Monday, 29 February 2016

{RECIPE} Green Vegetable St. Patrick's Day Treats

A quick and simple St. Patrick's Day green treat with some redeeming nutritional benefits too!

Green Vegetable St. Patrick's Day Dog Treats
  • Approximately 1/2 cup finely pureed dog-safe green veggies (or baby food) See tips below.
  • Approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rice flour, or other flour of your choice
  • 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
Preheat oven to 180C. Pour your veggie puree into a bowl and 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 options to choose from - read more here
  • 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.
  • 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.   
  • Rice flour is gluten free. You can substitute another flour, if you wish.
  • This dough can be frozen or you can bake and freeze extras.

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. 

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