Chloe & Gracie have some Shamrock Treats they want to share,
for Lucky Dogs for St. Patrick’s Day!
These treats are full of good and healthy ingredients . . .applesauce, peanut butter, oats, whole wheat flour and spinach.
Spinach is full of vitamins and safe for dogs, but the leaves do contain oxalates. In large amounts, oxalates can cause kidney problems but the amount a dog would have to eat is so high it’s unlikely. If you’re concerned about feeding your dog spinach, omit it. These shamrock treats smell great cooking with the peanut butter and kids would have fun cutting out a variety of shapes for their canine friends or lucky dogs!
Lucky Dog Shamrock Treats
Makes approximately 2 – 3 dozen treats depending on size of cookie cutter. They freeze well too.
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup loosely packed spinach leaves
1/2 cup water
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup quick cook oats
I made these treats in a food processor for easy mixing and one bowl clean up since I was using it to chop the spinach leaves. If you don’t have or want to use a food processor, chop spinach leaves fine and add them to a medium bowl with your wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients together, then add them gradually to your wet ingredients.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In food processor, add spinach leaves, pulse until chopped. Add egg, peanut butter, applesauce, and water to food processor and pulse to combine. Add dry ingredients and process until dough comes together.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead, forming into a ball. Add additional flour as needed if dough is too sticky and roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes. Reroll scraps and repeat.
Place shamrocks on parchment or greased cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes – 25 minutes, according to the size of your treats and your oven. Watch and remove when slightly browned. Cool on a rack and store in sealed container.
You can find a printable recipe, here.
We bagged some treats up to share with other lucky dogs. . .
And our favorite Irish girl and beach dog, Presley, a Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier.
Chloe & Gracie are wearing their green for St. Paddy’s Day! I was going to buy some green fabric to cut for bandanas, but saved myself a trip to the fabric store and used green dish towels I had instead, folded and tied for a neckerchief to slip over their heads. St. Patrick’s Day buttons were in the dollar bin at Target, in a package of 6 for $3.