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{RECIPE} Bacon Bone Dog Treats with Pumpkin and Herbs

Homemade pumpkin dog treats shaped like bones

It is a rare thing for my poor deprived dogs that there would be bacon cooking in the house (I'm a vegetarian), so when there was bacon for one of my husband's grilling recipes, how could I not take a little and make a few special dog treats? Oli was still very vision-impaired in his cataract surgery recovery, but he could definitely smell the doggone delicious scents of sizzling bacon, baking treats, and...sniff sniff sniff....taste testing!

Making homemade pumpkin dog treats shaped like bones

{RECIPE} Bacon Bone Dog Treats with Pumpkin and Herbs

My pumpkin treats were made with pumpkin baby food instead of puree (see tips and tricks below for substitutions), but these treats can also be made using plain bought or homemade puree.  Since I was using baby food, I went with pumpkin and beef over plain pumpkin to make the treats extra doggone tempting.  They can also be made using other non-pumpkin based dog-safe baby food flavours.

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 egg
1/2 cup pumpkin baby food or equivalent substitute (single serving jar, measured to 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup low fat milk powder (optional)
2 tbsp ground flax (optional)
1 tbsp turmeric (optional)
sprinkle of ground black pepper (optional)
1 tbsp dried parsley (optional)
1 tbsp dried dog-safe mixed or single Italian herbs (optional) 
Approximately 1+1/4 cup of brown rice flour or equivalent substitute
2-3 strips of well-cooked bacon, finely chopped/crumbled

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Mix the egg, pumpkin/baby food, milk powder, and optional add-ins/seasonings. Incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough. The amount of flour required may vary depending on your individual pumpkin mixture and any optional ingredients, so working the flour in incrementally is important. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed.  Knead the bacon through the dough. Rest dough (optional).

Roll on a floured surface and cut, then place on a prepared baking sheet.  Alternatively, the dough can simply be rolled into small balls and flattened gently if you want to skip the rolling/cutting. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, ingredient/ambient temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • Always check your ingredients to ensure the contents are dog-safe if using baby food. If it is sold in your area, canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling) can be used. It isn't common down here (although goodness knows why!) so I went with a pumpkin and beef baby food instead.  You can also make these with homemade pumpkin puree.  As liquid content will vary, you may need to play around with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency.
  • Turmeric is a healthy add-in for many dogs (we use it as a supplement for our senior), and has the added bonus of boosting the natural yellow/orange colour. Black pepper aids in absorption of the circuminoids in turmeric. Remember, turmeric stains so pick your cookware with care, clean-up any spills quickly, and keep stain-awareness in mind when giving treats. 
  • Curious about swapping in different dog-friendly herbs? Check out this little slideshow at Modern Dog for dog-friendly herb ideas.  
  • Roll-and-cut treats with chunky bits like bacon won't be the prettiest looking shapes when cut, but you dogs won't mind (especially if it's bacon!).  It is best to stick with simple shaped cutters.
  • Treats can be broken for smaller dogs, made bigger/smaller, or you can substitute simple balls for cut treats - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • These treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 

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🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. 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.

Homemade pumpkin dog treats shaped like bones

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