Our newest family member of 2 days turns 4 years old today! I wanted to do something special for Lucky since I know he probably misses his old owner and the other dogs he lived with. Hmmm, looking around in the pantry I felt like a contestant on “Chopped”. The dog friendly ingredients on hand: eggs, flour, coconut flakes and peanut butter. Searching through the fridge, I also found a bacon strip I keep for when the craving hits to have a few bits on my salad. Eureka!
Making treats for your dog can be fun and your dog will appreciate it. They are also not critical if overcooked, shapes don’t look right, presentation is flawed, or you got heavy handed with this-or-that ingredient. Anyway, if truth be told I was waiting for an excuse to use my small dachshund cookie cutter which gave me the perfect yield.
1-1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup peanut butter (Read the label to make sure it does not contain xylitol which is deadly to a dog!)
1/2 Crumbled Bacon strip
water or coconut oil for moisture
*Feel free to add oatmeal, apple, carrot, pumpkin or any other dog friendly ingredients to the mix or as a substitute for peanut butter.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Mix together your egg and flour
- Gradually add in your peanut butter and blend
- Add water or coconut oil as needed to make the dough workable. It should be dry and stiff.
- Throw in a couple of coconut flakes
- Crumbled your bacon strip and mix in
- Roll out the dough to 1/2 thick with a rolling pin
- Use a cookie cutter or freestyle to cut into desired shapes
- Place shapes 1″ apart on an non-greased cookie sheet
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes, remove from oven, turn treats over, return to oven and bake for another 2-5 minutes. Adjust the time according to breed and size of dog for desired crunchiness. Smaller teeth and senior dogs may desire a softer cookie.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool prior to serving. Bone Appetit!
Canine Goodness Ingredients:
Peanut Butter – Is a good source of protein, healthy fats, essential vitamins (E, B3-Niacin, B6) and minerals (magnesium, phosphorus, zinc) to help keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny.
Eggs – Are high in protein and a good source of nutrition to keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny. They are packed with vitamin A, vitamin B-12, folate (vitamin B-9), iron, riboflavin, selenium, and essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.
Flour – If you’re like most kitchens, you’ll be using white, all-purpose, bread or wheat flour which acts as a binding agent but doesn’t provide nutritional value for your dog. Feel free to substitute a whole grain flour, non-grain flour or a gluten free flour to give your dog a healthier option.
Bacon – As bits in occasional treats, bacon is fine. Moderation is the key. Bacon may be considered a good source of protein & micronutrients, but it is also high in fat, saturated fats, and sodium which can lead to obesity, heart-related diseases and pancreatitis in dogs.
Coconut Oil – Is not only for topical use, as an ingredient it contains vitamins K and E, and lauric acid which has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties known to improve digestion, boosts the immune system, increases energy, reduces inflammation, fights off viruses, and improves brain function.