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Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes

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.

Close-up of mini peanut butter banana pupcake with peanut butter frosting and a bone-shaped treat on top and "Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes" text on top

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):

Photo of my dog Winnie as an apricot-colored labradoodle puppy sitting on a table

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.

Winnie the labradoodle celebrating her first birthday, sitting on the deck with a "1" pink crown on and a birthday cake dog toy

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):

Winnie the labradoodle looking at her pink edible birthday card while wearing a pink "1" birthday crown on the deck outside

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.


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


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.

Close up of mini peanut butter banana pupcake with swirled peanut butter frosting, a bone-shaped dog treat on top with more pupcakes in the background

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.

Winnie the labradoodle sitting on the deck eating a peanut butter banana pupcake while wearing a pink "1" birthday crown

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.

Winnie the labradoodle sticking her tongue out to lick the peanut butter frosting off a peanut butter banana pupcake while sitting outside on the deck

If you have a treat-motivated dog and are celebrating a special day, I highly recommend these peanut butter pupcakes.

A landscape photo showing multiple peanut butter banana pupcakes with peanut butter frosting swirled on top and a little bone-shaped treat

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.

Winnie the labradoodle with frosting on her face eating another peanut butter banana pupcake while sitting outside on the deck

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.

Close-up of a peanut butter banana pupcake with peanut butter frosting swirled on top and a mini bone-shaped treat

But don’t take my word for it…

Winnie the labradoodle outside on the deck surrounded by birthday present toys and licking her lips

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!


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4.67 from 3 votes

Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes

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.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Dog-Friendly Recipe
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dog Birthday, Dog Recipes, Dog-Friendly Recipes, Homemade Dog Treats
Servings: 24 pupcakes
Author: Sues


Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes

  • 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

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 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.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 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.

57 Responses to "Peanut Butter Banana Pupcakes"

  1. Sharon Anderson says:

    Happy 1st Birthday, Miss Winnie! ???

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Happy birthday to your pup! She is adorable! And these cupcakes…wow. Peanut butter and banana is pretty much the best combo ever. Wish I these for breakfast!

  3. Oh man…totally bookmarking this for future use. My dog would love them!! Happy birthday Winnie :).

  4. sarah k @ the pajama chef says:

    awww, happy birthday to winnie! what a sweet pup 🙂

  5. Emily aka The Three Bite Rule says:

    Yay! I love seeing your Puppy celebration!

  6. Michelle Lahey says:

    Winnie’s face DOES say it all! Happy birthday!

  7. Chris says:

    Winbot loved these!

  8. Molly Galler says:

    Happy birthday Winnie! You are such a wonderful, thoughtful dog mama. She is so lucky to have you and your amazing baking talents!

  9. Poppy says:

    Happy Birthday, Winnie.
    I wish that people were as faithful as dogs.

  10. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    Okay! How adorable is Winnie! I love her name, BTW! We got a puppy a few months ago and Winnie was one of the names we were leaning toward – but Dolce won out in the end… These treats are so cute – I’ll have to make them for Dolce on her big day in October! Adorable post!!

  11. Young Hayes says:

    Happy birthday to lovely Winnie! He must have been really happy on her birthday with those yummy pupcakes from you. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Beth says:

    Happy birthday WinWin! Can’t believe she’s already one!

  13. Justine says:

    She is the most adorbs dog ever and is seriously loving the pupcakes!

  14. Robert Smith says:

    The most lovely dog ever and the most lovely cupcakes ever!

  15. Shredder News says:

    Happy 1st birthday to your puppy! The most adorable puppy and the most cute cupcake I’ve ever seen.

  16. James M.Hoffman says:

    I’m impressed with Winnie’s first name (Hermione). You must be a fan of Harry Potter!! Having a dog is always the best decision when you need a companion! Also love the peanut butter bananas cupcakes (oops I mean pupcakes!) I’ll make some for my little puppy (Mini) <3

  17. Elaine Taratusky says:

    I am going to make these pup cakes for Roxi’s birthday in November. I will let you know if all her doggie friends like them.

  18. Wendy says:

    We made these tonight for our pups, Nala and Chewie, who turned 1 today! Their pack pals, Josie and Pacho, are taking part in the festivities. What a great, quick recipe!

  19. Laura Johnson says:

    In the oven as I type this. Made small cake instead of cupcakes. I’m assuming that the baking time would be a good amount longer?

  20. Sues says:

    @Lauren- Hi! Sorry for my late response, but yes 🙂 Exactly how much longer depends on the size of the cake, but I hope this worked for you!

  21. RS Pandey says:

    Happy birthday to your puppy. The most adorable puppy definitely needs cute cupcake 🙂

  22. Mercedes Packard says:

    These were really good! Think I shoulda added a little bit of sugar to some of it, but o well!! I wish I could post the photo, my Lulu just turned 2 today! And really liked these also! Thank you for the recipe!

