Have a dog who deserves an extra special treat? These Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes (cupcakes for dogs!) will have your dog going wild! Plus, all the ingredients are human-grade, so you can enjoy them, too.
Happy 1st birthday to my sweet, sweet pup Winnie! Who ever thought I’d be the kind of person who would bake cupcakes (sorry, I mean pupcakes) for her dog’s birthday and then write an entire post about them? Well, to be fair, anyone who knows me well probably could have predicted that one.
But honestly, when we made the decision to get a dog just a little over a year ago, I never realized how much personality she would have or how freaking much I would love her. She is the absolute best companion and so incredibly adorable and sweet. Her extreme anxiety and obsessive tendencies drive us a little nutty sometimes, but I’m proud of how hard she’s working (or really, we’re working her) to overcome it.
This is the photo that first made us fall in love with Winnie the labradoodle (back when her name was Hermione):
We had pick of the litter and we’re so glad we chose her! Now she’s a whopping 19 pounds and celebrating her 1st birthday in style. And with homemade peanut butter pupcakes.
Yes, I forced her into that crown, but she didn’t hate it as much as I thought she would. I think she knows when to humor me. We bought her way too many gifts, including this edible card (affiliate link):
In honor of her birthday, I decided to make her a special treat, in the form of homemade pupcakes. These cupcakes for dogs are filled with peanut butter and banana and topped with a delightful (if I do say so myself!) peanut butter cream cheese frosting.
CAN DOGS EAT PEANUT BUTTER?
Most dogs love peanut butter! And luckily, in moderation, peanut butter is safe for most dogs to eat. However please note that like humans, all dogs are different and some may have food sensitivities. Always check with your vet if you have any questions about what you can feed your dog. Also note that you should never feed your dog peanut butter that has xylitol in it as xylitol is toxic to dogs.
Of course, there are lots of different kinds of peanut butter and you’ll want to be careful if you’re feeding your dog a sugar-packed peanut butter versus a more natural one. I don’t specify what kind of peanut butter to use in these pupcakes because they’re so small and a special treat for your pup. I’ve made them with no sugar added peanut butter before and my dog loves them, but she definitely loves them more with peanut butter like Jiff. Since the pupcakes don’t have any other added sugar in them aside from banana, I’m OK with her having a little sugar in peanut butter
PEANUT BUTTER BANANA PUPCAKES RECIPE
Seriously though, all the ingredients in these pupcakes are human grade, but also dog friendly.
They’re super easy to mix up in a stand mixer, with a hand mixer, or even by hand with a little elbow grease. Check out my video to see the full step-by-step process for baking the pupcakes.
The pupcakes are mini and have just a dollop of frosting. I can no longer find the little bones I topped the pupcakes with in these photos, but I’ve used these very similar ones (affiliate link) more recently.
We let little Winnie indulge a little bit too much. I was just so happy that she was a fan.
This dog has been known to turn her nose up at treats, so I wasn’t so sure she’d be all about the pupcakes. Not sure why I felt like I needed validation from my dog, but I guess I did.
If you have a treat-motivated dog and are celebrating a special day, I highly recommend these peanut butter pupcakes.
I can’t guarantee your dog will thank you… But I think his or her face will probably say it all! I’ve actually made these a couple times since her birthday party and even her super picky dog cousin Mitzi is a fan of these peanut butter pupcakes, which is saying a lot.
And if you happen to have guests over who are in the mood for a little treat… these pupcakes are actually pretty good! There’s no added sugar or salt in them like most cupcakes would have, but the banana and peanut butter flavors are in full force.
But don’t take my word for it…
We are so, so lucky to have this little fluffball of happiness in our lives. It sounds so cheesy, but she really does add so much love to our world.
Whenever I look at her little expressive face or I wake up snuggling her, I feel like I’m going to burst. I know everyone thinks their pup is the best, but I’m pretty sure ours actually is!
Happy birthday, Win-Win! Here’s to many more pupcakes in your future! Check out my video and get the pupcake recipe below.
If you’re looking for more dog-friendly recipes, I have quite a few that you can see here. And for Winnie’s next birthday, I might have to make her an entire dog cake like this one from RecipeTin Eats!
Have a dog who deserves an extra special treat? These Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes (cupcakes for dogs!) will have your dog going wild! All of the ingredients are human-grade, so you can enjoy them, too.
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I use natural, unsalted, but you can use any kind)
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a mini muffin/cupcake tin.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, old-fashioned oats, and baking powder.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together peanut butter and mashed banana. Mix in eggs.
Mix in flour mixture, alternating with water, until just combined.
Fill mini muffin tin cavities about 3/4 of the way with batter.
Bake for 6-8 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.
Let cool in tin for a few minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, combine cream cheese and peanut butter and beat together until creamy.
Fit a pastry bag with tip (I used a Wilton 2D) and fill bag with frosting.
Pipe frosting onto each cupcake and top with an additional dog treat, if you desire.