Bella’s Golden Birthday & Peanut Butter-Carob PUPcakes!

Bella's 5th Birthday

My Bella turns 5 today! Woo Hoo!

Yes, my little puggle can be quite mischievous and well–rather rascally. But at the end of the day she’s my super cuddly and loving little gal. Yup. She’s the Best Pup Ever. True Story.

Peanut Butter-Carob PUPcakes

To celebrate her golden birthday, I wanted to make her a few PUPcakes! After all, a mama has to indulge her little one from time to time….and well, because I somehow became one of those obsessed puppy parents 😉

Since chocolate is a definite no-no for dogs, I opted for both melted and whole carob chips in the batter along with peanut butter, honey, shredded carrots, and jarred baby food. That’s right–baby food! Organic chicken to be exact. It may sound odd but it’s a hit with the pups. And lastly, I dipped the pupcakes into a carob “ganache” and topped them with carrot sprinkles.

Bella's 5th Birthday

Needless to say, Bella loved them! Although I must admit that it was torture for her to wait until her mama finished snapping pics before she could dive into the pupcakes. She is much less concerned with documenting her Foodventures than I am but was such a good sport nonetheless.

And with that….HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELLA! Love ya to pieces!


Peanut Butter-Carob PUPcakes
Makes 1/2 dozen pupcakes


½ cup carob chips, divided
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 ounces organic pureed baby food (chicken or beef)
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
¼ cup shredded carrots

½ cup carob chips
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey

shredded carrots
carob chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan.

In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup carob chips and honey. Using 15 second intervals, microwave the chips and honey until melted and smooth. Be sure to stir every 15 seconds to avoid burning the carob. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the egg, vegetable oil, baby food, peanut butter and melted carob until thoroughly combined. Stir in the dry ingredients and then the carrots and ¼ cup carob chips. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners until they are about 2/3 filled. Bake the pupcakes for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on racks.

While the pupcakes are cooling, prepare the “ganache”. In a bowl, combine ½ cup carob chips, peanut butter and honey. Using 15 second intervals, microwave the items until melted and smooth. Check and stir every 15 seconds to avoid burning the “ganache”. Working with 1 pupcake at a time, carefully dip each cake top in the warm “ganache”, twisting your wrist as needed to ensure the pupcake top gets completely coated. Allow the “ganache” to set 1-2 minutes and decorate with shredded carrots and carob chips. Repeat with the remaining pupcakes.

Pupcakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Bella’s Peanut Butter Puppy Treats

Look at this face…..how can you not just love her?

Especially when her wrinkly little face looks up at me while I’m in the kitchen working on some recipe. Just tears at my heart strings. Thus the other day, I dedicated the afternoon to making our little puggle, Bella, a big ol’ bag of Peanut Butter Puppy Treats.

The great thing about baking your little buddy treats at home is that you know EXACTLY what’s in it. None of that animal by-product stuff…..And trust me, after catching an episode of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel, you’ll be reading the ingredients list on EVERY thing you buy your four-legged little friends.

Bella LOVED them……she ate them in the same manner that I attack french fries. We actually gave them a try but it just tasted like a dry cracker to us. But then again, we don’t have the same discerning palette as puggles 🙂

Got a four-legged buddy? Make their day by whipping up a batch of these treats. The molasses and honey I added give it just a little more touch of love.

Ready to be baked.

Fresh out of the oven.

A bowl of Puppy Happiness

Bella says “Omigosh! Finally-she baked for me!!!”

Puggle Approved 🙂

Bella’s Peanut Butter Puppy Treats
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Cup Peanut Butter (smooth)
1 Cup Non-Fat Milk
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Molasses

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown.

Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

Bella was a good girl and shared some with her buddy, Spartan. 🙂