Bacon is a definite favourite among people and dogs, with the average American eating up to 18 pounds of bacon per year!
Because it is high in saturated fat and sodium, it’s best if you limit your pup’s bacon consumption, but as an occasional treat it can provide some good omega-3 fatty acids, as well a micronutrient called choline, that is essential to healthy brain development for babies and is associated with recall and memory.
We’ve rounded up the tastiest bacon treats and recipes for dogs out there that your lucky pup will love!
List of Bacon Treats Recipes For Dogs
#1 Bacon Pumpkin Doggie Treats
This recipe uses only two slices of bacon and whole wheat flour, old fashioned oats, pumpkin puree, and bacon fat to create biscuits that will send your pup to doggie heaven.
The pumpkin in them has tons of nutritional benefits for your growing puppy’s health, such as lots of fibre, and can boost memory, concentration, immunity, eye health, heart health, sleep and mood.
#2 Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats
These peanut butter biscuits, sprinkled with bacon, combine two foods that dogs cannot resist.
Peanut butter is high in protein, fibre, and antioxidants but be sure to use a peanut butter that is just peanuts, with no additives or preservatives.
In particular, make sure it does not have the sweetener xylitol, which is fine for humans but very toxic to our canine friends.
#3 Bacon-Flavoured Dog Biscuits
If you’re anything like us, you usually have a jar of bacon grease that you don’t know how to use but you don’t want to throw away, either.
From popcorn to pasta, there are many things you can do with leftover bacon fat and this recipe is an option your dog will approve.
They are easy to make, with only eggs, milk, water, whole wheat flour and bacon grease, just be sure to give them to your pup in small quantities and watch out for possible dairy sensitivity and upset stomach.
#4 Bacon Flavoured Dog Treats
These treats are similar to #4 but minus the salt, a great idea since less salt can reduce blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and coronary heart attack.
This recipe is fun and easy to make (try it with your kids!) and you can use cookie cutters or your imagination to make the treats any shape you want.
#5 Bacon and Cheese Biscuits
Bacon and cheese are two flavours dogs can’t resist, and these delicious treats combine both into irresistible biscuits!
Cheese is not just delicious, it is rich in calcium, protein, vitamins and healthy fats, and even healthier for your pup if you choose to use swiss, feta, part-skim mozzarella, parmesan, or cottage cheese.
#6 Doggy Donuts
These doggy donuts, with yogurt frosting and bacon sprinkles, look absolutely decadent but have plenty of benefits for your pup.
Greek yogurt has plenty of calcium and protein, great for your dog’s bones and muscles, as well as probiotics that are great for gut and brain health, just make sure to pick a plain variety with no flavourings or added sugar.
The coconut oil in this recipe is also great for dogs, partly due to the fatty acids it contains, such as lauric acid, which can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi in his stomach.
#7 Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats
These simple bacon dog treats are made with chicken broth, an easy substitution for water that adds tons of great nutrition to your pup’s diet.
Use store-bought, or even better, make your own broth in order to support your dog’s joints, detox her liver and kidneys, and support her gut health.
#8 Homemade Dog Treats
These peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats are nutritious and similar to others in this list, but what really makes them special (and beautiful!) is the glaze that is drizzled over them.
The glaze, made of bacon grease and peanut butter, will drive your pup crazy, and make you feel like an accomplished pastry chef.
After drizzling the glaze over the biscuits, put them in the fridge or freezer to harden and enjoy!
#9 Bacon Dog Biscuits
This recipe is made with skim milk powder, so it’s a great recipe to have on hand if you’re out of fresh milk or if you’re baking these in a place where you can’t refrigerate milk, and powdered milk has all the same benefits as fresh milk, such as protein, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin A.
These biscuits bake for 60 minutes, and are a half inch thick, so make sure to only give your pup one or two at a time to avoid stomach issues and overfeeding.
#10 Pumpkin Bacon Dog Biscuits
With pumpkin, peanut butter and bacon, this recipe is a delicious and nutritious treat that makes 55 biscuits so you can freeze some or give them away to other furry friends.
Nutrient-rich pumpkin will benefit dogs’ eyes, skin, coat, immune health, and digestion, and because pumpkin has high amounts of an amino acid called cucurbitacin, which is actually toxic to many common dog parasites, it will help control any parasites in your dog’s tummy.
#11 Irresistible Apple Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats
These dog treats combine bacon with applesauce (make sure to buy unsweetened, or even better, make your own, keeping the apple peels which contain vital nutrients).
Studies prove that apples have excellent health benefits, they contain polyphenols that have powerful effects on preventing and even reversing the effects of oxidation, inflammation, and glycation which cause aging.
Apple skins contain a unique polyphenol, phloridzin, that has multi-targeted effects that mitigate damage caused by high blood sugar.
These effects produce measurable results in preventing chronic, age-related conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood sugar, and even serious infections.
#12 Cheerios, Banana & Bacon Dog Treats
This recipe uses original Cheerios (this is important as you do not want to give your pup added sugar) for crunch, and banana for sweetness, as well as pumpkin and chicken stock to create unique and tasty treats.
Bananas are a fantastic way to add sweetness to your dog’s diet, because they are high in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and fibre, as well as magnesium, which promotes bone growth and helps the body produce protein and absorb vitamins.
#13 Cheddar Bacon Dog Treats
With rolled oats, bacon and cheddar, these treats are so good you may be tempted to eat them!
Best eaten in moderation due to being high in fat, cheddar cheese is a great source of protein, calcium, vitamin A, essential fatty acids, and B-complex vitamins for your pup.
