Everybody is baking right now – because what better way to spend your time and days at home than baking delicious treats which you can eat afterwards?!
But if Bailey, Buddy and Bella stare at every bite you take but you don’t want to risk giving them any of your sugary confectionaries, why not rustle up some dedicated homemade dog biscuits for them too?
These ones involve peanut butter, which dogs are known to adore. It is a good source of protein and healthy fat for them, and can keep them well distracted in the evening. But adding bacon into the mix? Well, we don’t think your dogs will forgive you if the supply runs out.
Whether you want to bake their biscuits because you love making their homemade meals, because you want to know what is going into their diet, or simply because you love them to try something new, these biscuits are a really nice starting point and are certainly different to anything available in the shops.
For the below recipe, whole wheat flour has the best health benefits for dogs but unbleached all-purpose is usually fine too – speak to your vet first to ensure your dog doesn’t have any allergies. For the oats, rolled or quick are good, but we prefer the former to add a bit of texture (although your dog may disagree!)
- 255g natural peanut butter
- 180ml skimmed milk
- 1 large egg (or 60g unsweetened applesauce)
- 240g whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 30g oats
- 2–3 strips cooked streaky bacon, chopped
- Preheat oven to 160C. Line two large baking sheets with paper and set aside
- In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter, milk and egg together. Once combined, add the flour and baking powder
- Mix in the oats and bacon. If the mixture is quite thick and heavy, you may need to turn it out onto a floured surface and combine with your hands
- Using a rolling pin, roll into around 1cm thickness then cut into shapes using a cookie cutter. Arrange on the sheets and bake for 20 minutes
- Turn the biscuits over if browned on the bottom, and bake for a further 10 minutes
- Allow to cool fully before giving to your pup
If you want to make them look a bit fancier, you can melt some peanut butter and drizzle over the biscuits once cooled. And, if it will be a regular bake, why not buy a dedicated doggy cutter? Either dog, paw or bone-shaped cutters are widely available.
They will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for a week, or in the fridge for around two weeks – but nothing lasts that long in our homes and we doubt these will be an exception in yours!