Homemade Spinach Dog Biscuits

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Introduction: Homemade Spinach Dog Biscuits

About: Just a writer living in Hollywood making ends meet by doing costume design and props on the side!

Hi, Luci here! I'm hijacking my mom's Instructables account to teach you all how to make healthy and easy spinach dog treats.

I may weigh just 8 pounds, but I pack a lot into that tiny size, and I'm not afraid to throw my weight around in the kitchen when it comes time to make my own yummies.

I'm including both the video to my recipe as well as the written version so you can use whichever one you want.

Have fun!

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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1 cup cooked spinach, pureed
  • 1/2 cup water from your cooked spinach
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Start by first preheating your oven to 350F/176C.

Step 2: Mixing It All Together

While your oven is preheating,mix together your spinach, spinach water, oil, and the whole egg. Yes...the WHOLE egg! Shell and all! The mixer will help mash up the shell so it's nice and tiny and the added calcium is good for doggo bones.

Plus, I kinda like the extra crunch it gives the finished cookies. Hey, what can I say...I'm a dog!

Turn your mixer onto medium-high and let your dough churn for about 60-seconds or until it's all good and mashed up.

Step 3: Rolling It Out

Dust your workspace with flour and turn your mixed dough out.

Using your paws, give it a good knead to help ensure it's nice and smooth.

Once that's done, grab your rolling pin and roll it out until it's about 1/2 an inch thick.

Grab your cookie cutter and start cutting out the shapes for your biscuits.

Step 4: Into the Oven!

Bake your biscuits for approximately 25 minutes or until just starting to turn golden around the edges. Once they're done cooking, remove from the oven and allow to cool before plating up.

Share your finished treats with your favorite furry friends by making sure you always have a generous stash on hand (hint: these cookies are pocket-sized and not prone to crumbling!)

These cookies, when stored in an airtight container, should last about 2 weeks...

Enjoy!

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    These look terrific, but my daughter, the purported "Dog Mama," believes that our dog won't eat anything that doesn't taste/smell of meat. To make these "meaty," I plan to use broth as the liquid, instead of the spinach juice. The spinach liquid won't go to waste, as I use vegetable broth in his homemade dog food. Iggy (the dog) is completely dairy intolerant, or I'd just grate a little cheese into the biscuits. Thanks for writing and posting this Instructable, and wish me luck!

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    Tell your Dog Mama that the broth substitution should be absolutely fine...and what an excellent idea for picky pups!

    Speaking of picky pups, here is another recipe Luci and I did together. It's another meatless treat, but with the addition of lots of peanut butter, we've found even the most die-hard carnivores find them hard to resist. But just in case, you can always substitute broth for the water. Enjoy!

    http://eatthedead.com/2017/11/09/battywampus-hellhound-bite-dog-treats/

    I love the little paws. So cute. My puppy thinks this recipe looks legit. ^_^

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    My puppy says your puppy has excellent taste!

    Out of interest - what is the purpose of putting spinach in food for dogs? To me its like putting meat in food for rabbits :-)

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    One of my dogs has a tender tummy and our vet suggested adding a bit of fiber to his diet to help balance out all the protein he normally receives from his regular food. Spinach contains large amounts of vitamins A, B, C, and K. It also contains iron, antioxidants, beta-carotene, and roughage, which stimulate the digestive tract and help keeps him regular. While large quantities of spinach (or anything for that matter) isn't a good idea for dogs and certainly isn't something we supplement his regular diet with on a daily basis, a little bit in a biscuit now and again is a nice boost of vitamins and a healthy treat.

    Looks good. But my dogs are on a no grain diet and Wheat Flour is definite No-no. So, I think instead of Wheat Flour, I will try something like Rice Flour. Do you think that will work?

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    It will take a few additional ingredients to ensure it blends and cooks properly, but absolutely, yes rice flour will work. To substitute rice flour, mix together 1/2 cup of rice flour with 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup tapioca starch. Add in 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum and combine well. Use this mixture as a 1:1 exchange for your flour (so 1 cup of rice mix for 1 cup of flour...for this recipe you'll need 3 cups total). Make sure when you are baking the biscuits that you watch them closely so they don't burn as the rice mix means they may cook a bit faster depending on how thick or thin you roll them (check them at 15-20 minutes instead of 25).
    Good luck and let me know how they turn out!