Your pups will go bananas for these Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Dog Treats. With only 4 ingredients, these banana dog treats are super simple to make and will make your dogs feel like the special fur babies they are.
It’s so easy to just pick up a bag of treats or order it online, but making them doesn’t actually take a lot of time or effort. With this 4-ingredient dog treat recipe, you can make a little something special for your dogs everyday or for a special occasion.
What you’ll need
- Bananas – this recipe calls for one, but you can double or triple the recipe to make an even larger batch and freeze them for later. Use overripe bananas or frozen ones that have been thawed.
- Peanut butter – best to use creamy peanut butter or homemade peanut butter.
- Egg – to help bind all the ingredients together.
- Oat flour – you can buy oat flour, Bob’s red mill and Arrowhead mills have them in bags. They aren’t too expensive. But if you have a food processor, getting rolled oats and making your own oat flour is even cheaper.
- Cinnamon – optional but it’ll add more flavor and completely safe for dogs to eat.
How to make Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Dog Treats
- Smash the bananas in a large mixing bowl. Add peanut butter, egg and cinnamon (if using) to the smashed bananas.
- Beat with a whisk until smooth.
- Add oat flour to the banana peanut butter mixture. If you are using store bought oat flour, you may not want to use the whole 2 cups, since it will be finer than homemade oat flour.
- Fold with a spatula and knead until a dough forms. It should resemble a drier biscuit dough. If the dough is still wet, you can sprinkle in a little more flour.
- Roll the dough out to about ¼” thick, and cut with a knife or cookie cutters into whatever size and shape you want.
- If you’re making your own oat flour from rolled oats, about 9 – 10 oz of rolled oats will give you over 2 cups of oat flour, enough for the recipe and extra for rolling. If you don’t have a scale, just measure out 2 heaping cups of rolled oats for grinding.
- I used a heart shape cookie cutter just under 2” on the widest dimension and got about 38 treats.
- You don’t need to line the baking sheet when you bake these. They won’t stick and it will help them brown.
- Make sure to rotate the pan, and flip the treats halfway through baking so they can brown more evenly. Don’t forget to lower the oven temperature at this point per the recipe direction.
- If your treats are larger, bake them longer at the lower oven temperature to dry them out properly and also give them more time to brown. Check by pressing on the treat with your fingers to see if they still give a little, which means they need more time.
- While you can use regular wheat flour (whole wheat or all-purpose) in this recipe, I find that treats made with wheat flour tend to be a bit harder and my older dog has a more difficult time eating them. So gluten free flour would be a better substitute.
These treats can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, in the refrigerator for up to 2 months, and in the freezer for up to 8 months.
I usually keep 1 week worth of treats in a jar in the cupboard for my dogs and store excess in the refrigerator.
Other wheat free dog treats
- Sweet Potato Dog Treats
- Gingerbread Dog Treats
- Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats
- Pineapple Dog Treats
- Fishy Dog Treats
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Dog Treats
- 1 medium banana (smashed, 131 g)
- ¼ cup peanut butter (60 g)
- 1 large egg
- 2 cup oat flour (225 g, more as needed)
- A pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- Extra oat flour for rolling
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Smash the bananas in a large mixing bowl using a potato masher. Add egg, peanut butter, and cinnamon to the mashed bananas and beat until smooth.
- Fold in the oat flour, holding back 1 – 2 tablespoons if you’re using the finer store bought flour. Knead until a dough forms. The dough texture should be similar to a dry biscuit dough and easy to handle. If it is too wet, sprinkle in some more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Sprinkle extra oat flour on the counter or a large cutting board, roll the dough out to about ¼” thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Reroll the scraps and continue cutting into shapes.
- Place cookies on a baking sheet between ½” to 1” apart. Bake for 20 minutes. Rotate pan, flip cookies, reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake for another 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
- Use store bought oat flour or grind your own flour from rolled oats if you have a food processor. Use 9 – 10 oz of rolled oats to get over 2 cups of oat flour, or just measure 2 heaping cups of rolled oats for grinding.
- All-purpose flour, whole wheat flour and gluten free flour will also work for this recipe. But note that treats made with wheat flour will be harder and may be difficult for older little dogs to eat.
- Cut the treats into shapes with cookie cutters or simply slice them into squares and other geometric shapes with your knife.
- Store treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. Refrigerate for up to 2 months. Or freeze for up to 8 months.
This post was originally published on 6/2/2015. The recipe has been updated and republished on 11/24/2020 with the latest improvements, extra tips, and process photos to help you in the kitchen.