Tuesday, 12 December 2017
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{RECIPE} Naturally Green Christmas Tree Dog Treats

Homemade Christmas dog treats shaped like green trees on a table with red and green drawstring treat bags and ribbons

These miniature Christmas tree dog treats are naturally green bite-sized bits of Christmas goodness, made using an adaptation of our leafy green dog treat dough and were perfect with my miniature Christmas tree cookie cutter - bite-sized for my boys.   For a slightly richer and darker green colour, I used a combination of both kale and wheatgrass. I also experimented with low-fat coconut milk powder in lieu of low-fat diary milk powder.  It had a little more impact on the liquid-to-flour than my usual low-fat dairy milk powder (slightly less flour required for a cohesive dough), but nothing significant and it added a great scent to the mix.  Dairy is still my go-to for baking, but if you're dog is lactose sensitive or you're just looking for a change, it's definitely a potential substitution option.  

Ste-by-step making Christmas dog trees shaped like trees

Naturally Green Christmas Tree Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1/4 cup of homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock (see tips below) or water
1/4 cup low fat milk powder (see comments above regarding coconut milk substitution)
1 egg
1 tbsp wheatgrass and/or kale powder 
1-2 tbsp of ground flax seed (optional)
Approximately 1 cup brown rice flour, plus extra for rolling 

🥄 Making the Treats: 

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

Combine broth and milk powder in a bowl, then stir in the egg, wheatgrass/kale, 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.  Rest dough (optional). 

On a lightly floured surface, roll and then cut into desired shapes or simply roll into bite-sized balls and flatten gently with a fork. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes depending on size. Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks: 
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • In addition to richness and nutrition, milk powder helps to enhance dough consistency and I find it creates a slightly firmer/crisper baked result. If your dog is lactose sensitive and you'd like to skip the dairy  (see above on substitutions) 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. 
  • 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.
  • For a crunchier treat, you can let baked treats sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a dehydrator.
  • These treats are best consumed within a couple of days from 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.

Homemade Christmas dog treats shaped like green trees on a table with red and green drawstring treat bags and ribbons

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