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Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats

These homemade dog treats are made with peanut butter, oats, and a hint of bacon! These make great gift ideas and are a fun baking activity for adults and kids!

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How rewarding is it to make little dog treats for a little pup in your life?! I’ve been making these treats for years, both for my own dog and for my friend’s dogs. They have everything your little pup could want.

Let’s get into some questions that you may have about the ingredients!

Best Kind of Peanut Butter for dogs:

  • All-natural peanut butter without added salt or sugar is best for dogs.
  • Do not use light or sugar-free peanut butter, as those may have artificial sweeteners (such as xylitol) which is toxic to dogs.
  • I like to use Teddy Smooth All-Natural Peanut Butter, which can also commonly be found in grocery stores.

Best Kind of Flour for Dogs

If possible, I recommend using Almond flour, because it’s healthy and easy to find at the grocery store.

Healthier Flour Alternatives for Dog Treats:

Grain: Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, Oat, Pea, Quinoa, Rice, Sorghum

Non-Grain: Chickpea, Coconut, Hazelnut, Lentil, Potato

Can Dogs Have Milk?

  • Just like people, some dogs can digest milk easily and with no issues. Other dogs have trouble, or may be lactose intolerant. This resource goes into greater detail about that.
  • In short, be cautious about introducing new foods to your dog for the first time, and always consult a vet when in doubt.

a white morkie sitting down and staring up at a treat being held in front of him.

Dog Treats as Gifts:

  • These treats make fantastic gift ideas! These are the dog treat molds that I used in this recipe.
  • These are even smaller treat molds and are perfect for giving in these little canisters!
  • Treat-making and gift-giving is also a great activity for little ones, (with your assistance of course!)

Other Dog Treat Recipes:

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5 from 4 votes

Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats

These homemade dog treats are made with peanut butter, oats, and a hint of bacon! These make great gift ideas and are a fun baking activity for adults and kids!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Stephanie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter *See notes
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 large egg or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups Almond flour *See notes
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)
  • 4 strips cooked bacon roughly chopped

Instructions

  • 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 1/4" thickness. Cut into shapes or insert into these dog treat molds (I love these)! 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.

Notes

Best Peanut Butter for Dogs:

All-natural peanut butter without added salt or sugar is best for dogs.
Do not use light or sugar-free peanut butter, as those may have artificial sweeteners (such as xylitol) which is toxic to dogs.
I like to use Teddy Smooth All-Natural Peanut Butter, which can also commonly be found in grocery stores.
 

Best Flour for Dogs:

If possible, I recommend using Almond flour, because it's healthy and easy to find at the grocery store.

Healthier Flour Alternatives for Dog Treats:

Grain: Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, Oat, Pea, Quinoa, Rice, Sorghum
Non-Grain: Chickpea, Coconut, Hazelnut, Lentil, Potato

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Recipe Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

 

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23 comments on “Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats”

  1. I also do homemade dog food at my spare time and enjoy looking my dog finish eating them up very fast! I feel so happy to make dog treats and keep my dog in health body always. So when reading your post, I can understand how much you love your dog just like me.

  2. I absolutely love your post as I use to make dog treats for all my dogs and their friends. I even had a cookbook, special cutters and bags that said “dog treats” on them! Good for you to think of your furry friends 🙂

    • Thanks so much Judi! It’s so fun making treats for the pup, he’s used to me cooking for myself all the time 🙂 I love that you had all the right tools to make your own at home too!

  3. Hi Stephanie
    I found you

  4. Haha, love that pic! I need to make these treats for Bailey soon!

  5. These are so cute! I don’t have a dog, but if I did I would be all over this recipe 🙂 Maybe I will keep this in mind for gifts for our neighbors around the holidays. The kids love when they bring their dogs by, and this would be a thoughtful gift to thank them for letting my brood get their petting in! 🙂

  6. Toby is the luckiest dog on earth:) these sounds amazing! My dog would love them! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Hiiiii Julianna! Okay SO! I justttt went Elaine’s and met Bob!! You’re right, they could DEFINITELY be friends! He’s so cuteeee… I love it, thanks for introducing them!! And happy Fiesta Fridayyyyy.. it’s a great one! 🙂

  8. Lucky dog! I love that you made them into hearts and shapes, too!

    • THANKS Ngan! hahah the shapes were easy for the most part except for the tiny hearts because I didn’t have a cookie cutter for those, I was spending a little too much time creating shapes that Toby could really care less about, ha! It was fun though 😉

  9. What a neat idea! I am glad that your dog liked them….our dog won’t tough most dog treats, so maybe I should give these a go. 🙂

  10. Oh my gosh this is amazinggggg!! I’ve always wanted to make homemade treats for Nigel but he’s so damn picky too that he only likes to all meat ones (aka as the super expensive ones). He snubs his nose to peanut butter and we’ve only found one treat that has peanut butter that he likes, but I will definitely be trying this one too!!

    • That big ol’ boy is picky too?! Awwwwww!!! Well I’m thinking he should like these if Toby’s love for them is any indication! Sometimes I give Toby treats that even I want to eat, they smell so good, and he’ll just sniff it and have no interest. I’m like, WHAT!? hahaha! 🙂 I was PRAYING he’d like these, it would have been sad to bake them for nothing! Phew!

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