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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Black Bean Bat Crisps (Gluten Free)

First recipe of howl-o-ween are these black bean bat crisps. To follow up my question on whether or dogs can eat black beans.... looks like they can! I chose black beans since it's already a dark purply color. I was hoping it would be enough to make the treats black but it wasn't. I added a few drops of chefmaster food coloring to give it a black tint. When these treats came out of the oven, I couldn't help but lift them in the air, make pretend that they are flying, and going "dun-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BATMAN!"

Mochi wasn't too amused that I was playing with her food. She was staring at me with her big googly eyes waiting to test the treat. Being the good mama I'm is, I played airplane with her. You know, when you pretend the spoon is an airplane and you make all these vroom noises as you feed your kid. So here is the little black bean bat treat flying through ready for landing and right as it almost touches Mochi's mouth it accelerates back into the sky. SIKE!!!! [insert evil villan laugh here] It ain't howl-o-ween for nothin'!

When Mochi finally got a bite of the bat, she gobbled it in one bite. Can't tell if she loves it or is happy she finally got her treat.

(~60 2" bats)
  • 2 C. of garbanzo and fava flour
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed (good source of omega-3 fatty acids, good for skin and coat.)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 C. no salt added black beans
  • 1/4 C. water
  • Few drops of chefmaster food coloring (in black)

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
2. Mix together flour and flax seed.
3. Mash black beans.
4. Add olive oil, black beans, water, and few drops of black food coloring to the dry ingredients.
5. Mix well and knead dough.
6. Roll dough on floured surface. Be sure to frequently flour the rolling pin as the dough can be sticky.
7. Roll of 1/8" thickness.
8. Use a mini bat cookie cutter.
9. Place bats on ungreased cookie sheet.
10. Bake for 15 minutes.


Store in an airtight container once on counter after thoroughly cooled for up to 2 weeks . Waiting until cooled is an important step; condensation can build and the moisture will cause treats to mold.

For longer shelf life: store in fridge for up to 2 months. Store in freezer for up to 8 months.
Tip: Write date on plastic bag to keep track of expiration date.

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