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Peanut butter banana dog treats

Homemade peanut butter banana dog treats are super simple and ready from start to finish in about 30 minutes. This easy 4 ingredient dog biscuit will be your pups new favorite snack.

Homemade dog treat recipes are easy, and less expensive than store-bought. Plus, you can customize them to your dogs personal tastes. Your pup may also like my banana dog treats or my pumpkin peanut butter dog treat recipes.

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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Peanut butter banana dog treats in tall mason jar with a few dog treats beside jar.
Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats are sure to be a new favorite!

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Why you should make this recipe

  • Quick & Easy – These 4 ingredient dog treats are done from start to finish in about 30 minutes.
  • Inexpensive – A batch of homemade peanut butter banana dog treats is less expensive than a bag of 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.

Ingredients

Ingredients for peanut butter banana dog treats in food processor bowl.
  • Peanut Butter – Any brand of peanut butter will do. However, please make sure that it does NOT contain xylitol. That is a sugar substitute and is extremely toxic for dogs. Even a small amount can hurt them, so please read the label.
  • Banana – Naturally sweet, it’s a tasty addition to the dog cookies.
  • Oats – I used old fashioned oats.
  • Egg – This helps to bind the treats, just as it would in regular baking. Plus, it’s added protein for the pup.
  • Water – You may or may not need a tablespoon or two of water to moisten your dough.

“OMG!!! My baby girl Indica loves these biscuits! She is a 7 month old Mini Schnauzer and sometimes mischievous terriers are hard to train. Well these treats have made our training sessions much easier! Thanks a million for sharing.”

-Amber

Peanut butter dog biscuits

Like most dogs, Sugar is a fan of peanut butter and since I’m trying out a few new flavor combinations, this one was a no brainer.

Making treats for your dog is no more difficult than a batch of cookies. Plus, there are so many options when you make them yourself.

Overhead view of treats in glass jar with treats in background.
these peanut butter banana dog treats last us at least a month!

If your dog has any sensitivities or allergies, you can easily avoid those and make them as healthy as possible for your pet. For sensitive tummy issues as well as banishing puppy breath, try this fresh breath dog biscuit recipe.

You can cater to your pets specific needs with DIY dog treats, especially those on a hypoallergenic diet or those with dietary restrictions.

Recently, I made Oatmeal Pumpkin Dog Treats for Sugar and tested them out on almost a dozen different dogs. They were loved by every single dog, even the picky ones.

This is the set of cookie cutters that I have. They are inexpensive and work like a charm. They cut neat, clean edges, which make pretty treats.

This counts for something in my book, especially if you are giving them as gifts.

Plus, they are easy to clean, which is also important. How many times have you had to dig dough out of a metal cookie cutter to clean it? At least a few dozen for me and it is something that makes me crazy, so I appreciate not having to do it.

Peanut butter banana dog treats

These peanut butter banana oat dog treats are really good. I have tasted them, so I can say that honestly. The best part about making dog treats yourself is knowing exactly what is in them.

They taste like an unsweetened peanut butter oatmeal cookie. Remember, these are for your dogs palate and not a human palate. They should not contain sweeteners.

Peanut butter banana dog treat dough with bone cookie cutter.
This dog treat dough is very easy to work with!

Knowing what is in their treats because you made them yourself takes away any concerns of recalls on products for contaminations and worries about what is in their food that might not be very good for them.

The combination of banana and peanut butter smells amazing while it is in the oven, so don’t be surprised if your dog starts lingering around the kitchen.

How to make peanut butter banana dog treats

For these treats, I’ve used old-fashioned oats instead of flour as the base. You’ll need to grind the oats a bit to make them finer.

Oat flour in bowl of food processor.
You can see how finely the oats are ground in this photo.
There are still a few pieces of oat in the mix, it is not as fine as flour.
  1. Run the food processor for a few minutes to break up the oats.
  2. Once you have ground the oats into a finer texture, add the banana, egg and peanut butter.
  3. Blend until the dough is uniform. If your dough is a bit too dry, add in a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Then turn the dough out onto a floured countertop to roll out and cut treats.
  5. Place treats on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 16 – 18 minutes.
Peanut butter banana dog treats on sheet pan.

To make these treats shiny on top, I brushed them with an egg wash. I don’t normally do this, but I wanted to make them pretty for the photos.

If you are giving them away, it’s a nice touch and it makes them look extra special.

Check out this list of tools and equipment for making dog treats.

Tray of baked peanut butter banana dog treats.

Peanut butter banana dog treats FAQ’s

How long do these treats stay fresh?

If properly stored, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 weeks.

Can I use quick cooking oats?

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.

