Sometimes, I just can’t figure out the things that people do for their dogs. In 7 Great Homemade Dog Food Recipes, I offered up a number of suggestions for people who figure that commercial dog food just isn’t good enough for their babies. And I’m still going to say that I’m not going to cook for my dogs, given that there are so many perfectly adequate dog foods on the market.
I think back, though, to Joanne from the dog park, and her little purse dog, Pierre. Joanne does everything for Pierre including making his treats. I guess that’s fine, since she doesn’t have to, oh, I dunno, work for a living.
I wish I could be like Joanne, just kicking back at home and doing everything for my dogs. It’s not likely to happen, though. However, if it ever did, I suppose I’d be kicking around the house, trying to make treats like the ones I found on this site.
Here you go, guys: Pupcakes.
Most dogs absolutely adore carrots, so why wouldn’t they love carrot pupcakes?
Here’s how you make them.
Take two cups of shredded carrots. Add three beaten eggs, half a cup of applesauce, half a cup of rolled oats, and a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix it into three cups of whole wheat flour.
Now, heat your oven to 350 degrees. Get yourself a muffin tray. Whisk all the wet ingredients together, and then blend in the dry ingredients. Stir well, and spoon the mix into the muffin tins. Bake for about 25 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack.
You can keep these pupcakes in your fridge for a couple of weeks. If you prefer, you can freeze them for later use.
Cherry Oatmeal Pupcakes
These are so good you might want to eat them, too!
Take a cup of rolled oats and another cup of whole wheat flour. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Then, in a separate bowl, beat an egg along with ¾ of a cup of buttermilk and a quarter cup of applesauce. Add a cup of chopped cherries and gently fold the ingredients together.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and spray the muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Fill the muffin cups to about 2/3 full, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean. Then cool on a wire rack.
These treats will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. You can freeze what’s left.
If you don’t have buttermilk, put a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar into a cup of milk and wait for about five minutes.
Peanut Banana Dog Cake
If I know anything at all about dogs, it’s that they love peanut butter, bananas, and treats that we make just for them.
So, it just makes sense that peanut banana dog cake would be a huge hit. Here’s how you make it.
Take half a cup of canola oil and half a cup of applesauce. Then, add a quarter cup each of peanut butter and molasses. Stir in four eggs, two mashed bananas, two cups of whole wheat flour, two teaspoons of cinnamon and two teaspoons of baking soda.
Now, preheat your oven to 350° F. Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients together. Spray your muffin pan, and deposit the batter evenly. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the batter comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
This pupcake recipe is good for keeping in the fridge for about a week, or you can freeze them for up to three months.
Apple Dog Cakes
This dog cake packs a real flavor punch. It takes it flavor from something that humans like: apple pie with cheese.
Take a cup of whole-wheat flour, a teaspoon of baking soda, two teaspoons of cinnamon, and a quarter cup of dried apples. Dice up the apples. Now, mix up a couple of beaten eggs with a half cup of unsweetened applesauce and add just enough milk to make themixture thick.
Heat your oven to 350° F.
Once all the ingredients are combined, spritz some cooking spray on your muffin cups and pour in the ingredients. Bake for about 10 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
Puppy Meat Cakes
This is a really great way to get veggies into your dog. It just takes a lot of meat. You could use ground beef, or beef and pork blend. Add a ton of chopped up vegetables. If you want “frosting,” top it with mashed potatoes.
Now, just smush it all up into a loaf, or into muffins, and bake. Keep in mind, though, that this isn’t “human” meatloaf. Don’t add ketchup, because tomatoes are bad for dogs.
So Many Wonderful Ideas!
There are so many great ways to make nutritious treats for your dog. These are just a few ideas, but feel free to explore the countless others you can find online.