Homemade Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Homemade Peanut Butter Pupcakes

My Siberian Husky Cannoli loves peanut butter, I think most dogs do.  I know my daughter’s 2 Frenchies love them too.  That’s why we started making peanut butter dog treats and recently started making these Peanut Butter Pupcakes.

Actually we started making Peanut Butter Pupcakes to celebrate doggie birthdays.  In the past we’ve purchased doggie birthday cakes from a pet bakery in town, but they’ve shut their doors and we couldn’t find any one else to make them.

After making pupcakes the first time we discovered just how easy they are to make, it’s just like making people cupcakes!  We sort of, we don’t usually use any type of sweetener, trust me the dogs don’t mind.  Not only are pupcakes so easy to make homemade ones a super inexpensive, sure beats the high price tag the bakery charged!  And of course we know exactly what’s in them and know that they’re pet friendly.

Before I share my recipe a couple of tips to make sure that the Peanut Butter Pupcakes you make, or any other homemade dog treats for that matter, are safe for your pup.

Don’t be tempted to add sweetener to the recipe just because you think pupcakes should be sweet.  Cupcakes for people should be sweet, pupcakes for your pet don’t need to be.  If you must add sweetener then add natural sweeteners like honey, brown sugar, coconut sugar, etc.

NEVER use artificial sweeteners for your pets, artificial sweeteners such as Xylitol are very poisonous to pets!

Never use onions or garlic in anything you make for your pets.  Onions and garlic are very toxic to pets.

Always check and double check the ingredient lists of anything you use for your pets to make sure it doesn’t contain anything that will harm your pet.

Having said all that here’s my recipe!

Peanut Butter Pupcakes


1 Cup Rolled Oats

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Egg

1 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter

1 Sm. Jar of Applesauce Baby Food

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

1 Cup Coconut Water


Combine oats, flour, and baking soda in a bowl, set aside

Beat egg then stir in peanut butter and applesauce

Slowly mix in dry ingredients

Add in coconut water until dough becomes soft

Place cupcake liners in cupcake tin

Spoon batter into liners about 3/4 full – pupcakes don’t rise much so you can fill up liners

Bake in 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until pupcakes are done

Be sure to remove paper liners before giving them to your pet

Store in air tight containers or freeze in ziplock bags.

To make treats for special occasions like birthdays you can ice the pupcakes with peanut butter or softened cream cheese then stick a candle or decorate with a dog biscuit or carrot or what ever you pet likes.



Homemade Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits

Homemade Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits

My Siberian Husky Cannoli loves, loves, loves, Peanut Butter and Bananas; she also love dog biscuits! Well to be fair she’s never met a treat she didn’t love.  But Peanut Butter and Banana treats disappear faster than any other treat I make.  That’s why she loves these Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits!

These Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits are super easy to make, they require just 3 ingredients, 4 if you count water!  You can leave them plain or for extra special treats you can ice and decorate them just like human cookies!  Except you don’t use a sugar based icing, your pup doesn’t need the sugar and really won’t mind if the biscuits aren’t sweet.

The grandkids and I love decorating cookies but we can’t eat, or really shouldn’t eat, all the cookies we want to decorate, so decorating doggie biscuits is a fun alternative!

You can make Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits any shape you want, just use the cookie cutter of your choice.  Or don’t use a cutter and just make them into squares, believe me whatever shape they are your pooch will still love them!

I like to use metal cookie cutters in the bone and paw shape.  I have a set of dog treat cutters by Wilton.  But if you prefer you can also use silicone molds.  I make my own “doggie royal icing” to frost and decorate with, but you can use Magifrost Dog Treat Icing mix, it’s premade just add water.  Or you can just leave them plain without icing.

These Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits make great gifts to friends with pets.  If you ice and decorate them your  friends will think you spent a fortune on them at the pet store!

So here’s my recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits, they look and taste just like the pricey Gourmet Dog treats!


2 Cups Flour – white or whole wheat

1 Large banana – mashed

1 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Water +/- depending on dough consistency


Combine flour, banana, and peanut butter in a bowl and start mixing.

Slowly add water until the dough forms into a ball and is not sticky.

If dough is too stiff slowly add more water 1 Tbs at a time.

Knead dough well making sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated into the dough.

Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thickness, cut into desired shapes

Place on parchment covered baking pan and bake in 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until done.

Remove from oven and move on to racks for cooling.

Cool completely before frosting and decorating.


2 Tbs. Corn Starch

1 Tbs water

Food color


Put cornstarch in a small bowl and add water.

Stir well, it may become hard, add water 1 Tsp at a time until you get your desired consistency.  Icing should be a bit runny and not to thick.

Color if desired.

