Baking my very own treats for my furry four legged friend has been incredibly rewarding, especially after seeing him eat them right up afterwards! (He can be a picky little devil.) Being that he was 4.5 pounds last time we had him weighed, I think these will last him a while. (Luckily he has many doggie friends to share them with!)
These are full of delicious, all-natural peanut butter, oats, and bacon. Even Mark and I had to take a bite! (Though I have to say, they’re way more enjoyable for doggies) Beyond that, they’re very easy to make and it’s fun to create little shapes and sizes! We all love our pups, and it’s so nice to be able to do something special for them : ) Even if you don’t have a pup of your own, I’m sure you know someone who does- and these make great gifts! With the quantity that you end up with in the end, it’s much more cost-savvy to make them at home, and this way they’re all natural and made with love 😉
- 1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
- ¾ cup (180ml) nonfat milk
- 1 large egg (or ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce)
- 2 cups (244g) whole wheat flour. Unbleached all-purpose flour is also safe for dogs
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup (30g) oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)
- 4 strips bacon, chopped
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a large spoon or spatula. Switch to a whisk to make sure no lumps remain. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto the counter and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and chopped bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into ¼" thickness. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Treats freeze well, up to 2 months.
Toby and his Pug friend Cookie 😉
Recipe Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction