Grain-Free Dog Treats

in Biscuits

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

Yield: 22 cookies

Grain-Free Dog Treats


  • 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)


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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Wendy Earwood August 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I’ve made these twice and this is my new one and only recipe. Even my picky dog loves them! I didn’t have a banana so I used unsweetened applesauce. Today when I made them I used a small scoop. I think it’s a 1 teaspoon scoop. It works perfect and all the treats are the same size. No rolling out was a nice change. I then pressed them down a little before baking. I have happy dogs now! Thank you!


Adrianna Adarme August 18, 2014 at 8:19 pm

YAY! Love hearing this type of feedback. So glad they enjoyed them and love your substitutions. This recipe is very forgiving!


Denise March 31, 2015 at 8:23 am

Thanks so much for this recipe. I have been making my dogs snacks for a couple of years now (have been using wheat or white flour and oatmeal) but I’ve been looking for a grain free alternative. I have 7 dogs, so buying the flour is to expensive for all the snacks I make. I found out that garbanzo flour is made from chickpeas and you can grind them into garbanzo flour by using a blender, so I’m going to try it. You can also substitute in oatmeal to help with flea bite irritations. Oatmeal will soothe the skin. If your dog has dry skin or dull fur, tuna with oil can be a good substitute for the banana or substitute 1 tbs. flax seed and 3 tbs. of water instead of an egg. Flax seed high in omega 3 oils. Thanks for this recipe I’m so excited to start making treats. Do you know if silicone molds will work instead of using a cookie cutter? I have bone and paw shaped silicone molds I’m going to try.


Adrianna Adarme March 31, 2015 at 9:32 am

Yes it could work. You could probably press the dough into the mold!


Lois August 22, 2014 at 7:01 am

Where do I buy garbanzo bean flour?


Adrianna Adarme August 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Whole Foods or through the link in the post.


Michele Fechtmeyer August 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I like the idea of making my own treats. Not only are they less expensive but you control the ingredients. I might also try pumpkin in place of banana.


Marsha February 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

Is pumpkin okay to give to dogs? Somewhere there is a list of what not to give to dogs.


Adrianna Adarme February 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

Yes! My vet told me it was totally fine but you should ask yours to be safe!


Cady Shepard April 5, 2015 at 1:03 am

Pumpkin and Sweet potato are totally safe for dogs. My vets have always recommended these to help our Seniors with constipation issues. In the amounts you use in these treats, it’s safe. But if you are going to add either of these foods directly to their food, which I do, only use very small amounts, 1 teaspoon for every 10 # of the dog’s weight to his/her food or they could get the ‘runs’. You can increase it gradually as their tolerance increases. They are high in fiber and sooo good for their overall health. Coconut oil is also great for every aspect of the dog’s heath…but again..1 tsp for 10#.

Bob’s Red Mill makes garbanzo bean flour at a very reasonable price. I asked my grocery store to order it for me, as they already carry a lot of that brand, and they did. :) I haven’t made dog treats for a few years but I’m doing it again because I want to KNOW what’s in their food, they have dietary/age issue AND because I found this wonderful recipe! Thank you!

I love the idea of the little silicone molds. I have tons of little doggie cookie cutters but I think soft treats from silicone molds would be so much better for their Senior teeth. Don’t you?

Thanks again to all of you who responded with such great feedback. :)


Sonya September 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Your corgi is absolutely adorable!! I grew up with them, they’re super smart. I had one that would headbutt the table until the drink fell off so she could drink it. I think part demon must be a corgi trait!


Shawn October 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

This is an awesome sight will definitely be using it a lot. Thank you


WANDA October 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm



Adrianna Adarme October 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

HAHA! Thank you!


Maggie October 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Doodle loves these! I couldn’t find garbanzo bean flour at my local store so I used 1 1/2 cups of brown rice flour and 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds instead.


Michele Fchtmeyer November 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

You pup is adorable. I have shared her picture with friends at the dog park. This is my third batch (actually making a double and trying the applesauce with one). Don’t want to run out. My dog Riley loves these and after going out in the morning runs to her cookie jar. I took a batch to our dog park Halloween party and all the dogs loved them too. I have shared this recpe with many. Thanks again.


Adrianna Adarme November 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Oh man, this makes me so happy. Thanks for sharing!


lynda November 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

thank you for sharing – looking forward to trying these out on my 2 old dudes soon!


Adrianna Adarme November 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Aww hope your 2 dudes love them!


