We’re enjoying a fabulous day off as we gear up for a holiday full of new friends and house-mates! The fur kids and I agree, there’s no better way to spend the afternoon than to get down and dirty in the kitchen making some delicious treats. We had a vote: all in favor of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies… 1, all in favor of puppy cupcakes… 2, and so it came to pass.
So we went in search of a delicious new recipe and came up with this standout by Kristy Lynn of Sweet Insanity Bake Shop. I hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine did!
The most important thing to note about this recipe is it’s based on your own dog’s food. This will help keep them from getting sick, unlike many other recipes that introduce heaps of ingredients not commonly found in their normal diets. They are also grain free if you use your dog’s grain free dog food! Also, to combat any tummy troubles, they’re made with pumpkin, which is a miracle digestive treat for dogs.
What You’ll Need
4 cups Dry Dog Food
1 cup Canned Pumpkin (Not Pumpkin Pie Filling!)
1 cup Wet Dog Food
1 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Honey
1/3 cup Canola Oil
1 Finely Chopped Apple, Core Removed (or carrot)
This recipe makes approximately 1.5 dozen pupcakes.
1. Blend the dog food into dust.
2. Core the apple, cut it into chunks, and set it to chop in the blender. You’ll want it to be just a little thicker than applesauce.
3. Toss all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
I used cupcake wrappers but you don’t need to as long as you PAM the pan.
4. Fill the cups until they have about a quarter inch left at the top. They will rise, but just a tiny bit. Pack it in there neatly and make the tops smooth!
5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
6. Bake for 35 minutes.
Note: They should come out a little dark, because of the dry dog food, so don’t fret. Plus, they hold together really well once they’re cooled!
7. Ice them with the pumpkin and you can top with Beggin’ Strips Sprinkles! (Just cut them up into tiny pieces.)
Note: Because each pupcake has the equivalent calorie count to 1/2 cup of dog food, I recommend using it as a meal replacement or at the very least adjusting your dog’s regular feedings to accomodate the calories in this treat.
I suggest only icing a few of them. Put the iced pupcakes in Tupperware and use them within a week or so. The rest can be put into a ziploc bag and stored for a couple months in the freezer.