Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Bandit!!!

Happy 4th Birthday to my little booger! My fiance and I officially adopted Bandit on this day 3 years ago! We celebrate this day as his birthday+adopt to our family! When we adopted him, the Vet estimated by his health that he was about 1 years old, and now 3 years later I can't believe he's already 4 yrs. old. He's our son, and of course we spoil him. I really love him, he's such an amazing best friend!
 For his birthday I decided to make him cupcakes. I found a great recipe on Pinterest, and went from there. 
Bandit has a sensitive stomach (most small dogs have sensitive stomachs), and I made sure to research each element in this recipe before I made the cupcakes. I wanted to make sure nothing would upset my boogers stomach. These cupcakes haven't (so far) upset Bandits stomach, so they should be safe. I tried them the cupcake before I gave it to Bandit, and I'm fine...the cupcakes were actually good :D
Here's the recipe:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (you can leave this out if your dog has a sensitive stomach)
  • 1/3 cup honey (optional, but this is a sweetener in place of sugar.  Dogs should  NOT have sugar)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Icing:
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (more or less depending on desired consistency)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare a 6-cup muffin pan with muffin cup liners.  Combine egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey in a large bowl, mixing well.  Stir in carrots and mix thoroughly.  Whisk flour and baking soda together in a separate bowl.  Fold flour mixture into carrot mixture.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan.  Bake for 30-35 min. or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Icing: Mash banana and combine with peanut butter.  Mix well, then spread on cooled cupcakes.
I got this recipe from My Boulangerie. Thanks Jillian for the great recipe.
I did tweak the recipe, just a little. Instead of using the full teaspoon of vanilla, I used half a teaspoon. The peanut butter I used was Jif-all natural, and the Honey was organic. For the icing, I used 2 tablespoons peanut butter instead of 1/3 cup. 
I hope you enjoy the rest of the pictures from my little Bandit's 4th birthday! 
  I did get him some birthday gifts! I know! I know! He wouldn't know the difference if I bought him something or not, but I really love making him feel special! So I got him a new blue and green collar, 2 squeaky toys, poop bags...lol, and a new brush. I really wanted to buy him a new blanket, but I knew my fiance would call me out, because he already has 3 different blankets. His breed loves blankets! He uses all 3 of them...lol. I refrained from buying him the soft blanket and stuck with the toys :) He loves his gifts, so that's all that matters.  

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