Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes

Thanksgiving is next week!  With so much to do to get ready for the holiday we sometimes forget our furry friends.  But they’re part of the family and deserve a special holiday treat too!  This year why not make your fur babies some Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes?

Yes I said Pupcakes, not cupcakes, although I use human friendly ingredients so if someone mistakenly eats one it’s all good; they may not like it like my Siberian Husky Cannoli does, but it won’t kill them! These Pumkin Spice Pupcakes are the perfect doggie treats for Thanksgiving!  Believe me your pup will love them.  Best of all they are super easy to make using ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are perfect for fall birthday celebrations too!  I know you can buy doggie cakes and cookies from pet stores and gourmet pet bakeries that are springing up all over town, but why spend big bucks when you can whip up a batch in about an hour?

Seriously these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are easy and inexpensive.  All you need are basically flour, egg. baking soda, and pumpkin puree.  I like to use coconut water too, but if you don’t have any plain old water will do.  And of course a dash of cinnamon; but you pretty much have all these in the kitchen specially this time of year!

My recipe makes 20 regular size cupcakes but you can use mini cupcake pans and get a whole lot more.  The size of your pupcake will pretty much depend on the size of your pooch.  Since we have a medium sized dog the regular size cakes work best, she just inhales the minis!

I frost my Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes with cream cheese but dogs love them without frosting too, so no need to take the extra step if you don’t have too much time.  These Pupcakes freeze very well.  I usually freeze them and thaw them out as needed.  I also frost them just before feeding them to the pooch.

Now these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are dense so don’t expect anything light and airy.  They’re quite heavy too!  They don’t rise much during baking so whatever level you fill each cupcake wrap will be the same after they’re baked.

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Ingredients:

3 Cups Flour – white or wheat whichever you have on hand

1 Large Can Pumpkin Puree – be sure it’s the puree and not the pumpkin pie mix that’s already seasoned.

1 Egg

1 1/2 Cup Coconut Water – regular water works too

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir very well –  be sure the flour is all blending in.

Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan.

Scoop batter into each cupcake liner filling at least 3/4.

Smooth tops of batter.so pupcakes look neat.

Bake in oven for 25 – 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool before frosting.

Store in airtight containers or freeze.

Frost with peanut butter if you like.

Very Berry Pupcakes

Very Berry Pupcakes

Pupcakes are treats we love to make for our dogs, and of course the pooches just love them.  They’re ideal for pet birthdays, which of course we celebrate for each pet!

We make pupcakes in a variety of flavors using fresh ingredients.  I like to take advantage of seasonal ingredients and since it’s summer and berries are in season and are reasonably priced I make the Very Berry Pupcakes using fresh blueberries and strawberries.  I know the dogs just love them and they’re good for the dogs too!

The only thing about berries is that they don’t have a very long shelf life.  The best way to keep them is in Ziplock freezer bags in the freezer.  I thaw them out as needed that way they don’t spoil or mold.

For birthdays and special occasions I frost them with softened cream cheese.  Honestly they look good enough to eat!

Here’s my recipe for Very Berry Pupcakes!  Hope your fur babies love them as much as ours do!

 

 

Ingredients:

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Egg

I 1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1/2 Cup Blueberries

1/2 Cup Strawberries diced

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Beat egg and coconut water together

Slowly mix in dry flour mixture and stir until well combined

Stir in Berries to distribute evenly in the batter

Line cupcake tins with paper liners

Fill each cup about 3/4 full – they don’t rise much so you can pretty much fill them to the top if you want, but these pupcakes are dense and heavy if you fill the cups too much it might be too big a portion for one serving

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool

Place cooled pupcakes in freezer bags and freeze until ready to use.

Thaw out as needed and remember to remove liner before giving them to your pet.

Frozen pupcakes should last about 2 months.

 

 

Mango Yogurt Pup Pops

Mango Yogurt Pup Pops

 

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

I’m always trying new treats for my Siberian Husky, Cannoli.  This summer to keep her cool I’ve been making her frozen dog treats which I call Pup Pops.   I use fruits, veggies, juices, and other ingredients I have on hand.

A friend recently dropped off  a big sack of fresh mangoes.  I found my kitchen filled with quickly ripening mango.  I decided to use some of them to make these frozen pup pops.

Mango is said to be the “king of fruit”.  It’s loved not only for its sweet taste, but also for its healthy benefits. Mangoes are filled with vitamins and minerals that promote good health for both humans
and their pets!*

I chopped up this sweet juicy fruit, mixed it with plain Greek yogurt, and came up with a really yummy treat.  They were so good I couldn’t resist snacking on them too.  This is truly a treat that you can share with your favorite fur ball.  My Cannoli loves them!

I use styrofoam cups to freeze the pops in.  It makes storing and  unmolding them easy and neat.  Just tear off the foam before you give it to your pup.  I fill the cups about halfway but you can make whatever size you want.  You can also use ice cube trays or any other plastic container to freeze them in.

Ingredients:

1 ripe mango
1 pint plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

Dice ripe mango into bite sized pieces.

Stir mango into yogurt.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Spoon mixture into molds.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.

*Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not.  Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous.  When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the “meat” of the fruit and don’t cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops
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6 Hours
Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops
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Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Dice ripe mango into bite sized pieces.
  2. Stir mango into yogurt.
  3. Spoon mixture into molds.
  4. Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.
  5. *Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not. Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous. When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the "meat" of the fruit and don't cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.
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Cranberry Mint Pup Pops

Cranberry Mint Pup Pops

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

It’s gonna be a hot summer and I’ve been busy making frozen treats to keep my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, cool.  I make a variety of frozen treats that I call Pup Pops and Cannoli loves them all.

My newest treat are these Cranberry Mint Pup Pops.  These treats don’t only keep her cool they are also good for her.  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.  (To read more about the health benefits of cranberries for dogs click here for the article from Raising Healthy Dogs).  Mint such as peppermint, spearmint, and other varieties in the Mentha* family, EXCEPT PENNYROYAL (Mentha Pulegium), can help freshen your pup’s breath and is also good for easing stomach upsets.  (To read more about herbs that are good for dogs click here for the article from Modern Dog Magazine).

This frozen treat is so easy to make, you just need 2 ingredients!  They are perfect for the dog days of summer!

I freeze them in styrofoam coffee cups, when I’m ready to give her a treat I just peel away the foam and throw it away, but you can use ice cube trays or other freezer safe plastic containers.  I fill up the cups and make 6 oz. treats, I find it lasts longer than smaller portions, but really you can make any size portion you want.

You can use any brand of cranberry juice, but you should check the label for the sugar content.  I prefer to use organic juice as it doesn’t have much sugar added.

Ingredients:

1 bunch fresh mint
1 bottle organic cranberry juice

Directions:

1.  Rinse mint leaves and shake off excess water.

2.  Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers.  About half way full.

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

3.  Pour cranberry juice over mint leave.  The leaves will float.

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

4.  Freeze for at least 6 hours.

5.  Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.

*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them.  It’s poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden.  Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.

Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops
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Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops
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Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Rinse mint leaves and shake off excess water.
  2. Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers. About half way full.
  3. Pour cranberry juice over mint leave. The leaves will float.
  4. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  5. Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.
Recipe Notes

*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them. It's poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden. Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.

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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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Icing

2 Tbs. Corn Starch

1 Tbs water

Food color

Directions:

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.

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