Tuesday, March 13, 2012

PB Banana Dog Treats

It's no surprise. My dogs are spoiled. Like crazy spoiled. They're actually getting to be just a touch on the chunky side because I can hardly ever say no to them. We try to really watch what they get to eat - very little human food - but usually we have a batch of 'special dog' homemade dog treats on hand, and the nerds get a couple every day.

One of their favorites (and the one I made most recently) is the Peanut Butter Banana Treats. Crystal is a huge fan. If she happens to know where they're being stored, she'll sit by that spot on constant patrol. If you walk anywhere within her eyesight she'll do some prancing and turning, and then she does this weird Chewbacca noise...just to let you know that she wants one.

I thought I'd share this recipe with you (the recipe has been adapted from a book a good friend gave me) :)

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats

Here's what you'll need

 1 c. Wheat Flour

1 c. All Purpose Flour

2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/3 c. Shredded Carrot

1 Large Ripe Banana - Mashed

1/4 c. Peanut Butter - Unsalted Natural Preferred (I didn't have that on hand....)

1/3 c. Distilled Water

Parchment Paper

Baking Sheet


Preheat oven to 325°

In a large bowl mix both flours, baking soda and cinnamon together until well combined.

In another bowl mix grated carrots, mashed banana, peanut butter and water together until well combined.

Make a well in the flour and pour the liquid mixture into it

Mix on low speed with a paddle attachment as long as your mixer can stand it. It gets pretty thick so just keep an eye on it. You can mix any lumps in by hand.

Turn dough out onto floured surface and roll out to about 1/4" thickness. If you find the dough is too sticky, just mix in some more All Purpose Flour until it's the desired consistency. Use cookie cutters of your desired shape to cut out individual treats. Reroll scraps and keep cutting. At the top of the picture below you can see what I do with extraextraextra scraps. They get made into tiny treat balls. That's just pure laziness on my part.

Bake at 325° for 20 mins on a parchment lined baking sheet. Turn off your oven and allow treats to cool in it. Once treats are cooled, removed from oven and store in an airtight container. These can be stored for about a week and a half in a cool spot (not the fridge).

I think they're a cute idea to give away as gift too. I like to hand them out to family, friends and neighbors during the holidays. You can just dress them up with little bows, or stick them in a cute container.

I'm off to give Crystal a treat so she'll stop growling at the damn cupboard.

'til next time...


  1. idk why but I missed this the first time you posted it and I just saw the tab for noms (is that new or have I been blind for a long time? lol) I am quite familiar with both that stance and the weird chewbacca noise - my lovely Sammie makes it when she wants a greenie. Does Crystal also have a "bossy paw"? Sammie has this bossy little paw, the right front, that she smacks the coffee table with when she wants attention. hilarious!

    1. It's from the book you gave me! My dogs love this one!
      Oh yes, Crystal has the demanding paw. Only hers is terrible because her nails are always so horribly long - I'm waiting for her to put someone's eye out with it. She's scratched me up pretty bad, torn sheets, scratched the coffee table. And she gets freaking demanding! She will not let up - just scratch, whine, grunt, scratch scratch whine scratch grunt.... :)

  2. Awesome! I had no idea this came from that book! Yay, glad it was useful. The RI trip when I bought that is a distant memory.

    Oh, the "bossy" paw. Sammie is soooo bossy sometimes. "I want you to pet me...more...more." "I would like a random walk now." "I want another snack." Boom - bossy paw goes on the coffee table. :) Sammie-girl does really need a grooming complete with nail clipping. Can't do it at home because those black nails...well I really have no idea where the quick is and I don't want to guess. I leave that up to the professionals at PetSmart. But haven't had the money to go lately - maybe in the next month or two she will get her doggie spa day.


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