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How To Make Bacon Dog Treats (They’re Healthy!)

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Learn how to make healthy bacon dog treats using this easy recipe, perfect for using up leftover bacon and providing a tasty and nutritious treat for your pup!

Paw-shaped bacon dog treats on grass.

Welcome to Bone Appetreat, where we believe that our furry friends deserve the best! In today’s recipe, we’re sharing a simple and healthy treat that will have your dog’s tail wagging with excitement.

Learn how to make delicious Bacon Dog Treats that are not only more affordable than store-bought options but also a great way to utilize leftover bacon. With just a few ingredients and a little love, you can whip up these homemade dog treats that are sure to make your pup’s day.

Feeding a dog bacon dog treats.

Here’s What You’ll Need

Remember to always consider your dog’s specific dietary needs and consult with a veterinarian before introducing any new ingredients into their diet.

  • Bacon: Bacon adds a savory and enticing flavor to the dog treats, making them irresistible to our furry friends. However, it’s important to use bacon in moderation due to its high fat content. Choose high-quality, low-sodium bacon without added seasonings or preservatives. Cook it until crispy and brown to remove excess grease.
  • Whole Wheat Flour: Whole wheat flour is a nutritious alternative to refined flour and provides fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Banana: Bananas are a healthy and natural sweetener for dog treats. They are rich in potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, which can aid digestion and promote overall canine health. Use ripe bananas for a stronger flavor and easy mashing.
  • Egg: Eggs are an excellent source of protein for dogs and help bind the ingredients together in the treats. They provide essential amino acids and nutrients that contribute to a healthy coat and strong muscles.

You’ll also need molds to shape the treats. I highly recommend these silicone molds, which are great for both baked and frozen dog treats!

Ingredients for bacon dog treats on grass.

How to make bacon dog treats

Making these dog treats is super simple. Just blend, pour, and bake!

Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 350°F (186°C). Cooking the bacon until crispy and brown adds a delicious smoky flavor to the dog treats. You can cook the bacon on the stove or in the oven, whichever method you prefer.

Step 2: Blend
In a blender, combine 3 slices of the cooked bacon and all other ingredients. Blending the ingredients together ensures a smooth and well-incorporated mixture. Crumble in that last piece of bacon for some added texture and extra bacon goodness.

Bacon dog treat ingredients in a blender.

Step 3: Mold
Place silicone molds onto a baking sheet to provide structure and make transferring to the oven easier. Lightly coat the molds with nonstick spray to make it easier to remove the treats once they are baked. Pour the mixture into the molds, ensuring each cavity is filled evenly. Gently tap the baking sheet on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles that may have formed.

Bacon dog treats in paw shaped molds.

Step 4: Bake
Bake the treats in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the desired texture. The longer you cook them, the chewier and more tantalizing they will be for your dog. Keep an eye on the treats as they bake to prevent burning. Once they are golden brown and firm to the touch, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 5: Serve
Once the treats have cooled completely, they are ready to be served to your dog as an occasional treat. It’s important to supervise your dog while they enjoy the treats. Treats should never replace a balanced and nutritious diet, and portion sizes should be appropriate for your dog’s size and calorie needs. Store any leftover treats in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Paw-shaped bacon dog treats on grass.
Paw-shaped bacon dog treats on grass.

Recipe tips

Can I use regular flour instead of whole wheat flour?

Yes, you can substitute regular flour for whole wheat flour, but keep in mind that whole wheat flour is more nutritious for dogs and provides additional fiber for your dog.

Can I use a different fruit instead of banana?

Yes, you can experiment with different fruits that are safe for dogs, such as apple sauce or pumpkin puree. Just make sure to adjust the water amount accordingly to achieve the right consistency.

Can I use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon?

Yes, turkey bacon can be used as a healthier alternative to regular bacon. However, keep in mind that the flavor and texture may differ slightly.

Can I make the treats in different shapes instead of using silicone molds?

Yes, you can use cookie cutters or shape the dough by hand into desired shapes. Adjust the amount of water you add to make a thicker, more shapable dough.

How should I store the treats?

Store the treats in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. They can also be refrigerated for longer shelf life, especially in warmer climates.

Feeding a dog bacon dog treats.
Paw-shaped bacon dog treats on grass.

How To Make Bacon Dog Treats (They’re Healthy!)

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 30 treats
Author: Sarah Bond
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Learn how to make healthy bacon dog treats using this easy recipe, perfect for using up leftover bacon and providing a tasty and nutritious treat for your pup!

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 cup while wheat flour 120 g
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup water 120 mL

Instructions 

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F (186°C). Cook bacon (either on the stove or in the oven) until crispy and brown.
    Ingredients for bacon dog treats on grass.
  • Blend: In a blender, combine 3 slices of the bacon and all other ingredients. Crumble the last piece of bacon and stir it in.
    Bacon dog treat ingredients in a blender.
  • Mold: Place silicone molds onto a baking sheet. Lightly coat with nonstick spray. Pour mixture into the molds. Pick up the baking sheet with the molds and firmly tap it on the counter to remove air bubbles.
    Bacon dog treats in paw shaped molds.
  • Bake: Bake for 30 to 45 minutes (the longer you cook them, the chewier and more tantalizing they'll be for your dog!). Let cool completely before removing from molds.
  • Serve: Serve while supervised as an occasional treat for your dog!
    Feeding a dog bacon dog treats.
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