I originally created this dog treat recipe back in 2017. It was inspired by St. Patrick’s Day. I wanted to create a dog treat recipe that would be naturally green, without the need to add a bunch of food coloring. This was one of the recipes I came up with. I wouldn’t say it turned out super successful as far as the color goes. But my dogs both like these treats, which makes them a win in my book! Strangely, both of my dogs, yes even my super picky Alaskan Klee Kai Fenrir, really like broccoli. Thus this broccoli dog treat recipe was born.
Is Broccoli Safe for Dogs?
My dogs must get their love for broccoli from my partner (haha), because I’m not the biggest fan myself. I really don’t like the way that broccoli smells. Creating this broccoli dog treat recipe was quite a labor of love for me.
In some dogs, broccoli can cause GI upset. 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!
- 2 cups loosely packed broccoli florets. I used fresh, but frozen should work too.
- 3/4s of a cup of cubed cheddar cheese.
- 1 cup kefir. I used homemade kefir. If you can’t get your hands on any, or don’t want too, store bought (dog safe, check the ingredients list and make sure it doesn’t contain excess sugar or xylitol!) kefir, or plain yogurt should also work.
- 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.
Cool and Let Your Dog Enjoy!
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 Dogwine or Bowser Beer. You know, in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day (don’t worry, it’s made for dogs and is, of course, nonalcoholic).
If anyone tries making this broccoli dog treat recipe, you’ll have to comment below and let me know how your dog liked them!