This past weekend we had the pleasure of taking care of a four-year-old French Bulldog named Henry. To celebrate the occasion, we decided to try our hand at making homemade peanut butter dog treats.

He’s a self-described lover of snorting, cuddling and eating. Everyone we introduced him to (or he introduced himself to!) would agree that he’s a noisy little fella that snorts when he breathes, but we got the benefit of cuddling with him on the couch and at night!

He would also join us for breakfast and dinner, as well as snack/treat time, so we can attest to his love of food. Fast forward to day two with Hen; we wanted to make a homemade alternative to store-bought dog treats, and we came up with these peanut butter and oat-based dog biscuits. We didn’t have a bone-shaped cookie cutter, so we opted for a fun star (because Henry’s a superstar pup!), instead.

An added bonus is that these dog biscuits only use four everyday ingredients that are 100% plant-based, so your four-legged friend AND YOU can enjoy these vegan treats guilt-free. We tried them ourselves, and thought they were alright aside from being a little void of seasoning. The banana and peanut butter bring some familiar flavors to the table, but a lot of the spices that would accent the flavors in these treats for humans (like cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa) are (or potentially are) harmful to dogs.

Henry was the ultimate test, though, and we’re taking the fact that he devoured the first one and begged for more as a pretty solid indicator that he approved these homemade dog treats with flying colors.

P.S. Follow us on Instagram, check out our other food posts and then head over to Henry’s profile @henrythefrenchguy and give him a follow, too! Are your pets Insta-famous? Drop a link to their profile in the comments and we’ll follow them back!

Henry the French Guy with Smith

Henry the French Guy with Ian

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

CategoryFood, Snack

Henry with Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Yields24 Servings

 1 ½ cups rolled oats
 2 ripe bananas
 1 carrot (finely grated)(about 1/4 cup)
 2 tbsp flax meal (or whole flax seeds; optional)
  cup peanut butter

1

In a food processor, add the rolled oats and process until the oats turn into a fine powder.

2

To the oat flour, add the bananas, breaking them into smaller chunks, as well as the peanut butter, flax (if using) and carrots. Process the mixture until it's well combined and forms a dough similar to sugar cookies. If the mixture seems too wet, add more oats and process until incorporated.

3

Put the mix into the fridge for 20-30 minutes to help firm it up before rolling out and cutting the cookies.

4

After the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator and preheat your oven to 325ºF. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, as well.

5

While the oven preheats, flour your a clean work surface. You can use all-purpose flour if you're not concerned about gluten or opt for more oat flour/a wheat flour alternative to keep these 100% gluten free.

6

Place the dough on the work surface, lightly flour the top and flatten with a rolling pin (or an unopened wine bottle wrapped in plastic wrap #resourceful) until it's about just over 1/4" thick (no thinner). Use your favorite cookie cutter to portion out the dog treats and line them up on the prepared cookie sheet as you go.

7

When you've maximized the space of the first sheet of dough, gather the scraps, knead them until a solid ball is formed again and repeat the step above and this step until no more scraps remain. You might have a small piece or two left over, and that's fine... they'll work for your human test pieces or as a smaller test treat for your pup!

8

When your cookie sheet is full, place it in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes (checking at the 30-minute mark) until the dog biscuits are browned on the bottom and edges and fairly/mostly dry on top.

9

Remove the pan from the oven and transfer dog treats to a wire rack to cool (and dry a little more) completely. Store in an airtight container and give to your puppy whenever they deserve one (in moderation, of course!).

Ingredients

 1 ½ cups rolled oats
 2 ripe bananas
 1 carrot (finely grated)(about 1/4 cup)
 2 tbsp flax meal (or whole flax seeds; optional)
  cup peanut butter

Directions

1

In a food processor, add the rolled oats and process until the oats turn into a fine powder.

2

To the oat flour, add the bananas, breaking them into smaller chunks, as well as the peanut butter, flax (if using) and carrots. Process the mixture until it's well combined and forms a dough similar to sugar cookies. If the mixture seems too wet, add more oats and process until incorporated.

3

Put the mix into the fridge for 20-30 minutes to help firm it up before rolling out and cutting the cookies.

4

After the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator and preheat your oven to 325ºF. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, as well.

5

While the oven preheats, flour your a clean work surface. You can use all-purpose flour if you're not concerned about gluten or opt for more oat flour/a wheat flour alternative to keep these 100% gluten free.

6

Place the dough on the work surface, lightly flour the top and flatten with a rolling pin (or an unopened wine bottle wrapped in plastic wrap #resourceful) until it's about just over 1/4" thick (no thinner). Use your favorite cookie cutter to portion out the dog treats and line them up on the prepared cookie sheet as you go.

7

When you've maximized the space of the first sheet of dough, gather the scraps, knead them until a solid ball is formed again and repeat the step above and this step until no more scraps remain. You might have a small piece or two left over, and that's fine... they'll work for your human test pieces or as a smaller test treat for your pup!

8

When your cookie sheet is full, place it in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes (checking at the 30-minute mark) until the dog biscuits are browned on the bottom and edges and fairly/mostly dry on top.

9

Remove the pan from the oven and transfer dog treats to a wire rack to cool (and dry a little more) completely. Store in an airtight container and give to your puppy whenever they deserve one (in moderation, of course!).

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
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