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GIRLS BEST FRIEND: Doggy Treat of the month

by Laura Bromley |

Here at ACAI we love our four-legged friends and we know that you value their wellbeing and happiness just as much as your own; they are your best friend, your adventurous ally and your cuddly comfort!

To ensure their continued health, vitality and longevity what you feed your canine companions is worth careful consideration. Just like humans, they require a well balanced diet that provides them with essential energy, nourishment, vitamins and minerals. The right fuel will keep them bounding through fields, swimming in streams and running by your side for every step of your adventures.

When it comes to selecting your doggie friendly treats, we recommend sticking to real, wholesome, fresh foods, and to go that extra step further, we recommend making your own. In doing so, you can select the very best ingredients for your very best friends.

So, to keep your doggy pals healthy and happy, and to give you piece of mind that you are rewarding them with both delicious and nutritious treats, we have scoured the canine recipe books and selected our favourite home-made snacks that your four-legged friends can enjoy at home or on the move!

  1. Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats (from sallysbakingaddiction.com)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) non-fat milk
  • 1 large egg (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
  • 2 cups (244g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (30g) oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)
  • 2-3 strips cooked bacon, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
  3. Using a floured rolling pin, cut into shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes.
  4. Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  5. Make ahead/freezing: Since the pups can't eat the whole batch in a week, I usually freeze them. Jude loves them right out of the freezer too! The treats freeze well up to 2 months.

We hope your four legged legend will enjoy it as much as ours does and stay tuned for more recipes coming up!

The ACAI Team x

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