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Healthy Homemade Dog Biscuits

Homemade dog biscuits are easier to make than you might think and they don’t contain any of the additives of traditional dog treats. These vet approved dog treats are a perfect way to pamper your favorite pal!

Numerous dog biscuits laid out on grass.

It can be hard to find dog biscuits you feel good about giving your pup. Many have tons of added ingredients or are crazy expensive! Not that I’m opposed to paying a college tuition worth for food for my dog, but it can start to add up.

I started thinking about ways to make easy dog treats at home using simple ingredients that I know Rhubarb loves, and that’s how this recipe came to be. The best part – you only need three ingredients to make your dog the happiest dog in the world!

These DIY dog biscuits are made with fruit puree (for sweetness), peanut butter (for yumminess), and oats (for texture)! While your dog could eat these oatmeal dog biscuits without baking them (like in these Pumpkin Dog Treats), I baked these because there is nothing cuter than a dog crunchy loudly on a treat, plus it keeps them shelf-stable for longer! Keep scrolling to learn how to make these for your furry friend!

Close up of dog biscuit in a pile of biscuits.

Ingredients for Homemade Dog Biscuits

So those three ingredients I mentioned, here they are! All of these ingredients are considered vet-approved and safe for dogs in moderation, but always keep an eye on your pup when they are enjoying them, and keep an eye out for adverse reactions if this is your first time feeding your pup any of these ingredients.

  • Rolled Oats: Rolled oats deliver the best texture for these biscuits! Oats are packed with fiber, zinc, and iron – triple win!
  • Peanut Butter: Any peanut butter without xylitol will work. The simpler ingredients the better for delicious peanut butter dog biscuits!
  • Fruit Puree: This adds the natural sweet flavor dogs enjoy. We used applesauce, but you could use mashed banana or unsweetened pumpkin puree too!
Pan of dog biscuits with panute butter, apple sauce, and oats next to them.

How to make Healthy Dog Biscuits

These treats are super fast! Simply add everything to a food processor, blend, and bake! Plus, it’s super fun to have dog bone-shaped biscuits because who doesn’t love dog treats shaped like little bones?

Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 300°F (148°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Make Oat Flour
Add oats to a food processor and blitz until the mixture resembles coarse flour.

Step 2 Close up of food processor with rolled oats in it.
Step 2 Close up of food processor with ground up oat flour in it after oats have been blended.

Step 3: Mix
Add peanut butter and fruit puree to the food processor and continue blending until the mixture forms a cohesive dough.

Step 3 overhead of oat flour, peanut butter, and apple sauce in food processor.

Step 4: Shape
Roll dough out to be about ¼ inch thick. Use a bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut dough, transferring each bone onto your prepared parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue until all dough is used.

step 4 dog biscuit dough rolled flat with biscuits being cut out using a bone cookie cutter.

Step 5: Bake
Bake on the middle rack for 25 to 30 minutes, or until dog biscuits are crispy. They’ll continue to harden as they cool!

Step 5 dog biscuits on baking tray
close up of dog biscuits on grass and surrounded by the ingredients.

Storage Tips

These biscuits are great for large batches and to make ahead! They will keep, in an airtight container, on the counter, for up to a month! You could also freeze them for longterm storage (and even give them to your pup frozen for a crunchier treat).

More Ways to Enjoy

Pumpkin: While we used applesauce, try unsweetened pumpkin puree for a lovely fall dog biscuit! Our pups need their pumpkin spice lattes too, and pumpkin dog treats are the way to do it!

Banana: Using mashed bananas is another great variation of these dog treats. Peanut butter and banana are a match made in dog heaven!

No Bake Dog Treats: This healthy dog treat recipe can be enjoyed raw (because there are no risky ingredients like egg in it)! To make these a no bake dog treat, simply roll the dough into small, bite-sized balls and store int the refrigerator.

Freeze It: You can use this dough for a frozen meal enrichment! Simply spread the dough onto a lick mat or stuff inside a KONG and freeze. Your pup will love licking it out (plus, it’ll occupy them for a while)!

Grain Free: Sub out the oats and use coconut flour or almond flour to make these grain-free treats!

These also make great cake toppers for a Dog Birthday Cake and are a great addition to a Dog Charcuterie Board or to top a Dog Ice Cream Sundae!

dog being given a dog biscuits.
dog taking a dog biscuits with it's mouth.

More Ways to Treat Your Pup

If your dog is now your biggest baking fan, definitely try these other recipes that will have them barking for joy!

dog biscuit on grass sitting between dog paws.
Bone shaped dog biscuits on grass

Healthy Homemade Dog Biscuits

Yield: 30 small dog biscuits
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Homemade dog biscuits are easier to make than you might think and they don't contain any of the additives of traditional dog treats. These vet approved dog treats are a perfect way to pamper your favorite pal!

Materials

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup peanut butter (use a peanut that does not contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs)
  • ½ cup fruit puree (applesauce, mashed banana, or pumpkin puree are all great here)

Instructions

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 300°F (148°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make Oat Flour: Add oats to a food processor and blitz until mixture resembles coarse flour.
  3. Mix: Add peanut butter and fruit puree to the food processor and continue blending until mixture forms a cohesive dough.
  4. Shape: Roll dough out to be about ¼ inch thick. Use a bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut dough, transferring each bone onto your prepared parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue until all dough is used.
  5. Bake: Bake on the middle rack for 25 to 30 minutes, or until dog biscuits are crispy. They'll continue to harden as they cool.

Notes

Don't have oats? Replace the oatmeal with 2 cups of any flour (like whole wheat, chickpea, almond, or all-purpose flour)

If you don't have a food processor, turn the oats into flour using a blender, then simply mix in the other ingredients by hand.

Store in an airtight container (fridge or room temperature) for up to 1 week.

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