Homemade dog treats (quick and healthy!)

Sharing a quick and easy homemade recipe for dog treats that your pup will love! All you have to do is make the dough, cut out in a shape of your choice, and bake.

Hi friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We’re back in the school grind this week and I started beta testing for nutrition coaching. I’ll be releasing more details about this next week, so stay tuned!

For today, let’s talk about dog treats. I know – kinda random for a fitness blog – but my top posts ever are about guinea pigs, baby food, and potty training, so here we are haha.

Also, Maisey loves these so much and insisted that I share the word for those of you with furry friends out there.

homemade dog treats

Homemade dog treats (quick and healthy!)

I made these dog treats on a whim, using some ingredients we always have on hand. I’ve started to give Maisey more bites of healthy human food, and let’s just say, she’s INTO IT. She loves plain chicken, egg, bell peppers, natural peanut butter, and watermelon. She’s also a huge fan of the bully sticks from Thrive Market. Sweet Caro even had her first bully stick ever, and even though she has like 4 teeth, she gummed it happily. She was also a huge fan of these homemade dog treats!

Ingredients for homemade dog treat recipe:

Here are the ingredients to have on hand for these peanut butter dog treats:

Natural peanut butter (make sure the only ingredients are peanuts and salt; no weird oils or sweeteners)

Pumpkin puree (or even sweet potato puree)

Garbanzo bean flour (you could also use whole wheat flour)


Instant oatmeal

and all-purpose flour for rolling the dough

and that’s it!!

You can always adjust the cooking time, depending on how crunchy you’d like them to be.

Here’s the quick recipe – it’s super easy!

How to make homemade dog treats:


Homemade dog treats (quick and healthy!)

This is a quick treat recipe that your furry friend will love! I used garbanzo bean flour (they love chickpeas!), but feel free to use whole wheat instead.

  • Author: Gina Harney // The Fitnessista



1 cup garbanzo bean flour (can use whole wheat instead)

3 eggs (reserve 1 for the egg wash)

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup peanut butter (check the ingredients for peanuts and salt only)

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

All-purpose flour for rolling

Cookie cutters of choice


Preheat the oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine two of the eggs, the peanut butter, pumpkin, garbanzo bean flour (or wheat flour), and oatmeal. Stir until a dough forms. Add more garbanzo bean flour or some all-purpose flour to the dough if needed.

Sprinkle some all-purpose flour onto a clean surface and add the dough. It will be kind of sticky, so use the flour to coat the outside of the dough as you roll it to about 1/2-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes and place them gently onto the baking sheet.

Combine the remaining dough, roll, and repeat.

Make the egg wash by whisking the remaining egg and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to paint the egg wash onto the top of each dog treat.

Place in the oven and bake about 30 minutes, until hard. Let cool completely before storing at room temperature or in the fridge in a sealed container.

Have you ever tried a homemade dog biscuit recipe? What’s a food your dog always goes crazy over? I never eat chicken without thinking about Bella.



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  1. Cindy on August 16, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you Gina. Your pup is precious. Our little yorkie has Pacreatitis and needs a low fat diet. Would these be considered low-fat? My Vet is not really helpful with treat advice. I would love to make these for her. Thank you so very much!

    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2021 at 1:47 pm

      hi cindy! i’m not sure i would consider these low fat because of the peanut butter. i’m wondering if you could use peanut butter powder instead of the liquid??? it would have lots of protein but much less fat. i would sub that out for the oatmeal and see how that goes! (just skip the peanut butter and add some water or milk to thin it out to make the dough)
      another option would be to replace the peanut butter with applesauce (just check the ingredients for apples only)

    • West on August 17, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Cindy,

      You can actually swap the peanut butter with finely chopped cranberries or dried lean bacon for flavor. But make sure to add extra garbanzo flour as a binder. In the end, It should have a similar consistency to cookie dough.

      I’m actually in the process of starting a company to sell treats similar to this, so I obviously highly recommend making them. My dog goes crazy for them!

  2. Cindy on August 16, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you Gina. You are so generous with your time and your heart. I will work on this. Be Well!

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