Grain-Free Dog Treats


Oh Amelia Bedelia, my little demon-corgi-love-child, you!

Homemade Dog Treats

Now that I’ve lived with a puppy for 14 days, I feel like I can speak as a half-way authority on them. Here are a few notes/thoughts:

1. You will drop serious dollars on puppy toys, beds, treats, etc…and then they’ll become fascinated with empty water bottles, your shoe laces, your scarves and your first adult couch. Their mission with all of these objects, that you love and adore, is to destroy them. DE-STROY.

2. You will let your puppy sleep in your bed because “it’s so cute OMG!” and then it will sleep on your head and on your pillow. Oh and puppies don’t sleep in. No. Never. They’ll wake you up at 6:30am every morning BY NIPPING AT YOUR FACE.

Homemade Dog Treats

3. You will take your puppy outside to do its business, you’ll come back inside thinking you’re the owner of the year for tending to this lil’ thing so diligently, you’ll turn your back and then…BOOM! accident on the carpet. DUDE!

4. You will wake up one morning, make the little creature treats, it will smell the peanut butter and follow you around everywhere. You will bake them, allow them to cool and give your little animal a try; her wiggling little (non-existent corgi) tail will tell you she’s excited and she’ll eat the treat so vigorously that you’ll forget her puppy-terror ways. Perfect.


Amelia is on a grain-free diet. Mainly because my childhood dog, Chuck, is on a raw-food diet and he’s thirteen, has never had a health issue and runs around like a puppy. And then proceeds to sleep like an old man, tongue out and all. BUT you get what I’m saying.

Whatever diet your dog is on, he/she will LOVE these.

Garbanzo flour is the total jam for dogs. Coming in at 22%, garbanzo flour has the highest protein level out of all flours. Also, it’s super inexpensive. Double win.

These treats have minimal ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make.

Annnd, they’re Amelia approved.

Homemade Dog Treats

Grain-Free Dog Treats

5 from 2 votes
Serving Size: 22 cookies


  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons creamy, natural peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • *1/4 cup rolled oats, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the banana, peanut butter and egg; mix until completely combined. To a medium bowl, add the flour and rolled oats; mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until the dough comes together.
  • Transfer the dough to a piece of heavily floured wax paper. Note: The dough will be sticky so flouring everything (wax paper, rolling pin and cookie cutter) is important. Roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness and cut out the cookies using a cookie cutter of choice. Re-roll the scraps and cut out more cookies. (I used a small heart cookie cutter and ended up with 22 cookies.) Transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet. These cookies won't spread so placing them close together is okay. If you don't want to roll the dough out, alternatively, you can scoop teaspoons of dough onto a baking sheet, flattening the cookies with the ball of your palm.
  • Bake the cookies for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to come to room temperature on a cooling rack. Cookies will be good for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.


*Oats are technically a grain. I added them for texture. You can of course eliminate this and you'll be good to go.
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  • Reply V October 15, 2019 at 7:05 am

    always make sure the peanut butter you use (or anything really) doesn’t contain “xylitol” which is toxic to pets!

  • Reply Bhuboy May 24, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    5 stars
    My wife will love this recipe, he used to bake for me and our kids, im sure he will enjoy making this for our dogs

  • Reply Kimberly April 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I make these all the time leaving out the oats as my Morkie, Bear, is grain free. I use mashed sweet potato instead of the banana and he loves them! I wish they smelled better as they baked though, the chick pea flour makes a stink! I just bake something for us when I’m done though!

  • Reply Carrie October 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I used this as a base recipe for my first attempt with garbanzo flour. I replaced the peanut butter with equal parts coconut oil, replaced the egg with flax meal, and added 1/4 cup coconut *flour* to help with the sticky consistency. PERFECT. I was able to roll it out on parchment paper with no problem and it cut great. Thanks for the assist!!

  • Reply Carrie October 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I used this as a base recipe for my first attempt with garbanzo flour. I replaced the peanut butter with equal parts coconut oil, replaced the egg with flax meal, and added 1/4 cup coconut oil to help with the sticky consistency. PERFECT. I was able to roll it out on parchment paper with no problem and it cut great. Thanks for the assist!!

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  • Reply Fawad khan May 30, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    You can make your own bean flour. Just put dry beans in your food processor, or if you have a high powered blender like a Vita Mix or other commercial type, that works great too. You could use a coffee grinder for small batches.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 30, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      I’ve never tried to make my own bean flour, but I want to now! Thanks for the tips.

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  • Reply Kathy July 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Hi there! I have been making these cookies for over a year now and love how they turn out – I make them for friends’ dogs for gifts too! Recently one of my dogs has developed acid reflux and we have been eliminating anything that can possibly be causing her issues – I have read that beans are not the best in a dog’s diet and was wondering if that applies to garbanzo bean flour as well? I just made a batch of the cookies with coconut flour but the dough turned out very dry and crumbly.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      I have a feeling it probably does since garbanzo flour is just ground-up beans. I wonder if you added an additional egg or a few scoops of apple sauce, if it’d help bind the cookies? I think coconut flour is super dry and needs a bit more moisture.

