Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

Bananas are high in potassium (great for muscle and blood vessel function), fiber (a handy home remedy for the occasional bout of doggy diarrhea or constipation) and magnesium (important for energy transport and protein building in the body). Bananas also have lots of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), which helps metabolize proteins and regulates blood cell function. They also contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage and helps build cartilage. Bananas are interesting because they are said to add natural acidophilus bacteria to the bowels, although probably in only small amounts.
Bananas are one of the nutritious fruits that will make a good treat for the dog.
Oats are one of the least allergenic of grains. It is a warming grain that calms the nervous and reproductive systems, strengthens the pancreas, spleen and immune system, as well as the heart muscle. Oats are high in protein, and are equal to meat, milk and egg protein. Many Vets feel that the protein in oats is very hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction) and therefore an ideal nutrient to be included in a diet formulated for pets suspected of having a food sensitivities or allergies.

(ONLY 2 ingredients with options)
2 – 3 large ripened bananas – mashed
2 cups of quick cooking oats
1 tbsp. chia, flax or sesame seeds – optional
1 tsp. ginger – optional
1 tsp. cinnamon – optional
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a medium size bowl, mix the bananas and cooking oats together.
*Since the size of bananas varies, you may need to add a little extra oatmeal to get a consistency where your cookie dough will hold together.
If using optional seeds and spices, add to the mixture and mix through thoroughly.
Drop small teaspoon size portions onto the cookie tray.
You can either leave portions as they drop onto the cookie tray or flatten them slightly with your fingers, to make small round cookies (I made some of each).
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes (Ovens vary).
Remove tray from oven and allow cookies to rest on the tray for 5 – 10 minutes.
Place cookies to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 32 small cookies (soft texture).

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 3 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BANANA OAT COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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9 thoughts on “Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

  1. Nicki Hale November 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm Reply

    I made these for my 2 Retrievers with the children…super easy for them to make themselves & WOW…..the Dogs loved them….making again today & adding some peanut butter !

  2. Miss Harper Lee July 25, 2013 at 8:21 am Reply

    My mommy and I made these treats last night. They are so easy and so excellent! We used all the extra spices, and the house smelled so good while the treats were cooking. Yummy, yummy, yummy! Mommy says we have to share them with some of our friends. I guess that’s ok. 😉

    • the 3m's July 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm Reply

      Hey Miss Harpet Lee, we’re so pleased you got to make these yummy treats with your Mommy. We heard our Mom tell our Dad she going to take some of these yummy treats to the local shelter when she goes there later this week. Sharing is caring.
      How beautiful a day can can be when kindness touches it – George Elliston

  3. Ace's Mama July 23, 2013 at 5:25 am Reply

    I made these cookies for Ace’s birthday yesterday. We used 3 bananas, 2 cups of gluten free oatmeal, and cinnamon, and baked for 15 minutes on parchment paper. THEY WERE AMAZING! They are chewy but hold their shape, and the flavor is sweet but not overwhelming (I was thinking about adding honey but I’m glad I didn’t). Ace loves bananas and I think this is her favorite homemade treat ever, even more than chicken liver treats. My boyfriend requested we make these more often — for us! Thank you for this simple recipe!

    • the 3m's July 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

      Hi there Ace and Ace’s Momma. We are so happy you love these great tasting treats as much as we all do. What’s so nice, you can actually share these! It’s great to not feel guilty about sharing, especially when you get the look “you just gotta feed us – we haven’t eaten in 2 hours now” 🙂 Always good to be able to say “OK – one for you and one for me” ♥
      How beautiful a day can can be when kindness touches it – George Elliston

  4. Miss Harper Lee July 17, 2013 at 5:27 am Reply

    Yum. I think we’re going to make these this weekend. I may even share with my human daddy–he likes bananas and oatmeal. 😉

    • the 3m's July 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply

      Hey there Miss Harper Lee, thanks for stopping by. These treats are so yummy, we love Bananas and Oatmeal too. Our Dad always sneaks one of our treats when they come out of the oven, he thinks we’re not looking….we’re on to him though 😉
      How beautiful a day can can be when kindness touches it – George Elliston

  5. finnhoward July 16, 2013 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Looks delicious!! Hope your humans are feeling better too!

    • the 3m's July 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm Reply

      Hey, thanks for stopping by. These really are yummy and we just LOVE Bananas. We’ve noticed our humans sound really funny when they try to talk, no sound comes out – it’s really strange. Things are very quiet around here! We’re sure our Human Mom would love to say thanks for thinking about her, that’s if she could talk 🙂
      How beautiful a day can can be when kindness touches it – George Elliston

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