Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Organic Vegan Dog Treats

A friend's poor little pooch fell and broke his leg. Our crew whipped up some homemade dog treats to try and cheer him up. It was a nice way to teach compassion to our kids. We had a squirrel cookie cutter which seemed a perfect match for doggie treats. 

Polly, our rescued beagle, gave them two paws up. Unfortunately, beagles aren't known for their discriminating tastes. Luckily, the other pups who sampled them gave their endorsement too, therefore confirming these as a hit with the four-legged community.

The recipe is from vegweb. We made a few tweaks to the recipe. First, we used organic ingredients because that is what we had on hand. Since we used natural peanut butter, the amount of flour needed to be increased. We were also out of veggie broth, so we left it out.

Oatmeal Cookies w/ Peanut Butter

1 1/2 c organic whole wheat flour
1/2 cup uncooked organic rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups organic soy milk
1 tbs organic molasses
1 1/2 c creamy organic natural peanut butter

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease or use parchment paper to line 2 cookie sheets.

2 . In large bowl using wire whisk combine the flour, oats  and baking powder

3. In a medium bowl use wire whisk or electric mixer on medium speed, beat the milk, molasses and peanutbutter until smooth.

4. Using a large spoon combine the two mixes, blending until mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a soft dough. If the mixture seems dry add more soy milk, one tablespoon at a time.

5. Turn dough onto lightly floured flat surface and using a rolling pin roll out to 1/4 in thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out as many cookies as you can reworking scraps as you go.

6. Place cookes side by side on cookie sheets and bake for 20-25 mins or until the cookies appear very dry and th edges are a light golden brown. Remove trays from oven and cool to room temp.  

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