Everyone knows doughnuts are one of the most delicious desserts... But why shouldn't your dog have any of the fun? These Banana Doughnuts for Dogs are the perfect special occasion or any time treat for your pup! They're easy to make and your dog will go wild for them!
It's no secret that I'm obsessed with my dog. Like almost to the point where I should probably be institutionalized.
And possibly will be if one more person overhears the conversations I have with her. Or when our dog-sitter sees the 10-page note I'm leaving her before we head off on vacation.
Or perhaps you will have me committed after you see that I am posting yet another recipe for dogs on my blog. If you don't have a dog, you're probably thinking "what the heck; get a life, girl" right about now.
But the thing is, my Peanut Butter Banana Pupcake recipe still gets so much traffic a year after I posted it, so I know there are plenty of other dog crazies out there. Raise your hand if you're one! Shout it out... Be proud!
And please start a commune with me where we can all live together and just talk about how awesome our dogs are all day (also, please at least pretend to be interested when I describe my dog's favorite toys and exactly how I know they're her favorites. Thank you!).
My pup, Winnie, just had her second birthday and like any proud dog mama, I had to bake her up some treats. She's little miss picky, so baking for her is always a risk; but I still can't resist (no I don't have kids... In case you couldn't tell).
For this year's special birthday treat, I decided on doughnuts. Banana Doughnuts for Dogs. Doughnuts are pretty much my favorite dessert and I decided it wasn't fair my pup had made it to year two with nary a taste of doughnut.
I also made her wear this ridiculous pink pom pom collar (because I'm her mom and I can make her do whatever I want). She actually seemed to like it.
How to Make Donuts for Dogs
I really wanted to make Winnie pretty doughnuts, but I didn't want to use artificial coloring (yes, I recognize that it's ridiculous that I'll use artificial coloring for myself and my loved ones, but not for my dog), so I picked up natural sprinkles and natural food coloring.
Of course, I made mini doughnuts since I wanted to keep them treat-sized. You can certainly make full-sized donuts, but you'll likely want to cut them into pieces before feeding them to your pup.
This is a good option for a mini donut pan.
I stuck to whole wheat flour and the frosting I made was Greek yogurt with some honey. Ugh, my dog is so much healthier than I am.
To start, whisk whole wheat flour and baking powder together in a large bowl.
In a separate smaller bowl, mix together mushed banana, egg, buttermilk, and honey until well combined.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Put batter into a pastry bag or a small Ziplock bag with the corner cut off and fill well greased mini doughnut tins about ¾ the way full. You could spoon the batter in, but since the cavities are so small, it's much easier to put the batter in a bag and pipe it in.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, until doughnuts are just turning golden and a toothpick inserted comes out dry.
Let donuts cool in pan for about 5 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.
Once cooled, frost doughnuts with Frosting for Dogs and top with sprinkles.
How to Make Frosting for Dogs
This dog donut frosting is super easy and can be used to frost all kinds of baked goods!
All you have to do is mix together Greek yogurt with honey and 2-3 drops of food coloring. I used pink to match Winnie's pretty pom pom collar.
I was so happy with how the doughnuts for dogs turned out... So pretty, I wanted to gobble them up myself!
Of course, I could have. These are totally fine for humans to eat as they're made with all human-quality ingredients!
They just probably aren't as sweet as you generally want your doughnuts to be. I mean, these certainly aren't Boston cream doughnuts, if you know what I mean.
But your dog probably doesn't have as big of a sugar addiction as I do, so they should be A-OK. Bananas already have natural sweetness to them. Plus, the honey in the doughnuts and "frosting" definitely boosts the tastiness factor.
Side note... If you have a dog (which I'm assuming you probably do if you made it this far in my post), these cookies from Three Dog Bakery are the BOMB. I am so jealous every time I give them to Winnie... Which is definitely multiple times a day.
I clearly always have an arsenal of treats ready for her... But homemade dog treats are always the best!
More Homemade Dog Treats
If you're looking for more fun treats you can make at home for your pup, I've got you covered! Here are some of my (and Winnie's) favorite homemade dog treats:
- Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes
- Chicken Dog Treats
- Gingerbread Puppuccinos for Dogs
- Beet Cookies for Dogs
- Chicken Jello
- Berry Egg Oatmeal for Dogs
- Ham and Cheese Sweet Potato Egg Cups
- Strawberry Puppuccino
- Peanut Butter Cheddar Dog Bones
- Egg, Apple, and Banana Pancakes for Dogs
- Beef Jerky for Dogs (from Fake Ginger)
- Watermelon Pupsicles (from BellyFull)
Happy birthday, Princess Winnie! Go to town on those doughnuts!