      • Reply Kathy July 27, 2015 at 8:09 am

        Thanks, Adrianna; good idea. I am assuming coconut flour will be okay for her as I haven’t found anything that says it causes reflux. I’ve also read some comments from people that say some grains help their dog’s reflux (so I could use regular flour), but many animal wellness sites say no grain – it’s all so confusing!!

  • Reply Laurel Hart June 24, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for your recipe, and I loved the pictures of your puppy. I have a dachshund Freddy who is going to be 14 in September. A year or so ago I took him off all grains, just because he was getting fat and oh so gassy. I also shared everything I ate with him which didn’t help. Now he has a figure again, the vets think he is in great shape. Recently he had surgery on his foot for some kind of growth on his hock, not cancer, but Hormonal? Today he is having another operation for an Aural hematoma, or blood clot in his floppy ear. But we are talking about treats here, not injuries…I have been making dog treats for Freddy for a couple years now, the main flavor ingredients are Sweet potatoes and apples. The flours are garbanzo bean flour, Rice flour and Oatmeal flour, it’s a grain, I know. I also put in Brewers yeast (people tablets dissolved) chicken broth, regular yeast, dry milk, parsley (good for smelly dogs) and garlic both good to keep fleas away. I make huge batches, use my kitchen aid mixer. I put in enough flour to be able to knead a little, then roll pieces into snakes about as big around as a quarter or less, cut off hunks with my kitchen shears, put them on the cookie sheets close together but not touching (they don’t rise) then I squash them down with the flat bottom of a small juice glass. I used to use doggie cookie cutters, but Freddy said he didn’t care so with the amount that I make I looked for an easier way.I do 4 cookie sheets at a time. When they are all baked but still hot, I put them back into the hot oven. Turn off the oven and leave them overnight (minus a few that Freddy has because he knows what I have been doing). They have been a hit with all the local dogs and my granddogs, and all the ingredients are from my kitchen. I have had a lot of humans try them, and they all said “not bad” if they weren’t so hard, they’d have more. I’ll be glad to share the recipe, let me know,I just have to write it out.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Sure, please leave the recipe below! Say hi to Freddy!

  • Reply Shay Wilson June 19, 2015 at 12:43 am

    I was so excited this came up when I googled grain free pup treats for my senior German Shepherd. He is allergic to so many things- it’s been a battle.
    I’m actually looking for a recipe to ‘sneak’ his glusclosmine meds into. (Liquid form)
    Am I missing something…aren’t peanut butter & oats a grain?
    Possibly I googled it wrong. I’ve been using straight peanut butter for the last 2 days to put his medicine into since he’ll no longer eat his food w/ it on top. But then I read it’s a grain…. I’m paying big bucks for his grain free dog food. lol
    Thanks for any response

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 21, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Oats in this recipe are optional (I just added them for texture). Peanuts aren’t a grain, they’re a legume.

  • Reply sandra June 18, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Hi, want to try these for my puppy, at what age can he have them (he is 12 weeks), and how long will they keep? thanks

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 21, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      This is a question for the puppy’s vet. I gave my dog these at 12 weeks. And they should keep for 2 to 3 weeks when kept in an air-tight container.

  • Reply sharon June 5, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Where do you buy the flour? Also, what vitamins do you put in your raw diet, and could you give me the recipe? thanks very much

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 5, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      I buy the flour at Whole Foods. And you can find it via the link in the post. I don’t really make her food, it’s just a combination of raw eggs, raw fruit and vegetables!

  • Reply Sue Hawley May 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I have an old rescue dog. I think he’s the best dog in the world. He has come to us with alot of skin irritations and my friends have recommended a wheat gluten free diet to help this. Can you recommend a good make of food? I can use oats in this treat can’t I or not. He gets treated quite regularly by us mainly because we are trying to train him into some new ways but also because he’s had a miserable life for 10yrs and now we think he deserves treating. Because of this I now want to try making treats for him instead of buying them. Any more recipes.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Sue, You should definitely try this recipe and see if it helps. There are many grain-free dog food brands out there. I personally don’t give my dog traditional food (I give her a few raw eggs, frozen fruit and a scoop of peanut butter). A lot of people believe in a raw diet for dogs. Personally I can’t give you any real advice since I’m not a vet but I do suggest you do some research. Hope this recipe helps. Thanks for giving your guy a good life! xo

  • Reply Ela April 11, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I have one question (to anyone) HOW do you get that dough OFF the …spoon, finger or any other tool?!
    It sticks to anything like “you know what to a blanket”! (LOL…Sorry).
    I ended up dipping back of the spoon in water each time just to get it off the spoon.
    The end result were great cookies but a little soft in the middle the next day.
    I don’t know if the little bit of water had something to with it? They did baked really nice.
    Our 4-legged- Love really likes them.
    Any thoughts anyone? Please?
    Thank you. I would appreciate some insight 🙂

    • Reply Bernie July 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Ella,
      There are a lot of comments here to read, but I’m determined to read them all cause I’m picking up a lot of good, helpful info. In one comment the lady had the problem of the dough being too sticky and couldn’t get it off anything. Adrianna suggested she add more flour to dry the dough up a little. Also, I think, since the banana, peanut butter oil and the egg are the moisture, when you make them again, you could also start with a smaller banana and/or a smaller egg, for instance. Hope this helps.

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