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3-Ingredient Dog Treats

Try this recipe for 3-Ingredient Dog Treats, ready in 20 minutes!They are made with oat (or regular) flour, pumpkin or banana, and peanut butter. Your dog or puppy will love them. This is the most highly rated post on my website, with a 5-star rating across the board

glass jar of homemade dog treats on a tray with a spoon of peanut butter

What three ingredients are needed for this recipe?

  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (with no salt or added oil)
  • 1 small banana (or 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree)
  • 1 cup rolled or instant whole oats, gluten-free as needed

How to Make 3-Ingredient Dog Treats with Pumpkin (or Banana)

  1. To make dog treats at home, mix your oat flour, pumpkin (or banana), and natural peanut butter until a cohesive mixture forms. Kneading with your hands is easiest! You can also use regular all purpose flour.
  2. Roll out dough (no flour needed) and cut out dog treat shapes of choice. I used the same molds from my animal cracker recipe, but any shape will work.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F and be sure to let cool before giving to your furry friend.

This dog cookie recipe is truly very simple and comes together in about 20 minutes. There is a video linked below!

3-Ingredient Dog Treats could not be simpler to make – they really feel like they’d come from a fancy local bakery! Let’s dive into what’s needed.

Does your dog love eating human food? Good news – there are plenty of ways to make your own totally safe versions of her favorite treats! This recipe for Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats is one example. If you love cooking for your dog, be sure to try this homemade dog food recipe (inspired by The Farmer’s Dog chicken recipe).

This dog cookie recipe is truly very simple and comes together in about 20 minutes. There is a video linked below!

How to Store Homemade Dog Treats

For the longest-lasting treats, store in a sealed, freezer-safe container where they can last for months. Many dogs can enjoy these treats directly from the freezer. If you dog is smaller or has more delicate teeth, you may want to store these in the fridge where they will keep for up to two weeks in a sealed container (my preference).

golden retriever puppy looking at hand holding treat

Helpful Facts Around What Dogs Can Eat

Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?

Yes, as long at its pure peanut butter with no xylitol and fed in moderation, it should be safe for your dog. I recommend looking for a jar that is just made with peanuts (and avoid high sodium levels). As always, it’s important to double check with your vet to insure this is the case for your specific breed. Feel free to read more about peanut butter dog safety here! Treats should not make up more than 10 percent of your pup’s diet.

close up overhead shot birds eye view of dog treats

Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal?

Yes. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber for dogs and is especially helpful with those that have a wheat sensitivity. Vitamin B in oats will help keep their coat shiny and thick. Be sure to never prepare oatmeal with dairy milk, as this often times will upset their stomach. Raw oatmeal can also be challenging to digest, which is why these treats are cooked. Read more about oatmeal safety here. Again, your dog is not meant to be eating “people food,” so moderation is very important.

multiple peanut butter dog treats in the shape of dogs

Can dogs eat bananas?

Yes, dogs can eat bananas. They are very sweet which you dog will likely enjoy. As always, it’s useful to check with your vet before feeding your dog a new food

What human foods can dogs not eat?

At a high level, do not feed your dog foods with any added sugar or salt. Avoid raw grains (like uncooked oats) as can dry out their stomachs and throw their digestion off balance. This list from the ASPCA details some more dog-unfriendly foods.

puppy looking at treat in hand

I hope your dog enjoys these easy homemade treats! Please let me know in the comments if they are a hit. This recipe yields about 50 treats.

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3-Ingredient Dog Treats Recipe

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  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 50 treats 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Try this recipe for 3-Ingredient Dog Treats, ready in 20 minutes! Made with oat flour, pumpkin or banana, and peanut butter, your dog will love them.


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  • 1 cup rolled oats (or 3/4 cup pre-ground oat flour; all purpose flour can be substituted)
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter (made from just peanuts, no added sugar, salt or oils)
  • 1 small ripe banana (or 1/2 cup pumpkin puree)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. Grind oats into a fine flour using a high speed blender (skip this step if you’re using pre-ground flour). Add oat flour to a large bowl with peanut butter and banana (or pumpkin if using). Mash with a fork to combine and the use your hand to knead into a cohesive mixture. If it’s not holding together, add more peanut butter or oat flour. Do not add dairy or other ingredients, as they may be unsafe for your pet.
  3. On a clean surface, roll dough to desired thickness, about 1/4 of an inch. Cut out in shapes of choice. Little bones cutouts (from Amazon) would be cute! Place on prepared sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely before giving to your pet. Feel free to try one yourself! I recommend storing in a jar in the freezer for long-term keeping (they will last a few months). Outside of the freezer, they will last for 5 days in a sealed container on the counter.


For the longest-lasting treats, store in a sealed, freezer-safe container where they can last for months. Many dogs can enjoy these treats directly from the freezer. If you dog is smaller or has more delicate teeth, you may want to store these in the fridge where they will keep for up to two weeks in a sealed container.

