Wednesday, September 04, 2013
hi sparkfolk--today i wanted to pass on a couple things i have learned recently. the first is a wonderful website called "ambitious kitchen". i came across it while trying to find a use for my baseball bat sized zucchinis. i happened upon a recipe for brownies that is really wonderful on her website, and have plans to try several other of her creations. if you go to her website the brownie recipe is on her current or most recent page--i don't want to just reproduce the recipe here without her permission. but they are (or can be) gluten free, low in calories and absolutely delicious. as a bonus i baked in my usual summer method which means--a) make the recipe and put it in the oven b) go outside and get absorbed in something c) totally forget there is something in the oven d)finally make it back into the house to the smell of baking and the sound of the timer that has been going off for who knows how long.
nice thing was about this recipe--even though it was overcooked to some extent--it still tastes lovely. i highly recommend you check out this website and see what interesting vegan and gluten free ideas she has.
and now on to dog treats. in the never ending quest to find a treat that is wheat free, low calorie and inexpensive, (hence my decision to try making my own) i happened across this recipe on a website. i am going to share it here, because i don't think it was the original creation of the blogger. my girls absolutely ADORE these treats and i can break them into very small pieces and they think they are getting snacks all day long.
chop up a banana, throw it in your mixer bowl. add 3T. peanut butter (organic and pure peanut butter is best), 1 egg, 1 and 3/4 cup. GARBANZO BEAN FLOUR (kind of hard to find but do-able. not cheap--but the only expensive part of the recipe) and 1/4 c. rolled oats (there is such a thing as gluten free oats if you want to go that route). mix this all up. now the next step was not in the recipe, but it made life easier for me. i put it in a zipper bag and threw it in the frig for a day or two, until i had time to finish it.
take it out and roll it to about 1/8 in. thick--you will need to roll it between a couple layers of parchment paper or waxed paper and use plenty of garbanzo flour to dust it with. you can cut it out with a cutsie cookie cutter--i don't have that kind of time and my girls could care less--so i just sliced the rolled out dough into a zillion little squares, transferred them to an ungreased cookie sheet- had to use a spatula to lift a few of them--and baked at 300 for 35-40 min. you want them to be nice and dry and snappy when they are done. then i made sure they all were loose in the pan and let them sit out overnight to dry completely. for my girls it makes about 10 days to 2 weeks worth of treats. my girls are good sized and they like lots of snacks. they ADORE these and race to the spot where the treat cup lives and WOOOOOOO for a treat.
tomorrow rob wants to make peach salsa. will report back on that experiment.