Homemade Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats

Ingredients:

1 c. natural creamy peanut butter

3/4 c. nonfat milk

1 large egg (of 1/4 c. unsweetened apple sauce)

2 c. whole wheat flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/3 c. oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)

2-3 strips bacon, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 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. Add the flour and baking powder. Turn dough out 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 inch thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. 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 canine friend. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Treats freeze well, up to 2 months.

* Unbleached all-purpose flour is safe for dogs, but whole wheat is more highly recommended for its added health benefits. Gluten-free flour or brown rice flour can be used.

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