Can I freeze these peanut butter banana dog treats?

Yes! They freeze really well. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Helpful tools and Equipment

How to store homemade dog treats

I recommend storing them in the refrigerator for up to a week or so. You can also freeze them and take out a few at a time, which is what I do most of the time.

If you live in a cooler, less humid climate, you can store these treats in a cute dog treat jar on the counter for a few days, before moving them to the fridge or freezer.

Keep a handful in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the fridge and store the remaining treats in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Peanut butter banana dog treats in glass jar.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Oats – Substitute old-fashioned oats with quick cooking oats. The texture isn’t exactly the same, but it will work.
  • Egg – If your pup is allergic to chicken/eggs, you can substitute with a chia seed egg. Mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it gel. This usually takes about 5 minutes. Then, mix it into the dough.
  • Banana – No ripe banana? No worries. Add 3/4 cup baked sweet potato instead.
  • Peanut butter – Worried about your peanut butter? This peanut butter for dogs is perfect for these peanut butter banana dog treats.

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dog treats in glass jar

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats

Cheryl Bennett
Homemade peanut butter banana dog treats for your furry family member.
4.54 from 257 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Dog Treats
Cuisine Dog
Servings 90 small treats
Calories 18 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. flour if necessary
  • * 1 – 2 tbsp. water if needed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat, set aside.
  • Add oats to the bowl of a food processor.
  • Let machine run for 2 – 3 minutes, until oats are almost flour consistency with a few big pieces left.
  • Add peanut butter, banana and egg to food processor.
  • Mix until dough looks uniform. *If dough seems a bit dry, add a tablespoon or two of water and blend until desired consistency.
  • Turn the dough out onto the countertop.
  • If the dough is too sticky to work with – sprinkle the countertop with a tablespoon or two of flour, and work some of the flour from the counter into the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  • Roll the dough out to roughly 1/8" thick.
  • Cut treats out with cookie cutter and place on baking sheet. Bake for 16 – 18 minutes, rotate trays halfway through.
  • Cool completely before giving to your dog.

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Notes

Dogs with Dental Issues or Senior Dogs

You can bake treats for 14 – 16 minutes for a softer treat. Make sure treats are baked all the way through before removing tray from oven.
I used the smallest cookie cutter in the set (2") and the recipe made 90. If you use a larger cutter, you will have fewer treats.
*To make CRUNCHY dog treats, bake for 25 – 28 minutes. Check them around 22 – 24 minutes to make sure they aren't burning. You can also Bake for 22 – 24 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the door cracked with a wooden spoon and let them dry out and cool down in the oven.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 18kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 5mg
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83 Comments

  1. Just used this recipe to make treats for my regulars (I’m a dog walker and pet sitter). Kept me busy during this current lock down. Have to say my mixture didn’t come together quite right so had to add a bit of water and an extra egg!
    Delivered them yesterday and got a great response from the doggos!

    1. Hi Devan, I’m sorry they didn’t come together right away, I can’t imagine why. I’m glad you were able to make them and that the doggos liked them! 🙂
      Thank you so much for the feedback!

    2. Hi, today is my princess Fiona’s 9th birthday. I wanted to make so treats for her to enjoy on her birthday other than what we usually buy for her. My mixture did not come together at first but I allowed it to rest for about 40 minutes and worked it by hand. Fiona loved them 🧡

    3. 2.5 c oat flour and worked perfectly with out the water. I am sure the variables depends on the size of the bananna and I also used a kitchen aid mixer 🙂

    1. Hi Gloria! You can still make them, just mix everything up in a bowl. The texture will be different, but the recipe will still work 🙂

      1. Do you use ripe bananas or over ripe bananas, just curious as I can imagine the results could be totally different?

        1. As long as the banana is soft, the degree of ripeness isn’t much of a factor. It’s not the same as making banana bread, or something like that. If it is yellow and speckled or on the verge of being brown, it’s good to go 🙂

  2. Hi! I followed this recipe on this past Sunday for my dog’s birthday. He turned 15!! And I wanted to do something special for him. His name is Preston. I made your recipe and it was working really well. My mom came and suggested that I add a little bit of water which helped make it doughy. I enjoyed making it and choosing different cookie cutters. It came out well and I was enjoying tasting the batter, too. I can so taste the banana! Banana is not overpowered by the peanut butter. I’m glad I can taste both. And what’s way more exciting and terrific is how Preston loves and eats them! I was worried he might not eat it but was encouraged in remembering that he likes peanut butter and that, like you said, I knew there were no ingredients in there that would be bad for him. He loves the cookies and I’m so so glad I could do something for his birthday and am pleased with your recipe that I’m sure I will make them again, share it, and make sure you receive the credit. 🙂 Thank you so much for the article, guidelines, and recipe. Yay!

