Are you looking to spread seasonal cheer to your canine family members?
If your pet doesn’t have any known dietary sensitivities, you can try whipping up these dog-friendly Snowball Pupcakes (devised by the UK Kennel Club). Your pet will think that Christmas has come early!
1. For the pupcake
- One ripe banana
- 75g natural peanut butter (containing only peanuts +/- a small pinch of salt)
- One egg
- 35g honey
- 50g wholemeal flour
- 35g rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 60ml water
2. For the snowy topping
- One tsp of Greek yoghurt per pupcake
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees (or 160 degrees Fan-forced)
- Mash the banana in a large bowl
- Mix in the peanut butter, egg and honey
- Add in the dry ingredients (flour, oats and baking powder) and stir until well combined
- Gradually mix in the water
- Divide the mix into 12 mini cupcake cases, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden-brown
- Leave to cool
- Remove the pupcakes from their cases
- Top each pupcake with a dollop of Greek yoghurt (or yoghurt smiley faces or paw prints if you’re feeling creative)
- Delight your pet with your culinary creation*
* Even if your pet tolerates most foods, offering new foods in small amounts for a few days is always safest so their gut can adjust gradually. For any pet, a sudden change in diet can trigger gastrointestinal upset, with potential nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, or very smelly smells.
Therefore, we’d recommend only half a pupcake per day for the first few days for small dogs, and 1-2 pupcakes per day for medium to large dogs.
For more information on safe Christmas foods for your pet, consult our snack-happy team!