Icing dries quickly so stir as needed, if it gets too solid add water a bit at a time until it’s liquidy again.

Decorate your biscuits as desired and allow icing to dry.

Store unfrosted biscuits in airtight containers.  Iced biscuits should be refrigerated.


5 things you need to know about puppy food for your little furry friend

5 things you need to know about puppy food for your little furry friend

Two White Puppies on Brown Wicker BasketPuppies are amazing. They are so adorable that once you get one,you want to spend all your time around your new bundle of joy. However, the challenge comes in taking good care of it. For instance, when it comes to feeding a puppy, you need to be careful about what you feed them. Otherwise, you may end up hurting your little friend.  To help you take better care of your puppy, here are the 5 things that you need to know about puppy food before you feed your little furry friend.



1.    The food needs to come from recognized brands

When it comes to puppies, you don’t just feed them anything. You need to feed them food that has very specific nutrients. To ensure that you feed them right, go for recognized puppy food brands. For instance, Royal Canin Puppy Food is one of the best when it comes to puppy food. They have food that is specifically for puppies, as well as, instructions on how to administer it. By feeding it such food, you are sure that your little furry friend will grow up healthy and happy.


2.    Different puppy breeds have different quantity requirements

When it comes to puppy food, the dog breed matters. You cannot feed a Chihuahua puppy the same food quantity that you would feed to a German shepherd puppy. To ensure that you feed your beloved puppy the right food quantity, go for recognized dog food brands. These brands usually come with specifications on how much food you should give to your dog. You don’t want a situation where you hurt your little friend, by trying to determine the quantity of food to give it by yourself.


3.    Changing food brands can lead to allergies

Like human babies, puppies do get allergic reactions too. As such, if you want to change dog food brands for your puppy, do so gradually. The idea is to allow the puppy’s body to transition well to the new brand that you want to feed it. In fact, before you feed your puppy a new type of food, talk to the vet first. An acute allergic reaction can easily kill your lovely puppy.


4.    There is puppy food for puppies with special needs

Like human babies, you may find yourself with a puppy with special needs. The most common of them is weight gain tendencies, where your puppy gains an unhealthy weight level even without feeding too much.  In case you have a puppy with such needs, go for a puppy food brand that has special needs food. This ensures that your puppy grows up healthy and happy, just the way you want it.


5.    It is very affordable

With all the benefits that come with good quality puppy food, you are probably thinking that it is expensive, right? Well, here is the good news, it isn’t! Good puppy food brands such as Royal Canin puppy food is within most people’s budget. It even cheaper if you buy it online at a store like Vet Send.



Choosing Fish for a Freshwater Aquarium: A Quick Guide

Choosing Fish for a Freshwater Aquarium: A Quick Guide

Choosing Fish for a Freshwater Aquarium: A Quick GuideImage Source: Flickr.com

If you have looked at any pet shop’s fish and marine life section, you most likely noticed that domestic species come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and color patterns. There are hundreds of bright and vivacious little guys on display and getting one of each might seem tempting enough. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you refrain from purchasing aquarium fish haphazardly.

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there for you to consult. Websites such as Reef Nation are a great resource for beginner-friendly fish tank advice, as well as other news and useful information related to aquatic creatures in general.

In this article, we will present a brief overview on how to choose the right fish for your beginner freshwater aquarium.

What to Consider

As previously mentioned, shopping for fish can be confusing for any novice hobbyist, as pet shops offer a wide variety of vivid little swimmers that look great upon a first glance. However, you mustn’t let their beauty overcome the fact that they are living beings with specific needs and behavioral patterns.

Thus, there are a few factors to consider when choosing which freshwater fish to put in your aquarium. First of all, it’s important to remember that some have more specific habitat requirements than others. While some fish are hardy and can adapt to just about any condition, others will wither away if the tank’s ecosystem differs from their native one.

What is more, you must also keep in mind that tank mates should be compatible with one another. Some fish simply don’t play well together, which leads to harassment and aggression. This puts a strain on the victims, which can fall ill and even die in the worst of cases. Therefore, maintaining a peaceful environment is mandatory.

Never put timid fish in the same tank as fast swimmers, as they will tend to disrupt each other. Moreover, come feeding time, those that are more assertive generally eat most of the food. The shier ones tend to linger in the background until the frenzy ends, and at that point there might not be much left for them at all. If you are not careful, they will end up malnourished.

Coexisting in peace also has to do with water conditions. While some species of freshwater fish thrive in soft and acidic environments, others prefer hard, alkaline waters. Placing the two kinds together never ends well, as one faction flourishes while the other fades away slowly. Therefore, you need to research the fish you plan on purchasing carefully before doing so.

