The Avalanche comes running for these homemade treats!

Ava's Treats

Ava's Peanut Butter and Bacon Dog Treats
Recipe type: Misc
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup melted bacon fat
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter (or pumpkin puree… or sweet potato puree…)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until dough forms. Aim for the consistency of play-dough. If it is too loose or sticky, add a little flour. If too dry or stiff, add in some extra water or bacon grease.
  3. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface to a thickness of about ⅓″. I use a bone-shaped cookie cutter most often but have also used a pizza wheel to quickly cut 1″ x 4″ bar from the dough. (Less fuss though the bone shapes are cute!) Poke some divots along the length of the treat. I use a throwaway chopstick. Line the treats up on a baking tray lined with parchment. You don’t need to leave much space between the treats, as they really don’t expand much.
  4. Bake in the preheated over for approximately 20 minutes or lightly browned. Turn the oven off. Flip the treats over on the tray and put it back in the oven until the oven is cool. This will help crisp them up a bit.
  5. Treats can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
I save the grease from making bacon so I have a ready supply in the fridge. I use bacon from Burgers, a smokehouse in central Missouri. Their products are becoming increasingly more available in local grocery stores. Here in Topeka, I have bought it at Apple Market, Dillon’s and Hy-Vee. Their bacon is excellent, as is their summer sausage. YUM!

adapted from The Kitchn