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Paige's Goat Cookies Recipe

We love making Christmas presents for our friends and family, and this year, it's been great letting my older son join in! In the past we have made Christmas cookies for our dogs, as well as their doggy friends, but this year we decided to include Sara and Steve's goats in the gift giving!

There are quite a few goat treat recipes floating around the internet, but most of them include flour as one of the ingredients. Now, I don't necessarily know that flour is bad for goats, but whenever possible I try to use natural, unprocessed ingredients when cooking for the pets, since their digestive systems aren't accustomed to human food. And frankly, all I have in the house at the moment is white flour, and I wasn't going to go out and buy wheat and grind it myself. 

So, I decided to wing it. I figured it couldn't be that hard, I've made a lot of gluten free cookies for friends without buying special gluten free flours, so it couldn't be that hard. Enter: Paige's Goat Cookies.

The ingredients are really simple. You could definitely adjust them to your liking, or based on what ingredients you have on hand!

One thing I love to do is use oats and grind them to replace the wheat flour in my cookies. These were pretty easy to make with the help of a Nutri Ninja, but I'm sure you could use any old blender or food processor and get basically the same results.

So, basically, you add all of your ingredients to the blender and blend it all until smooth. Once it was smooth, I added in some extra sunflower seeds for a little crunch.

This is what you'll have once it's blended. It will be kind of like a peanut buttery texture. You'll have to scoop it out with a spoon onto the greased cookie sheet.

I baked them for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and got nice, fluffy cookies. If you wanted them to be more crunchy, you could try turning the oven down a bit and baking them for longer, or leave the baking soda out so they don't rise. I'm not an oven expert, so I can't tell you exactly what to do here, but everybody loves a good experiment! Give it a try, see what happens!

Once they come out of the oven, move them right over to a wire rack to cool.

One thing I will say is that these cookies are soft and definitely look like real cookies, so make sure you tell everyone in the house what you're doing, or they just might be in for a surprise when they sneak one while your back is turned :)

The goats were pretty much 50/50 on whether they wanted anything to do with these. Some of them gobbled them up whole, while others cautiously nibbled the edges. Overall, I'd call it a success.

So, here's the recipe. Like I said, adjust the ingredients as you see fit. What are your goats favorite fruits and vegetables? Feel free to throw them in! Mix it up with different combinations every time you make them so your best furry friends get a great variety of snacks! It's a great activity to do with the kids on a chilly winter day, and the goats are sure to appreciate it, too!

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Paige's Goat Cookies:

1 apple, with peel, cored and sliced

1 banana (if you use organic bananas, the goats can have the peel. I peeled mine, so I can't speak to what would happen if you put it in the blender)

6 baby carrots (or 1-2 regular carrots. I just happened to have baby)

1 TBS molasses

1 1/2 cup rolled oats

2 TBS sunflower seeds, divided (the shells are great for the goats, but if you have shelled seeds, like me, that's fine too)

1 tsp baking soda

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1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place apple, banana, carrots, molasses, oats, baking soda, and 1 TBS sunflower seeds in blender. Blend until smooth.

2. Stir in remaining sunflower seeds.

3. Scoop by rounded TBS onto greased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 15 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.

5. Deliver to your favorite goat friends!

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