Always be sure to check with your veterinarian to determine what is safest for your dog.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dog treat
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 of 50 treats
  • Calories: 18 calories
  • Sugar: 0.4 grams
  • Sodium: 0.4 milligrams
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 0 gram
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 gram
  • Trans Fat: 0 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 1.9 gram
  • Fiber: 0.3 gram
  • Protein: 0.6 gram
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
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Emily (Frigon) Meyers is the founder of Garlic Head, a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets while saving time and money. She is a lifelong vegetarian and 10+ year vegan. Garlic Head does not focus on labels - it focuses on creating food that everyone can enjoy.

Emily earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University along with degrees in Economics, Spanish, and Global Sustainability from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been featured on numerous podcasts and websites including The Food Institute, VegNews, Buzzfeed, and the Boston Globe.

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    • Emily says

      Hi Tatiana. thanks so much for reading! These will keep on the counter for about 5 days, but I actually store mine in the freezer where they’ll last for months. I pull them out a few at a time for my dog and he loves them that way. Hope that helps!

  1. Denine Morgan says

    My daughter and I made these for our doggie’s 2nd birthday! Fun and easy to make and our dog LOVED them!

  2. Sheldon says

    My dog is obsessed with these! This recipe was so simple to make and freezing the treats makes them last a while. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  3. suzette thibault says

    Oh I can not wait to go shopping and getting extra of these few ingredients…so…so simple…
    thank you so very much for this and sharing…
    we foster and rescue dogs we have about 20 they are all special needs dogs or as I call them my babies lol…so I know that I will be making many of these lol…
    I do have one question I seen that you can freeze them and that is even more wonderful…what about an air tight container stored in the fridge or countertop ??? how long would those last???…and will they be ok???
    thank you again so…so…so……very much
    hugggs n love from Texas
    Suzette Thibault

    • Emily says

      Hi Suzette, that is so amazing you rescue special needs dogs! How wonderful.
      Great question: these treats can be stored in the freezer for 6 months and in a sealed airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. They can also be stored in a sealed container at room temperature, but will not last as long so I recommend freezing them,
      Thank you for reading, I hope your babies love these!

  4. Brandy says

    I have a german shepherd who always has digestive problems with other store brand treats. However he has no problems with these and absolutely loves them! 10/10 will make again

    • Emily says

      Hi Brandy, thank you so much for the rating and for trying the recipe! I am so glad your German Shepherd likes them! My dog has some digestive issues too so I understand how tricky that can be. It makes me happy to hear that these worked for you 🙂

  5. Bernice Tulio says

    I love how we only needed three ingredients to make these – my yellow lab was a huge fan of them! Thank you 🙂

  6. Alanna says

    Thanks for making it so easy!
    Do you think these will bake the same if I use silicone molds instead of rolling and cutting?

    • Emily says

      Hi Alanna, thank you for commenting! Great question. I think that silicone molds will work perfectly and the bake time should be about the same!

  7. Laura says

    What is the conversion of rooked pats to
    Flour to oat flour? I’m guessing it’s not 3 cups. I have oat flour I’d like to use

    • Emily says

      Hi Laura! That’s a great question. 1 cup of oats will yield 3/4 cup oat flour. So I would recommend starting with 3/4 of a cup of pre-ground oat flour.
      Thank you!

  8. Robin says

    My dog is very picky and won’t eat store bought treats. I made this very easy recipe and she loves them! Oh, and my adult daughter loves them, too. lol.

    • Emily says

      Hi Robin – this makes me so happy to hear! That’s wonderful. And LOL, glad your daughter also likes them! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  9. MARILYN says

    I MADE THESE FOR MY DOGS AND IT SEEMS THAT NOT ONLY DO MY DOGS LOVE THEM EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE DOES AS WELL LOLL i am doing them with plantain coconut and eggs instead of banana plantains are good for dogs apparently and is good for upset tummy’s i have a 16 year old collie shep mix that simply loves everything that i give him

  10. Sue Gee says

    Thanks for making this so simple!
    I make these for our local shelter and donate them every few months. The doggies love them!

    • Emily says

      Hi Sue,
      That is so kind of you, that makes me so glad to hear they love them! I am going to start doing that also. Thanks for rating + commenting!

  11. Mario says

    My blue heeler Violet loves them (I ate one too, they were good)! They were super easy to make, and she’ll eat them right up. Good to break up into smaller pieces and put in a treat bag to bring for walks which is what we’re gonna do later.

  12. Don Janice says

    This is going to become a regular for our puppies – they couldn’t get enough! I used pumpkin (no banana) and ever tried one myself LOL. Storing them in the freezer is definitely the right more. Thank you for this simple recipe! I need more 3-ingredient cooking in my life.

  13. Holli says

    My dog absolutely loves these! And I love knowing I am giving her something healthy and nourishing to her. This also is so easy to make and are so cheap to make! I have them for my dog always!

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