    1. Hi Anna! Thank you so much and Happy Birthday to Preston! I’m very glad that he enjoyed them and the recipe was easy to make! 🙂

      1. Hi again! You’re most welcome! Thank you kindly! I will tell him you say happy birthday. 🙂 I look forward to making it again.
        (I hope that you and all your family and friends stay safe and healthy during this time.) God bless!

  3. I don’t have access to oats, would I be able to use flour as a substitute, if so how much?
    Thank you

  4. My 7 year old boxer dog absolutely loved these treats! He is a very picky eater so I was concerned that my work would be for nothing. Nonetheless, he ate them right up and was even looking for more on the counter top 🙂 We even shared some of the treats with his doggie friends in the neighborhood! Thank you for the recipe, it was a hit!

    1. Hi Jacqueline! That’s fantastic!! Thank you so much for the kind words and feedback! I’m so happy that your boxer loved them! <3

  5. Hi, Thanks for this recipe! How long will these keep in a container? Should they be refrigertated?

    1. Hi Katie! Thank YOU! They are safe to sit out on the counter for a few days, but as the weather is warming up, I’d store them in the fridge after that.
      Remember, there are no preservatives in these, so they can’t sit out as long as store-bought treats. 🙂

  6. Would you happen to know what kind of shelf life they have? Also, how do you store them? Can’t wait to make them for my 3 Danes. I may have to triple the recipe.🤣😂

    1. I would store them in the fridge after a few days. Remember it’s getting warmer and more humid outside, plus there are no preservatives 🙂

  7. Do you recommend storing them in the fridge or at room temp in an airtight container? Making these right now! <3

    1. I would store them in the fridge after a few days. Remember it’s getting warmer and more humid outside, plus there are no preservatives 🙂

      1. Will this prevent molding? I’ve made a few different recipes, and they all mold after about a week. 🤷🏻‍♀️

        1. Hi Amy, in the post, I suggest storing them in the fridge. Because there are no preservatives, they will go bad eventually, just like any other food.
          To keep them longer, you can store them in the freezer.

  8. Hi! My Riley turned 12 today and wanted to try a new recipe, as I have found other recipes in the past and they were good too. This recipe turned out exactly the way it did. No additions needed. Thank you so much!
    I even tried a small piece; it’s pretty good and bland, needs sugar for the human taste buds. Hehe!
    Keeping this recipe for future use, thanks again!

    1. Hi! Happy Birthday to your Riley! <3 So glad you liked the recipe and thank you so very much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment 🙂

  9. I made these today. I added 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of water and it came together much better and easier to roll out. My dogs love them.

    1. Hi Norma! Thanks for the feedback! I’m so happy your dogs loved them! Unfortunately, my senior dog can’t have the olive oil, so that’s not an option for us 🙁 BUT, I’m glad it worked for you!!

    1. Quick oats tend to be mushier and have less texture than rolled oats. You can swap them out in the recipe, but it may not yield the exact same result.

  10. My sister-in-law turned me on to this recipe and my dog LOVES these treats! Trying the banana pumpkin ones next. 😁

    1. Hi Jackie, Yes! You can use half oat flour. The texture won’t be exactly the same, but the recipe *should* work just fine 🙂

  11. Made this today with my young daughter for our new puppy (who is a 3 1/2 year old Shitzhu/Yorkie mix so not a big dog) and not only were they very easy to make but our little guy loooooves them! We found that the dough was not sticky at all so there was no need to flour our surface but it was a bit grainy which made it slightly difficult to roll. We pressed it down with our hands before cutting them to about 1/2 inch thick so they are a nice bite-sized treat and they held together nicely. Will make again! Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m thrilled to hear that your puppy loves them!!! I appreciate you leaving such a lovely comment and hooray that you’ll make them again! Thank you 🙂

  12. Made theses for my friends puppy. She loves them so much she won’t eat store bought treats any more, will spit it out and sit and look where they keep the treats I gave them. Thanks for the easy recipe. It makes a lot because I make them small.

    1. Hi Laura! LOL!!! That is absolutely hilarious. I’m so happy that she loves the treats, although I hope your friends don’t mind that she doesn’t want store-bought anymore 😉

  13. Pook OMG!!! My baby girl Indica loves these biscuits! She is a 7 month old Mini Schnauzer and sometimes mischievous terriers are hard to train. Well these treats have made our training sessions much more easier! Thanks a million for sharing.

