Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits

Happy 2nd birthday to my toy poodle, Winston! Winston was born October 17, 2009. We brought him home on New Year’s Day 2010. He was my birthday present from Andrew! He was eleven weeks old and only weighed 1.7 pounds when we brought him home. He is the sweetest little dog and hardly ever barks. He loves long walks, sitting on laps, playing with our yorkie Hemingway and playing with his toy frog.

        

When he was about six months old, we noticed that he started to favor his left leg and when he would run he would “bunny hop” and not put any weight on it. We took him to the doctor thinking that possibly he sprained his leg, only to find out that he had severe hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is very uncommon for smaller breeds and even more unusual for dogs of his age. The veterinarian told us that unless Winston underwent a Femoral Head Ostectomy he would eventually have such severe muscle atrophy that he would have to have the leg amputated. So when he was only eight months old, he underwent a Femoral Head Ostectomy. The head of his femur bone was removed and as scar and fibrous tissue formed so did a pseudo-joint.

         

The vet told us that with the severe muscle atrophy that Winston had that there was no guarantee that after the surgery he would ever use that leg again but that he would be pain-free. After the surgery his leg was taped up for about 2 weeks. When we untaped it he slowly started to use the leg again. Following the vets orders, I had Winston do water therapy in the bathtub twice a day. He would swim around our bath tub for 15 to 20 minutes strengthening the leg muscle that had become so weak. Eventually he began to putting more weight on his leg and today you wouldn’t even know he had surgery by looking at him. He walks, jumps, runs, and hops on his hind legs just like any other dog!

          

Since today is his second birthday I made him some of these Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits. Both Hemingway and Winston went crazy over these treats! They both love peanut butter so much that if they hear me open the jar they are at my feet in a split second! :)

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Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits

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Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten, for brushing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the egg, peanut butter, banana, and honey. Stir in the flour, wheat germ and oats.
  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes and place on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg white.
  4. Bake until dried and golden brown, about 25-30 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Yields: 3 dozen (using a 1-inch cookie cutter)

Source: adapted from Allrecipes

Winston waiting patiently for a treat!

Looking for more dog treats that your furry friend will love? Here are some of Hemingway and Winston’s favorite homemade dog treats:

29 Responses to “Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits”

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    Geet — October 17, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    I would have to definitely make this for my schnoodle. happy birthday to winston!

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    Cheryl — October 17, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    Awe….such an awesome story! I don’t normally care for poodles but your little guy is cute. I will be making these treats for my best (4-legged) friends! Thanks for all the inspiration in the kitchen that you give…keep up the great work!!

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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — October 17, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    Errmmm I would be all over those treats too! haha! They just look so human recipe worthy :D And I’m so glad Winston is okay! It’s so sad when dogs can’t use a paw and waddle around :( And that picture with the apple…omgshhhh how is it possible to be that cute, small and fake looking?! (I mean it in a good way) He looks like a toy! eeeek :P

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    eat healthy. be happy. live well. — October 17, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    So glad that your pup made it through the surgery and is better than ever! I imagine that must have been tough for all of you to go through. Happy Birthday to Winston!

    I will definitely have to make a double batch of these for my pup! He’s a Great Dane and weighs nearly 100 pounds at almost 8 months old :)

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    microwavegoddess — October 17, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    What a wonderful story, so glad it has a happy ending!! Fun recipe, must try for my puppy…

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    Judy — October 17, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Aw, Winston is adorable. My Silas would like these treats too! Though, it would take a few more since he weighs 100 lbs :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — October 17, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    I love all your doggie recipes. I need to make my Ginger some treats!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — October 17, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Wow, this has always been something we thought might happen to our bigger dogs. I’m so glad he’s healthy today. Glad he came home to patient loving owners. Great treats too.

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    Kim @ Eat What You've Got — October 17, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    How cute! I am sure that Yellow, my 5-year old’s adopted Lab would love these. I think this would be something that my son and I could make together and he could give to Yellow.

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    losangelas — October 17, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    what a sweet thing to make for your little friend! Happy Birthday to him :)

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    Sandi — October 17, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    What a terrific niche you have! Marion Nestle’s book-Feed Your Pet Right is on my (extensively long) book list, have you read it?

    Is Winston named after anyone famous?..assuming Hemingway is ;)

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    Mary Beth — October 17, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    Happy Birthday Winston! Thanks for sharing his wonderful story. He sure is handsome! My husband always talks about trying dog biscuit recipes, so this one will be great for us to start out with!

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    chicaandaluza — October 17, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    Happy Birthday to little Winston – what a cutie and so pleased he is well and happy. Love the recipe, my two also adore peanut butter so will give these a whirl for my little ones :)

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    ChgoJohn — October 17, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    Happy birthday, Winston! My Max would be all over those biscuits. Peanut butter is his Achilles’ heel.

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    happywhennothungry — October 17, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    Happy birthday Winston!!! My pups name is Winston too :-)

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    Ashley's Cooking Adventures — October 18, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Happy Birthday to your little baby! What a survivor he is! My pug Wendell loves peanut butter and bananas, so he would go nuts for these. Thanks for the recipe!

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    jennknee — October 18, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    This is the SWEETEST post!! I’m so glad that Winston made a successful recovery! The picture of Hemingway and Winston together in front of the christmas tree is the cutest photo!!!

    Great looking treats..I bet my dog Willy would totally love these!

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    iamahoneybee — October 18, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    ahhh poor puppy!! glad that Winston is doing well now :-).

    Happy Birthday Winston!

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — October 18, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Oh goodness, Oreo would love these!

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    bakingjenn — October 18, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

    I don’t have a dog, but these might be Christmas presents for the doggies in the extended family! :)

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    Christine — October 18, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

    Happy birthday Winston. Winston is adorable. Great treat, I bet my dog, Molly would love this. Thanks for sharing.

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    juniakk — October 19, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    awwwww winston is ADORABLE. toy poodles are soooo cute!!

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    Amy — October 20, 2011 @ 3:03 am

    I love all the puppy recipes you have here! I know some monkeys who are definitely going to love me now :)

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    Peggy — October 20, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Awww – Winston is oh so cute! Our dog has a similar problem with one of his hind legs – but it’s only once in a while that he “bunny hops”. The vet said surgery wasn’t necessary because it was more of a discomfort thing – but the dog doesn’t wimper or look discomforted so we’ve just enjoyed his little “quirks”. Happy birthday to Winston!

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    Sara — October 22, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    What a cute dog! I just had to leave a comment because I, too, had a wonderful dog named Winston. He also had hip dysplasia. But my Winston was a ginormous Great Dane :) Glad your Winston is healthy and happy!

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    kate — January 22, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    I’ve come across your site while trying to find treats to make my pit bull that are filled with vitamins to help prevent hip displaysia. He three tears old and has begun yelping when he gets up. Luckily as a pup we often took him to creeks and the lake which is probably why he’s just now starting to have difficulty. To get to my point I have found many natural remedy websites that have said carrots, garlic,fish oil, and gelatin help provide vitamins, inflation reduction, and pain relief. I thought you’d like to play with the idea of adding these to one of your recipes and I know I will! I hope your pups are healthy and good luck to you :)

    • Christina replied: — February 2nd, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

      Kate,
      Thanks for the info about the carrots, garlic,fish oil, and gelatin. I hadn’t heard of those natural remedies before. If you add some to these biscuits I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

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