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Homemade Dog Treats: Peanut Butter, Banana, and Oatmeal

Updated on September 9, 2017
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Susan is a published poet and short story writer. Her expertise is in cooking and healthy living. She hosts a canine recipe blog.

What dog doesn't love peanut butter cookies?
What dog doesn't love peanut butter cookies? | Source

Treats for Your Furry Family Members

I was picking up my weekly supply of dog food the other day and thought I should get Magz and Bruce a special Christmastime treat. Magz and Bruce go nuts over Mother Hubbard's dog biscuits! When I picked up a bag and saw that the price was almost thirteen dollars I immediately put it back down. Next thing you know, I beelined over to the bulk food store and purchased a doggie bone cookie-cutter.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 18 medium-sized dog cookies or biscuits
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Ingredients List

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of mashed banana
  • 1 tbs. of liquid honey
  • 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup of wheat germ

How to Store the Dog Cookies

  • Cookies can be stored in an airtight container or cookie jar.
  • Place into a plastic sealed bag or container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • Place well-wrapped cookies in your freezer.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  3. In a medium size bowl mix and beat together the egg, peanut butter, honey, and mashed banana.
  4. In a smaller bowl combine flour, oatmeal, and wheat germ.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and mix all ingredients together really well.
  6. Turn onto a floured surface. At this point you may want to add a bit more flour if you find that the dough is a bit sticky.
  7. With a floured rolling pin roll out the dough to the thickness of your cookie cutter.
  8. Place the cookies on the baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 - 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely before letting your pooch sample.

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

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Mix and beat egg with peanut butter, honey, and mashed banana.Combine flour, oatmeal, and wheat germ.Mix everything really well together to form dough.Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface, and with a floured rolling pin roll out dough to the thickness of your cookie cutter. Place onto the cookie sheet and bake for 20 - 30 minutes.
Mix and beat egg with peanut butter, honey, and mashed banana.
Mix and beat egg with peanut butter, honey, and mashed banana.
Combine flour, oatmeal, and wheat germ.
Combine flour, oatmeal, and wheat germ.
Mix everything really well together to form dough.
Mix everything really well together to form dough.
Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface, and with a floured rolling pin roll out dough to the thickness of your cookie cutter.
Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface, and with a floured rolling pin roll out dough to the thickness of your cookie cutter.
Place onto the cookie sheet and bake for 20 - 30 minutes.
Place onto the cookie sheet and bake for 20 - 30 minutes.

The Finished Product

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Baked and ready to cool, store, and have your best friend sample and enjoy.Magz and Bruce love the cookies.
Baked and ready to cool, store, and have your best friend sample and enjoy.
Baked and ready to cool, store, and have your best friend sample and enjoy.
Magz and Bruce love the cookies.
Magz and Bruce love the cookies.

Please have your pooch rate this recipe

4.1 stars from 8 ratings of Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Dog Treats

Optional Ingredients for Dog Cookies

Replace Mashed Bananas With
Instead of Wheat Flour You Can Use
Replace Wheat Germ With
Grated Zucchini
All-Purpose Flour
Flax seed
Pumpkin Puree
Rice Flour
Flax seed meal
Pureed or grated Carrots
Chickpea Flour, aka Gram Flour or Garbanzo Flour
 
1/2 cup of chicken, beef, or vegetable broth (no seasoning)
Barley Four
 
Mix it up and experiment with what you think your dog may like.

Christmas Gifts

Do you like your neighbors dog? Why not bake up a batch of these cookies and surprise your neighbors dog with them.

Family and friends dogs would probably love to sample some of your homemade dog treats.

If you're a delivery person such as a postal worker or a paper delivery person, keep a few of these cookies handy for those homes that have dogs. Be sure to check with the dogs owners first before feeding the dog though.

Home Baked Dog Cookies

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That would be so nice of you to have them on hand. You can always keep them in the freezer too, they defrost quite fast.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'll have to share this recipe with my brother for his dog, my dog-niece Abbi. She loves treats. Maybe I'll whip up a batch to keep on hand when Abbi comes to visit. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      colorfulone, I make extras at Christmastime for friends with dogs.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Susan, these recipes look so good that I am temped to make some for when family comes to visit with their doggies. Very useful.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Barb, Kathryn and Mary!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I'm late to the party but I know my dog Buzz is going to be happy I arrived at all.

