These little peanut butter and applesauce pupcakes aren't just moist, healthy, naturally sweet treats... they're delicious and easy to make too.
Because they use oat flour, these pupcakes are also gluten free and perfect for dogs with gluten sensitivities or allergies.
Pupcakes made with gluten-free flours don't rise the way those made with regular or whole-wheat flour do. But you can help them along by adding baking powder, baking soda, or both... depending on the recipe.
These little bite-sized treats prove that you don't have to be big and fluffy to be delicious and can be eaten 'naked' or topped with a drizzle of creamy peanut butter. Either way your dog is going to love them!
Remember to double check that your peanut butter does NOT contain Xylitol. This sweetener is toxic to dogs. Peanut butter doesn't need to contain anything other than peanuts!
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
1/2 cup grated apple (approx. one average sized apple)
1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
You can even add 1 tbsp of carob chips if you want to be fancy :)
This recipe makes approximately two dozen (24) two-inch diameter pupcakes.
When making pupcakes I love to use silicone molds, or individual silicone cupcake cases. The goodies pop right out of them and they're so easy to clean! Of course you can use muffin tins, paper cupcake cases or whatever you're comfortable with.
These particular pupcakes do tend to stick to whatever they're baked in just a little, so whatever you use be sure to oil/grease them well. I use an olive oil spray even on the silicone molds, just to be safe.
Preheat oven to 350F
Put silicone molds onto baking tray for stability
Put flour and baking powder into large bowl and stir to mix
Put all other ingredients into mid-sized bowl and whisk to mix
Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and stir until blended together
Spray silicone molds with oil
Spoon batter into molds, filling them almost to the top (remember this batter doesn't rise very much)
Bake at 350F for 25 - 30 minutes. Pupcakes should be firm and a toothpick should come out clean when they're ready
Store in airtight container in refrigerator for 3 to 5 days
* These pupcakes are very moist and so don't store well. If you make more than you want your dog to eat in a few days, double bag them and store in the freezer.
I added a peanut-butter drizzle to some of my pupcakes but doing this obviously makes them messy to store, so this step is best done right before serving. To be honest, unless these peanut butter and applesauce pupcakes are for your dog's birthday party or a special occasion, I'd suggest just leaving them as is. Your dog doesn't care if they look prettier or not!
Nutrition Facts Per Treat:
Servings: 24 (one treat per serving)
Serving size: 16 g
Calories per serving: 23
Total Fat: 0.8 g Saturated Fat 0.2 g
Total Carbohydrates: 3.2 g Dietary Fiber 0.3 g Total Sugars 1.4 g