The first year of life is one to celebrate. Any dog owner can testify that the first year, with all it’s joys and frustrations, successes and accidents, setbacks and sleepless nights is a HUGE accomplishment. When the day arrives that your little pup is 1 and actually goes potty outside, understands sit and down and recognizes you as the giver of food, walks and love- that first birthday is a time for some celebration!
Since peanut butter, yogurt and apples were involved, Enzo endured the excessive picture taking and bow tie for some doggie cupcakes topped with yogurt frosting. Even though these cupcakes were filled with his favorites, I made certain they would help him continue to grow up healthy and handsome! Added flax will give Enzo a nice boost of omega-3 fatty acids. An egg will give him protein and help his digestion. Organic oats will give fiber and a healthy grain to these doggie cupcakes.
Just like his mama, he went for the frosting first. And then quickly inhaled the cupcake before I could get another picture. Coupled with some new rope toys and balls, I think it was a great birthday for him!
Happy Birthday Enzo!
Peanut Butter Apple Pupcakes (dog birthday cupcakes)
1/2 cup Unsweetened Organic Applesauce
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla, optional
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
1 Large Organic Egg
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup Diced Organic Sweet Apple (this was a medium sized apple for me)
2-3 Tablespoons Whole Wheat Flour
Mix all the pupcake ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Line a cupcake pan, gently spray with oil and fill the cups so they are almost full. Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes. Allow to cool. Mix the frosting ingredients in a small bowl. Pile or pipe onto pupcakes. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
*We have found yogurt to be an excellent source of calcium and a probiotic for Enzo. It has improved his digestion and because of his black coat, keeps him looking extra soft and shiny. If this will be the first time your pup has had yogurt, you can omit the frosting or half the recipe so you can introduce it to your dog slowly.
Makes 9-10 pupcakes