    1. Hi Amber! Thank you so much!!! This made my day! I’m so happy that your girl Indica loves them!!! And hooray for making training easier! 🙂

  14. Hi! I’m making these tomorrow with my students at school. We are going to put them into puppy treat molds. How much longer should they cook since they likely won’t be 1/8 inch thick?
    Thank you!

    1. How thick will they be? Twice as thick as the recipe? Will you be baking them in a regular oven? My best advice would be to add a few extra minutes, break one open and check it to determine if you need more time. I hope that helps. Happy baking!

  15. Hi. I’ve got these in the oven now. The only thing I did differently with the recipe was to add some honey, some vanilla extract, and some water to handle the dough easier. I also tasted it and it’s kind of bland from all the oats so the next time I think I’ll and another overripe banana. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I’m glad the recipe worked for you – I would advise being careful with adding too much of those things, remember these are for pups. Your palate is much different than your dogs 🙂

    2. Hello, sorry to intrude, I did read up about honey and vanilla extract. Honey is ok in small amounts. But not safe for puppies or dogs with compromised immune systems as it may contain the presence of botulism spores. And vanilla extract is made with alcohol and is highly toxic for dogs. I always check to make sure it’s safe for my pups

  16. Hi. I needed to read these comments first before trying to make this. It’s all dry and didn’t combine well. Next batch, I’ll add some water and maybe a bit of oil or other liquid.

  17. I have a 15 pound mini golden doodle – He is not a huge fan of food but he LOVES these treats! Super easy, will make again!

  18. Hi, I made these today for my two cockapoos who are extremely fussy with dog biscuits. So easy to make. Yes the mixture didn’t come together straight away but a splash of water like the recipe states worked just fine. I got about 30 good sized heart shaped biscuits. I shared them with my neighbours two dogs too. My dogs loved them. Will definitely bake these again for them. Nice to know exactly what’s in them. I’ve got two very happy dogs but two miserable kids who thought I was baking for them😂

    1. Hi Katie! Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I’m so happy your dogs loved them, and I had a good laugh about your kiddos thinking they were they recipients of the baked goods instead of the pups! LOL! 😉

    1. Hi Veronica, yes, I do. Removing moisture will extend the life of these treats a bit. That does not mean that they can sit out for weeks, though. They don’t have any kind of preservative, so they are not shelf-stable like store-bought treats.

  19. Hello, I have made these treats for my puppies and they LOVE them. Even the picky ones. And they are perfect for my senior girl. I was wondering if the “dough” can be frozen or chilled to bake later when it isn’t so hot?
    Thank you.

  20. Hi there wanting to make These for my 9 yr old ShihPoo for his birthday. Can I use regular creamy peanut butter or does it need to be natural peanut butter?

    1. Hi Cyndy, as long as the peanut butter doesn’t contain xylitol, you’re fine 🙂 Look for peanut butter that doesn’t not have a lot of sodium, as that is also not great for dogs.

    1. Andrea, I’m sorry the dough didn’t come together as you’d hoped. However, in the recipe card, I suggest adding water if necessary. Did you add water and still have an issue? I realize that a couple of people had a similar issue, which is why that note is in the recipe. However, this recipe has over 200 “5 star” ratings, so I wouldn’t say that “everyone” says it doesn’t work. I hope you try it again and maybe add a bit of water to get it to come together, or maybe an extra egg.

      1. I definitely would suggest adding another egg if it’s still crumbly. I continued to add water, as I believe I lost the dough like consistency when transferring from the blender (blendtec) to the kitchen aide mixer. I did use an egg wash once I was able to add water to get a good enough consistency to roll it out. After using a 2” circle cutter and placing on parchment on the sheet, I did an egg wash for both sides. They’re baking now! Worse comes to worse my pup has a little granola treat with plain yogurt 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️!

    1. Taken from post: How long do these treats stay fresh?
      If properly stored, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 weeks.

    1. Hi Maddie! You can do either, but I find it easier to bake the treats, then freeze them. It’s what works best for me. I hope that helps!!

  21. I made this recipe for the first time today and my Shih tzu puppy loves them !! I found the mixture a bit dry at first so I added an extra 1\4 cup of peanut butter & 2 Tblsp of water and it came together great. Planning on making a second batch tomorrow to take to my grand-puppies

  22. Since it the hot months of the year, I didn’t want to heat up the house much and we are cooled with a swamp cooler. The pups still deserved a yummy treat so I used my air fryer! 330F at 9 min was the sweet spot. Thanks for another great recipe! Also my cookies were rolled to a 1/6″

    1. That’s fantastic, Gail! Thank you so much for this! I’m sure this will be helpful for others who might want to use an air fryer instead of the oven as well. Brilliant!! 🙂

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