  23. Julie @ The Savvy Blogger says:

    My li’l Lola turns ONE on St. Patrick’s Day and I’ve been looking for the perfect pupcake recipe. Looks like this is it! Thanks for sharing!

  24. tina says:

    She is a Beautiful baby girl! She looks like a very happy girl.. I will be making these for my Boston terrier Busters 1st birthday in April.
    He will share these with his Frenchie big sister Rosie.

  25. Barbara E Antzoulis says:

    I will be making these tonight or in the am for our “Granddoggies” 2nd Birthday! Thanks for posting.

  26. Sheri Ciaramitaro says:

    I am making these for my little Gabbie’s 12th birthday tomorrow. I bet she is going to enjoy them.

  27. Anna says:

    Made these for my Minnie’s bday (4) this morning. She loves them! As does her big brother, Mickie. (both beagles)

    And…. uummm…. My Dad likes them, too. LOL

  28. Tracy says:

    Happy birthday to cute Winnie! Have you prepared a gift for your upcoming birthday?

  29. Hannah says:

    My Jack Russell is 15 today and I’m making these for him! Thanks for the great idea!!

  30. Sues says:

    @Hannah- Happy birthday to your pup!! Hope he enjoyed the pupcakes 🙂

  31. Brynn says:

    Happy birthday Winnie! I saw this recipient and I had to try it my dogs 5th birthday is in two days and this definitely will make him the happiest up in the word thanks for sharing this recipe.
    I added honey to both mixes, I think he loved it!

  32. Brynn says:

    Happy birthday Winnie! I saw this recipient and I had to try it my dogs 5th birthday is in two days and this definitely will make him the happiest up in the word thanks for sharing this recipe.
    I added honey to both mixes, I think he will loved it!

  33. […] of my dog, Winnie just had her second birthday! I can’t even believe it. We didn’t do a “party” for her this time, but I might make her a little something special this weekend and force her to wear something […]

  34. Karen says:

    Making these for my Maxwell’s 2nd birthday tomorrow!! Is it just me or are others getting WAY more than 24 minis out of the recipe?!?! I have enough to do almost 48!!!
    Can’t wait for Maxwell and his friends to try them!!

  35. Sues says:

    I hope Maxwell and his friends love them!! I only got 24 in the several times I’ve made them, but maybe yours are extra mini?? Happy birthday to Maxwell!

  36. Truck says:

    Very cute 🙂

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  38. Sarah says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Can’t wait to make them for my dog’s birthday this month.

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  44. Andrea says:

    4 stars
    I made this and they turned out well (dog approved!), but I couldn’t get the icing to pipe. My kitchen was a disaster as I added more peanut butter, which didn’t help, then unsweetened almond milk bit by bit–but nothing worked. After adding the almond milk I was able to easily spread the icing–that had a whipped consistency by that time–on the pupcakes, but it wouldn’t pipe. My dog loved it all the same, but I was disappointed. Any suggestions for next time?

  45. Sues says:

    @Andrea Hmm I wonder if it’s the kind of peanut butter you used? Was your cream cheese room temperature? That could be an issue, too. Another thought is that you may want to try beating the peanut butter and cream cheese together for longer- the mixture should be super creamy when done beating, which should make it easy to pipe! Let me know if you try again… I’m glad your pup liked them 🙂

  46. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    5 stars
    What a cute idea. You have an adorable puppy!! We had a collie who would have loved this pancakes. She was such a member of the family. Any puppy would love the treat!

  47. Pam Greer says:

    5 stars
    She is the cutest thing ever!! Now, you need to come up with some cat treats for my kitties!

  48. Elizabeth Warren says:

    Hi, thanks for this awesome recipe, we will be adding it to our Doggie Party Cupcake Toppers Listing so our customers can enjoy these delicious goodies for their puppers!

  49. Sues says:

    Hi Elizabeth! Feel free to post a link to my recipe, but please don’t post the entire recipe to your site. Thank you!! 🙂

  50. Smith says:

    5 stars
    Your blog really helps your visitor all the time.

  51. caili says:

    it is my dogs birthday wish sniper a good 1st birthday.

  52. Sues says:

    @Caili- Happy birthday to Sniper!!

  53. Shauna says:

    Thank you for the recipe! My girls 1st birthday is Thursday and she’ll be spending it with friends at doggy daycare. With a busy week at work would making and storing in the fridge for a couple days before be okay?

  54. Sues says:

    @Shauna- Yes, this should be totally fine! We always keep these in our fridge for a few days since I can only give my pup so many at once 🙂 Happy 1st birthday to your girl!!

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    Cooper turned 2 today so I made this recipe. I put carrot shreddings on top along with frozen blueberrys. He loved it!

  57. Sues says:

    @Theresa- Yay! I love the idea of carrots and blueberries, too! Happy birthday to Cooper 🙂

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