Is your dog is deserving of an extra special treat? These Blueberry Muffins for Dogs are incredibly easy to make and your pup will fall in love with them! They're made with whole wheat flour, honey, and coconut oil and are topped with a yummy sour cream icing.
I love making homemade muffins and enjoying them as breakfast treats, snacks, or desserts. But every single time I sit down to eat a muffin, my dog Winnie literally salivates over them. Especially these blueberry muffins and these sweet potato muffins.
I always offer her a little nibble or two (what can I say, I'm a pushover!), while knowing in the back of my head that regular muffins aren't the best treat for dogs. And that got me thinking... What if I made Winnie a muffin that I could actually feel good about her eating?
So, I made her these blueberry muffins for dogs. They're made with whole wheat flour and coconut oil and use honey as a sweetener. I added a sour cream icing on top because Winnie is obsessed with sour cream and I was thrilled to see her fall in love with them.
As always, every dog is different so be sure to check with your vet about questions regarding your dog's diet.
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
Blueberries are actually great for dogs! They're packed with vitamins and antioxidants, as well as some fiber.
I know my pup loves them; both eating them and playing with them (she loves batting them around with her paws before diving in)!
Of course, dogs should only enjoy blueberries in moderation and you should be sure to monitor them after giving them the fruit for the first time.
Can Dogs Eat Muffins?
Well, technically most muffins don't have anything in them seriously harmful to dogs (though some may have xylitol). But traditional muffins are often made with white flour and lots of sugar, which isn't great for dogs to consume. Store-bought muffins or muffins made from a mix also often have a lot of preservatives in them.
Which is exactly why I came up with this recipe. All of the ingredients in this recipe are human-grade, but are better suited to a dog's diet. I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose, coconut oil instead of butter or vegetable oil, and honey instead of white sugar.
Some dogs are sensitive to dairy (just like humans!), so if your dog can't have milk, you can swap it out for the dairy alternative of your choice. And you can either find a dairy-free sour cream or leave the frosting out. If your dog can have dairy, but you don't want to use sour cream, you can replace with Greek yogurt.
I also made them mini size, so your dog can have a whole muffin as a treat!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Well, you might not love eating these muffins, though you can certainly eat them... Humans are used to a lot more sweetness in our muffins and a lighter fluffier texture.
But there's a high chance your dog will love them! Winnie is an incredibly picky eater and she can't get enough of these.
So, you'll love this recipe because you'll see how happy it makes your dog. Plus, the muffins are super easy to make and a great any time treat.
You don't need too many ingredients to make these muffins for dogs. Here's everything I used (see recipe card below for ingredient amounts and full instructions):
- Whole wheat flour
- Baking powder
- Melted coconut oil
- Frozen wild blueberries
And here's what you need for the muffin icing:
- Sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
- Frozen wild blueberries
Frozen or Fresh Blueberries?
Since these are mini muffins, I like using wild blueberries for these since they're nice and tiny. I can only usually find wild blueberries frozen (though lots of farm stands will have them fresh in the summer), which is why I use frozen.
However, if you can find fresh wild blueberries, you can definitely use those. And you can even use fresh, regular-sized blueberries; they'll just be larger in the muffins. You can feel free to chop them up before mixing into the batter if you want.
How to Make Blueberry Muffins for Dogs
One of the best things about muffins is how easy they are to make and these muffins for dogs are just as easy as muffins for humans!
To start, preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a mini muffin tin.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Pour melted coconut oil, honey, and milk into dry mixture and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
Fold in blueberries. Batter will be crumbly.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each cavity about ¾ of the way.
Bake for 15-18 minutes until muffins are turning golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let muffins cool in pan for a couple minutes before removing from pan and placing on wire rack to cool completely.
While the muffins are cooling, you can make the super simple icing.
How to Make Sour Cream Icing
Like most icings, this blueberry sour cream icing is quick and easy!
All you have to do is put sour cream and frozen blueberries in a small bowl.
And stir together until they're well combined. The sour cream will turn a beautiful shade of purple and there will be lots of little blueberry chunks.
If you're using fresh blueberries, I do recommend chopping them up before mixing them in. Also note that your icing won't likely be as vibrantly purple.
Once the muffins are cooled, spread a little sour cream frosting over each of them and top with some fun sprinkles. I use these naturally colored sprinkles for my pup.
Aren't they so cute??
But the true test is whether or not my dog is going to be into them. Like I said, she's very picky and I've made her many homemade treats that she's turned her nose up to.
But when I went to hand her one of these blueberry muffins for dogs, she definitely seemed interested!
Omg she went right in for it! No hesitation at all. Which is very rare for her as she often needs to sniff a new treat a million times before giving it a try.
And overall, I'd say she ended up being very very happy!
And so was I! I get a little too excited when I make a homemade dog treat that Winnie loves and then I end up giving her way too many of them.
But you know, I have to make sure it's not a fluke and that she actually really likes them. I'm pretty sure this face says she does.
Of course, I gave the muffins a try myself and though they're not exactly my ideal muffin in terms of sweetness or texture, I can see why Winnie loved them.
The blueberries give the muffins a nice flavor and the sour cream icing a fun little zing. They're definitely a bit harder than a typical muffin and almost have a texture more like a cookie.
How to Store
I do recommend storing these muffins for dogs in an airtight container in the refrigerator if you are adding the sour cream icing. If you're leaving the icing off, you can keep them in an airtight container on your countertop.
They should keep for 3-5 days when stored properly.
This recipe does make 24 mini muffins, but is also quite easy to cut in half by simply halving all ingredients.
The muffins would be so fun to serve at a dog birthday party!
More Dog Treat Recipes
I love making homemade dog treats for my pup and all of my recipes are created with a picky dog in mind! Obviously all dogs' tastes are different, but if Winnie likes them, I think there's a pretty good chance your dog will, too! Here are some of her favorites:
- Chicken Dog Treats
- Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes
- Berry Egg Oatmeal for Dogs
- Strawberry Puppuccino
- Chicken Jello for Dogs
- Egg, Apple, and Banana Pancakes for Dogs
- Beet Cookies
- Banana Donuts for Dogs
- Chicken Jerky for Dogs (from Fake Ginger)
I hope your pup loves these blueberry muffins for dogs as much as Winnie does! They've quickly become a favorite homemade treat in our house and ones we'll be making far into the future!
What's your dog's favorite treat?
Blueberry Muffins for Dogs
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch salt
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 6 Tbsp honey
- ¼ cup milk (or dairy/non-dairy alternative of your choice)
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries (don't thaw before using)
- ½ cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
- 4 tsp frozen wild blueberries (don't thaw before using)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a mini muffin tin.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour melted coconut oil, honey, and milk into dry mixture and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
- Gently fold in blueberries. Batter will be crumbly.
- Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each cavity about ¾ of the way.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes until muffins are turning golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let muffins cool in pan for a couple minutes before removing from pan and placing on wire rack to cool completely.
- When cooled, spread a little bit of blueberry frosting over the top of each muffin. Add sprinkles, if desired.
- In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and frozen blueberries until combined.
- I recommend storing these muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator. However, if you aren't topping them with icing, you can keep them in an airtight container on your countertop. They should keep for 3-5 days when stored properly.
- Feel free to halve recipe is desired.
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