Can you believe there’s only 10 days left until Christmas?! I’m sure you’re already planning out your holiday meals, but if you need a little extra inspiration for your dog, then look no further! This delicious treat is packed full of protein, vitamins and minerals.
Christmas pudding is a traditional British dessert that has been around since medieval times. It’s made from dried fruit soaked in rum or brandy, baked with spices and eggs, but it wasn’t always made like that. In fact, original Christmas Pudding was made from with hulled wheat, boiled in milk, seasoned with cinnamon and coloured with saffron – doesn’t sound so great does it!
So, making christmas pudding style treats for your dog can be surprisingly simple with just a few ingredients that you might already have in the house. This recipe is perfect if you want to make something special but don’t want to go out and buy anything extra.This delicious Christmas pudding recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of pups!
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Why you’ll love this recipe
- The recipe is quick to make, so you’ll have christmas pudding in no time.
- All of the ingredients are natural and safe for dogs, so you can be sure that they’re getting a healthy and tasty treat.
- They look so cute and make for great instagram photos!
The ingredients and their benefits for your dog
Your dog is sure to love this Christmas Pudding recipe! All of the ingredients are natural and safe for dogs, so you can be sure that they’re getting a healthy and tasty treat. It’s surprisingly simple- all you need are some ingredients that have lots of benefits for your pup.
Ingredients list: Xylitol free peanut butter, wholewheat flour, egg, yoghurt and cranberries
Cranberries are berries that belong to the genus Vaccinium in the family Ericaceae. They are native to North America, but have been cultivated elsewhere since the 18th century. Cranberries are a good source of Vitamin C, which is beneficial for dogs. They also contain antioxidants, which can help to protect the body against disease.
Peanut butter is a great source of protein for dogs, and it also contains healthy fats that are good for their skin and coat. Additionally, peanut butter is a source of vitamin B6, niacin, and manganese, which are all important nutrients for dogs. Just remember that you need to buy dog-friendly peanut butter (like this peanut butter on Amazon) that doesn’t contain xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is used as a sweetener in many different products. It’s important to know that xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs and can cause liver failure and death.
Yoghurt is an excellent source of protein and probiotics which are good for the dog’s gut health. The proteins found in yoghurt can be used to help with skin, bones, teeth and gums.
One of the key benefits of eggs for dogs is that they are a high-quality protein source. Eggs also contain essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for dogs.
Wholewheat flour is a great option for dog owners because it is high in fiber and can help to regulate digestion. It also contains a range of important vitamins and minerals, including zinc, selenium and potassium.
If your dog has a wheat or gluten allergy then you can make these christmas puddings wheat free by swapping out the wholemeal flour for one of the substititutes below.
What can I use instead wholewheat flour in dog treats?
If your dog has a gluten allergy then you can swap the wholewheat flour for a number of substitutes including:
- oat flour
- brown rich flour (use this as 50:50 with another flour in this list)
- garbanzo bean flour
- potato starch
- tapioca flour
- whole grain sorghum flour
- fava bean flour
- coconut flour
You will need to modify the recipe slightly to allow for the different consistencies of the alternative flours, but providing you get a slightly sticky dough that you can roll into balls, they will all work well.
Can you use all purpose flour in peanut butter dog treat recipes?
All-purpose flour can be used for making peanut butter treats, however if your dog has a gluten allergy then you might like to use an alternative as listed above.
How long will mini christmas pudding dog treats keep?
Seal them in an airtight container in the fridge and they will keep for up to two months.
Is peanut butter safe for dogs?
Peanut butter is safe for dogs if it is xylitol free so check the labels. Too much peanut butter can cause diarrhoea.
What can I use instead of peanut butter?
You can swap out the peanut butter for sweet potato or canned pumpkin puree instead if your dog is not a peanut butter fan in this christmas pudding for dogs recipe
Should I use smooth or crunchy peanut butter?
Both types are suitable for this recipe. Personally I prefer to use the crunchy peanut butter as it gives the treats a nice texture. The important thing is to make sure it is xylitol free.
How to make Dog Christmas Pudding treats at home
I made these treats with dog-friendly peanut butter which you can buy on Amazon here. You need to gather your ingredients and tools and a timer ( you can use you phone) and you’re ready to bake!
The dough has a thick texture that can be a little sticky, but that’s okay, it means you’re making it right. If your dough is very wet, just add some more flour.
This recipe is meant to be a special treat for your dog and should not take the place of their regular food. Treats should not account for more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories. To adjust the treat quantity and size, simply change the amounts in the recipe in proportion to suit your size of your dog. Before adding new foods to your dogs’ diet, contact your veterinarian for advice.
Mini Christmas Puddings for dogsYum
- 60 g Peanut Butter Xylitol Free
- 7 tbsp Wholewheat Flour or swap for gluten free substitute as listed above
- 1 whole Egg
- 1 pot Natural Yoghurt
- 1 handful Dried Cranberries
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees
- In a small saucepan, gently warm the peanut butter until it softens.60 g Peanut Butter
- Remove from the heat and stir in the flour until it is all combined.7 tbsp Wholewheat Flour
- Add the egg and combine everything together into a dough.1 whole Egg
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into balls using your hands and arrange them on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Once don, remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire tray
- To serve, spoon over some yoghurt and sprinkle the cranberries as decoration1 pot Natural Yoghurt1 handful Dried Cranberries
- Don’t forget to show me a pic of what you made! Upload an image or tag me @recipetsblog on Instagram!
- Opt for natural peanut butter and check the ingredients for xylitol which is toxic to dogs.