Yesterday we shared a special post all about the healthy fruits, veggies, and herbs for dogs, so it seemed only fitting that our weekly recipe be a deliciously fruity treat. This small-batch muffin recipe is quick and simple, and smells AMAZING. Go ahead and taste one yourself if you wish - they aren't sweet like many of our human muffins, but they are packed with nutritional goodness and flavour. Added bonus: these made our dogs' breath smell awesome! Perhaps a recipe to bake up before sharing any Valentine's Day puppy dog kisses? Strawberries and mint are readily available here at the moment, including straight out of our garden, but you can also substitute - see the tips below.
Strawberry Banana and Mint Mini Muffin Dog Treats
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup bran cereal (e.g. All Bran or similar)
1/2 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
Approximately 4 strawberries, chopped into small chunks
Approximately 6 mint leaves, finely chopped
Preheat over to 180C. Mash the banana in a mixing bowl and mix in your egg. Stir in the bran cereal and let the ingredients sit briefly so that the cereal absorbs some of the moisture from teh wet ingredients while you chop the strawberries and mint. Optional: Toss the berries into your flour before mixing your ingredients together. I find this helps add-ins to stay well distributed when baking and it can help with colour-bleeding too, especially if using frozen berries. add the berries, flour, and mint to the mixing bowl and gently stir through to combine. At this stage, the mix should look like a cakey muffin batter. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, add a little bit of water. If it is looking too wet and runny, add a touch more flour. Spoon into a lightly greased mini muffin pan and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes. Cool before serving and storage. Break into smaller portions for serving if/as needed.
Tips and Tricks:
- Any suitable fruit that your dog enjoys can be substituted for the strawberries. If your dog dislikes mint, simply leave it out.
- If you use frozen berries instead of fresh, that's a-ok. Remember that your baking time may need to be adjusted a little, as frozen fruit lowers the temperature of the batter, which can result in a longer baking time. Just keep an eye on the oven.
- This is a small batch recipe, so double-up if you would like to make a bigger batch to freeze for later. These work great for individually defrosting as a special treat.
- You can make these treats as larger muffins or even a full loaf/cake if you prefer, just keep an eye on your baking time as it may need to be adjusted for a larger pan.