Monday, 12 November 2018

{RECIPE} Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cake with Blueberries

This dog-friendly pumpkin and peanut butter cake is an easy pawty recipe if you'd prefer a more traditional cake or cupcake/pupcake to a meatloaf-style doggy cake. With yummy pumpkin, delicious nutritious blueberries, and a hint of irresistible peanut butter it is doggone droolworthy. You might even be tempted to taste test a piece yourself. We don't make cake treats very often around here - birthdays mostly, but also occasionally for special events and (of course) as part of our recipe development/testing. Whenever there is pupcake, our boys get VERY excited!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cake with Blueberries

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup of dog-friendly pumpkin baby food (I like to use pumpkin and beef - yummo!) or equivalent substitute
1 egg
1 tbsp ground LSA or flax
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup self-raising wholemeal flour or equivalent substitute
Approximately 1/4 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Optional for serving: no/low sugar whipped cream and/or a sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 160C.  Combine peanut butter, baby food, and egg in a small mixing bowl. Stir in the LSA/flax, chia seeds, and cinnamon (optional). Add flour and mix until just combined as you would a muffin batter, then gently stir in the blueberries to distribute through the cake batter. Spoon into a prepared mini springform pan (or alternative baking pan/dish of your preference) and smooth/tap to even out the batter. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.  Remove to a rack and allow the cake to cool slightly before loosening the spring-form ring and then allow the cake to cool completely. Slice, garnish (optional), and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks:
  • This is a thick muffiny batter making a lovely dense moist cake or tasty little pupcakes. The cake(s) can be baked into other shapes and sizes. Adjust cooking times accordingly.   
  • If preparing in advance, once fully cooled, the cake can be wrapped short term or frozen for longer storage.  You can also freeze leftover pieces.
  • When using ingredients like peanut butter or yogurt for dogs, go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid the artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labelled under as sweetener code 967.
  • Always check your ingredients to ensure the contents are dog-safe if using baby food. If it is sold in your area, canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling) can be used. It isn't common down here (although goodness knows why - kiwis love pumpkin!).  You can also make these with homemade pumpkin puree but that usually has much less water so you may need to play around with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency. 
  • Not into pumpkin? Unsweetened applesauce would be a great substitute for the pumpkin baby food in this recipe.
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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