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Barking Bacon and Apple Dog Treat Recipe

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I love bacon. And you know who else loves bacon? Oscar! And chances are, your dog is a big fan, too. Our Barking Bacon and Apple Dog Treat Recipe not only gave me the chance to add some yummy bacon to the mix, but also pull out my food processor. I don’t use it as often as I should, so it was a great excuse to pull it down from its place on the shelf and take it for a whirl!

Makes about 40 cookies

Ingredients:

1/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup oat flour

1/3 cup wheat bran

¼ cup ground pumpkin seeds

2/3 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup (put aside)

1 tbsp. ground flax seeds

2 cups carrots, roughly chopped

1 cup unsweeted apple sauce

½ cup natural peanut butter

2 beef bouillon cubes

1 Tbs honey

1 egg

4 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, grind flax and pumpkin seeds to a powder.
  3. In a large bowl, mix rolled oats, oat flour, wheat bran, 2/3 cup whole wheat flour, ground pumpkin seeds, and ground flax seeds.
  4. Add carrots and apple sauce to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add peanut butter, beef bouillon cubes, honey, egg, bacon bits, and pulse until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the food processor until a sticky dough forms.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add the remaining 1 cup whole wheat flour.
  6. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Roll the dough on a floured surface, ¼ inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and place on non-stick cookie sheets.
  8. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden in color. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

This is the first time I’ve used the food processor to mix wet and dry ingredients together. Even though it was sticky and a bit tricky to get into the bowl, I found that the blending process helped the ingredients combine evenly and bake perfectly. I’ll be using my food processor to blend a lot more often now!


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