Low fat dog biscuit recipe

by | May 31, 2020 | 24 comments

Ideal for dogs suffering from pancreatitis or on a diet

By Bev Cobley for BDWS

A pancreatic diet is first and foremost very low fat but also with no added processed sugars, so as an example in this recipe the only fat is what is in banana and the only sugars are the natural simple ones already in the ingredients, hence no butter, no oil, no honey, no malt and no fats.

Inflammation of the pancreas is generally referred to as pancreatitis. It is very painful for dogs and humans. The pancreas is the organ that produces enzymes that assist with the processing of sugars in the body.

Feeding a dog that has been diagnosed with this is condition can be a bit mind-blowing …but…all is not lost and it doesn’t mean you cannot feed natural or give treats. I like homemade as I know 100% what’s in them.

It is scary, frightening even, when you see that huge pool of blood filled diarrhea and your heart sinks into your gut and your shaking from head to toe then yep, all sorts goes through the brain.

I have had clumber rescues over the years, generally old boys that have had this condition, and I have had to learn and manage food-wise.

But when my youngest girlie, that I have had from pup started, and when I was then feeding low fat but she still was getting outbreaks, I had to start the what causes? What works … without denying her the yummy stuff.

Please, do not self diagnose this possible condition, if you not sure and there is poo looking like unset blackcurrant jam or jelly, then vets asap.

For this recipe we are using Pinhead oats, but you can use rolled oats found everywhere.  Pinhead oats can be bought on Amazon here.  Also using bone-shaped biscuit cutters you can get here.


  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 large carrots
  • 28ml/2 fl oz apple or cranberry or vegetable juice (no citrus juice) mixed with equal amount of water.
  • 340g/12 oz of polenta (or wholemeal flour or semolina)
  • 226g/8oz of rolled oats (I’m using pinhead oatmeal)


dog biscuit ingredients

1. Our ingredients.

add banana to bowl

2. Add a medium sized banana to a large bowl.

mash banana

3. Mash

grate 2 large carrots

4. Grate two large carrots.

add carrots to bowl

5. Add carrots to bowl.

pinhead oats

6. Weigh out 226g (8oz) of rolled oats or pinhead oats.

add oats to mixing bowl

7. Add oats to bowl.

palenta on scale

8. Weigh out 340g (12oz) of polenta (you can use wholemeal flour or semolina instead).

polenta in mixing bowl

9. Add polenta to mixing bowl

apple juice in measuring cup

10. Add 56ml (2 fl oz) of apple juice to measuring jug ( or use cranberry or vegetable juice (but no citrus juice).

diluted apple juice

11. Add the same amount again of water.

adding liquid to mixing bowl

12. Add your liquid to the mixing bowl.

mix ingredients

13. Give the ingredients a mix.


14. Now is the time to add more liquid if needed. This is dependant on your ingredients. Knead thoroughly. Really work it with your hands.  You want it to be just like a pastry or scone mix

rolled out dog biscuit dough

15. Roll out your dough to around 1/4 inch thick.

dog biscuit cutter

16. And cut into shapes.

raw dog biscuits on tray

17. Place biscuits on baking tray.

dog biscuits in oven

18. Place in oven at 200c (392F/Gas mark 6).

dog biscuits being pulled out oven

19. Cook for around 20-30 mins depending on thickness.

dog biscuits cooling

20. Leave to cool.

dog biscuits in jar

21. Place in dog jar.

dogs waiting for a biscuit

My dogs are trying to tell me something, but I don’t know what!

How to store

As a general guide if meat protein is present in recipe then it will last around 3 to 5 days stored in a cool place.  If it has second class protein in it eg. cheese, lentils, eggs, etc, then they will store for about 10 days in a cool place. You can use cake tins lined with baking paper – greaseproof. If there is no meat or second class proteins present then it will last around 3 weeks before they go soft like human biscuits.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home (like everyone else) entertaining my two dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden.

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9 days ago

My little toy poodle X Maltese has her second attack and now I’m cooking everything for her. I want to try this recipe but I’m confused about the juice. Ive been told no sugar…

Catherine Blundell
8 days ago
Reply to  Isabel

I am using vegetable stock

1 month ago

Hi Jamie

My Jack Russel has just been diagnosed with pancreatitis and I have been looking for a recipe to make home-made biscuits with which to feed her, since i cannot afford those sold by the vet. Would these suffice as main meal biscuits or are they simply treats? Please advise. many thanks . Kathy

Bev Cobley
4 months ago

Well sweetie how long is a piece of string bless 😘 as he a lab he could probably vacuum up a tray full 😊…I need much more info on his current diet to be accurate and if you are
using treats as a training reward.
Is he on a weight loss diet? He sounds rather over weight which in itself will cause / aggravate pancreatic problems and these biscuits are not ideal in your circumstances…Ask Jamie for my email and send me some pics and I will advise you gladly.

Bev Cobley
4 months ago

Am sorry to hear this ..hugs
My generic answer would be yes but in all honestly I need much more information to give you a specific answer.
Please ask Jamie for my email so we can discuss further and I will help you ( free of charge )
Bev xx on nose to the wee one

Sarah Jefferies
5 months ago

Hi, my. Border Terrier potentially had Gallbladder Mucolele, he’s currently on a low fat diet and early indications show this is having a positive effect.
However, I’m now terrified of giving him anything that may jeopardise this! Do you think these biscuits would be suitable for him?

Natalia K
5 months ago

Hi Jamie!
My Dog is a Lab 3 years old & 100 pounds!
2 months ago he had his first Pancreatic attack!!

How many treats can I give him a day????

5 months ago

Hi Lesley That fat content in bananas is actually very low but they are high in fibre and an excellent source of antioxidants. Pancreatic attacks are helped by upping fibre and the gut flora needs help getting back to normality. As bananas are a good pre biotic, especially when combined with oats, they are an ideal food to add to a diet for dogs with liver and pancreatic problems. After an attack I always give banana with low fat yogurt and a sprinkling of raw oats; followed by 3 or 4 days of a detox diet of good quality protein… Read more »

Lesley Broadmore
5 months ago

My daughter has a 3 year old mini schnauzer and has been diagnosed with pancreatitis and has
Flair ups I am making these biscuits for her instead of veg oil can I use olive oil also wouldn’t
The banana cause it to flair up as it is fat.?Thank you.

EDIT: Sorry didn’t read properly its veg juice instead oil, but still like to know about the banana.

catherine clark
5 months ago

why does my biscuits go soft even when kept in a sealed container

Angela Kay
6 months ago

Can I use apple sauce instead of a banana?