5 Ingredient Grain-Free Dog Treats

Usually Saturday or Sunday mornings mean recipe development for the blog. This also usually means baking chocolatey-goodness or some sort of paleo-friendly treat that I just have to taste test over and over.


5 Ingredient Grain-Free Dog Treats

The past few weekends however were extra special, because little Jax got to be the real taste-tester. Let’s be real, Mike and I tried them too, of course, but the real test was our puppy- and it passed the test with flying colors! So, instead of your traditional Foodie Friday with myself and American Express, this one is for all the dogs out there!


The best part about these, aside from them being packed with nutrients, is that the dough yields up to/if not more 60 dog cookies (depending on your cookie cutter size)! Seriously so much better than spending $10-15 on 20 grain-free cookies! PLUS, you need only 5 ingredients. Total win all around.

5 Ingredient Grain-Free Dog Treats


That is one happy puppy. He was ready to sit, roll over, throw his paws up, and pull out every trick in his book for these. His eyes lit up way more than with his usual treats!


5 Ingredient Grain-Free Dog Treats


5 Ingredient Grain-Free Dog Treats

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 50 1x


  • 1 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or nut butter of choice, no added ingredients
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree**

Optional add-ins:

  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tsp dried parsley


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and form dough into a ball
  • Roll out dough in between two sheets of parchment paper*
  • Gently use your desired cookie cutters to cut and lift cookies into ideal shape**
  • Transfer to a lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are hard
  • Let cool completely before serving


If dough is dry, add an additional egg

This recipe also works with unsweetened apple sauce

I used these cookie cutters

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This has me thinking of a doggy birthday cookie cake for this newly 6-month old pup (his birthday was yesterday). I made him two massive cookies and sandwiched them between peanut butter. Happy, happy birthday puppy!


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February 6, 2015

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    1. I thought these were perfect for my dog because she is allergic to wheat but then I saw the eggs (allergic to them also). I think I will try substituting them with applesauce.

      1. Use Flaxseed instead of eggs! to use flaxseed meal as an egg replacer in recipes for muffins, cakes, cookies, and pancakes, use one tablespoon of flaxseed meal (grind in coffee grinder or blender/processor) and 3 tablespoons of liquid to replace each egg called for in the recipe. You can also reduce the flour in a recipe by up to 25 percent and replace it with ground flaxseed. Flaxseed meal can provide a nutritional punch to many baked goods. Add flaxseed meal to bread, pancakes, muffins, bars, cookies and other recipes for extra nutrition and a nutty flavor. Replace oil or shortening in a recipe with ground flaxseed. Substitute flaxseed at a 3:1 ratio for best results.

        1. Wish I had thought of the flax seed!

          My dogs love the treats. I think it rolls out best when chilled a bit. I’ll do that next time for the whole batch.
          Instead of canned pumpkin/sweet potato, I used fresh sweet potatoes and microwaved them. They were organic, so I pureed them with the skins on and added the eggs toward the end in order to finely mash/puree them.

          1. I just made them and I also added some flax seed, my 3 yrs old golden retriever “Maya” love’s the treats.

            Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    2. i went to culinary school and if we were allergic to eggs we would use apple sauce inplace of eggs. hope that helps

    3. You can try Chia Seed as an egg substitute. Or ground flax (chia stays fresher longer and does not need to be ground) One tablespoon seed or ground flax to three tablespoons water. Let it sit to gel up a bit. Proceed!

  1. Do you think it would be ok to freeze half of the dough? I dont think my dog can go through 60 cookies in a couple of weeks so want to halve it.

  2. This is a wonderful recipe, my doggies loved them and I am making them again 2 weeks later :). I store them in the freezer that way I know they will stay fresh!! Love soooooo many of your recipes, thank you!!!

  3. Hello!! I just used your recipe as a platform for my dog treats.. i added spent grain and barley and used almond butter and carrots instead of the peanut butter and sweet potato puree. My dog, Diamond, is obsessed!!!!

    Thank you for posting your recipe.


  4. How much applesauce is used to substitute for the eggs?
    Also, do these harden a good bit? I’m hoping they hold together well.

