Dog Treat Recipe for even the most finicky human

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Athena waiting patiently for cookies dog treat recipe

Athena waiting patiently for cookies she can’t eat

Ask anyone, I love my dog more than I love most people. I do everything I can to keep her safe and healthy! Unfortunately, the pet-food industry is an extremely dirty one. Companies constantly cutting costs (just like the human-food industry) create nightmares for the consumer. From staph and other bacterium contaminates to mystery deaths and illness from treats sourced in China, it seems that no one can be too careful! The best alternative I can think of is to make her treats at home! This was my first attempt at a dog treat recipe, and was pleasantly surprised!

Cut out the crap! A dog treat recipe without the added junk.

I basically threw all of her favoriterolled dog treat recipe dough foods into a dough-mixture that was sure to please. Whole-wheat flour was used for the base, resulting in a nice protein-rich crunch. From here, you can experiment with whichever dog-safe foods your fur-baby likes! I chose banana, pumpkin, cinnamon, and almond butter for the flavor, a flax egg for added omegas for skin and coat health, and rolled oats for a nice texture change (I like to pretend she notices).

After all the patient waiting, Athena finally got the treat she had been faithfully sniffing the oven for!

cut dog treat recipe doughAs soon as they cooled, I broke one in half to test it against the real food critique. A couple of sniffs and BAM!! Cookie disappeared into the depths of the beast’s mouth. Never to be seen or heard from again.. that is, until she realized it was gone and started begging for more. Success! I like to give these out when special attention is needed. Even though this dog treat recipe is fairly healthy (especially compared with store-bought), too much of anything can be hard on their little tummies. We save these for good bath-times, overly successful walks, or advanced tricks she masters! I’m convinced these alone are motivating her more than I ever could!


 

Serves 12-14 Dog Treats

Dog Treat Recipe for even the most finicky human

Treats for your fur-baby!

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (JUST pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling))
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1-2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Mix all ingredients in a high-speed mixer until uniform
  3. Add water (1 Tbsp at a time) until dough is workable
  4. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness (mine were a tad-bit thicker, resulting in a taller cookie)
  5. Cut out desired shape
  6. Place on baking sheet
  7. Bake until crisp, about 40 minutes
  8. Let cool and share with your favorite furry-friends!
Recipe Type: Dog Treat

Notes

These are meant as a reward/treat, not a meal replacement

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Calories
127 cal
Fat
2 g
Carbs
25 g
Protein
4 g


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Let me know how your fur-baby likes them!  How did they turn out? Respond in the comments below 🙂

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

Cake, Recipes, Sweets | November 22, 2015 | By

Following a chocolate layer cake recipe can be a daunting task.. trust me! In my test kitchen this week, I had to scrap several full cakes due to improper taste, texture, or size. It sucks to be a perfectionist. Fortunately, going through all this trial and error, I was able to create the most fool-proof vegan chocolate layer cake recipe to date! Easy to follow, easy to recreate, this beauty can be used for any occasion cakes are needed (when are they not!?)

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Check your ingredients before departing on your chocolate layer cake recipe adventure!

After almost ruining two cakes, I started to question what I was doing wrong.. My cakes weren’t rising, or they would rise and then sink halfway through baking. I’ve made plenty of cakes before, but it felt as though I was brand new to the science. After doing some research, I discovered that my baking powder had gone stale! When mixed with water, instead of a violent bubbling I got a sad-looking fizz. Who knew it has to be replaced within a year!? That would explain my recent bad-luck with sinking cakes, the powder wasn’t active enough to help them rise! The phrase science of baking is no joke! Everything must be in perfect sync for the baked good to turn out flawlessly.

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On to the real fun! And by fun, I mean the chocolately realness that is this cake.

