These dog treats are filled with bacon goodness and nutritious oats, and your pup is sure to go crazy for these!
I had a lot of bacon left after using only two slices for recipe testing. I figured I’d put them to good use in these dog treats for Butters and Ollie – that is, after Jason voiced his concerns that I should save the leftover bacon for his breakfast needs rather than serving them up to the dogs.
Even so, the dogs ended up getting the bacon, and boy were they in for a treat.
Now there’s actually only two slices of bacon here. The majority of the bacon actually comes from the fat – good old greasy bacon fat. That and whole wheat flour, old fashioned oats and pumpkin.
From there you can cut into your desired shapes. I used these personalized bones from Etsy, which just makes dog treats that much more fun to make.
I should also mention that Butters and Ollie not only enjoyed these but they both felt the need to eat these under the couch in complete darkness and privacy. Yes, I guess it’s just that good.
- 2 slices bacon, diced
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes; set aside, reserving excess fat.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, eggs and bacon fat on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add old fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add bacon, beating just until incorporated.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
- Let cool completely.
*Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the treats. Serving size will also vary depending on the desired shapes and cookie cutters used.