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Homemade Dog Treats (Peanut Butter, Banana, and Oatmeal)

Susan is a published poet and short story writer. Her expertise is in cooking and healthy living. She hosts a canine recipe blog.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipe

Homemade Dog Treat Recipe

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 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 $13, I immediately put it back down. Next thing I knew, I had beelined over to the bulk food store and purchased a doggie bone cookie-cutter.

What dog doesn't love peanut butter cookies?

What dog doesn't love peanut butter cookies?

Dog Treat Recipe

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

25 min

45 min

18 medium-sized dog cookies or biscuits

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

Other Supplies

  • Cookie cutter
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper (or something to grease the sheet)
  • Medium-size bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Rolling pin


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease the 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.

Have Your Pooch Rate This Recipe

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.

Optional Ingredients for Dog Biscuits

Mix it up and experiment with what you think your dog may like.

Replace Mashed Bananas WithInstead of Wheat Flour You Can UseReplace Wheat Germ With

Grated zucchini

All-purpose flour


Pumpkin puree

Rice flour

Flaxseed 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 flour

Make Dog-Friendly Holiday Gifts

Do you like your neighbor's dog? Why not bake up a batch of these cookies and surprise your neighbor's 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 dog's owners first before feeding the dog though.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2014:

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.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on November 16, 2014:

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. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 08, 2014:

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

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on October 08, 2014:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 25, 2014:

Thanks Barb, Kathryn and Mary!

Mary Craig from New York on August 25, 2014:

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.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on August 24, 2014:

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

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on August 24, 2014:

my doggie would love this!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 08, 2013:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 06, 2013:

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?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 13, 2013:

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.

Vincent Moore on July 13, 2013:

Do they have them for cats? yummy.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 13, 2013:

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.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 13, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 13, 2013:

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

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on July 12, 2013:

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!

Suzie from Carson City on July 12, 2013:

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!

Kierstin Gunsberg from Traverse City, Michigan on July 12, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 12, 2013:

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 :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 07, 2013:

Thanks Christy. So glad that Scooby like them!

Christy on April 06, 2013:

These dog treats are awesome and they look so cute!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 21, 2013:

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.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on March 20, 2013:


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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 11, 2013:

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.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 10, 2013:

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.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 19, 2013:

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.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 19, 2013:

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.

Debra Allen from West Virginia on January 18, 2013:

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?

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 18, 2013:

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.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 18, 2013:

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

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 17, 2013:

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!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 14, 2013:

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

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on January 13, 2013:

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! :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 20, 2012:

kashmir, Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on December 20, 2012:

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

Vote up and more !!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 17, 2012:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 17, 2012:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 17, 2012:

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.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 16, 2012:

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


Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 15, 2012:

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!

moonlake from America on December 15, 2012:

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.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 15, 2012:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 15, 2012:

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

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 15, 2012:

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.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 15, 2012:

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 :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 15, 2012:

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.

Eiddwen from Wales on December 15, 2012:

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

Enjoy your weekend.


Dianna Mendez on December 14, 2012:

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.

b. Malin on December 14, 2012:

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.

Yvonne Spence from UK on December 14, 2012:

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.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 14, 2012:

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!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 14, 2012:

epus, Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

ahorseback, :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 14, 2012:

jaydene, Thanks :)

Frank, That and a backscratch :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 13, 2012:

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.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 13, 2012:

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.

ahorseback on December 12, 2012:

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 !}

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 12, 2012:

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.

Epus Gren from Philippines on December 11, 2012:

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. :)

Carolyn from NY on December 11, 2012:

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!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 11, 2012:

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

jaydene from Alberta, Canada on December 11, 2012:

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

voted up :)

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on December 11, 2012:

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

lovedoctor926 on December 10, 2012:

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

Nell Rose from England on December 10, 2012:

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

Sleepylog from Australia on December 10, 2012:

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

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on December 10, 2012:

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.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 10, 2012:

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.

Jill Spencer from United States on December 10, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 10, 2012:

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.