Tricia November 7, 2014 at 6:55 am

Every month I make this receipt for my oblong corgi sheltie and his pup friends! And I’m finally getting around to thanking you for such a great recipe! So thanks! I’m pretty sure these treats have contributed to Cody putting on some corgi plump.


Adrianna Adarme November 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Awww yay! This makes me so happy. So glad!


Alice November 11, 2014 at 6:07 am

What would you suggest using in place of the peanut butter? My dogs are allergic to peanut butter and unfortunately to all other nut butters. Thank you!


Adrianna Adarme November 11, 2014 at 8:21 am

Hi Alice, Hmm…I’m not sure; I haven’t tested it with a substitute. Maybe apple sauce might work?


Ava December 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

Organic pumpkin puree is a great alternative and very good for dogs. Just make sure it’s 100% pure pumpkin (not the pie filling).


pattihaby November 29, 2014 at 6:11 am

Today I’m making my second batch…Sammy Loves These.
He’s allergic to the colors in regular dog treats and food, hence that is why I went hunting for a healthy treat recipe…
This time, a double batch !
Thanks a Bunch


Adrianna Adarme November 29, 2014 at 6:20 am

Aww. Love this! HI SAMMY!!


sally March 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm

This is a nice recipe, but oats are a grain. This recipe is not really grain-free.


Adrianna Adarme March 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm

That’s why it specifically says it’s optional.


Meghan December 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

My dog loves these cookies but I have to say, I don’t know how you were able to roll them out. The dough was soooo sticky it stuck to everything–fingers… floured wax paper…everything! I even tried putting it in the fridge for a while, but nothing helped. In the end, I used two spoons to scoop and scrape little blops onto the cookie sheet. They apparently taste good, but they are not the cute little bone shaped cutouts that I had hoped for. I did omit the oats…when you do this, do you add more garbanzo flour?


Adrianna Adarme December 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Ahhh sorry this gave you troubles. Yes, you can just add more flour until it comes together and no longer becomes sticky.


Peggy December 17, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Hi Adrianna, Thank you for all the great advise. Our fur babies are our children and give us the same medical or otherwise delicate issues and they depend on us to take good care of them. Going to the vet and paying hundreds per visit is just not in our budget, so we love to have alternative medicine for our babies also.
I purchased Spelt flour for another dog treat recipe from another site and was wondering if I could possibly use it in your recipe?
Thanks and hope you and yours are having a very Merry Christmas!
Peggy L.


Scottimum December 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I have used it a few times for my grain free scotties and they love them. I do experiment a bit too, today’s christmas cookie treats used a small zucinni and half can plain pumpkin in blender with egg…added about three tablespoons of braunsweiger liver spread, a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil, and the garbazo flour, with just a dash of organic sea salt. I make “drop cookies” and pat them flat with a bit of the grated parmsian cheese on my fingertips too. would imagine could do this without the liver, just adding some of the dried parm cheese as the flavor.


Adrianna Adarme December 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Oh that’s awesome!


Louie and Mario December 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Hi, thanks for the recipe. Is there any other type of flour you could use as a substitute of garbazo flour? Would coconut or almond flour work?


Adrianna Adarme December 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I actually haven’t tried it with another flour. Some people have tried it with coconut flour and they had to play with the consistency a bit. This recipe is VERY flimsy so feel free to use coconut flour, you might just need to add a splash of water or add a bit more flour.


Roz January 9, 2015 at 8:05 am

I can’t wait to make these for my furbabies! I just made some grain free peanut butter bites for them, so I will make these next.
Thank you for posting this!


Kathy Jo Shab Padley January 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Try adding pureed or shredded beats, acorn squash or carrots.
You can use oat flour, or rice flour, coconut flour…just don’t use nut flour espesially almond or brazil nut, they can make them sick.
I have been glutin free for over a year. I make pancakes and waffles that the dogs love.
Love pampering the babies!!!


Kelly March 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm

What a wonderful recipe. I have a Yorkie that can’t eat grain foods, plus can only eat turkey and chicken grain free foods. When I made this recipe I took the dough and laid it on a cookie sheet. I smoothed it out to about 1/8″ then scored it with a pizza cutter so all I had to do was break them apart. I made them about 1″x1″ squares. The recipe made about 70 pieces. Charlie loves them. Thanks for the recipe.


Adrianna Adarme March 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Awww yay! Glad Charlie loved them!


ann stoymenoff March 20, 2015 at 11:29 am

These treats look and sound so good for our poochies! My beloved Golden Retriever, has such severe food allergies, however, (which includes dairy, eggs, peanut butter) I am unable to try these for him :(
Your Corgi is adorable, by the way!


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 :-)


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