Baking for Becca

Like most of us, Becca (my eleven year old Border Collie) feels best when she adheres to a proper diet, has regular exercise, gets plenty of sleep and has an occasional treat.

We haven’t baked together–and I use that phrase in the loosest terms:  I bake; Becca watches, drools and occasionally barks for me to hurry it up–for  several weeks, but today’s schedule allowed for baking.

Since I prepare all of Becca’s food, she is used to me cooking for her. Most times she does her own thing while I’m cooking, but when I pull out the Kitchenaid, she knows it is time for treats and becomes my constant sidekick!

Today I made one of her favorites, Apple-Pumpkin Pupcakes, and thought I’d share the recipe so you, too, can treat your dog to a scrumptious treat! And, for the record, while I don’t recommend eating the dog’s food, I do taste test each and every item I cook/bake for Becca. (Something I would never do with commercially manufactured foods!) As dog treats go, I must say these aren’t too bad…I ate a whole one!

Bon appetit!

Apple-Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pupcake Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

3/4 cup canned pumpkin (plain, not pie filling which has spices & sugar)

1/2 cup natural (unsweetened) applesauce

1 apple, peeled and diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin pan by spraying with Pam, lightly greasing or lining with muffin cups. (I prefer to use a mini muffin pan as they make the perfect snack size.)

Mix together all dry ingredients. Lightly beat eggs, then add pumpkin, applesauce and apple. Blend until thoroughly mixed together. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until blended.

Fill cups 2/3 full then bake for 20 minutes for mini muffins or 25-30 min for larger muffins.

Optional Frosting Ingredients:

6 Tbs cream cheese, softened

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbs. applesauce

Mix togther until smooth, then spread a thin layer on each Pupcake.

To store:

Place in a Ziploc bag or sealed container and store in your refrigerator or freezer. If stored in the refrigerator, use within a week; frozen Pupcakes will stay fresh up to six months (just be sure to thaw completely before giving to your dog!)