Pumpkin-Peanut Butter “Pupcakes” to Celebrate Your Dog’s Special Day

by | Updated: October 18th, 2017 | Read time: 2 minutes

Birthdays just wouldn’t be the same without cake. But if you’re planning a celebration for your pup, pause before you pick up a bakery creation or whip up a boxed mix at home. These human treats are often loaded with ingredients – like sugar, chocolate or xylitol – that can be disastrous for a dog’s digestive system. Instead, stick a candle in a homemade “pupcake,” like this one, made with pure pumpkin puree, peanut butter, applesauce and oats. Your furry, four-legged family member will wish he could devour this tail-waggingly delicious dessert every day of the year.

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1/2 cup rolled oats, ground into a flour (or use oat flour)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup pure pumpkin purée
2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter*
1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
1/2 tsp. non-alcoholic vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking powder


1/4 cup plain dairy-free yogurt, such as unsweetened coconut yogurt
2 tbsp. plain peanut powder (not peanut butter)*
1/3 of a fresh, ripe banana
Optional: 1/4 tsp. non-alcoholic vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a small ramekin with non-stick spray; set aside ramekin.**
  2. In large bowl, combine ground oats and baking soda; stir well.
  3. In blender, combine applesauce, pumpkin purée,  peanut butter, non-dairy milk and vanilla; process until creamy.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir well (mixture should be thick but incorporated).
  5. Scoop mixture into prepared ramekin and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and a fork comes out clean.
  6. Let cupcake completely before frosting (or place in freezer to cool or 20 minutes while frosting is made).
  7. To make frosting, combine all ingredients in small blender or food processor; pulse several times to whip thoroughly. (Note: The peanut powder will help thicken the mixture; do not use real peanut butter for best results. Frosting will be thick.)
  8. Remove cupcake from ramekin and frost. Add some non-toxic natural sprinkles if desired.

*If your dog has a peanut allergy, simply replace peanut butter in the cupcake recipe with cashew butter and replace peanut powder in the frosting recipe with coconut flour.

**If you don’t have a small ramekin, spray one or two cups in a muffin pan with non-stick spray or line them with paper liners instead. Muffin cups are slightly smaller than ramekins, so you’ll have some extra batter.