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 plus a little fresh mint or parsley to the recipe adds fantastic natural color, plus a boost to your dog’s diet.
Whether your dog is an Irish wolfhound or a Glen of Imaal terrier at heart (since we’re all Irish on St. Paddy’s), these hearty shamrock shaped cookies are sure to please.
DIY Green Shamrock Dog Treats
Yield 3 dozen cookies
- 2 cups Irish steel cut oats
- 2 cups packed mixed greens or spinach, chopped finely
- 1/2 cup plain applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 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
- Rolling pin
- Cookie sheets
- Parchment paper
- Pastry/basting brush
- Cookie cutters
- Food processor (optional)
Preheat oven to 350º.
Trim parchment paper to fit your baking sheets.
Pulse oats in food processor until you get a fine floury texture.
Add greens and your mint or parsley and pulse until combined.
Add the applesauce and eggs, pulse to combine.
The dough will start out very sticky. Add flour as needed to get a workable texture.
Roll out your dough to desired thickness, adding flour as necessary to keep dough workable, then cut and place onto lined 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, you can turn off oven and leave in the oven until cool.
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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.