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Rich, indulgent, moist, decadent.. I can go on forever about this chocolate layer cake recipe. After many disappointing batches, this cake was everything I could have hoped for. I used my all-purpose buttercream to decorate this beautiful work of art, along with fresh, organic strawberries and raspberries for a nice pop of color! Perfect for any occasion, I purposefully chose the red berries for a nice holiday-feel. Leave them or change it around for an all-reason cake! Birthday? Cake. Bat Mitzvah? Cake. Family reunion? Being so deliciously distracting, this cake could very well be your only escape from your aunt’s favorite game of 1,000 questions.


Serves 8-10 Pieces

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

Who doesn't love chocolate cake!?

1 hrPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 45 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Slightly less than 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Grease up a 8 or 9 inch round pan (I used 8, 9 may produce a more evenly cooked cake)
  3. Sift together the flours, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  4. Incorporate the rest of the ingredients, save the boiling water!
  5. Mix on medium speed until well combined
  6. Reduce speed and slowly add boiling water
  7. Mix on medium-high for 1 minute to add some air to the mixture
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes
  9. Let cool completely before removing from pan or frosting
  10. Decorate cake as desired! I used my vegan buttercream frosting recipe and organic berries, but this cake can really be dressed up however you please!
Recipe Type: Cake

Notes

Store tightly wrapped in the refrigerator

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Calories
31 cal
Carbs
6 g
Protein
1 g


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The Basics: Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Recipes, Sweets, The Basics | November 20, 2015 | By

easy creamy buttercream recipeVery few dessert components are as functional (and necessary!) as a delicious, easy buttercream frosting recipe. I require mine to be light and creamy enough for beautiful height, all while maintaining a rigid and tacky texture. A sloppy buttercream will not hold a simple layer cake together, let alone deliver precise piping work.

Having gone through hopeless batches of goopy messes, this easy buttercream frosting recipe was an answer to my dreams. I am able to pipe with it, adhere cakes to all kinds of cake-boards, frost cupcakes, and spoon directly into my mouth (please send help). Even better, it only takes a couple of minutes to whip together, quickly becoming my go-to frosting for almost everything!

A new take on an old classic, this easy buttercream frosting recipe is guaranteed to please. Creamy, fluffy, and light in all the right places, a beautiful consistency all comes down to the technique!

Buttercream frostings tend to be fussy about two things;easy buttercream frosting recipe ingredients time spent whipping and the butter temperature. If you don’t please the sugar-gods, you’ll have a chunky, oily, melted mess. No thank you. Save yourself the hassle, learn from my mistakes!

  • The butter needs to be slightly stiffer than ice cream; solid enough to hold its shape, but soft enough to manipulate. I usually let it sit out for about two hours before making.
  • Whipping the mixture is gonna take time, too. Once the butter is ready, cream it together with the shortening until it looks soft and uniform (usually a couple of minutes). Adding the sugar is another four minute mixing procedure, followed by the milk and another six to seven minutes of mixing. All the whipping adds an immense amount of air into the mixture, resulting in a deliciously light frosting!

 

These guidelines will help create a delectable frosting that is practically all-purpose! For more intricate piping designs and cake-construction, keep the mixture quite thick. Otherwise, add milk to desired consistency!

Yields Enough frosting for 12 cupcakes, or a crumb-coat on small cake

The Basics: Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

A new take on an old classic, this easy buttercream frosting recipe is guaranteed to please. Creamy, fluffy, and light in all the right places!

1 hr, 30 Prep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • up to 1/4 cup soy milk

Instructions

  1. Warm the butter at room temperature until slightly more solid than ice cream
  2. Cream together butter and shortening until soft and smooth, a couple of minutes
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix on medium-high until evenly incorporated, usually 3-4 minutes
  4. Finally, add the vanilla and milk (one Tablespoon at a time) and mix on medium-high for another 6-7 minutes

Notes

Refrigerate prior to intricate piping work to help hold shape. If too much milk is added, and is too runny, compensate by adding more powdered sugar as needed.

