Monday, May 14, 2012

Banana Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Have I ever mentioned my dogs before?

I have two.  Mochi, 6.  And Luna, 3.

I like to call them Mochi Monster and Luna Baby.  Mochi was a monster as a puppy, until she settled down and had her litter - which included Luna, the baby.

They're spoiled brats.  But they are really good, loving, girls.  With cute puppy paws and tails and wet little noses.

They spend their days getting in my way. Or basking in the sun.

And since I am trying really hard to not eat all the things I have had to cut down on baking all the things.  Which means 1) I have a fierce tan going on because I have spent my weekends outside in gorgeous sunny California weather and 2) In order to not let this blog die, I had to bake something I would not be tempted to shove in my face.

Obviously I made pupcakes! Cupcakes for dogs.  Originally I wanted to do this back in February for Mochi's sixth birthday but it was non stop raining and their hair was a mess. (See picture above)  This time the sun is shining but they got their ear hair cut too short and they look a little like lambs.  Baa.  And they were wet from a shower. Oh well.  I went for it anyways.  They're still my babies who deserve a treat.

Well, to be exact they are picky babies who don't eat most food.  In fact they have never ever touched one of my cupcakes.  I will literally be in some weird corner of the house or backyard trying to get something decent for the blog with cupcakes on the floor or on chairs and and they will be laying around, bored. Ignoring the cupcakes.

But I was determined this time around to MAKE THEM LIKE CUPCAKES.  I made them cookies once and they refused to eat them.  But this time, oh this time I had a secret weapon.


Banana Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Makes 6 full sized cupcakes and 15 mini cupcakes.  350* for 18 and 15 minutes respectively. 

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

1.  Mash up bananas.  Add eggs, vanilla, applesauce and peanut butter to mixture.  No need for a hand blender.
2. Combine flour, oats, baking powder and baking soda.
3. Add flour to wet mixture and stir.
4. Scoop out batter into regular or mini sized cupcake tins.  Feel free to use liners but make sure that you take them OFF before you feed them to your dogs!
5. Once baked, stand back and admire the banana chunks floating about the puffy cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons natural, unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 a package low fat cream cheese
Topping:  Beneful dog food - but only the hearts and doggy bones!

1. With a hand mixer, beat cream cheese on high until fluffy.
2. Add in peanut butter and apple sauce in additions until it looks like you can pipe it on correctly.
3. Frost cupcake.
4. Add on toppings.

Yeah, I was literally on the floor picking out dog bones from my puppy's bowl. And then later I went back for the hearts.  Needed some color somewhere!  Don't judge.  

How did they turn out?   Not bad if I do say so myself.

But how did they TASTE?  (I tried the cupcake, no frosting, and it was like a banana-y dense muffin with no sugar.  I wouldn't think humans would dig it, but I'm an even pickier eater than the dogs so what do I know?)

Luna was up first.  She ate the frosting. Left the cupcake part. Typical. My heart sank as I chucked the discarded cupcake part in the trash.

Once Mochi was done with her bath I laid one out in front of her too, and hoped for the best.

After the obligatory sniff test was completed, she carried it out onto the grass to eat the frosting.  This had me worried a little.

I didn't want this to be another cookie incident.  But then something magical happened.  She ate it all!  Hoorah.  

After Luna witnessed this though, she wanted another one.  I guess it's okay to let her gorge on peanut butter every now and then?

I mean peanut butter tongues are just too hard to resist, amiright?  But in the end, once Mochi sniffed around her left over cupcake Luna TOTALLY remembered that she wanted to eat the bready part too.  Haha.  So they BOTH ate the whole thing!  Success!!!

Now if you notice, there are two sizes.

My girls got the small pupcakes.  Cuz they're little.  (Okay I lie.  Mochi is 9 lbs and little, Luna is almost 17 lbs and a beast.)  What did i do with the other ones?  Well i consulted with them and we decided to share.

I dropped some off at my friend Lacy's house.  She has three dogs and none of them had a problem eating them.  Actually, I was pretty sure that the two big dogs - Zoe a Siberian Husy and Jazzy a Rotweiler - were going to knock me over as soon as they smelled the peanut butter I brought into the back yard.   For the record my dogs took FOREVER to eat theirs, haha.

I also took Luna on a hike this weekend.  We met up with a friend who has a puppy.  And I use puppy to denote age, not size.  Because Chloe, a St. Bernard is a monster.  True story.  In any case, Chloe got some treats too.

(Treats plural because she ate her own AND the ones that were supposed to be for Luna.  I think she likes peanut butter too.  lol.) At least she was able to contain herself a little for some pictures.

Peanut butter tongue!!!

Hopefully I have gained more of my dog's love and approval after this.  If you want your dogs to love you even more, you should make them these too.


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