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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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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Cookie cutters for Dog treats
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.
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.
- Run the food processor for a few minutes to break up the oats.
- Once you have ground the oats into a finer texture, add the banana, egg and peanut butter.
- 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.
- Then turn the dough out onto a floured countertop to roll out and cut treats.
- Place treats on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 16 – 18 minutes.
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.
Peanut butter banana dog treats FAQ’s
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.
Yes! They freeze really well. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Helpful tools and Equipment
- Food Processor – this is a newer version of the one I own.
- Dowel Rolling Pin – my absolute FAVORITE rolling pin.
- Dog themed cookie cutters – this 8 piece set has bones and paws shapes in varying sizes.
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.
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.
More dog treat recipes
- Easy blueberry dog treats
- Homemade dog treat with wheat flour
- Sweet potato dog treats
- Peanut butter training treats
- Butternut squash dog treats
- Peanut butter dog treats
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- 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
- 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.
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.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
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