      You are a wonder Susan, not only treats for us but treats for that special member of our family!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and pinned.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      You're on a roll with your homemade dog treats! I love it :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      my doggie would love this!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you on both counts, and no I don't mind at all.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      What a cute idea for dog lovers. Do you mind if I link a hub I am writing on Lessons Learned From Dogs to this one?

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Vincent, Yes you can follow this exact recipe for cats. I'd make the biscuits a bit smaller though :) I saw the cutest little cookie cutters at the bulk food store that would be great for cats. Or you can also form little balls and press them onto the cookie sheet with a fork. I do this if I end up having extra little bits of dough left.

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Do they have them for cats? yummy.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Phyllis, My dogs like the homemade ones so much more than the store bought biscuits. Hope your dog enjoys them as much as mine do.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Paula, Hope your dogs enjoy them, and glad you saw this hub the second time around :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kierstin, No not weird at all :) Thanks for the pin!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I am so happy to have found this hub, Susan. My little Pom loves oatmeal, peanut butter and banana. I have never made dog biscuits, but, am sure to do so now. Thank you so much!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Gosh, Susan. You did it again! Twice in a row. I was just thinking about making my babies some biscuits....because the ones from the store are too expensive! I see this is a rerun......Glad I caught it this time. WOOF!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Is it weird I want to eat these? : P Pinned!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Carolyn Rae, Sorry for the late reply but your comment got stuck in an unapproved file and I have no idea why. Please let me know if your pups liked the cookies. Mine sure do :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Christy. So glad that Scooby like them!

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      Christy 4 years ago

      These dog treats are awesome and they look so cute!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bobbi, The dogs love these and when they're outside and I need to get them fast all I say is cookie and they come running. Thanks for stopping by.

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      What a smart person you are in doing this for your pets. My Sweetie Angel loves the tiny Mother Hubbard Dog Biscuits---and I would not be as brave as you in making doggie treats.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Peg, Sometimes Bruce, my male newf will look at me as if to say .... "Isn't it treat time yet?", and then walk to the cupboard where I keep the cookies. If I ignore him he'll usually give me a low bark. Hope that your dog enjoys these cookies and thanks for votes and shares.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a great recipe idea, Susan. My dogs are terribly spoiled and have certain times of the day that they actually demand bones (8am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm and on through the night.) My Lab takes my hand in his mouth and pulls me to the bone dispensing area. I often wonder if there is an ingredient in these store bought bones that is addictive. Will be giving your recipe a try in the near future. Wonderful hub. I'll be sharing this one on Facebook! Voted way up.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lady Guinevere, If you don't want to use the wheat germ you could omit it and replace it with extra flour or oatmeal. If you want to use carob and are using the chips I would add them into the above recipe. This would make it like a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie :) Let me know how it works out for you.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Justine, I do hope that Bella enjoys these. How is she coping without Baby? I have to apologize for the short comment on your hub "Farewell-my-faithful-companion" After I read it I was pretty upset and I was at a loss for words. Hope that everyone is doing okay.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Ha I was just looking for this type of recipe. What can I use to substitute the Wheat Germ? I am going to be putting carob chips in it too. Do you have a recipe that is something like chocolate chip cookies for dogs..with the carob of course?