    If anyone has a good recipe for “icing” that hardens to decorate the treats, please let me know! I would like to make these pretty for a fundraising event, but I have not had much success with finding the right combo of ingredients.

  5. Thank you so much for the recipe, we have a American Pit bull Terrier named Demi (who has the grain allergies) and Chihuahua, named Nigel they both love the treats! I was just curious how long they keep and if they should be refrigerated or not?

  6. Hi Lexi,

    I have made this recipe twice. I have to say my dogs love them so much. My question is are they supposed to be crunchy like a dog biscuit? I made them about the same thickness as you have in the pic and I baked them on 375 but they are not crunchy. More like a firm cost cookie. My dogs love them either way it is just for my own OCD lol.

  7. I tried making this recipe today but couldn’t get the dough to be at a consistency to allow you to roll it out or cut shapes. I added more flour which helped to thicken but still not the right consistency. I’m baking little blobs now – we’ll see how they turn out!

    1. I’m having the same problem, it crumbles, I’m chilling it in frig now and will try another batch
      It’s kind of a mess honestly? I’m trying to have it ready to sell at our local Farmers Market

  8. Just a quick question…. Do these need to be in the fridge? I saw a similar recipe and they needed to stay cool due to ingredients

  9. I made these treats today for my clients dogs but they didn’t get hard. The dogs love them but fall apart. Is there something I can do so they stay together? I didn’t melt the coconut oil. I would love to make them again.

    1. You can refrigerate for longer storing but they don’t need to be. In an air tight container they keep up to 2 weeks. In the fridge you can get another week out of them!

  10. Since I used 1/3 hemp flour and flax meal for eggs, the dough was very soft. I rolled small balls and flattened them with a pretty glass bottom! wonderful! dipped in water every couple cookies. thanks for this great nourishing recipe – I will be sharing these with shelter pups and mine!

  11. I do make homemade treats for my furbaby. I like 2 use quinoa flour, organic apples or apple sauce, bananas, peanut butter, honey, coconut oil. I also boil hamburger or turkey & mix with brown rice, peas, carrots, beans to mix with his dog food a couple of times a week since I learned that vegetables are so good for them. Love your healthy dog treat ideas, thanx.

  12. If a dog is allergic to wheat soy and grain. Can you use certain flour? I am making these for a friend’s dog don’t want to take.a.chance to harm the dog so I guess the question I have is what is considered a grain flour

  13. Just made this and fed a couple of cooled ones to both of my dogs, one who is a VERY picky eater. They both LOVED them! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m sure my dog will love it! Can you use a different oil other than coconut oil? Thanks.

      1. My dog is not only allergic to wheat – so it has to be grain free but because he also has a high yeast issue – he cannot have anything with sugars – so peanut butter, sweet potatoes and regular potatoes are also out of the picture. Does anyone have any other recipes which would be grain-free and no sugar items?
        I need help

        1. How many biscuits does this make and must they be refrigerated. Also can you substitute applesauce for the eggs and a variety of flours? Trying to be grain free. Doing a first birthday party for 11 Dalmatian puppies on July 30 and want to do treat bags. These sound good but it would be too many to have to refrigerate send I need to make several dozen!

  15. OK, here’s what some will think this is a dumb question….but….do I melt the coconut oil or not?
    Also, how thick do I roll the dough out?
    Thanks in advance!!

  16. I just made these for my dog, and shared them with my Mother’s dogs as well.. they all LOVED them! I will be making them again, thank you. (:

  17. Has ANYONE been able to get these to come out hard and crunchy?? I have them in the oven yet again. My puppy loves them, but I can’t get them to come out crunchy! I’ve even tried making them thinner. Any ideas?? Help! Lol!!

