Friday, 23 March 2018

{RECIPE} Bacon Bunny and Bones Easter Dog Treats

Mmmm...bacon bunnies! These treats combine the doggone irresistible scent/taste of bacon with yummy peanut butter and blackstrap molasses to make a naturally brown treat.  The Easter treat tags and labels you see in the pictures will be shared here on Monday as our final pre-Easter post this year. Woofs!

Bacon Bunny and Bones Easter Dog Treats

1 egg
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional)
2 tbsp ground flax or LSA (optional)
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup room temperature water, low-sodium stock, or other dog-friendly liquid
1/4 cup of finely chopped cooked bacon (see my comment in the tips and tricks below)
Approximately 1 cup rice flour (or equivalent substitute flour) plus additional flour for rolling

Preheat over to 180C.  Combine peanut butter, egg, molasses (optional), flax (optional), liquid, and chopped bacon in a mixing bowl.  Incrementally add flour, mixing into a cohesive workable dough.  The amount of flour required will vary depending on your individual ingredients and any optional add-ins or substitutions. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of water, a small amount of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if/as needed. Rest dough (optional). Roll, cut into desired shapes, and place on a prepared baking pan. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with shape/size, so keep an eye on the oven. Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Peanut butter and molasses can be particularly tricky ingredients to measure perfectly. Don't stress about it - close enough is good enough! There can be big differences in consistency of peanut butters as well. Little variations like that as well as variations in egg size, temperatures, etc are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing our doggy doughs. 
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.  
  • The bunnies were pretty big, so I only made a few as special treats and the rest of the dough I used for tasty bones. I thought my bunnies could use a little extra style, so I used the side of a chopstick to indent the ears, outline the seated legs, a skewer to indent an eye, knife to cut a mouth, and pressed a little indent to define the tail. :)
  • If I was making these again, I would try to process the bacon into a finer meal with the food processor as I have with other treats recently.  It works much better for roll-and-cut. As you can see in the pictures, the small chunks in my dough made it tricky to cut the shapes cleanly and also contributed to crackling during cutting, baking, and dehydrating. Still just as tasty though!
  • Resting and/or chilling the dough before rolling and/or after cutting your shapes on the pan before baking is optional as this is a low fat dough, but it can help with handling and/or holding shape, just like human cookies.
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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