And go to town she did! She adorably ended up with frosting all over her beard.
Nothing makes me happier than making my pup happy. She is just the happiest, sweetest, snuggly dog and I'm so lucky to have her in my life.
Thanks for so much joy, Win Win. I'll shower you with homemade treats and doughnuts for dogs forever and ever.
If you're lucky enough to have the best dog in the world, too (not sure how it's possible that we BOTH have the best dog, but let's just go with it), show them your love with homemade treats whenever you can!
They'll thank you with endless love and snuggles.
Man, aren't dogs just the best??
What are your pup's favorite treats? And are you crazy obsessed with your dog like me?
Banana Doughnuts for Dogs
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup mashed banana
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp buttermilk
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 batch Frosting for Dogs (recipe below)
- Natural color sprinkles
Frosting for Dogs:
- 6 oz. Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2-3 drops natural food coloring
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a mini doughnut pan with cooking oil (natural/organic, if possible). If you have two mini doughnut pans, use both. Otherwise, you can bake in batches.
- In a large bowl, whisk whole wheat flour and baking powder together.
- In a separate smaller bowl, mix together mushed banana, egg, buttermilk, and honey until well combined.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Put batter into a pastry bag or a small Ziplock bag with the corner cut off and fill mini doughnut tins about ¾ the way full.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, until doughnuts are just turning golden and a toothpick inserted comes out dry.
- Let cool in pan for about 5 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with second batch of donuts (unless you have two donut pans and can bake them together).
- Once cooled, frost doughnuts with Frosting for Dogs and sprinkle with natural colored sprinkles.
Frosting for Dogs:
- In a small bowl, mix together Greek yogurt with honey and 2-3 drops of natural food coloring, until well combined.
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Umm . . . there is no such thing as too many dog treat recipes. Can we have more, please?
My dog would love these little donuts! Winnie is adorable
@TW Yes!! I will have a couple more coming out later this month 🙂
Love your dog! What breed is she?
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
My sweet little Cookie is my LIFE so I'll never have enough treats for her :)--she'd love these donuts! I say post all the dog treat recipes you want. Have a great week, Sues!
@Elaine Thank you!! She's an Australian Labradoodle, but she's mini, so just under 20 pounds 🙂
Velva-Tomatoes on the Vine says
Our furry family members are our family! Hey, the treats look delicious but, the ingredient list means you can partake too!
Hope you are having a good summer.
I would love to make this for my dog, but she's allergic to eggs! I wonder if I could omit the egg and add more bananas?
Winnie is alarmingly adorable and deserves equally adorable donuts every day. My pugs are big fans of this recipe! 🙂
Happy Birthday Winnie! The doughnuts are so stinkin' cute but not as cute as Winnie! Sending her big birthday hugs.
@Agnes- I haven't tried it, but I think that would probably work! Let me know if you try 🙂
Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says
Oh my goodness, this post is too cute!!! These dog doughnuts are just amazing - definitely need to make them for my dog!
Talk about cuteness overload! First, your pup is adorable. Second, those mini donuts are the cutest thing ever!! I spoil my dog, Homie Barkybottoms, rotten, someone is going to get donuts in her future 😀
Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?
@Vanessa- I kept mine in the fridge for about 3 days!
I’m going to make this but I was wondering could I do have pink on the food coloring and then some blue because I have a male dog and I have a female dog so I don’t want to like do all pink I would like to do some blue is that fine with the recipe I would just have to do like separate frosting correct
@Rachel Definitely! I would just separate the frosting into 2 bowls and use a different color food coloring in each. I hope your pups enjoy!
Poly Hanczak says
Hiya, trying to bake these for a while now but I cant find buttermilk anywhere. Is there anything I could use instead of buttermilk?
Hi Polly! You can actually make your own buttermilk by adding a little bit of white vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk. But I also think using just regular milk here would be fine. I hope your pup enjoys!
Where do we store these? Do they need to be refrigerated?
Thank you, Louise! I do recommend keeping them in the fridge because of the frosting. I'm going to update my post to include this info!
These turned out awesome. I did a peanut butter drizzle for my topping
What I want to know is shelf life! It isn’t showing anywhere?
As well as storage? Fridge? Freezer? Room temp?
Hi April! I would recommend keeping these in the fridge if you used my frosting since it has Greek yogurt in it. But if you just used peanut butter and no dairy, they should be fine at room temperature in an airtight container for about 3 days. If you do keep them in the fridge, they will stay fresh for closer to 5-6 days (I don't like donuts as much when they're chilled, but your dog may not mind!).