Did you know that it’s really easy to make your own dog treats? These vegan dog biscuits can be made with staples you have in the pantry and a nice ripe banana. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to teach them a new trick or two to get these goodies.
Since I’ve been baking dog biscuits for my pups, they get so excited when they smell bananas or cinnamon coming out of the oven.
Making vegan dog biscuits is pretty much the same as making people cookies. You use the best ingredients that you have in your kitchen, mix everything up together and bake them. You can even eat homemade dog cookies yourself.
Just know that that dog cookies are drier, that way they’ll store longer. So, it’s actually dry on purpose and I can promise you that your pup will not be complaining.
My pups love banana and cinnamon in their treats. I also used whole wheat flour, flaxseed, and coconut oil. They could smell the cookies as they baked and really, so could I. The way they kept coming into the kitchen let me know that they were hoping at least some of the cookies were for them.
Are there vegan dog treats?
There are so many vegan dog treats, but you do need to read the labels. In fact, you should pay close attention to what is in your pet’s food and treats to make sure it’s full of healthy ingredients. My dogs also have allergies, so if yours do too it will save you an expensive trip to the vet later on.
The easiest vegan dog treats to find at the store are dried sweet potatoes. Yep, just one ingredient dehydrated into a chewy slice to keep your pup occupied – plus it’s good for them.
Threepaws Gourmet Bones’ Coconut Bacon Bones are one of my dog, Max’s favorite. I love Threepaws because they are even owned and run by vegans, and many. of the ingredients are organic. V-Dog is the go-to for vegan dog food and their V-dog Breathbones are loved by my pups.
Here are some more vegan dog cookies that you can order:
Why do dogs like treats so much?
Dogs love to eat and just like you they love things that taste good to them. Dogs are as discerning as people or cats, so they often get the short end of the stick when it comes to their treats.
Another reason is that humans train dogs with treats, so they learn that a treat means a reward for doing the right thing.
Do dog biscuits taste good?
Just like everything else, it depends. If you are making homemade dog cookies they are going to taste better than most store-bought ones. Some dogs are picky and will let you know that they like a particular one, or if they don’t.
Will you like them? If you make it with people’s food, you can eat them. You might need them to have a little more flavor or add sweetener, but you could transform this recipe into something you make for your whole family – the ones on two legs or four legs.
What's in banana flax vegan dog biscuits?
ground flax seed - great for coat and skin and used as a vegan egg replacer in this recipe
rolled oats - add a little crunch and is good for your pup's skin
whole wheat flour - a whole grain flour has more nutrients than refined bleached flour does
cinnamon - adds a sweet flavor and aroma
salt - adds flavor
coconut oil - great for problem coats and adds crunch to the cookie
How do you make plant-based dog biscuits?
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease or cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl or mixer, combine the flaxseed, oats, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until it is well blended.
3. Stir in the coconut oil and banana until thoroughly combined, then add 1/4 cup water and stir again. Since the dough will be thick, mixing it in a mixer will be simpler. If you're mixing by hand, you may need to add a little more water to get it to come together.
4. Place 1 tablespoon of cookie dough on the cookie sheet and flatten. I use a cookie scoop and a wooden spoon to flatten the dough. Rep before all of the dough has been used.
5. Cook for 20 minutes at 350°F.
Max is our white polka-dotted dog above and we think he's a hound-pit mix. He loves wearing sweaters that cover his naked belly, curling up in a blanket, and sleeping with his head on the closest lap or under the covers in bed.
His hobbies include obsessing over his toy monkey, and one day he's sure that he'll be able to catch the mailman red-handed.
Brenna is pretty much Max's opposite. She's 12 years old, mellow, and has a thick, beautiful reverse brindle coat. She likes to be the boss almost as much as she likes her naps. Note: Brenna passed but she always lives on in our hearts.
Her main obsessions are playing tug, rolling on her back in the grass, and trying to sneak food off of Cheryl's plate.
Despite their personality differences, they both loved these cookies. I took them out on the deck one at a time to get the photos. The whole time a wet nose was pressed into the glass to watch the other one as they ate their cookies.
One thing you can always say about dogs is that they will always appreciate your cooking.
Are flax seeds good for dogs?
They sure are! Why? Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are in flaxseed, they can help make a dog's coat glossy and help skin become healthier.
Flaxseed contains alpha-linolenic acid, which is a fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties. That's great for your dog's immune system.
Is flaxseed good for constipation?
Flaxseed may help with constipation because it is full of fiber. A tablespoon of both brown and golden flaxseeds contains 2.8 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber.
If your dog or even cat is constipated, try some canned pumpkin.
Are flax seeds gluten-free?
Like oats, flax seeds are naturally gluten-free. Like oats, it is another crop that is often affected by cross-contamination, so check the label or ingredient list for the words gluten-free or a certification logo.
Are rolled oats good for dogs?
Rolled oats are great for dogs and can help their skin and coats be healthier. In addition to adding them into your dog's diet through treats, you can mix them in with wet food, cooked grains, and sweet potatoes.
Can rolled oats be eaten raw?
Rolled oats are actually steamed, so they are already cooked a bit at least. You can eat them as-is, though you and your dog probably like cooked oatmeal better.
Can rolled oats be frozen?
Oatmeal that has been opened should be kept in a resealable plastic bag or a plastic or glass container at room temperature. To extend its shelf life it can also be frozen for up to a year in a freezer bag. This goes for all grains and even nuts.
Are bananas safe for dogs?
Bananas are safe for you and your dogs to eat. It's a good thing because my dogs insist on a piece whenever I'm eating one myself.
But remember not all human food is safe for your best friend. If you are unsure check this article by the American Kennel Association.
More vegan dog biscuit recipes to try
I know that you will love these, but if you don't have a banana on hand be sure to try these Pumpkin Cranberry Dog Cookies. They use pumpkin instead of bananas and are even made with gluten-free brown rice flour. So they are perfect for pups with allergies.
There's no delicate way to say this, but sometimes your dog may have bad breath. If you didn't brush your teeth you would too! For a win-win solution try the recipe for Peppermint Puppy Cookies, they are easy to make and just happen to freshen breath too.
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 cup rolled oats or Irish oats, which are stone-ground
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 large banana mashed
- 1/4 cup water
Oil a large cookie sheet or cover with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add the flax seed, oats, flour, cinnamon and salt to a mixing bowl or mixer. Mix until well combined.
Add in the coconut oil and banana then mix in well, add 1/4 cup water and mix more. The dough will be thick and it's easier to mix in a mixer. If you are mixing by hand you may need to add a little extra water to get it to come together.
Measure 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and flatten on the cookie sheet. I use a cookie scoop and flatten with the back of a wooden spoon. Repeat until you use up all the dough.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 71Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 23mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g
Nutrition information is provided from nutritionix.com as a close estimate. If you have specific health issues please put the recipe information, including the exact ingredients you use, into the nutritional calculator your Dr. recommends.