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Homemade Dog Biscuits for a Melancholy Day

Pets. Pets are the children you always wanted but never had. They may usually walk around on four legs and be on the hairy side of things, but they are your everything and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

My Austin, although somewhat devious and aggressive, is the light of my eye. On some days he is my own baby and on others he is the little brother I never had. His nose is the only nose I will allow to get up in my business when I am asleep on the couch. I really do not mind his kisses when I sleep even. He is my perfection.

Austin looking handsome!
Austin looking handsome!

Today mom and I went to a memorial for Jasmine, a doggie friend of Austin’s who had recently passed away. I wasn’t sure what to bring to such a gathering that I quickly made a batch of dog treats. I of course tested them on Austin the previous night which he thankfully enjoyed and then brought a box of them to the Dog Run to share with the recently deceased’s “brother” and other dog friends. Every four-legged friend loved the treats (as did the humans!) as the biscuits were human-friendly!

So for today’s Sweet tooth Saturday I’ve got dog treats for you all!

I got the recipe from this dog treat book that my ten second ex-boyfriend gave me for Christmas. It is a lovely book with a variety of recipes for your furry friend. The book is called ‘What a Dog’s Life!!’ and has some truly lovely recipes!

Dog biscuits before being baked!

Dog biscuits and recipe book

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (350g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon cardamom
  • 1 Tablespoon clove powder
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup (250g) honey
  • 2 eggs

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients with 1 egg until you have a dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and leave to stand in refrigerator for a half hour. Preheat oven to 160ᵒC (320ᵒF).

  2. Once firm, remove dough from fridge and roll dough out on flour covered surface. Cut out shapes and cover them with egg wash (used with other egg).

  3. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  4. Remove from oven and serve to animals once significantly cooled down.

This was a great recipe! Honestly, pretty taste for a human too!

Not all that sweet. Though mine were less sweet because I actually ran out of honey half way in the recipe and used some agave nectar in addition to the honey! Now usually my agave nectar is on the thick side like honey, however the most recent brand of agave nectar is more like water that it made my dough very runny. I had to add a lot of extra flour to this batch to this dough. No idea how much more, but quite a decent amount!

So, after our lovely time with the dogs, Jazzie’s “mom” introduced us to what was Jazzie’s favourite treat and some dog-friendly popcorn – have you ever heard of that? Doggy popcorn? I’m thinking they have a special seasoning that dogs actually like. Though I did once try some dog popcorn that no one else would try.

Dog treats

I thought “what’s some dog popcorn when I used to eat dog food as a kid?” well the doggy popcorn wasn’t all that unique. Did have a dried dog food taste though.

Well this popcorn that we got for Austin looks like it does have a beef flavouring and as I do not eat beef I will not be tasting this one. It is all for Austin this time!

We also got these “inspiration cards” which were lovely notes from Jazzie. Notes that we can keep with ourselves for when we really need it. If you need some inspiration too, this is the note I got from Jazziebelle:

Inspiration Card from Jazzie

Anyway, if you have furballs of your own that you would like to treat to with something you know is good, then I hope you make them these lovely treats!

Give my love to your furballs for me and happy baking/eating!

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Sweet Craving Cured with a Mugcake!

I hate getting cravings for something sweet! And it is usually when there is nothing in your household!

I had that craving last night. Luckily I recently bought a carton of eggs so I had an egg to produce a masterpiece. Though my masterpiece tasted more the part than it looked. If I had powdered sugar it would have made my cake look better!

 Chocolate Coconut Flour Mugcake

I realized that for those times when I crave something sweet, I should always have coconut flour on hand. It makes the best tasting sweets! Plus coconut flour smells amazing! It is like a powdered Caribbean goodness! Kind of like sunscreen, but edible!

So I got the recipe from here and pretty much followed it to a T except that I keep my sweetener of choice as vegan as possible. AKA: my sweetener of choice is always agave nectar!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk

Directions:

  1. In a medium coffee mug mix all dry ingredients together until a light brown color.

  2. Crack the shell of your egg and add it to the dry ingredients and mix well (make sure all dry ingredients are no longer at the bottom of the mug).

