and again. I appreciate the recipes and hope to find more!

    1. Thank you so much, Erin! I’m so happy that the treats worked out well for your pup! I appreciate the kind feedback 🙂

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