Breakfast Muffins

This is something I bake once in a while for the girls at work but can be adapted for your dog. Kirby loves good food and these grain free muffins are always a nice change for him on those special mornings. I try to add eggs to his treats and meals when I can since they help maintain his shiny coat.

You can pick and choose the ingredients your pup likes best for the filling. For less calories try using turkey sausage. Kirby likes these made with real bacon bits too. Spinach is so good and so under utilized but any finely chopped veggie will work. Try different cheeses - mozzarella, Parmesan, goat, and feta. The possibilities are endless making this an easy favorite for both humans and canines.

Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast Muffins

Quick, easy, and you can choose the ingredients your pup likes best for the filling.

Yields: 12 muffins
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Nutrition facts:
195 Calories, 140 Calories from fat
Total fat: 14.2g or 22% ( 5.1g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb mild ground sausage*
  • 1 cup chopped frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup low fat or 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon safflower oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground egg shell

Directions

  1. In a large pan cook the sausage. When almost cooked stir in the cayenne pepper. Drain well and place in a medium size bowl
  2. Finely chop the spinach and remove any excess moisture with paper towels.
  3. Mix the spinach and cheddar cheese into the meat.
  4. Evenly spoon this mixture into an oiled (I use olive oil spray) 12 cup muffin tin. If you are making this the night before, cover with foil and place in the refrigerator
  5. In a medium size bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, and oil. I then poured mine in a two cup measuring cup, covered with foil, and placed in the refrigerator.
  6. Pour an even amount of the egg mixture into each muffin tin. Throw some extra cheddar cheese on top if you want
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 16 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  8. Run a flat knife around the edges to remove the muffins.

These muffins can be frozen. Just thaw and warm in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

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Blueberry Pup Cakes

Is your canine companion having a special occasion?  A Barkday Party?  Furry company coming for a play date?  Maybe it's just a glorious summer day worth celebrating?  These cute pupcakes are bursting with healthy flavors and antioxidants your dog is craving!

Blueberry Pup Cakes

Blueberry Pup Cakes

These blueberry pupcake dog treats are bursting with healthy flavors and antioxidants your dog is craving!

Yields: 12 large, 24 mini, 6 pupcakes
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Nutrition facts: Calories: 179/90/358
Calories from fat: 102/51/205

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes for mini muffins or 22 - 27 minutes for regular size muffins. Muffins are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Spoon mixture into muffin tins**.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Store individually wrapped in saran wrap in the refrigerator for up to a week.  When ready to serve top with frosting.

Frosting (for 12 large, 24 mini, 6 pupcakes)
Calories: 23/12/47
Calories from fat: 2/1/5

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-oz package low fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions:

  1. Let cream cheese come to room temperature.
  2. Mix thoroughly and frost pup cakes.

**We live near Mississippi State University which means we are in "bulldog country" so it's easy to find just about anything bulldog related.  I picked up the silicone muffin pan which makes six 4x4x1 inch paw shaped cakes.  You can visit FanPan an online store that caters to the college crowd.  You can order 100% FDA approved silicone cake pans, muffin pans and ice cube trays in assorted collegiate shapes and sizes.

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