      1. Thanks Lexi! I’ll try that next time! But my puppy LOVES the flavor!!!! She just prefers crunchy treats, so I’d like to get them crunchy. I also ordered the cutters you use. 🙂

  18. Made these today with leftover sweet potatoes – my puppy loves the flavor! Added the parsley, as it gave it some color (and flavor) but no carrots. I may have made them too thick because they were hard to remove from the mold, so they had to cook longer. Next time will try to make them thinner. I used both a bone mold as well as a small circle mold to see which came out better. They both work well, but I cooked both longer than the recipe called for to try to get them crunchy. I will freeze these as someone recommended so they are fresh and also help with teething! Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂

  19. Hi! Love these great recipes! My pittie baby has so many allergies so I have to make all his food myself. I have made treats in the past and they mold super quick so I have to keep them in the fridge. Do these need to be stored in the fridge or are they ok to keep in a cookie jar or tin? 🙂 thanks! Excited to try these!

  20. I tried these cookies and followed the recipe but was disappointed when they came put soft broken and didn’t hold up like the ones in your picture. They also started to spoil after a few days in a air tight container.

    1. That’s odd, Ramona. Did you follow exactly? Everyone has great results with this recipe!
      P.S. Some people prefer to store these in the fridge depending on where they live/temperatures.

  21. Hi, Just a few questions? what thickness do you usually roll yours out to? Also any suggestions on getting even thickness for the dough? I always have uneven thickness with dough. Finally how do you mix? With a hand mixer, stand mixer with dough attachment or just with a wooden spoon by hand? Thanks!!!

    1. Hi! Roughly 1/4 inch. I roll it out with a rolling pin. Doesn’t have to be TOTALLY 100% even (your dog won’t notice ;)) I mix these by hand!

  22. Silly question, when you say coconut oil do you mean for it to be soft or melted? I had to add way more flour to make this mixture hold.

    1. I melted the coconut oil slightly – otherwise it wouldn’t incorporate with the other ingredients very well. Lexi, can you advise on melting vs. not melting? I think melting it helped things come together, although I had the same problem with the dough not holding well. And then with all the extra flour, it was so crumbly that it was hard to roll out. I’ll try again with a little less flour and see if they crumble less.

  23. Hi , Thank you !! for the recipe i will be trying this asap.. getting ready to write down the recipe
    were did you go to school ? to lerarn. ? let me know and Thank you.

  24. I did not melt the coconut oil cuz the recipe doesn’t say to and they came out crumbly. Followed the recipe exactly. I ended up just making little dough balls and using a fork to push them down to make little coin biscuits. I’m making them for a fundraiser. After baking, there are holes in the biscuits where the oil was. I mixed the oil in as best as I could, but some chunks still made it through. Maybe the next batch I will try melting the oil first….

  25. For those dogs that are allergic to eggs I recommend psyllium husk.
    Approximately one table spoon (or 9 g) of psyllium plus 2 table spoons of hot water (the heat “activates” the husks to form a gel) substitutes 1 egg.
    In case you use the finer powder, half of the amount might be enough (I used whole husks).
    In my opinion, psyllium works better than chia or flax, because it also works a bit like gluten and “glues” the dough together.

  26. Great recipe Lexi! Can’t wait to try them. SInce the recipe makes so many , and I only have one dog, I was wondering how long they will be good for and how you should store them?

  27. I can’t wait to try this recipe…what i have learnt from baking dog treats so far is..the drier you bake biscuits the longer they will last because moisture is what causes the mould…Baking for longer at a lower temp or dehydrating after baking will give you a longer shelf life……..so will adding salt or using margarine…but that defeats the healthy option…. hope this helps….

  28. Been making these treats for about a year now. My 1st batch came out a bit soft so I’ve been going thinner on the dough and cooking longer at about 30-50 degrees lower. Just to let everyone know this not like cookie dough. I flatten out smaller amounts between a gallon freezer bag with the top and sides cut off , less counter destruction. After I cut out the shapes I use a paring knife to unstick & lift each treat onto the cookie sheet. Yes you want to fully melt the coconut flour. When putting the ingredients together mix the wet first. You can use a hand or electric whisk for the wet but when you go to add the dry I find it works best to use your hands (I put on gloves for this part. I hope these few suggestions help.

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  29. I looked thru all the commetns before asking… thoughts on almond flour vs coconut flour? I’m guessing use more almond flour, just wondering if anyone has tried that?

