Let me introduce you to our furry family members. Gidget pictured below is a Black Shepard mix and a “daddy’s girl.”
Blanca pictures below is our mystery prize since Juice saved her about a decade ago after being abandoned. She is most definitely a “Momma’s girl!”
A little over a week ago our two escape artists Shawshanked their way out of our backyard while we were away from home. Which lead me to briefly question why they would ever want to leave our little piece of paradise? Seriously, they live with two full-time “crumb monsters” a.k.a. my hubby and toddler, who leave a trail of delicious crumbs wherever they go. They have a big yard to try to destroy on the daily, dog beds at every turn. But I digress. Luckily our neighbor saw them running the streets, lured them back into our backyard and secured our gate.
So I added “do something nice for your neighbor” to my to-do list.
(On a side note, If a scowl could kill!…Oliver inherited this exact scowl from me. In his defense it was a really bright day.)
Then our friend Janell helped us out with our dogs on our last day of vacation and I again pondered what to do to say thank you.
I thought about baking human treats for both, but since I’m not familiar with my neighbors food preferences, the last thing I wanted to do was show up at her door with a dozen cookies only to find out she is diabetic or has a gluten allergy. That is when it became obvious that I need to make doggie treats! It was a perfect solution since they both have dogs, and while my own dogs haven’t exactly written up terms for surrender like better food, I figured a few yummy pupcakes might just keep them from trying to escape. In the words of Michael Scott, it’s a WIN, WIN, WIN scenario.
I found this great recipe on The Happy Foodie by Martha Stewart for Peanut Butter and Banana dog cupcakes but I decided to improve it immensely with one simple addition; bacon. Your pups will thank you. If you would prefer to weigh out your flour and oats into grams you can use the recipe above but I doubled the batch and converted the recipe to the U.S. Cups.
Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon Pup Cake Dog Treats
A super easy dog treat recipe that your pups will love
Ingredients2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup honey
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup bacon crumbles
2/3 cup water
- In a medium bowl, mash ripe bananas, add honey and eggs, stir until combined.
- Add peanut butter and stir until smooth.
- Add rolled oats, flour and baking powder, stir until combined.
- Mix in bacon.
- Add water and stir gently till combined.
- Fill mini cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Store in air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 14 days.
I hope your fur babies love this treat as much as mine did.