the Felix has a grain allergy.
He can have a bit of grain, every now and again, but anything more than a few bites and he disintegrates into one big itchy hot spot. I’m not going to lie to you. It’s not pretty.
So, the Mama has spent a lot of time and energy finding grain-free ways to make treats.
One of her favourite solutions has always been chickpea flour. It’s easy to substitute in most baking recipes (use 7/8 cup of chickpea flour for every 1 cup of regular wheat flour), easier to digest than a lot of other alternative flours. All good things right? Too bad Chickpea Flour is worth it’s weight in gold.
That’s why the Mama was so jazzed when she discovered you can bake with canned chickpeas.
Maybe the Mama isn’t the brightest ball in the toy box, but this never even occurred to her! Um, duh, Mama. You use canned chickpeas, mash them and reduce the water content in the recipe. All that money you’re going to save? You can thank me later….by using it to buy me toys.
Would this brilliant plan of mine work?
Only one way to find out right? Mama! Get your butt in the kitchen and make me some cookies!
1 – 18 oz. (500 g.) can of chickpeas
2 cups cooked, small-diced lean meat, the drier and overcooked the better
2 tbsp. olive oil
optional: pinch garlic powder
dash of parsley
Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Start out by draining and mashing the chickpeas. (You can use a food processor, if you like or you can get in there, get messy and squish them to death with your hands. It’s way more fun.) Take one cup of the meat and very, very finely dice it. Like, really finely, as fine as you can. Mix together mashed chickpea, finely diced chicken, olive oil and spices. If it’s important to you that your cookies look pretty and taste good, saute the remaining cup of meat until it is dark, crispy brown (you can totally skip this step. Dogs usually don’t care if the treats are pretty. Stir chicken chunks into your batter. Dough should be moist and gooey, but not sticky. (If your chickpeas were really moist, you may need to add a tablespoon or two of chickpea flour to firm out the dough.)
Form thin patties, about the size of a silver dollar and lay out on the cookie sheet. Since these treats do not spread, you can place them really close together to maximize sheet space. Bake for 60 minutes to 75 minutes. Makes a nice soft treat, suitable for pups with dental issues. Want a crunchier version? Turn the oven down to 175F and allow to back for 4 – 6 hours.
Bone appetit! We made these with porkloin – what kind of meat would you use?
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