    1. Coconut flour is super absorbant and it is never a 1-1 sub! Let us know if you do try how it went!

  30. I know! Lol that’s why I was hoping someone had already tried it, plus I have way more almond flour than coconut. Well my batches of the recipe posted are coming out now. Wow super different to work with then flour….. I’m not familiar enough working with coconuflour to adjust weirdness….. so the dough is moist, but crumbly…. could press between patch paper but in the end had to just ball up and thumb down and press edges to not crack. I even threw the entire batch back in the mixer and added another egg and some EV 00 and water! And it’s just not letting me roll it out and easily cut out the shapes. Hmmmm, it’s an adventure and a work in progress evening! Lmao

  31. Great post thanks. This looks good and healthy too. I’ve been reading posts and looking for varieties of treats for my dogs. Glad I found this. I’ll try making one, I hope my dog likes it.

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  32. just mixed up followed exactly, it does not look like dough, not even close very wet not able to roll?? what did i do wrong??

  33. Despite baking for longer than the time listed to try to get these cookies to be crunchy, they are still soft. By looking at the comments, I saw that many other bakers experienced this same issue. Besides baking for longer, which doesn’t work, what changes do you recommend to get these cookies to be crunchy?

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  34. My pups LOVE these! I’m concerned about calories though. I have 2 itty bitties at 4.5pounds. I know to not give these as potty treats- that would be WAY to many a day, but do you have any idea what the calorie count is? I cut them about the size of a quarter and then break them into 4 pieces.

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  35. I made these treats last night for my dogs birthday today. He has a grain and beef allergy, so I was very happy to find this recipe to try. He absolutely loved them! Thank you for the recipe. I will definitely be making them again in the future. I also highly recommend them to anyone else who has a dog with a grain allergy.

    I also wish I could share a photo of his happy face.

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  36. I haven’t made these yet, but scrolling through the comments I’m wondering if the eggs are preventing the biscuits from getting crunchy?
    If they aren’t necessary, maybe just use water. Also, coconut is very absorbent so maybe allowing the dough to sit for a period of time
    to absorb the moisture before rolling them? I have a pit with multiple food allergies so I am making her treats. I am experimenting with different recipes using foods that I know she can have. I am finding that I have to bake treats at a low temp for quite a while to dry them out once they are actually cooked. Another idea would be to dry them in a food dehydrator if they are still moist?
    Since all homemade foods and treats do not have preservatives, unless they are really dry, they will only keep a few days and especially not in plastic which will cause moisture build up and mold faster.
    Hope all of this helps. I will try making these after we get back from a trip this weekend.

  37. A naturopathic doctor and a scientist told me to never heat up flaxseeds or flaxseed oil as it becomes toxic and never use flaxseeds or flaxseed oil to bake with for same reason.

    I’m also allergic to eggs and a doctor confirmed that some people with egg allergy can actually eat eggs if they’re baked in foods like breads and cakes etc because the protein in the eggs is changed when baked at temperatures like 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15, 20 or more. I’ve been able to consume eggs that way without any problems. I just can’t eat scrambled eggs or even a fried egg. I’ve been able to tolerate hard boiled eggs.

    I don’t know if it’s safe to heat up or cook with chia seeds though. But it is safe to make non heated cold pudding using flaxseed and/or chia seeds.

    Is this dog cookie hard or soft? Older dogs and puppies need softer foods. I’m trying to learn to cook grain free gluten free dog treats. I used to make dog cookies ( soft) using wheat until my dogs started having food allergies to gluten, corn and other foods.

    I’m also trying to figure out how to make dog shampoo as my dogs are allergic to chemicals like I am.

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  38. Just made these as treats for working with my vehicle-reactive dog, after discovering he loved some coconut cookies he got as a birthday present.

    I did use melted coconut oil. Like some others, I found the dough was too wet to roll out, even when I added more coconut flour. I made one batch as drop cookies and refrigerated the remaining dough after which it could be rolled out.

    I think next time I’d halve the eggs, or maybe even use water instead as someone suggested so that they turn out crispier. I had to bake these for like 20 min to get them crispy enough, even though I flattened them out to like 3-4 mm.

    Anyway, the dog loves them!

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