I'd like to introduce you to Mocha.
Our girl has been here a little over a week, and already, we're attached. Mocha was "adopted" from a family who just didn't have the time to show her the attention that she craves (and boy, does she crave lovin'!) ... so, we met her last Saturday and she's been here ever since.
Mocha is 7 years old, and obviously, she's a golden retriever.
To celebrate her arrival and adoption, I baked her some yummy treats (recipe below). She munches on one a night - like dessert.
Ingredients: 1 egg, 1/3 cup of peanut butter (as little sugar as possible is better), 1/2 cup of mashed banana, 1 TBSP honey, 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup of wheat germ, 1 cup of carob chips, 1 TBSP shortening.
Directions: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside. Stir together the egg, peanut butter, banana and honey in a medium bowl, blending thoroughly. Stir in the flour and wheat germ and mix well. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll to 1/4 inch thick (I tend to go a little thicker than that for a bigger dog). Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until dried and golden brown, about 30 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a rack. Once cool, melt the carob chips and shortening in the microwave. I found it best to do so in 25 second intervals, stirring in between. It took about 3 spins in the microwave to get a nice, creamy consistency. You can then dip the treats into the melted carob chip mixture, or do what I did and pipe it on to half of the treat. You can also add a small amount of sprinkles (like I did), but be careful not to go overboard with the sprinkles. Refrigerate overnight to set the "chocolate" and store in an airtight container. These will last for approximately 6 weeks if stored properly in the refrigerator.
So, bake some goodies for your four-legged friends and celebrate Mocha's homecoming with us!