Mmm...the aroma of bacon and cheese wafting through your kitchen is reason enough to bake these mouth-watering treats for your dog. Packed full of natural, wholesome ingredients, Savory Club Crunchies deliver a powerful portion of protein, fiber, carbs and antioxidants, and a yummy flavor your best friend will love.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy clean-up. Fry the bacon slices until crispy.
Grind the bacon in a food processor to a fine consistency. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly until a dough forms. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness.
Cut the dough into squares or other shapes with the pizza cutter or cookie cutter. Place treats close together on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove treats from the oven and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
These treats should be fed occasionally, and may be too rich for some dogs. It's best to feed a tiny portion to ensure proper digestion.
Although these treats are wheat and gluten-free, ensure your dog is not allergic to oats before feeding.
If the dough is too stiff, add more water. If it doesn't hold its shape, add a little more flour.
For an extra-savory treat, add 1/2 cup of finely-diced, cooked chicken breast or thigh meat.
If your dog is overweight, a lower-calorie version of these goodies can be made by using one quarter or less of the cheeses, and replace the bacon with finely-diced cooked chicken breast.
This recipe makes a lot of treats, perfect for a multiple-dog household. You may cut the ingredients in half to make fewer, or store the leftovers in the freezer in an airtight container for quick and easy treats.
Other dried herbs may be used, including chamomile flowers, calendula blossoms, oregano and oat grass.
Items You Will Need
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or aluminum foil
- Mixing bowl
- Food processor
- Pizza cutter or cookie cutter
- Frying pan
- 2 cups oat flour
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 1 cup shredded, low-fat cheddar cheese
- 4 tablespoons low-fat, grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned, rolled oats
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 12 slices bacon
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup water
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