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Homemade Dog Treats – easy 3 ingredient recipes

homemade dog treats

We love birthdays around here. There is nothing like celebrating the life of the ones we love! This month is Ellie’s turn, ringing in the big number 2. It is her first birthday with us, so we thought we would do a little more for her than we did for K-man (shared on Instagram here). We decided to make her homemade dog treats. Though, in reality she would be over the moon for a big plate of broccoli. That girl goes nuts for it.

We made two types dog treats for our little lady: one banana flavored and the second a sweet potato flavor. The first was based on a recipe that I found on Pinterest here. The other was a tweak from that recipe using ingredients that we do (or could) grow in our gardens.

Each dog treat took about 30 minutes including prep and bake time. Ellie waited nearby with anticipation for the entire time it took to make both treat flavors. She didn’t say it, but it was clear that it was totally worth the wait. Plus, someone (Ryan) let her lick the spoon…

healthy homemade dog treats

Peanut butter and banana homemade dog treats


(Original recipe here.)


1 1/2 cups Rolled oats
1 banana
1/3 cup peanut butter

Sweet peanut butter and sweet potato homemade dog treats



1 1/2 cups Rolled oats
1 medium mashed sweet potato
1/3 cup of peanut butter

preheat oven to 350 degrees

Sweet Potato Treats: Prepare the sweet potato by poking holes in it with a fork. Then bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Once it cools, remove the skin, and you should be able to easily mash with a fork.

Process the rolled oats in a food processor or spice grinder until it is almost entirely a powder. Using a mixer combine all three ingredients in a large bowl until it begins to become soft and doughy.


On a floured surface roll out the mix to about 2/3 inch thick. Using a cookie-cutter, cut out as many treats as the dough allots. If you don’t care about the shape (like Ellie), cut the dough into small squares with a small knife or pizza cutter.


Bake the dog treats on a non-stick surfaced cookie sheet for 15 minutes. Let them cool. Once they are cooled off, they are ready to eat. Just try not to feed them all to your dog at once.

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  • Reply
    February 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I think I’ll be trying the banana version as one of our dogs really goes bananas for bananas.

    • Reply
      this natural dream
      March 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Our Ellie dog is crazy for both, but when given the chance to choose between the two she goes for the banana.


    • Reply
      February 22, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      Maybe i heard wrong – but i remember bananas being deadly for dogs!! Peace out

      • Reply
        February 25, 2019 at 9:02 pm

        A, you heard wrong Bananas are good for dogs , you have to watch banana peels though.

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