Tuesday, 12 December 2017

{RECIPE} Naturally Green Christmas Tree Dog Treats

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.  

Naturally Green Christmas Tree 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 (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 rice flour 

Preheat oven to 180C. 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: 
  • If your dog is lactose sensitive (see above on substitutions) and you'd like to skip the dairy 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. 

We have a Christmas post for you every weekday between now and the start of our offline holidays, with toys, decorations, treats, and more!  Stay tuned for holiday fun, and we'll see you again tomorrow!

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