Vegan dog treats?? Even though it sounds confusing for our carnivore friends, these treats are a great way to incorporate new ingredients into your dog’s diet.
We all sneak a little treat to our furry friends every now and then. Whether it be cheese, bananas, spinach, or watermelon, they are always eager to have a taste. But here’s the thing, you can use some of these basic ingredients to make these 3 ingredients vegan dog treats too!
It is important to note that we do not recommend a 100% vegan diet for dogs. But, serving vegan dog treats occasionally is a great way to incorporate different nutrient-dense ingredients into their diet.
These vegan dog treats are so simple to make and come together so quickly. They use bananas, peanut butter, and flour – how tasty?! Plus, these we’re doing these vegan dog treats homemade, making them far cheaper than buying them in-store (bonus: you know everything that goes into them). So let’s get cooking!
Ingredients for Vegan Dog Biscuits
I am not exaggerating when I say this veggie dog biscuits recipe is very simple to make and that is mainly because of how simple and minimal ingredients it requires.
- Flour: Any type of flour will work. I prefer whole wheat because of the added fiber and nutrients in wheat, but almond, coconut, oat, or chickpea flour could also be used.
- Bananas: Ripe bananas work best for these biscuits. This is because as a banana ripens, it releases more sugar and therefore makes things sweeter. Plus, they are easier to mash!
- Peanut Butter: Any peanut butter without xylitol will work. The simpler ingredients the better for delicious peanut butter dog biscuits!
Flavor Flav! Want to add more flavor to these treats to make them even more enticing to your pup? Try adding some fish oil to the batter for joint health and a delicious, dog-friendly flavor.
How to Make Vegan Dog Treats
These easy vegan treats only take four steps and come together in minutes!
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 300°F (148°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Mix
In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until the mixture forms a cohesive dough (add a splash of water if needed to help the dough form). I like to knead the dough for a few minutes, which helps to develop the gluten proteins (more gluten = chewier texture, which dogs love!)
Step 3: 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. (Alternatively, roll the dough right out onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, cut into shapes, and peel the remaining dough away from the cutouts!)
Step 4: 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.
Storage: Keep these in an air-tight container or Ziplock bag for up to 1 week refrigerated or up to 2 months frozen.
Ingredient Swaps: This recipe is incredibly versatile to whatever you have in the kitchen! The banana can be replaced with dog-friendly pumpkin or apple sauce. The flour can be replaced with any type of flour, like whole grain flour, oat flour, chickpea flour, or coconut flour for a grain-free treat. And the peanut butter can be any variety of nut butter you have on hand!
Nutrition Boosters: Want to throw in a few nutrition boosters to amp up these healthy dog treats? Try adding a squirt of fish oil, a splash of kefir or goat’s milk, or a sprinkle of chia seeds or flaxseed!
More Paw-fect Treats
While these are for sure the best vegan dog treats, try any of these other tasty treats that are not vegan!
- Pumpkin Dog Treats also only require 3 ingredients! They can be kept in the freezer and served cold for a cool summer treat.
- Puppuccino’s can be made at home and are the pumpkin spice latte version is the perfect way to kick off the start of fall with your pup!
- Chicken Jerky only takes one ingredient and can be stored at room temperature for easy access!
- Homemade Dog Biscuits are another very easy treat to make and are shelf stable!
Vegan Dog Treats
- Bone-Shaped Cookie Cutters
- Baking Sheet
- Rolling Pin
- 1 ½ cups flour such as whole wheat, almond, coconut, or chickpea
- 2 ripe bananas
- ¼ cup peanut butter use a peanut that does not contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs
- Prep: Preheat oven to 300°F (148°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix: In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until mixture forms a cohesive dough (add a splash of water if needed to help the dough form). Knead dough for 5 minutes to develop the gluten (creating chewier treats).
- 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.
- 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.