When I looked at ways to cut back on expenses this year, I decided that making her treats myself was one way to save money. Further, by skipping gimmicky products and using healthy ingredients, I can provide her with healthier alternatives.
These bacon dog treats are some of her favorites. The recipe also contains ground flaxseed, which is excellent for dogs’ coats and skin.
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
4 Tablespoons bacon fat
1 Tablespoon honey
1 cup milk
5 strips bacon, crumbled or chopped into small pieces
Tip: It is best to use freshly ground flaxseed. Store flaxseed in freezer, then grind a portion when you are ready to use.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour and ground flaxseed in large mixing bowl. Add bacon fat, eggs, milk, honey and bacon pieces, stirring until well combined. The dough will be a bit sticky and very stiff.
Drop by teaspoon unto lightly greased baking sheets (or use parchment paper for easy cookie removal). They will not spread out when cooking, so they can be placed close together. You can press them down a bit in the center so they are similar to thumbprint cookies, or leave as balls.
Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from oven and cool before giving to your pet. My batch made 54 bites. They are dry and crunchy. Keep a few days’ worth in an airtight container or bag. You can store the rest in the freezer for up to a few months.
Carmella is just crazy about her bacon dog treats, preferring them in a blind taste test to both peanut butter dog treats and store-bought milk bone treats.
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