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Pup-kin Spice Dog-nuts

The pumpkin spice life has really grown on me and I can’t seem to get enough of the warm fuzzy fall feels. A week ago I made some pup-kin spice ice coobs, which I never got around to eating in the end… they were tucked away in the freezer – who knew! BUT they were super yummy, so I am gutted I didn’t hoover them down.

So, since I had a pumpkin spice mix ready to go and I was NOT prepared to let it go to waste what was a doggo meant to do? Did I hear you say make donuts, Biscuit? THAT’S RIGHT!

Pumpkin spiced donuts topped with Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon – hang on – let me just clean my dribble up (how embarrassing).

This is the first of MANY fall inspired recipes, and what better way than to kick it off with donuts flavoured with what seems to be a super popular drink over in America – Pumpkin spice!

I thought I’d give us European pups a taste of the American cuisine!

Oh, I promise these donuts are super easy to make, give them a go and I  hope your pups enjoy them as much as I did!


Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total cooking time: 35 minutes

Yields 6 dog-nuts

Ingredients

For the donuts

1 cup (80g) rolled oats

1 cup (140g) whole-wheat flour

½ cup (130g)  pumpkin puree

1 large egg

½ cup (125ml) oat milk

¼ tsp cinnamon (plus extra for decoration)

¼ tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp organic honey

For the topping

4 tbsp Greek yogurt

1 tbsp organic honey

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C (356°F). Prepare a sheet of parchment paper by drawing large circles with a pencil using a mug (be sure to leave 1-2cm space between each circle). Then, grab an icing tip (or an object small enough to create a smaller circle than the larger one) and draw inside the large circles. You should now have donut guides! Once done, line a baking tray with the prepared parchment paper. Alternatively, if you’re lucky enough to have a donut pan, feel free to use instead!

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, oat milk, pumpkin puree and honey.

3. Then, add in the oats, flour, ground ginger, cinnamon and baking powder and mix together until combined well.

4. Fill a piping bag (2.5cm wide icing tip) with the donut mixture and pipe onto the donut shape guides on the parchment paper.

5. Bake donuts at 180°C (356°F) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Cool on a wiring rack completely. While the donuts are cooling, mix together the Greek yogurt and honey in a bowl until you have a smooth consistency.

6. Grab a donut and dip one side into the Greek yogurt. Repeat this step until all donuts have been covered with topping. Then give the donuts a dusting of cinnamon!

7. Serve to your doggy!

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Frozen Greens Bone Treats

Does your pup enjoy eating their green veggies? If they do, then they’re truly one of the good boys/girls! I do NOT like eating them, they’re just plain and well… they haven’t got anything on good ol’ carrots let’s face it. 😋

I recently switched to having homemade cooked food of an evening (best thing ever), so I’ve been eating a lot more vegetables and eating my greens is important to help me get nutrients and vitamins.

I have a confession for you though but please don’t tell my mum, it’ll be our little secret🤫. I eat everything in my bowl, BUT I’ll wait for mum to leave the room and spit the greens back out into the bowl. Peanuts helps me out and hoovers them up before mum comes back. Teamwork is dreamwork 😉

Okay! I know! Eating veggies is important and I must eat them. So, I thought that since my sister and I really enjoyed my carrot puree, why not give it a go with green veggies. These frozen greens bone treats are super easy and quick to make, they’re also full of calcium, vitamins and iron. Just boil frozen spinach, green beans and peas, drain, and blitz in a food processor until smooth. Then, spoon the puree into silicone moulds or onto a baking tray lined with a baking sheet and freeze for 2-4 hours.

These treats are pawfect for a cool treat on a summer’s day or I like to microwave a couple bones and stir into my dinner. They’re scrumptious AND yes, I am now eating my greens like a good boy! Where’s my gold star sticker?

If you give these a go, I’d love to know so tag me on Instagram or Facebook using #bakingwithbiscuit


Prep time: 10 minutes

Freezer time: 2-4 hours

Makes approximately 26 small frozen bones

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (40g) Frozen garden peas

1 cup (150g) Frozen spinach

¾ cup (96g) Frozen green beans

Method:

1. Boil frozen vegetables in a saucepan for 5 minutes until cooked completely.

2. Drain vegetables and blitz in a food processor until smooth, you may want to add a tablespoon of water to add more liquid. Alternatively, you can puree the vegetables using a hand blender.

