Broccoli Bites: Dog Treat Recipe

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hopefully everyone is having an awesome day/gearing up for a fun weekend.  We're not really doing much to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  I have a few hours of work left to catch up on before my weekend can officially start, but I'm taking a break to post about the new treat recipe we came up with.  I told you all on Wednesday that I'd share it today, so here it is!

So my original idea was to come up with a green treat recipe, inspired by St. Patrick's Day.  I played around with a couple of ideas I had to make treats green naturally, but none of them really worked.  If you care about the color of your dog treats, you can add food coloring.  Personally I don't care too much about what my dogs' treats look like.  That fact should be pretty obvious, considering a majority of the treats I make for my boys just end up looking like messy globs.  Luckily Kit and Fen agree with me, if they are tasty messy globs then they are a win in our house.

Both my dogs, yes even the picky Mr. Fen, really like broccoli.  They get that from my fiance, since he really likes broccoli too.  I think it tastes ok, but really don't like how it smells.  That made baking broccoli treats a real labor of love for me.

Luckily both my dogs do well eating broccoli.  In some dogs it can cause GI upset, so take things slow with these treats if you aren't sure how well your dog handles broccoli, or any of the other ingredients.  I made the treats small so I could use them as training treats, but making them small will also be a good way to introduce them to your dog slowly if you are unsure how he/she will handle any of the ingredients.

Without any further ado, I give you Broccoli Bites!

Ingredients:  

  • 2 cups loosely packed broccoli florets.  I used fresh, but frozen should work too.
  • 3/4 cups cubed cheddar cheese.
  • 1 cup kefir.  I used homemade kefir.  If you can't get your hands on any, or don't want too, plain yogurt should work instead.
  • 1 cup flour.

~ Use a food processor to chop your broccoli and cheese into small pieces.  Mix the chopped broccoli and cheese together with the kefir/yogurt and flour.  The resulting dough should be moist and a bit sticky, but easy to form into small balls by hand.

~ Preheat your oven to 350*F.  Lightly flour the bottom of a baking sheet.  Place small balls of your dough onto the floured sheet.  The cooking times I used are for small treats.  You can make them as small/large as you want, but baking times will vary based on the size of your treats.

~ Bake at 350*F for 20 minutes, or until treats reach desired consistency.  I was going for a more crunchy treat for my dogs, so I baked the treats for the full 20 minutes then turned off the oven and left them inside while the oven cooled.  For softer treats, bake them for less time and pull them out of the oven as soon as they are done cooking.

~ Since these treats contain fresh ingredients and no preservatives, they should be stored in the refrigerator.

This recipe made quite a few small treats, probably about double what you see in that cup in the picture.  If you aren't sure if your dog will like these, if the ingredients will agree with him/her, or you don't think your dog will go through that amount of treats quick enough, you might want to start by halving the recipe.

Kit said these go great with a bottle of Fetch Me Noir Dogwine.  You know, in the spirit of St.Patrick's Day (don't worry, it's nonalcoholic).

If anyone tries making these treats, you'll have to comment below and let me know how your dog liked them!