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Willie Recommends….MUFFINS

With all the concern over dog treats, many of us are deciding to cook for our animals. The question then becomes, “What do I make?” I think the easiest way to start cooking for your dog is to begin with treats or snacks. We had an article recently on the blog about what’s not good for our pets, so absolutely keep that in mind.

I would like to recommend a wonderful website I found when I started searching for recipes. This is where I found the muffin recipe that is being shared today. The recipe calls for canned pumpkin, but I wound up using canned sweet potatoes. I also substituted oat flour for wheat as it is supposed to be easier on a dog’s digestive system. Please, use organic where ever possible! I used organic canola oil for the vegetable oil bit. A word on applesauce: use something light colored because the recipe will take on the apple color. I used the cheap-o stuff we had on hand. As you’ll see in the photos, they look green much like the apple sauce once it starts to oxidize. The next batch will be made with organic product that’s a mix with peaches. That should keep the color of the baked good more pleasing. The dog doesn’t care how it looks, but the people do! We will provide a follow up on that batch. Lastly, I used mini muffin papers, because I thought that was a better size for doggie treats. I spooned the batter into the papers, and reduced baking time to 12 minutes. The spooned batter didn’t look great, so I’m on the hunt for something that will distribute batter in a smoother fashion. Again, the dog doesn’t care, but the people always do.

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Willie happily eats the treats!

Here’s the recipe as provided by Bunny Roo.

2 ½ Cups of Unbleached white flour
1/4 Cup of Vegetable oil
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Baking powder
3/4 Cup of All natural applesauce
1 Egg
1 Cup of Solid-pack pumpkin
1/4 Cup of Honey
Directions:
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Store in an air-tight container. After three or four days, freeze remaining muffins. Enjoy!

Here’s a final note. These treats are something people can eat as well! I certainly tried them out to see how they

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Homemade Doggie Treats

tasted.  These can be easily broken into smaller bits to use as training treats! I thought these tasted great. I think this is something that would make really good toddler treats, too. It’s low sugar, it can be all organic and in the small papers, it’s a great child sized treat.

Hope you will try some cooking for your dog! It’s great fun, and they love it. My vet is encouraging me to switch Willie to all homemade food. We will keep you updated on that process. For now, we are having fun experimenting with treats.

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Patty McGuire with her beloved best buddy.

Patty McGuire resides just outside Chalottesville, VA with her best buddy, Willie. Willie has hisown blog at www.everybodyloveswillie.tumblr.com. An etsy store specializing in custom knits for bigger dogs is coming Fall 2013.

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