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This easy buttercream frosting recipe is as traditional as they come, tailor to your needs! Experiment with colors, flavors, and other additions and let me know how they turn out in the comments below!

Indulgent Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe

Recipes, The Basics | November 15, 2015 | By

IChocolate Almond Butter Recipe on toastt’s no joke when I talk about having an almond butter addiction… I already put the all-purpose spread on everything imaginable, but I struggled to find a way to make it even better. Being a self-proclaimed connoisseur of food combinations, I just know when things are meant to go together.. Hurricanes and news coverage, peanut butter and jelly, and chocolate with almond butter. It’s a match made in heaven! This Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe solves my first-world problem of going through the hassle of adding chocolate after the fact. Skip a step and blend it right in! Serving cinnamony deliciousness, this almond butter goes perfectly on everything; toast, pancakes, bagels, spaghetti (okay, maybe not spaghetti…) The addition of chocolate also seems to help thicken the butter, even better! This recipe really is an answer to all of my dreams 😉

A perfect chocolate almond butter recipe for the laziest cook!

chocolate almond butter recipe ingredientsIf you don’t yet have a Vitamix,
this is the perfect excuse! Three ingredients, ten minutes, and you’re done! Simply throw the goods into the blender, increase to variable “10”, and mash that shit down with the tamper until it runs smoothly through the blades (about a minute). You’re in control from here! Blend until desired consistency is achieved and voilà! The cinnamon sensually pairs the chocolate and almonds for a spread goes amazingly well on practically anything.
(If you’re not a fan of chocolate, simply omit for an even easier original almond butter recipe!)

 

Yields 16 oz

Indulgent Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe

8 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups roasted, unsalted almonds
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients into Vitamix (or other similar high-speed blender)
  2. Turn blender on, increase to variable "10"
  3. Not worrying about the "chugging" noise, mash down with tamper until mixture runs smoothly through blades
  4. Process to desired consistency
  5. Pour into air-tight container and hide in the refrigerator to hoard for yourself
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Almond Butter Cookie Recipe

Recipes, Sweets | November 8, 2015 | By

I’m not saying that I’m addicted to almond butter, but I’m also not denying that I would sell my soul for an unlimited supply (have you seen the price recently!?) Okay, you’ve caught me; almond butter is life. Familiar with the documentary “Forks Over Knives“? My version is called “Spoons Over Forks” because of how often I’m shoveling the almondy-goodness out by the mouthful. Smothered on toast with banana, it has been my go-to snack for as long as I can remember.. This almond butter cookie recipe is merely another way for me to get my fix 😉

With all this adoration, how is it that I have never made an almond butter cookie recipe!?

Peanut butter cookies are everywhere! What about talmond butter cookie recipe pressed downhe peanut butter haters? Folks with peanut-allergies!? Are they expected to be left out forever? Nay, I tell you! Fix ’em up with this delicious almond butter cookie recipe! Tall, soft, insanely easy to make, even easier to eat cinnamon-deliciousness that delivers it all! The banana flavor was a little stronger than I’d like, try it without (or simply add more almond butter) and let me know how they turn out!

Serves 1-2 cookies

Almond Butter Cookie Recipe

Tall, soft, insanely easy to make, even easier to eat.. this almond butter cookie recipe delivers it all!

21 minPrep Time

9 minCook Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Cream together the butters and sugars until it looks like a glittery wonderland
  3. Add the rest of the wet ingredients (flax egg, banana, and vanilla) and cream again until smooth
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the rest of the ingredients (save the chips)
  5. Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry, being cautious of over-mixing
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips
  7. Scoop onto prepared baking sheet
  8. Press down lightly with fork to desired shape (I dipped the fork into a cinnamon-sugar mixture to enhance the effect)
  9. Bake for 9-12 minutes until nice and golden
  10. Let cool on pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer to cooling rack
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Calories
692 cal
Fat
2 g
Carbs
150 g
Protein
18 g


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