How to Make Bacon Dog Treats Your Pooch Will Love

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There are regular dog treats and then there are bacon dog treats, and they just might be your dog's new favorite treat.

Making your own homemade dog treats is as easy as making yourself a snack, and it has major benefits for your furry friend. You can control the ingredients and tailor them to your pup’s taste. Plus, they don’t contain any preservatives and are made with whole, healthy, people-food-quality ingredients.

These bacon dog treats are a twist on a traditional dog biscuit, kicked up a couple of notches with oats, banana and, of course, bacon. Like any kind of bacon you’d buy for yourself, make sure it’s high quality for your dog.

Because of its high fat content, bacon isn’t always the healthiest option for your pooch. If your dog has any health concerns, check with your vet before treating your furry friend to these dog biscuits.

How to Make Bacon Dog Treats

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Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon (including grease)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups oat flour

Tools You’ll Need

  • Rolling pin: Like cookies for humans, you’ll need a rolling pin to achieve an even layer of dough to cut out.
  • Cookie cutters: You could use regular cookie cutters, but this bone-shaped set is too cute to pass up for your pup.
  • Baking sheet: Nonstick baking pans will be your best bet for a mess-free cleanup when baking treats for your pet.

Directions

Step 1: Cook and chop bacon

Cook the bacon until it’s nice and crispy; it’ll be easier to crumble this way. Render as much fat out as possible.

Step 2: Mash the banana

The riper the banana, the easier it’ll be to mash. Use a fork or a potato masher to break up the banana in a medium bowl.

Step 3: Mix in egg, bacon and grease

In the same bowl, add a lightly beaten egg, crumbled bacon and the grease from cooking. Be careful not to burn yourself—the grease will be hot!

Step 4: Gradually add in oat flour

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If you don’t have oat flour, you can make your own in one step. Use a blender or food processor to chop 1-1/2 cups of old-fashioned oats until it reaches a flour consistency. Add the oat flour to the wet ingredients 1/2 cup at a time, combining after each addition. You may not need all the flour; keep adding until the dough is no longer wet, and has reached a consistency you can roll into a sheet.

Step 5: Roll into a sheet and cut into shapes

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On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a sheet about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. For less mess, you can roll out your dough between two sheets of parchment paper instead.

Cut out cookies. Re-roll and cut more cookies as needed.

Step 6: Bake, cool and serve

Place treats on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes, until golden-brown. Cool, then treat your pooch.

Try making these sweet potato dog treats if you’re looking for more homemade recipes.

Tips For Making Bacon Dog Treats

How long do these treats last?

These bacon dog treats shouldn’t stay at room temperature for more than a few hours. They’ll last a few days to a few months with proper storage.

How should I store bacon dog treats?

Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days, or in the freezer for up to five months.

Are bacon treats good for dogs?

Bacon itself is a high-fat food that doesn’t offer a ton of nutrients, but it is delicious! And the other ingredients in these bacon dog treats are definitely good for dogs. Eggs are a great protein and amino acid boost; bananas are packed with potassium, magnesium and vitamin C; and oats contain vitamin B and fiber, which supports a dog’s coat and intestinal health.

If you find out your dog isn’t a fan of bacon, or you’d rather a healthier option for your pet, try these homemade peanut butter dog treats.

What’s a good serving size for my dog?

Everything is best in moderation. Try to limit your dog to one or two of these treats at a time.

Can humans eat these dog treats?

Sure! All the ingredients are people-safe. We gave them a try and found that they’re an interesting mix of sweet and savory, and really not bad. Olive the Rottweiler thinks they’re a real winner.

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Kate Morgan
Kate is a freelancer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Woman's Day, Harper's Bazaar, BBC, Popular Science, and many other publications.