Packed with wholesome, natural ingredients and bursting with the tantalizing flavors of peanut butter and bananas, these moist cupcakes are fun and easy to bake and decorate. Regardless of your culinary skills, your dog will think you're a star chef when you whip up a batch of these yummy treats.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Mash the banana in a large bowl. Add the skim milk, 1 cup of the peanut butter, 4 tablespoons of the olive oil, honey, eggs and vanilla and mix together until well combined. Combine the flours, baking powder and baking soda and mix well or sift together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry a little at a time and mix until well combined.
Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake or muffin cases. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the cupcakes have risen and spring back when pressed with a fingertip. Insert a knife into one of the pupcakes; if it comes out clean, they're done. Remove the tray from the oven and let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack.
Make the frosting. Combine the cream cheese with 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 4 tablespoons of olive oil and beat with a stick blender until fluffy. Transfer the frosting to the piping bag. Decorate the cupcakes with happy faces, stencil designs or animal faces. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Items You Will Need
- Cupcake or muffin tin
- 20 cupcake or muffin cases
- Mixing bowls
- Mixing spoon or food processor
- Stick blender
- Piping bag fitted with a thin decorating nozzle
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 pint, 1 percent skimmed milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup + 1/2 cup organic, natural peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons raw wildflower honey
- 8 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup low-fat cream cheese
- Make your own peanut butter by finely grinding organic peanuts in a food processor.
- Add glace cherries to further embellish the cupcakes.
- Draw dog faces with frosting whiskers and ears; cut cherries in half for the eyes and nose.
- Pipe on polka dots or stripes.
- Pop on some carob chips for even more pizzazz and flavor.
- If your dog is overweight, feed him cupcakes only occasionally. These cupcakes may be kept in the freezer for up to three months.
- Pupcakes; Stephanie Mehanna
- Dr. Richard Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats; Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
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