  3. Add agave nectar, vanilla extract, and almond milk to mixture and mix until smooth.

  4. Place in microwave for three minutes and enjoy!

I then drizzled some extra agave nectar over the top of the mugcake. It was truly delicious!

Though again I know how my presentation sucked! Next time I’ll have to use some fresh berries and frozen yoghurt to enhance the presentation of my mugcake!

And the next time I do this, I will most likely be feeding the likes of my mom! So some ice cream would work best for that moment. 

Anyway, enjoy your sweet craving cake making!

Sweet Treats Without the Guilt

Why is it that when women are emotionally unbalanced they turn to sweet things as a source of strength? Honestly I do not know the answer to this, but I’ve made the perfect sweet thing to help cope with our emotional days!

That delicious thing is cookie dough. That’s right, I said it – cookie dough. No, this will not be made into cookies, but just raw cookie dough. Delicious cookie dough at that.

Cookie Dough Balls
Frozen in a Tin Pan

I got the recipe from here.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 c. chickpeas, rinsed and drained (approximately 1 can) 
  • 3 Tablespoons sweetener of your choice (agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup)
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 3 Tablespoons nut butter of your choice (peanut butter, almond butter, pistachio butter. Cashew butter, etc)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ bag (10 oz.) non-dairy chocolate chips 
  • 3 teaspoons shortening (I used sunflower oil)

Directions: 

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon shortening in a food processor or blender. Process till smooth, scraping down the bowl once or twice if needed. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl.

  2. Mix in 2 Tablespoons of chocolate chips (reserve the rest for dipping). Form into balls and freeze on a baking sheet till solid.

  3. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet covered with tin foil. In the top half of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, melt the remaining chocolate chips and shortening – stir till smooth and remove from heat.

  4. Using a fork, dip one bite into the melted chocolate, turning till covered. Lift the bite out of the chocolate and tap gently on the side of the bowl to remove excess. Place on wire rack. Repeat with remaining bites. Return bites to freezer and freeze till solid.

Cookie Dough BallsThe original recipe said not to combine the shortening with the recipe, but my blender sucks and needs more liquid to actually blend things. It is a pain in the rear. But if you have a powerful blender you can omit adding the shortening to your cookie dough balls.

Have you noticed though – there aren’t any eggs in this recipe. This makes it 100% vegan. Which I love. Although if you use honey the recipe will not be vegan, but if you are like me and can’t be bothered to go to the grocery store to get agave nectar then honey is the way to go! It was the only thing I had in my house so I definitely went for honey. This came out pretty good regardless of it being vegetarian rather than vegan.

So when it comes to your nut butter of choice, what are you interested in having your cookie dough ball taste like? We always have almond butter on hand as well as peanut butter, but I didn’t want to open the fresh jar of almond butter and used the peanut butter. If you are a fan of Reese’s Cups then you should like having peanut butter as your nut butter of choice. Because mine sure taste like Reese’s Cups.

Want to know a pathetic fact that occurred while I was making these cookie dough balls? Well in our garage we have two refrigerator/freezer units. One is a refrigerator with a freezer below it and the other is solely a freezer. For some odd reason while I was freezing the balls the first time around I put them into the fridge. This only hit me when I was forking the balls to put them in the chocolate. Oops.

I felt pretty dumb. But in defense in all the years we lived here we had another fridge unit where the freezer was above and the fridge was below. Only while I was in Canada was the refrigerator replaced by one that has the fridge above of the freezer. But honestly the worst part about my really dumb mistake is that I put the tin on top of two 6-packs of water. Clearly being liquid rather than a solid. I just wasn’t thinking.

At any rate, once I realized what I did I placed the balls into the freezer. Took a while but I finally did that.

Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Balls

I love how you can clearly see that there are chickpeas in the mix yet you cannot taste them whatsoever. They truly taste good. Honestly this is the healthiest way you can eat a Reese’s Cup and not feel guilty.

I really do suggest you make this. It is amazing. I could eat them all. But I am always on moms tail for eating poorly that it would be bad of me to do the same. Luckily though if I did think to eat them all I shouldn’t feel that bad.

So more the reason that we all should eat these!

If you make it then I hope you enjoy it!

L