It was our youngest fur baby’s birthday over the weekend. Well, we don’t really know when his official date of birth is since he was a rescue, but Friday was close enough and we made sure that we celebrated this big ball of love’s special day. I have never met a dog like Wez and he stole my heart from the day his dad introduced me to him. Well played, Brian, well played. Wez is some sort of Aussie Shepherd mix and a constant source of laughter. When he isn’t on squirrel guard, he is in your face or lap, trying to get as much attention and love that he can. He is the most loyal dog I have ever met and I am so happy that I get to share a part of my life with him.
When I was thinking about what I could do for this one-of-a-kind’s special day, I started searching the internet for doggie cupcake recipes. I was glad to see that there were quite a few and I’m not the only one that is a wee bit on the crazy side. I love my dogs! What can I say? Anyways. I wanted a cupcake recipe that was healthy and grain-free (our dogs eat mostly paleo, too) and after modifying a few recipes that I found online to get rid of the grains, the following is what we came up with. They were easy to make and smelled good enough to eat. The hardest part was trying to get the dogs to pose for a dang picture. Try them out and let me know what you, or your dogs, think. I can also see these being great treats for backpacking or other fun adventures. They would be easy to pack and have a lot of great nutrients for the dogs.
Paleo Doggie Cupcakes
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/4 cup almond butter, plus more for frosting
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup carrots, shredded
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Grease your muffin tin with a little bit of coconut oil so your cupcakes don’t get stuck.
- Mix the egg, almond butter, coconut oil, carrots, and honey in a medium size bowl.
- Add your dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda) and stir till incorporated. If you don’t have almond and coconut flour, you could substitute this for regular wheat or white flour, but your dogs will thank you for the healthier ingredients!
- Spoon the batter evenly into your muffin tin, to make six cupcakes.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Frost with additional almond butter and let the pups dig in! Just make sure that you blow out any birthday candles first before you let them chow down. 🙂