The rolled oats in the recipe are also a nutrient dense gluten-free grain that is high in many vitamins and minerals including phosphorus, which is essential for your dog’s body to build strong bones and teeth, filter out waste in the kidneys, grow, maintain, and repair tissues and cells, and produce DNA and RNA — the body’s genetic building blocks.
#14 Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats
This yummy treat recipe has great nutrition with peanut butter, broth and oats, as well as a tablespoon of honey.
Honey has been used since at least the the time of ancient Egyptians as a sweetener and healing medicine, with its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Honey is also extremely high in antioxidants, which protect your dog’s body against stroke, heart disease and cancer.
#15 Peanut Butter Bacon Biscuits
With peanut butter, oats, bacon and the option to make them gluten free by substituting the whole wheat flour, these biscuits are yummy and will give your pooch plenty of dietary benefits.
Oats have lots of soluble fibre, excellent for glucose levels and digestion, and linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid that helps keep skin strong and healthy.
# 16 Pumpkin, Bacon and Flax Dog Treats
These tasty treats include flaxseed, which is loaded with essential fatty acids like omega-3, dietary fibre, protein, manganese, and lignans, which are important for cell biology and disease prevention.
Studies show that Omega-3 is an important factor in the good health of a dog and animals in general, since they contribute to cell function, cell membrane structure, immune function, the health of your dog’s skin and coat, normal reproduction, and even the growth of your dog.
#17 Nutty Bacon Dog Treats
This recipe is similar to other recipes on this list, with bacon, peanut butter and maple syrup, but what really sets it apart is the inclusion of half a cup of wheat germ.
Wheat germ, along with the husk, is removed from refined wheat products — like those that use white flour — so they can be stored for longer, however this important by-product packs a nutritional punch, which is why experts recommend ingesting more whole wheat flour than refined flour.
Studies show that wheat germ is a very valuable dietary supplement, high in protein (30–32%), potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and manganese.
#18 Peanut Butter, Bacon And Oatmeal
Dog Biscuit Recipe
In this recipe, you make a peanut butter and flour dough, and then you sprinkle the oats and crumbled bacon in, so the finished product has lots of great texture and visual appeal.
The chunks of bacon will give pups a dose of high-quality animal protein, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12, and 89% of the recommended daily allowance for selenium, which helps the body make antioxidant enzymes, and may prevent certain cancers and protect against the poisonous effects of heavy metals and other harmful substances.
#19 Maple Bacon Bites
This recipe is low-calorie, low-fat and combines maple syrup and bacon bits for a sweet and savoury treat your dog will love.
High-fibre barley and oat flours will boost your dog’s digestion, but the true super ingredient is maple syrup, which is high in antioxidants, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium.
Maple syrup has a higher concentration of minerals and antioxidants, yet fewer calories, than honey, so don’t be afraid to drizzle it on your food and your pup’s!
#20 Crunchy Bacon Drops
With only egg, water, flour and bacon, and no need for a mixer or a cookie cutter, this recipe could hardly be any easier to make.
They only bake for 15 minutes, just make sure to let them cool before giving them to your pup.
They will keep on the counter for up to two weeks or store them in the freezer for a treat.
#21 Bacon Liver Dog Treats
It turns out grandma was right and eating liver is very beneficial for both you and your pup.
The beef liver in this recipe is a nutritional powerhouse that will support your precious dog’s health with plenty of protein, vitamins A, B2 (riboflavin), B6, B9 (folate), and B12, choline, copper, iron and selenium.
#22 Bacon Bark Sticks
This recipe blends egg, goat’s milk, honey, bacon and oats into delicious sticks that your dog will love.
The goat’s milk option is also much gentler on your puppy’s stomach than cow’s milk, which contains alpha-s1-casein protein and is therefore more likely to cause allergic reactions than goat’s milk, which contains extremely low or no amounts of this protein.
There are studies that show that goat’s milk is better tolerated than cow milk for other reasons as well – the smaller fat globules in goat milk and higher concentration of small and medium chain fatty acids, in addition to a looser curd formation, allow it to be digested more quickly and with much less effort.
#23 Pumpkin Apple Mint Dog Treats
The addition of mint to this recipe will not only help freshen your dog’s breath. Mint has been used for thousands of years for its taste and many nutritional benefits.
Studies prove that mint is a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, decongestant and digestive aid.
And the apple in the recipe will provide lots of dietary fibre, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants to keep your pup in tip top shape.
#24 Bacon Biscotti
Your dog will absolutely love these biscotti, which you can make either softer or harder by baking them for different times, a great option if your dog is very young or very old and needs a gentler treat for his teeth and gums.
With olive oil and honey, and brushed with egg for a shiny finish, these biscotti will look very gourmet and taste divine for your pup.
The oil in the recipe is optional, but we recommend using it, as adding a healthy oil, rich in in antioxidants, vitamin E, and phytonutrients, to your dog’s diet has many benefits inside and out.
#25 Gluten-free Peanut Butter Bacon Treats
This tasty recipe is gluten-free thanks substituting wheat flour with rice flour.
Rice flour will help keep your pup’s liver healthy because it contains choline, which helps transport cholesterol and triglycerides from the liver to where they’re needed within the body.
#26 Bacon, Peanut Butter and Molasses Dog Treats
What I love about this recipe is that is is sweetened with blackstrap molasses, a by-product of the sugar cane refining process considered a nutritional superfood.
It has the lowest sugar content of any sugar cane product, and contains vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6, and selenium.
Which Recipe Do you like the Most?
I can’t wait to use my leftover bacon grease for some bacon-y dog biscuits, especially knowing that there are plenty of ways to make the treats nutritious for my dogs with other superfood ingredients such as pumpkin, oats and even mint!
Which recipes did you like most? Let us know in the comments what you think!
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