Are you looking for some post-holiday cheer? Does your pup need a little pick-me-up to get through the winter? Here are some healthy, low-sugar, and delicious desserts for both you and your dog to enjoy.
Mini Peanut Butter Cakes
A recipe from Bark Post, these mini peanut butter cakes both look and taste delectable.
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine 3/4ths cup of flour, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, ½ cup apple sauce, two large eggs, 1/4 th cup grated carrot (fine), and 3 tbsp peanut butter into a bowl. Use a hand mixer until smooth.
On a cookie sheet, give room enough for each cake. If you want smaller ones to make cake sandwiches, use less dough and prepare for shorter baking time. For slightly larger bite-sized cakes, set the timer for 25-30 minutes.
While the cakes are baking, you can make a super easy “frosting” without added sugar! Mix ½ cup plain yogurt and 2 tbsp peanut butter, and that’s it! When the cakes are cool, either pile the frosting on top of them or create layers by putting the filling in between two for a fun peanut butter sandwich.*
*Please note: Some dogs are allergic to peanut butter!
Banana Pudding Meringue
This nutritious, potassium-packed pudding recipe from Bark Post may be just what the doctor ordered.
Directions: In a saucepan, mix ½ cup honey and 3 tbsp flour. Separate yolks from three eggs (save the egg whites) and add in a fourth whole egg to the yolks. Pour the yolks into the saucepan with the honey and flour and mix. On medium heat, let it simmer for 10 minutes or until thick and then add in ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and stir.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a casserole dish, put a layer of pudding, and in between layers, slice three ripe bananas until it is evenly spread out in the dish.
Ready for some meringue? Do you still have your egg whites? Beat the egg whites with a sprinkle of salt and 1/4th cup of honey until it stiffens. Spread it over the pudding and bake until the meringue is slightly toasted. Yum!
This simple popsicle from Doggy Dessert Chef can last for months in your freezer so you and your pup can enjoy this sweet treat year-round. Do you have your popsicle molds ready?
Directions: With only three ingredients, this quick treat is excellent for some much-needed bonding time with your dog. For the first layer of popsicle, blend half a cup of berries with a half cup of plain yogurt and then pour to the bottom of the mold. Freeze that part first for approximately 30 minutes so it gets a little more solid without completely freezing. For the second layer, repeat by using one full banana and another half cup of yogurt. Stick a wooden stick or straw into the middle and freeze.
The contrasting colors look great, and can also be modified to include veggies or other dog-friendly fruits as well!
Are you looking for some dog-approved hearty meals before they get their dessert? Check out this blog post.