Peanut Butter & Banana Training Treats.

Yesterday I mentioned that I would be sharing a training treat recipe with you today. This recipe is really simple with only 3 ingredients (4 if you wanna count the splash of water) and can easily be used to make regular sized cookies if that’s what you want, but I used it to make tiny bite sized training treats.

Petal loves peanut butter and bananas. Peanut butter has a strong smell to it, a smell that Petal loves and will work for. Bananas are delicious, nutritious and add a sweet taste to the treats.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 2 cups of your choice of flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • some water
3 photos. First photo is of a single banana in a mixer. Second photo of a jar of Krema peanut butter. Third photo of banana and peanut butter in a mixer.

I used Krema peanut butter because it’s made with just one ingredient: Peanuts.

Mix together banana, peanut butter and flour. Mix it well.Β Then add a splash of water and mix well again. Do not go crazy with the water or else you’ll end up having to add a whole lot more of the flour and then you’ll be baking all night. I am speaking from experience. Don’t know what I was thinking adding a whole cup of water. Way too much. Just add small splashes, mixing well before adding more, until you get a nice dough. A good way to tell is to touch it. Did the dough stick to your finger? You need some more flour. Did it feel dry and crumbly? You need more water.

3 photos of banana, peanut butter, flour and water being mixed together.

First picture: banana and peanut butter. Second picture: banana, peanut butter and flour. Third picture: banana, peanut butter, flour and water.

On a lightly floured surface begin rolling out your dough to your desired thickness. Then use small cookie cutters to cut little bit sized cookies. I used piping nozzles. They made just the right shape and size I was looking for. Plus I could use the other side to poke a little design into the top of the cookie, just for fun.

Using piping nozzles as cookie cutters to make bite sized training treats for your dog.

Piping nozzles as cookie cutters.

Yes, this did, indeed, take ages. Hours. So I didn’t bother to preheat my oven until I had already cut out a few cookies. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and load that thing up with cookies. Go ahead and place them close together, they’re not going anywhere. πŸ˜‰

Photo of a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and small round training cookies for dogs.

Loads of training treats!

Pop your treats into the oven and bake at 250 for 30 minutes. Allow them to cool for several hours, or over night in the oven, before storing them. I stored mine in an air tight cookie jar and they still smelled yummy a week later. However, if you’re concerned, you can store them in an air tight container in the fridge.

Petal loved these treats and they were the perfect training treat size; probably about the size of a US penny. Petal worked very well for them, making it worth all the time I spent cutting out tiny little circles. πŸ˜‰

Today we’re joining the Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop hosted by Kol’s Notes and Sugar the Golden Retriever.

11 thoughts on “Peanut Butter & Banana Training Treats.

    • How funny! Peanut butter and bananas are a good combo. πŸ˜‰ I ended up with way more dough than I originally wanted as well, but that left me with loads of training treats which was great.

    • Lassie was sometimes the same way about peanut butter. He loved it as a puppy but then seemed to out grow it. You could always use less peanut butter or none at all and add an extra banana. πŸ˜‰
      I bet it would be! Good idea, and if the flour were left out it would be a great KONG stuffer.

    • Thanks! It was the perfect size for training treats. I thought of Sugar and her love for bananas as I made these cookies. πŸ˜‰
      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  1. I am so eager to try out this recipe for Taylor! She needs to have a wheat-free diet, so I’m happy that this recipe can use any kind of flour! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Yeah, it should be fine with any kind of flour. You may have to adjust the amount of flour you use, or throw in an egg or two, but it should be fine. I used bread flour but I plan on using coconut flour next time. From what I’ve read coconut flour sucks up moisture really fast and everywhere I’ve read about coconut flour suggests using lots of eggs ( ), but these tips are intended for human baked goods and we’re usually much pickier than dogs. πŸ˜‰ When I make them with coconut flour I’ll probably use a few eggs and more water.

      What type of flour do you plan on using? :)

  2. Wow! I wonder who’s going to enjoy the treats more; Tiekie or myself! Can I participate in training and be rewarded for good behavior too??!! Just kidding…

    I’m sure my readers at are going to love me forever after sharing this (if I may of course…). I’m starting to think I should start a dedicated page to interesting recipes of training treats – do you think my training puppy owners would appreciate that? I think so…

    Thanks for sharing!
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