Monday, 29 February 2016
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{RECIPE} Green Vegetable St. Patrick's Day Treats

A quick and simple St. Patrick's Day green dog treat recipe that can be easily customised to suit your preferences and your pup. Lucky dogs indeed!

Green Vegetable St. Patrick's Day Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

Approximately 1/2 cup finely pureed dog-safe green veggies or suitable baby food  See tips below.
Approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of brown rice flour
A small sprinkle of finely grated Parmesan or other cheese (optional) 
A small sprinkle of kelp powder (optional) 
Additional food colouring or natural tint (optional)
Additional water/flour if/as needed for consistency

🥄 Making the Treats: 

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

Pour your veggie puree (or baby food) into a bowl. If using a tinted add-in to colour the treats (or boost the natural green), it will be easier to evenly mix through the dough if added to your wet ingredients at this stage of mixing.

Incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough. The amount of flour required for these treats will vary depending on your chosen veggies (liquid content will vary) and type of flour. Mix incrementally, and you can add a little bit of extra water or flour to adjust consistency to a nice workable play dough type texture if needed. 

Hand roll into small balls, place on a lined baking sheet, flatten gently, and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cool before serving or storing.

About our optional add-ins:  Adding a little sprinkle of cheese is optional, but enticing for dogs who might be a little fussier about a veggie-based treat - unlike my easily tempted taste testers. Parmesan packs a hefty punch in small quantities, so is a good option for a little boost.  Kelp powder adds a little something attractive as well, but also has some great health benefits for dogs.  It isn't a common ingredient for most kitchens, but a little goes a long way if you're into baking treats or feeding raw if you're interested in giving it a try.  Depending on your veggies and/or baby food, you may want to boost the colour with a little food colouring or natural tint, either to get a brighter or more vibrant green or to reduce the fading that often happens during baking when you are using vegetables or fruits as colours. 

Tips and Tricks:
  • Using green veggies can give your treats a natural green colour, and for many dogs, there are plenty of delicious and nutritious green vegetable options to choose from.
  • Some dogs can also have breed specific sensitivities - like our Dalmatians, who are safer with lower purine foods due to a breed-unique metabolic issue that can contribute to urinary issues.  Purine is a protein typically associated with red meats, game, and organ meats, but is also in some (otherwise healthy) veggies, including peas, beans, and spinach.  A little here and there is ok, but we try and keep those to a minimum in our doggy diet. So we're a-ok with tinting instead!
  • Dog not into eating green veggies? You can achieve the look with any neutral dog cookie recipe that your pup enjoys using green food colouring or a naturally green add-in (or boost the colour of a naturally lighter green dough).
  • If you don't want to puree your own veggies, you can substitute a baby food as a quick and easy way to add delicious nutritious content to homemade dog treats, but always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion and garlic (including powdered forms) to be dog-safe.   
  • Treats should be eat fresh within a few days of baking or frozen for longer storage.

🦴 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.

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