Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pup-cakes
Tis the season… for all pumpkin everything! What kind of animal lovers would we be if we didn’t try to bring the best part of the season to our fur babes? Last weekend, all of us here at Brindle rolled up our sleeves, broke out the measuring cups, and crafted our very own Peanut Butter Pumpkin pup-cakes! Our lovely pup 'Pickle' was a fantastic model and needless to say, he loved the pup-cakes we baked! We encourage you to try this recipe at home and treat your pets with some delicious pup-cakes.
Why is pumpkin so amazing?
Pumpkin is literally the poster child.. er, vegetable for fall, but when it comes to our pets it gets even more amazing. I know, I know, you can’t believe what you’re reading. It’s true. Pumpkin comes with a ton of health benefits for both cats and dogs!
Here, quickly, are a few great benefits:
Pumpkin is a crazy good source of fiber for the little fur-balls. Not to add a little TMI to the post, but plain pureed pumpkin can help dogs and cats with constipation and diarrhea. It’s also a great fix with indigestion or upset stomachs.
Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants and the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They’re also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, iron and may even reduce the likelihood of cancer development.
Replace a tablespoon or two of their regular diet with pumpkin, the fiber will make them feel just as full as well as aid in weight loss.
Yes, you read that right. Tapeworms and other intestinal parasites become paralyzed by cucurbitin, an amino acid in pumpkin seeds that acts as a natural de-worming agent. The best way to prepare seeds for this purpose are to grind up fresh or properly preserved pumpkin seeds into a powder. Give your pet one teaspoon three times daily with food. Ta-da!
With that said, let's start cooking shall we?
Thing's you'll need:
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- ⅓ cup + 1 TBS coconut oil
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 3 TBS honey
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 + ½ cups whole wheat flour
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of ginger
Things you'll need:
- 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- 2 TBS peanut butter
- 1 TBS honey
3. Time to Bake!
Step 1: Preheat Oven
- Preheat oven to 350. Place cupcake liners in your pup-cake pan, also know as a cupcake pan
Step 2: Mix it Up
- In a large mixing bowl, add the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, coconut oil, egg, ginger, cinnamon and honey. Whisk until combined
- Add the baking soda, baking powder and whole wheat flour. You may want to switch to a spatula and stir until fully incorporated. The batter will appear really thick, perfect for scooping out
Step 3: Scoop It
- Scoop the batter into the lined pup-cake pan and fill to the top
Step 4: Bake It
- Place in the oven and bake for 25-27 minutes. You’ll want to use the old toothpick method to test for doneness
- Let them cool completely
Step 5: Frosting Time
- In a large mixing bowl add the cream cheese, pumpkin, peanut butter and honey. Beat until fully incorporated
- Pipe or spread frosting on cooled pupcakes (we piped our frosting with a simple large ziplock bag)
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy!
Thanks for hanging out with us today and checking out the post. Hopefully we’ve inspired you to make your very own pupcakes… or at least to start incorporating more pumpkin into your pet’s diet.
We would love to know how your pup-cakes turned out! Tag your photos with @discoverbrindle for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!