To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with dogs, we’ve whipped up a homemade dog treat recipe that makes it easy to be green. Adding 2 cups of dark leafy greens to the recipe adds fantastic natural color, plus a boost to your dog’s diet.
DIY Shamrock Dog Treats
To get started, you’ll need:
- Rolling pin
- Cookie sheets
- Parchment paper
- Pastry/basting brush
- Cookie cutters
- Food processor (optional)
Makes about 3 trays of shamrock dog biscuits
- 2 cups packed mixed greens or spinach, chopped finely
- 1/2 cup plain applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups Irish steel cut oats
- 2 cups flour (any kind will work; we used oat flour)
- 1 cup mint, parsley, or roughly chopped greens set aside to mix in
- Optional: 1 egg plus 1 tsp milk or water for egg wash
Preheat oven to 350º. Trim parchment paper to fit your baking sheets.
- Finely chop or place greens in food processor and pulse until pulverized.
- Add the applesauce, eggs, and oatmeal. Pulse or mix to combine.
- Add the flour half a cup at a time until you get to a workable dough stage. It will start out very sticky.
- When dough is ready, add your mint or parsley leaves and pulse just enough to combine.
Roll out your dough to desired thickness, adding flour as necessary to keep dough workable, then cut and place on trays.
Apply egg wash with a pastry brush. The egg wash will add a golden glow to your cookies, and also dampen the flour so your cookies will be as green as the rolling hills of Éire.
Bake 30 minutes, flipping and swapping your pans halfway through.
For crisper cookies that will store longer, bake a little longer. Alternately, you can turn off oven and leave in the oven until cool.
A word of caution: Too much kale or spinach can be harmful to pets with known kidney problems due to its oxalate content. If you’re concerned about dog kidney stones, feed sparingly and check with your vet.