I don’t always finish off bananas in the house before they over ripen. I like them fresh, just as they turn yellow. I will also freeze them at this stage for smoothies. Once they start to get black spots, I allow them to ripen for a few more days while looking for recipes that use bananas. My go-to is banana nut bread but I thought I would try them in Zu’s treats.
Zu is not really a banana eater. He will eat most fruits and vegetables frozen but he has never really liked bananas. He usually spits it out on the floor and looks to me with that “what else ya got?” look. He can’t turn down peanut butter so it is one of the main ingredients in this recipe.
I choose organic ingredients for all of Zu’s treats.
Use your knuckles to really mash the peanut butter into the dough. I used gloves so my hands won’t be so greasy when using the camera.
Remember to choose natural peanut butter, no salt or sweeteners. Watch out for artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, as it can be deadly for your pup.
Want to make your own peanut butter? Here is great recipe from Life Made Sweeter!
Oat flour has one of the lowest allergy rates among all breeds of dogs. I use it for most of Zu’s treats. I will substitute with almond flour or coconut flour depending on the recipe. Here are some options.
Grains: Millet, Pea, Buckwheat, Barley, Quinoa, Rice, Spelt
Grain Free: Coconut, Lentil, Potato, Chickpea, Almond
Treats can be stored in an air tight container for 10 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months. I freeze Zu’s. He loves frozen….everything! AND, he really loves these treats!!!
Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Large mixing bowl
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- 1 medium banana mashed (about ½ cup)
- ⅓ cup peanut butter natural
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Make sure peanut butter is mashed in well.
- Add more flour if dough is too wet.
- Prepare rolling surface with oat flour and roll dough to ¼ inch thickness.
- Cut our shapes with cookie cutters and place onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Store in refrigerator for 10 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Grain Options: Millet, Pea, Buckwheat, Barley, Quinoa, Rice, Spelt
- Grain Free Options: Coconut, Lentil, Potato, Chickpea, Almond
- You may wash the cookies with an egg before placing in oven.
- Remember to choose natural peanut butter, no salt or sweeteners. Avoid artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, as it can be deadly for your pup.