3. Using a teaspoon, scoop the puree into silicone moulds. You can also spoon the puree onto a baking tray lined with a baking sheet.

4. Freeze for 2-4 hours until solid.

5. Serve with your pup’s dinner or enjoy as a cooling treat.

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Doggy Cake Lolli-Pawps

Hi everyone, Biscuit here! 😋🐶

Have you heard of these so-called ‘cake pops’ that hoomans seem to have at parties? They’re everywhere! Baby showers, birthdays, any occasion –  you name it! Now it’s time for us doggies to enjoy cake heaven in a bite! I present to you Doggy Cake Lolli-Pawps!  

Hoomans are pretty used to making doggy cakes (some really scrumptious ones too), but the big question is how on earth do you achieve the dip without using melted chocolate?! Well, peanut butter is not only one of our favourite foods, it is also thick enough for a dip/glaze. All it needed was thinning out slightly with coconut oil and honey and BAM you’ve got yourself the perfect lolli-pawp dip.

I had so much fun making these, I got to use my paws for rolling the cake crumbs into balls (as best as I could) and I attempted to dip my paw… I mean lolli-pawp into the glaze/dip. In the end, my mum had to dip the lolli-pawps into the dip for me, you know, not having apposable thumbs doesn’t help, but hey, can’t blame a dog for trying.

The great thing about these is that if your pupcakes or doggy cakes don’t come out of the tin properly, you can just crumble the cake up and turn them into lolli-pawps. See, no cake wasted!

I’ll be taking these down to the dog park to share with my furry frens, I certainly don’t need an occasion to enjoy a bit of cake! I’ll be sure to remove the stick quickly before my friend, Duna the Boxer, gets a whiff of the lolli-pawp! She’s like a hoover!

Next time you have a doggy occasion, give these a go and stand out of the pack! Tag me on Instagram and Facebook if you do!


Prep time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total cooking time: 1 hour 5 minutes plus chilling time

Makes approximately 22 lolli-pawps

Ingredients:

Cake mixture

1 cup (130g) whole-wheat flour

1/3 cup (35g) oats (blitzed into a fine powder using a hand blender or food processor)

2 tsp baking powder

2 ripe (or very ripe – even better!) bananas (peeled and chopped)

3 tbsp organic honey

¼ cup (60ml) sunflower oil

¼ cup (60ml) oat milk

‘Frosting’

½ cup (125g) plain, natural Greek yogurt

Glaze/dip

1 cup (240g) natural, raw, unrefined peanut butter

¼ cup (60ml) coconut oil

1 tbsp organic honey

Method:

1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C (400°F) and line a cake tin (I used a 18 x 20cm tin) with baking/parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mash the chopped banana up with a fork. Next, add in the eggs, oat milk, sunflower oil and honey. Whisk together until combined well.

3. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and add in the oats. Using a wooden spoon, mix together until you have a smooth, lump-free mixture.

4. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 20 minutes at 200°C (400°F) or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Once baked, allow the cake to cool completely on a wire rack.

5. Crumble the cake into a large bowl. Then, add in the yogurt and stir together.

6. Grab a tablespoon of cake crumbs/mixture and use your hands to roll into balls. Place the balls onto a plate or lined baking tray and put a lollipop stick or wooden skewer into each ball. Then, put into the refrigerator to set for 30 minutes.

7. While the cakes are setting, make the dip by mixing coconut oil (if not melted by the summer heat, place in microwave for ten seconds to melt), peanut butter and honey until smooth and lump-free. I recommend using a bowl or jar deep enough to dip the entire ball into. This saves you from having to spoon some of the dip on!

8. Optional decoration: I also whipped up some carob dip from my PB, Carob & banana cookie recipe for decoration purposes, give this a go if you fancy a bit of chocolate!

9. Take each of the chilled cake lolli-pawps and dip into the peanut butter glaze, allowing excess dip to drip off into the bowl. Sprinkle mixed seeds or decorate with carob dip and allow to dry stood up in Styrofoam or in a mug in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

10. Serve to your pup! Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days in an air tight container.

Remember to ask your vet about any allergies that your pup may have!

Additional notes:

1. Substitute eggs for applesauce

2. Swap oat milk for water