I just love making homemade treats for my dog. There is no worry about what ingredients are used or if they are good quality when you make them from scratch. Plus, you can save a ton of money making treats at home. The good quality treats from the stores cost an insane amount of money! For my post this week I’ll be sharing my recipe for soft chew dog treats. They are made with just 4 ingredients and they are super easy to make.
I’ll be visiting my parents this coming weekend and wanted to give them some treats for their dog Bear. Funny story, Bear was actually my dog from college but when I moved out of my parents house they asked if they could keep him. They were extremely attached so how could I say no to that? I adopted Bear when he was 5 years old and now he is 16 so he’s no spring chicken. He’s had most of his teeth pulled and he’s unable to chew hard dog treats so these soft chew treats are perfect for him. He’s going to love them!
For this recipe you’ll need just 4 ingredients (not counting the water). They include, peanut butter, bananas, baking powder and wheat flour. One thing to note before giving a dog peanut butter is that the ingredient xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in some peanut butter is deadly to dogs. Natural peanut butters are just fine for dogs and I’ve never met a dog that doesn’t drool obsessively over it. Just be sure to check that the peanut butter you are using is dog safe.
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If you don’t already have a dog bone shaped cookie cutter, you can purchase one here from amazon . They also have some other cute shapes like dog footprints, dog houses and more. I used the XL size bone since both dogs are big. If you use the smaller sizes, you’ll want to reduce the time that you bake the treats.
Also, if you would prefer harder treats, roll the mix thinner than the 1/4″ that I call out in the recipe and/or increase the baking time. Scroll down to get the full recipe that you can download and print for easy reference.
Here are a few large photos of the process.
All of the ingredients mixed together.
Rolled out to about 1/4″ thickness and then cut with dog bone cookie cutter.
Laid out on the cooling rack before the taste test by Abby.
Peanut Butter & Banana Soft Chew Dog Treats
Makes about 2 dozen treats. The treats will keep for about a week. Freeze what you won't use in a week to give to your pup later.
- 2 Bananas
- 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT CONTAIN XYLITOL!
- 2 cups Wheat Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 cup Water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
Mash the bananas in a large bown
Add the peanut butter to the bananas and mix well.
Add the baking powder, flour and water and mix well.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the mixture until it is about 1/4" thick and then cut out the treat shapes using your cookie cutter.
Line a baking pan with parchment paper (or spray with non-stick spray). Then bake the treats for 10 minutes, flip the treats and then bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Let treats cool before serving.
Abby certainly loves these treats and I’m sure that Bear will too. Just look at that face as she takes the treat from my hand! I can’t stop laughing!
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Have you ever made homemade treats for your dogs? What’s your favorite recipe?