We love our dogs here at Get Healthy U for so many reasons so naturally we want to provide them with healthy homemade dog treats that they will love and will benefit their health. This fun and easy recipe features ingredients dogs love while still being a nutritious snack that supports their overall health. After all, our little furry friends deserve the best.
My little puggle, Rue, loves these treats; after all they contain her two favorite things: peanut butter and banana. She also loves the addition of the pumpkin “frosting” on top, which I use since she’s had some trouble in her puppy life with a sensitive stomach. Pumpkin has worked well for her whenever she has a bout of diarrhea or constipation. She loves these treats so much, it was everything she could to do to wait patiently while I snapped some photos!
Here’s why I love them them too: the ingredients!
Natural Peanut Butter (only peanuts): It’s no secret that dogs love peanut butter so this ingredient gives them the yum factor while being very good for them too. Peanut butter is a great source of protein for your pup and also gives them a boost of heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin and vitamin E.
Bananas: In moderation, bananas can be a great source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, biotin and copper for your dog, plus they love the flavor. Due to their higher sugar content however, it’s best for Fido not to have them all the time.
Rolled Oats: Oats are a great source of fiber for your pup and can be particularly beneficial for older dogs who are having irregular bowels. Using oats rather than flour makes this recipe gluten and wheat free.
Parsley: The inclusion of parsley in the recipe gives your dog fresh breath so those kisses will be stink-free.
Eggs: The egg works as a binder in this recipe but also gives your dog protein, riboflavin and selenium.
Pumpkin: Pumpkin is great for a dog’s digestive system. Whether your dog is having diarrhea or constipation, pumpkin can work to resolve the issue. It’s also a good source of beta-carotene/vitamin A. Just be sure not to exceed a couple teaspoons a day for little dogs or a couple tablespoons a day for big dogs as too much vitamin A can be toxic.
Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Dog Cookies with Pumpkin Frosting
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 1 egg
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup dried parsley
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin (~1/2 teaspoon per cookie)
Preheat oven to 300. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl except for the pumpkin. Roll into balls about 1 tablespoon each (I got about 14) and place on a baking sheet. Press down each ball slightly with your fingers. Bake for 40 minutes and allow to cool. Spread 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin over each cookie.
These treats can be stored in the fridge for a few days or they keep well in the freezer too! Just let them thaw a bit before giving them to your pup.