My most recent culinary adventure had nothing to do with educating my palate, and everything to do with delighting his…
Mojo may not have the most sophisticated palate in the world, but he certainly has a discriminating one. Unfortunately, the foods he tends to discriminate against are the ones that are actually good for him. It’s not easy to find something he likes that isn’t loaded with salt or sugar, or ingredients with names I can’t even pronounce.
Inspired by a photo I saw on the Food Network’s Facebook page (where a virtual cookie exchange is taking place), I decided to head to the kitchen and try baking him something that was tasty and healthy.
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 2 ½ cups quick oats
- 500 g jar President’s Choice Organic Peanut Butter*
- 1 ¾ - 2 ¼ cups water
Whisk together flour and oats. Use an electric mixer to blend in the peanut butter. Add water and combine just until the mixture starts to come together to form a dough. It should still be just a bit crumbly, but moist enough to press and pat into a ball. Once you’ve formed a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, line baking sheets with parchment paper and pre-heat the oven to 325º. Unwrap the dough and roll it out into a large rectangle about ½ cm thick. Cut out shapes and bake for 35 – 45 minutes. Cool completely.
I ended up with about 100 cookies, roughly 4 cm long, but results will vary depending on your choice of cookie cutter.* I chose President’s Choice Organic Peanut Butter because it has just one ingredient – freshly roasted organic peanuts. The fact that it was also the least expensive jar of peanut butter on the shelf was a bonus!
These little dog treats have the same crunch and consistency as a popular commercial brand, but without any added salt, sugar, dairy, preservatives or mystery ingredients.
Best of all, Mojo loves them. Bone Appétit!
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