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Very nice Susan! I'm going to make this for my Belly. She'll love them. Baby would have too. I can hear her huffing and puffing in disgust that she's missing out.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rebecca, They smell pretty good and I've been tempted to have a bite myself :) Hope that your dog enjoys them.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Geez, I might throw in a little sugar and make these for the two-legged kids! I will bookmark and make these for my 4-legged ones soon, for real. Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      sgbrown, I was just about to make a batch of these for my two. Hope that your dog enjoys them.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Isn't it just amazing how expensive dog treats are! It's crazy and who knows what's really in them. These sound really great and easy to make. I am definitely giving this a try! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      kashmir, Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great dog treat recipe and so easy to do, every dog will want more of these .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Prasetio, Thanks for visiting and for the vote up.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sharon, I've never met a dog that doesn't like peanut butter. Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      moonlake, I'll have to figure out the difference between the store bought ones and these to see. When I do I'll post it back here or message you to let you know what I find out.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Susan, you have wonderful idea here. Your recipe sound delicious. Thanks for writing and introduce it with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I used to make homemade dog treats all the time. I haven't for a few years now and I really think I will now that you reminded me how easy it is. All dogs do love peanut butter. Great recipe!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Our dog doesn't get treats often. He needs to keep his weight down. He knows when we come home from town he gets a treat. He gets all excited. He would love these. Maybe they're not has fatting as the store bought stuff. Voted up.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eddy, Thank you and I hope that you're having a nice weekend.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi teaches, Thanks for stopping by to check out the dog treats.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      b. Malin, The dogs always want me to share my food but ..... I do hope that your son makes these for Murray & Milo (cute names) and that they enjoy them as much as Maggie and Bruce do.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Melovy, I was tempted to try them and probably will try the next batch. All-purpose flour is plain flour. Hope that helps. Had to ask Google :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, I have to make more as the dogs only have 2 left. I'm going to make the next batch with pumpkin instead of banana.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      There will be many happy dogs after the owners read this I am sure.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I caught this earlier and wantd to get on here to check it out. How precious! I know many will enjoy this for Christmas gifts to their special pets.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Mmmm, would the Dogs be will to Share this nice Treat? Sounds Good! Only kidding, I'm going to pass this Recipe on to my Son who has 2 Black Labs. I'm sure Murray & Milo will bark "Thanks". Thanks for Sharing, Susan.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      I'm not sure the cats would like these, so we'll have to get a dog. Actually, I would eat these myself, they sound very tasty!

      What's all purpose flour? We don't have it in the UK as far as I know.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey! I bet my birds would love these too! Pedro loves oatmeal...I give it to him for breakfast:) you know my dogs will love them!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      epus, Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

      ahorseback, :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      jaydene, Thanks :)

      Frank, That and a backscratch :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lela, My son grabbed one and started laughing. He thought I'd made cookies in the shapes of dog bones for a joke. I should have let him take a bite.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nell, The dogs do enjoy the homemade ones.

      lovedoctor, Mine don't care for bananas as in if you're eating one and offer them a piece but they sure like these cookies.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Susan , Please send me some roof roo roof roof ! I'll be your favorite little doggie , I can even sing to you sweety ! "Rof rof rof ----rof rof rof ----roo roo rof !Leave it to you to make us puppies howl !..........lol.....:-}

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Peggy, Thanks and I hope Skippy like them.

      Dirt Farmer, Very easy to make.

      drbj, I have them in a cookie jar on the counter and they are eyeing that jar quite a bit :)

      bdegiulio, If you want to make them a bit softer take them out of the oven a few minutes earlier than what the recipe says.

      sleepylog, Peanut butter is fine as long as you use smooth and not the crunchy.

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      Epus Gren 4 years ago from Philippines

      I smell what you are cooking. Given the time, I have to try this one. Anyone who has tried this? Austinstar, I guess, prepared something for us. :)

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      Carolyn 4 years ago from NY

      Thank you so much for sharing your recipe... I have 3 dogs at home and the specialty biscuits are always so expensive! I can't wait to make these for my pups!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      so all that hard Im going to put in for my dogs.. they better fetch the paper and my slippers.. after this.. yeah?

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a great idea, I am sure they must love this treat:)

      voted up :)

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      Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      These are actually tasty enough for humans! You can share a cookie break with your fur bags, LOL.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      My doberman pincher loves bananas so I'm sure he would love these treats. voted up!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      What a brilliant idea Susan! lol! its not something I would have thought of, but now? yeah going to try it! as you said the bought ones are so expensive, loved this! voted up! nell

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      Sleepylog 4 years ago from Australia

      And I always thought peanut butter was toxic to dogs, lol.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Susan. What a great idea. And it looks pretty straight forward and easy to do. We make our 10 year old Shih Tzu's food but have never made her treats. Will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      What a wonderful doggy mama you are, Susan, to make these tasty dog-treat cookies from scratch for Magz and Bruce. When a batch is finished, they must follow you around with imploring eyes and salivating tongues waiting for more. I would.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      These look easy to make, and I think our pooch would like them. Thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susan,

      Years ago I made homemade dog treats but somehow along the way I lost the recipe. Am sure our little Skippy would love these! It certainly would be healthy for him. Thanks for the recipe. Up votes and sharing.