Wednesday, 17 February 2016

{RECIPE} St. Patrick's Day Puppermint Dog Treats

 
It will be a busy mash up of treats, toys, and other fun over the coming month as we post for St Patrick's Day and shortly thereafter Easter - plenty of good things coming your way!  

St Patrick's Day Puppermint Dog Treats

  • 1/2 cup yogurt (plain or a dog-friendly flavour)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
  • 1 + 1/4 cups of rice flour, or other flour of your choice
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped fresh mint 
  • Green food colouring (optional of course, but it makes these very cute for St Patrick's Day)
  • Carob drops (kisses) or grated carob (optional)
  • Additional flour or water if/as needed to adjust consistency

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine the yogurt and egg, mix in your flax (optional), and then incrementally add flour to mix a firm pliable dough. The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your wet ingredients and type of flour. You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. Add your mint and a touch of green colouring (optional) and knead through to evenly combine. Optional: Separate some of the dough and mix in some coarsely grated carob to make a speckled puppermint patty, as shown.  Roll into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently.  Optional: Press a mini carob drop into the top or sprinkle with grated carob, as shown. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.


Tips and Tricks:
  • We use low fat / low sugar yogurt. Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs. Plain works or choose a dog-safe complimentary flavour for the recipe.
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a larger batch for later.
  • 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.
  • Rice flour is a gluten-free starchy baker's option and makes a lovely smooth dough (great for roll-and-cut if you feel so inclined!). You can substitute another flour, if you wish.

Important note for regular readers: This will be our last Wednesday recipe post, as we shift to Mondays as our regularly schedule treat day starting from next week. Tasty things are coming! New week, new treats! :)


Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet. 

2 comments:

  1. I had no idea that Dalmatians had spots in their mouths until I saw the last picture with the treat. Very cool!

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    1. :) Glad you liked it! They do indeed have spots everywhere - the spots you see in their coats are on the skin and through to the fur above. When they are wet from swimming or a bath, you can see the darker patches on the skin where not under black fur - its quite neat! Our boys also have plenty of visible spots in their mouths, ears, and paws - including different coloured nails. Apparently the same is true of other spotty/stripey animals including Tigers, although I've never see it personally, just in photos.

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