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{VIDEO} Healthy Pup-Cakes (Cupcakes for Dogs)

Treat your pup with these dog-friendly cupcakes filled with oats, banana and carrots. All topped off with a protein packed, 2-ingredient, peanut butter yogurt frosting!



These cupcakes are sooo easy to make, you just mix everything together in a bowl and you're ready to bake! I tried to pack as much nutrients into these cupcakes as possible, like whole wheat and oats, fruits and veggies from carrots and bananas, pumpkin, or apple sauce. Eggs for a shiny coat and peanut butter mixed with greek yogurt for flavor and more protein!



I topped them with a dog treat, so people will know they are for dogs, because they look just like a real cupcake from a bakery for humans. Humans can definitely eat these too, as they are made with all real, wholesome ingredients, but they don't have any added sugar, so they will not be sweet like the typical cupcakes or muffins you're used to eating.



My family's dog Amber, loves these cupcakes and I hope your dog does too! You can make them mini or regular sized, depending on the size of your dog. And don't forget, these are special occasion treats. I wouldn't recommend giving them to your dog every day.




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Pup-Cakes (Cupcakes for Dogs) 

Yield: 6 standard or 12 mini cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes: 
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup mashed banana, pumpkin puree, or unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or coconut oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 large eggs

Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt or 4oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 small dog treats, for garnish


Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray or line it with 6 baking cups; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine all cupcake ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Divide the  batter evenly between 6 cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes (10-12 for mini cupcakes), or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

In a medium bowl, combine yogurt and peanut butter. Frost completely cooled cupcakes. Top with a dog treat, if desired. Remove baking cups before serving.

Note: These pupcakes are special occasion treats. I don't suggest giving these to your dog as often as regular dog treats. If you have a small dog, you can make mini pupcakes, or cut them into quarters. If you are giving your dog something new, start with just a taste to make sure they don't have any sensitivities to any new ingredients in the treats.