2.07.2011

#97 - Carob Cookies for Canines

Hello everyone! It's been so long since we've written, and we've missed you all! To apologize for our absence, we come bearing a recipe for tasty vegan dog treats. These dog treats are wonderful because they are so natural that even humans can enjoy them. Though they aren't as sweet as the cookies that we are used to, they are hearty snacks that you and your pooch can both enjoy.

I found a recipe for dog treats that was full of dairy products and lacked any nutrients, so I decided to come up with my own recipe. Since I've made these a few days ago, JD and Ringo (the pickiest pugs on earth) cannot stop eating them! The great thing about these is that they are softer than most dog "cookies". Since both JD and Ringo have missing teeth and JD was also born with a crooked jaw, neither of them can generally eat dog cookies, so they seem thrilled now that they have found something just for them!
Without further ado, here is our recipe:

Hearty Carob Cookies for Canines

Ingredients

  • Egg replacer equal to 1 egg (I use Ener-G egg replacer made from potato starch)
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey)
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup canola or safflower oil
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups carob chips
  • 3 tablespoons of soy or almond milk

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 3 tbsp of brown sugar and 1 tbsp water.
  3. In a large bowl, combine egg replacement, applesauce, broth, agave, the brown sugar mix, and oil.
  4. Gradually stir in flour. The dough should be stiff.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out dough.
  6. Use your preferred shape cookie cutter to make shapes from the dough. (You can also roll them into small balls instead, then slightly flatten the balls down in your palm to make a rounder, puffier treat)
  7. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
  8. While treats are still warm, use the remaining brown sugar to sprinkle over them.
  9. Combine carob chips and soy/almond milk and melt them together in microwave or in a saucepan.
  10. Dip half of the each treat into melted carob mix.
  11. Place cookies on waxed paper and let stand until carob is set.
Just another note: you can use turbinado sugar instead of brown sugar for an even healthier alternative!

The boys can't seem to get enough of these. If you make some for your dogs, be sure to let us know how they like them. This week is a great time to make some heart shaped cookies as a Valentine's Day gift to your furry friend :]

x's & o's

1 comment:

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi jess!
oh these look fabulous!
emmitt is in the kitchen pounding a spoon on my mixing bowl!
i think i better get to baking him a batch!
xoxox
m & e