Monday, 29 May 2017

{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!

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. 

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!

Tips and Tricks: 
  • 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. 
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, 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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet. 

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