I love making banana muffins! They are one of the simplest recipes in my repertoire! Even better, they are one of the few really yummy treats I can offer any of my friends who must abstain from dairy! Best of all of course is that they can safely be frozen for a rainy day … so to speak. Really it is just frosting on the cake that the oldest and ripest bananas in the reduced sale bin actually make a better batch 🙂
At any time of year, I love living with senior pets! My pussycats have mellowed out and are kinder to each other. These days if Henry does not come when he calls, it is because he is going deaf! And on bitter cold days like this, it’s actually quite lovely that we all prefer the homely comfort of a cozy fire!
As someone who is a wee bit ‘older and riper’, I also know that our nutritional needs change as we grow older. And before the keyboards catch on fire … no I am neither a nutritionist nor a medical practitioner. But in this house …. homemade pet treats HAVE evolved over the years as time has marched along.
For instance, it has been years since I have made dog treats with ‘conventional’ flour. Thanks to the generous advice about wheat free flours from Trish Pittman, I began haunting our local health food store for new to me alternatives. What I found there really opened up a whole new world for me!
From whole bean to chick pea through to brown and white rice flours, there were all kinds of wheat free options for dog cookies. As an interesting sidebar note to that, I soon noticed that the cats were VERY interested in wheat free cookies too 🙂
As the pack has been aging, I have found another fringe benefit to making my own cookies. At the risk of stating the obvious … senior friendly cookies simply need to be taken out of the oven while they are still soft and tender!
There are a lot of great recipes out there …. but we seem to have settled on our own ‘house favourite’. Its easy and simple to make. Better still, as long as it’s all rolled the same almost a quarter-inch thickness, the cookies can be cut in different sizes. Best of all of course is that the cookies can be so very closely spaced that one batch fits one nine by twelve pan.
So …without further ado … here is the simplest dog ( and cat ) cookie recipe in my file 🙂
- 1 and 1/2 cups hot stock.
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter
- 4 cups brown or white rice flour
- 1 egg
Add butter or margarine to the hot stock. When it is melted, stir in flour. Add egg. Knead until the texture of play doh. Roll to roughly 1/4 inch thickness. I put parchment paper on my pans but if you dont’ have any place on an UNGREASED pan. Can be cut in fancy shapes but i just cut into squares. Big ones for the big dogs. Medium.. ish … ones for the little dogs. Small ones for the cats.
Bake in preheated 400 degree oven. For softer cookies take out before they brown. If you only have one dog, store in the fridge.
What time is it? With apologies for the delay for every one who has asked, its way past time I posted this 🙂