Are you looking for a fun treat to make for your dog this winter? There’s nothing like the guilt you feel when you’re baking delicious smelling chocolate chip cookies and your dog looks at you with those eyes that ask “where are mine?”
I feed my dogs pieces of banana whenever I am eating one, and they love it! Bananas are full of vitamin K, potassium and other good nutrients. Since dogs are omnivores like us, they benefit from a balanced diet with dog safe fruits and veggies. Boy is it easy to get my boys to eat their share! They see a banana and put on their best “I’m a really good dog” faces. I was not surprised when this homemade banana nut cookie recipe for dogs had them begging for more!
I’m going to try a variation of this recipe by putting the ingredients in a blender to mix! Blending the oats should give it a smoother texture, but it might come out too runny. Perhaps I’ll add some peanut butter, I’ll update you with how it turns out! For now, you can try this recipe out for your own furry friends so that they are not left out in the holiday cookie frenzy.
Banana “Mutt” Cookies
1 ½ cups mashed bananas
½ teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oats
½ cup chopped peanuts (you can chop your own!)
¼ cup applesauce
Preheat oven to 350°F
1) Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. If you are chopping your own peanuts, do this step before mixing.
2) Drop mixture in desired size on a lined baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Pinch the edges to clean up any oats that may be sticking out to ensure they stay together while baking!
3) Bake for 15 minutes, or until firm. They should be soft and chewy when done.
Cool on a rack and store in airtight container. Refrigerate if you don’t plan on feeding them within a couple of days! They seem like they would do well in the freezer as well, but I honestly didn’t have any leftovers to test it out with this batch! Remember to feed treats sparingly, and one dog should definitely not consume all of these treats in one day!
Banana “Mutt” Cookie Photo Guide
Preheat oven 350°F. Ingredients: 1 ½ cups mashed bananas, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 3 cups oats, ½ cup chopped peanuts, ¼ cup applesauce
Mash the bananas, I used about 2 ½ bananas.
If you don’t have chopped peanuts, you can do this step yourself in a food processor.
Combine all the ingredients, and mix.
Drop onto a lined baking sheet and press with fork. Pinch the edges where oats are sticking out.
Bake for 15 minutes, slightly longer for firmer cookies but careful not to burn!
They will be soft and chewy. Cool on a rack before serving.
Beware: Your dog might beg to finish the whole batch! Treats should be fed carefully, as just like with people too many sweets is not very healthy! You can omit the peanuts for a lower fat treat.
Hungry for more fun recipes? Here’s how you can make a Doggy Treat Burrito for your pup!