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IMG_1742I live in a house where Dog = God (Or so the little ones like to think)! So, when I started baking all those (non doggie) cookies recently, I felt 6 eyes closely observing me disapprovingly. Since their treat jar was actually running low, I decided to bake them something too.

When deciding the flavor, it was an easy choice. Just the mention of ‘peanut’ in the house and you have 3 fur balls already in the kitchen before you can say ‘butter’! I decided on peanut butter and molasses treats with some leftover rye flour. I really like rye flour, it has a special ‘countryish’ taste I enjoy, plus it’s really healthy for you, with lots of iron, B6 and magnesium. Same with the molasses, I actually take a tablespoon of molasses a day to keep my iron levels good. 

The trick with dog treats, especially if you make a big batch, is to leave them overnight in the oven (off!), so they have time to really dry out and therefore,  keep for a rather long time in the treat jar (not that they will actually last if your household is anything like mine!). I made them bone shaped this time, but plan to make some Halloween shaped ones soon!

Ingredients (for two dozen bone cookies)

IMG_1754– 2 cups rye flour
– 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
– 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
– 1/2 cup cool water + more if needed

Heat oven to 300F (150C)

In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients with a wooden spoon, really working into the peanut butter. Once the peanut butter is well incorporated check if the dough holds together, if not, add a few more teaspoons of water. The dough will be quite dense, but sticky enough to hold together in a ball.

Place the dough on a clean, floured surface and roll out to about 1/4inch thickness. With the cookie cutter of choice, cut out your cookies and place on a prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20minutes. Then turn off the oven, but leave the cookies inside. I leave them overnight to make sure they are nice and dry. Store in a sealed cookie jar. 

These are very good treats to practice the ‘leave it’ trick! Because of the strong peanut smell, they are almost impossible to resist! Only miss pit bull Hope managed to master this skill and to even pose for a picture! So, let’s keep that in mind before judging these amazing dogs!

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Some mornings we need something a little bit more comforting and hearty. Oatmeal is another thing I only discovered after becoming vegan. I find that so funny, as everyone seems to have had oatmeal in their childhoods. Not me. I like the creaminess of oatmeal and how it warms you up from the inside. I also like how there can be an infinite amount of flavors. This is my personal favorite. 

Ingredients

1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (I especially like the one with larger grains)
2 1/3 cups of water
pinch salt
1 banana, sliced
1 pear or apple, in cubes
2 tbs peanut butter (I prefer the crunchy one)

1/3 cup soy milk, or your choice of non-dairy milk

+ your choice of toppings. Today I used crunchy soy flakes, muesli, maple syrup and maple flakes.

This will take you about ten minutes to make. So it really isn’t too much work for a weekday morning. I like making mine while I have my coffee going. I love the blending of smells in my kitchen.

First you add your oatmeal, salt and water in a small/medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium to high heat, stirring. Once it is boiling, you reduce the heat to medium and add the pear or apple (or both). Cook for 5minutes on medium heat, stirring once in a while. After 5minutes, the oatmeal should be thick and creamy, and the fruit nice and soft. Gently mix in the peanut butter, milk and banana. Cook or 1 minute and serve with toppings of choice. Enjoy hot.

HAVE A NICE DAY!

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