If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients used, please consult with your veterinarian.
If you read my blog regularly, surely you know who Jude is.
If you’ve never visited my blog before, meet my little (big) man. A 115lb rescue Rottweiler/German Shepherd from a small town in Colorado. His previous owners left him and his sister to die in a deserted house. Kevin adopted him from Second Chance Animal Rescue.
This is Jude.
Professional SBA employee, part grizzly bear, cuddle monster, mailman hater, cookie sniffer, and peanut butter lover. He lays with me when I’m sick, he jumps on the bed when we’re not home, and he still thinks he’s a small puppy.
Everyday Jude watches me bake up a storm in our tiny apartment. He sits and waits.
“Just one taste, please?”
Then I run around from my computer, to the kitchen, to the camera, and back again all day. He follows my every move. Staring at me with his big brown eyes and never able to taste a single treat.
It’s time my little best friend gets the spotlight. A homemade treat with his very favorite ingredients. Made with love, just for Jude.
Jude’s favorite flavor is peanut butter. He gets it from his mom. After doing a lot of research on homemade dog treats, I confirmed with our vet that the combination of whole wheat flour, egg, milk, baking powder, oats, and peanut butter is perfectly healthy for a pup.
I added chopped bacon because it completely drives him nuts.
Combine the simple ingredients together in a large bowl. Yep, this is a one bowl recipe. The dough will be extremely thick and hard to form, so use your hands for ease. Roll it out into 1/4″ thickness and use cookie cutters to make shapes. I used cookie cutters in the shape of a bone, a large heart, and a little bite-sized heart. Clearly your dog won’t care about the shapes. The cute shapes are really just for the humans. 🙂
The size of the treats should be based on the size of your dog. Jude is the size of a bear, so the big treats are perfect. We still break them up for him.
Arrange the shaped dough onto your baking sheet. The dog treats won’t spread in the oven, they just puff up very slightly. The treats can be close together on your baking sheet.
Bake one side for 18-20 minutes. Until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven and flip. Bake for 10-12 additional minutes. Allow the treats to cool completely before sharing with your furry bud. Jude was going NUTS from the way our apartment smelled. Pure doggie heaven.
Go ahead. Spoil your pup with a batch of homemade treats. Their unconditional love totally deserves it.
Before beginning, please check with your vet about any allergies your dog may have. If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients I used, please consult with your vet.Print
Because your pup deserves some home baked goodies too! If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients used, please consult with your veterinarian.
- 1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup (180ml) nonfat milk
- 1 large egg or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups (244g) whole wheat flour* (spooned & leveled)
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup (28g) oats*
- 2–3 strips cooked bacon, chopped
- Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). 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 wooden spoon or silicone spatula. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
- Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into 1/4″ thickness. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters. 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 pup. Cover and store leftovers at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Freezing Instructions: Since the pups can’t eat the whole batch in a week, I usually freeze them. Jude loves them right out of the freezer too! The treats freeze well up to 2 months.
- Special Tools (affiliate links): Baking Sheets | Silicone Baking Mats or Parchment Paper | Glass Mixing Bowl | Silicone Spatula or Wooden Spoon | Rolling Pin | Cookie Cutter
- Flour: Unbleached all-purpose flour is safe for dogs, but whole wheat was more highly recommended by our vet because of its added health benefits. Again, please consult with your vet about any allergies your dog may have.
- Oats: Either old-fashioned whole rolled oats or quick oats are fine.
- Adapted from Pet Guide.
Keywords: peanut butter bacon dog treats, homemade dog treats
Bonus: licking the spoon!!! 🙂
Try them in gingerbread men shapes for the holidays!
Here are a few more homemade dog treat recipes for your pup:
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats from Whole Foods Recipes
- Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Carrot Dog Treats from The Comfort of Cooking
- Homemade Pumpkin Flaxseed Dog Treats from White on Rice Couple
- Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats from Use Real Butter
- Breakfast Dog Biscuits from Honestly Yum
- The Great Pumpkin Dog Treat from Pet Guide
- Homemade Dog Treats with Chicken/Beef Broth from Add a Pinch
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