Best Fish to Choose

After you’ve decided to put together your first freshwater aquarium, you will want to look for hardy and well-behaved fish that prefer water temperatures of 74 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as an average pH of 7. Furthermore, it’s best to consider steering clear of fussy eaters for now and choosing freshwater species that easily take a liking to flake food.

Neon tetras are the ideal beginner fish as they are small, fun, and easy to care for. They are at their happiest when they are in large groups, so don’t be afraid to buy several of them. Their beautifully vivid colors play well with most tank mates, so you will also add an aesthetic touch to your aquarium.

A popular choice for most novice aquarium enthusiasts is represented by danios. They are enthusiastic swimmers that are bound to put on a show, but they still coexist peacefully with their meeker tank mates. Zebra danios and pearly danios are both beautiful choices. Remember to steer clear of the giant danio, as it can grow rather large.

Barbs are another great freshwater species for beginners to enjoy. If you find that Tiger barbs are too aggressive for the ecosystem you are trying to build, go for Cherry barbs instead. These little guys are a lot cheerier than their intimidating cousins, as they do not nip at the fins of other fish.

If you want to add a big fish as well, try the blue gouramis. In spite of its considerable dimensions, it is a true darling that doesn’t become aggressive with its smaller brethren. Finally, to liven up the bottom of the tank as well, add two or three Corydoras catfish. These adorable gravel dwellers wiggle around and are as sweet as marine creatures come.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right fish for your first freshwater aquarium depends on various factors. The species you decide upon have to coexist peacefully, as well as adapt to life in the tank. Fortunately, there are quite a few beginner-friendly species out there that you can purchase at any pet store. Focus on getting those with a mild, yet fun personality, and you’re all set.

Round-Up of Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

Round-Up of Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

This is for all dog lovers out there that really want their pups to enjoy frozen treats, these Recipe treats are 100% natural, affordable and refreshing for your lovely pups! 100% made from fruits and coconut juice that help boosts your cuties immune system. Perfect for summer seasons!

Besides that your pup’s gonna love these treats and you will enjoy making them!

These are the 9 Round-ups of Frozen Dog Treats! Enjoy!!!

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Cranberry Pupcicles

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DIY Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

These treats will not only add some weight, hopefully, but also keep them hydrated, especially after daily walks.




Frozen Dog Treats

This is cool awesome and a fun way to make dog treats a twist. You should try this for your cuties.







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Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats

This is also super cool and good for your dogs.







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DIY Doggie Icy Pops

They are so simple to make, they not only keep them cool, they keep them busy for almost an hour!


DIY Berries & Apples Frozen Doggie Treat

The treats are so easy to make the kids can make them. And your baby pups gonna love it!








Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

Cranberries are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, and are filled with minerals and antioxidants; all very good for your pet’s overall health and promotes urinary tract health.





Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops








DIY Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

For my first foray into the frozen dog treat world, I used ingredients I already had in my fridge, in this case, leftover Greek yogurt from my chicken souvlaki marinade I made for last Sunday’s barbecue night and fresh blueberries left over from my fruit-filled ice pops and Red, White & Blueberry Popsicles.

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DIY Cheap & Healthy Doggie Treats

DIY Cheap & Healthy Doggie Treats

It’s time for some DIY doggie treats!
Our Siberian Huskie puppy loves treats.  She expects treats whenever she listens to a command to sit, stay, and shake.  We go thru a lot of treats!
Recently we went to Petco to buy more treats, we usually buy the bulk biscuits from the treat bar. The price had gone up to over $6 a pound.  The pre-packaged ones were more expensive, even those on sale.  The “organic” treats were in my opinion ridiculously priced, over $10 for a 6 oz. bag.
I found a recipe online for easy baked dog treats, I tweaked it to suit our needs, adding flax seed meal which is said to be healthy for dogs and good for their skin and coats.
Here is the recipe I ended up with Cannoli loves them!  It uses just 3 ingredients and can be made in different flavors, I used sweet potato and apple/blueberry, her favorites!
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal
4 oz.  jar of strained baby food (any flavor works as long as it doesn’t have garlic and onions)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
1.  Measure the flour and flax seed meal to equal 1 cup.


2.  Mix dry ingredients with one 4 oz. jar of baby food in a mixing bowl.  Knead until you have a ball of dough.  If it’s too loose add flour a little bit at a time until you have the right consistency.

3.  Place ball of dough on lightly floured surface and roll to about 1/4″-1/2″ thickness
4.  Cut into desired shape with a cookie cutter or use a pizza cutter to cut squares
5.  Place on to parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 20-25 mins.


6.  Remove from oven and cool.  Store in airtight container.

 For Printable recipe click here!