Monday, 29 May 2017
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{RECIPE} Easy DIY Leaf Dog Treats (Naturally Green!)

Since many of you are enjoying your late spring, here is a fresh and natural leafy green dog treat recipe to wrap up the month of May.  If (like us) you're in more of a fall feeling, you can simply swap the natural (or artifical) colouring add-ins to create gold, orange, brown, etc. It is the last week of autumn here, with winter and leaves are falling, days grow ever shorter, and nights are getting chilly (great for dog snuggles...), but since I already have a pretty maple leaf treat post prepped and waiting for our Canada 150th furfriends next month, I decided to go green for these treats.  Plus, our boys love their wheatgrass!

Homemade dog treats shaped like green leaves with a green drawstring treat bag

Naturally-Coloured Leafy Green Dog Treats


1/4 cup of homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock (see tips below) or water
1/4 cup low fat milk powder
1 egg
1 tbsp wheatgrass powder
1 tbsp ground flax
Approximately 1 cup rice flour 

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine broth and milk powder in a bowl, then stir in the egg, wheatgrass, and flax. Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice firm pliable consistency. Flour quantity may vary slightly, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of water or additional stock to adjust.  On a lightly floured surface, roll and then cut into desired shapes (see notes below) or roll into bite-sized balls and flatten gently with a fork. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. Cool before serving and storage. 


DIY dog treats shaped like green leaves, step-by-step how to make

If you have leaf-shaped cookie cutters, then you can (of course) use those to make leafy treats; however, if you don't have a cookie cutter and still want to make leaves, the pictures above show an easy hack using a simple round biscuit cutter. You can use a fluted cutter (as shown) for a fancy leaf edge or use a plain cutter or suitable round object for a smooth edge. Press with a knife to add veins for added style. Easy peasy and very cute!

Homemade dog treats shaped like green leaves with a green drawstring treat bag

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. 
  • If your dog is lactose sensitive or you'd simply prefer a different recipe/flavour, you can make a similar cookie for dogs using any light rollable dog treat dough as a base. Lighter coloured dough will work best for tinting.
  • My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. It can be hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock. 
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time. 
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage or the dough can be frozen unbaked for future use. 

🦴 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.

Dalmatian dog begging for leaf shaped dog treat

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