Banana Cookies

Just like us, individual dogs have distinct taste preferences. As you try out more and more treat recipes, you’ll get a better idea of what your dog likes and doesn’t. Banana is not a flavor popular with all dogs. I’ll be honest—Pacey isn’t a big fan. However, bananas are naturally creamy and sweet, so some dogs absolutely love them. And that creamy texture also lends itself very well to baked goods.

Bananas have nutritional benefits as well. Dogs are able to quickly metabolize the natural sugars, so bananas can offer an energy boost. Bananas also contain potassium, electrolytes, minerals, vitamin B6, and vitamin C and are fiber rich.

When you’re preparing this recipe, do not panic if the cookie dough seems wet when you’re mixing it. When I made this recipe, the dough was very moist, bordering on a batter, but when I portioned the dough (using a 2-tablespoon scoop) the cookies held together well and didn’t even spread out too much in the oven. I did press gently on the tops of the baked cookies as they came out of the oven. This flattened them out a little bit and gave them a neater appearance, but that’s completely optional. Just leave them as-is if you’re okay with a more rustic look.

 Banana Cookies

Banana Cookies

Makes about 50 cookies

 

2 cups all purpose or unbleached white flour

2 cups (uncooked) oats

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2cups natural, unsweetened applesauce

3 very ripe medium-sized bananas, mashed

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Combine the flour, oats, and baking soda in a bowl.

3. Add the applesauce and bananas, and stir to combine.

4. Drop the dough by the heaping tablespoonful onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. These cookies may spread slightly during baking, so be sure to leave about 1 inch between the drops of dough. (Optional: I like to press down gently on the top of each drop of dough to flatten the cookies out a little bit—this is purely for looks.)

5. Bake until the cookies are light brown and spongy to the touch, about 11 minutes. Turn the oven off, crack the oven door, and allow the cookies to harden for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

 

Definitely store these moist treats in the refrigerator.

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2 responses

  1. Good question. Bananas are high in fiber, so in large quantities they could possibly “bind up a dog’s system.” However, the amount of bananas in this recipe is small enough that these cookies should not pose a problem if fed as a special treat only. (Treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet.) And just try banana treats very sparingly if you know that your dog has a super sensitive digestive system.

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