Your furry friend will love these homemade blueberry dog muffins! They are filled with fresh fruit – fresh blueberries, bananas, applesauce, and oats.
They aren’t just healthy – these dog muffins are a great DIY treat for special days. They look good enough for humans to want to sneak a bite!
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The Best Things About Muffins for Dogs
Forget about trips to the pet store or trying to find a dog-friendly baker. You can make dog-friendly muffins in your kitchen.
When you give your dog a muffin, you can share a special bonding time with them. Did you know these are healthy for your pet too!
This blueberry muffin recipe is made with natural ingredients – fresh blueberries, banana, eggs, and oats – all of which are fantastic for your pet’s health.
Because these muffins are sweetened with banana and applesauce, they are a low-sugar muffin and a healthy snack for dogs. Using fresh fruit, especially berries, is a healthier way to make tasty treats for dogs.
Homemade blueberry muffins ensure there are no artificial sweeteners in them. It’s important because one sweetener, xylitol, is highly toxic to dogs.
These are a healthier option than dog cupcakes, but your pet won’t be able to tell a difference!
Benefits of Blueberries for Dogs
There’s a lot of nutritional goodness in blueberries for dogs! There are many health benefits for dogs.
- Blueberries contain essential vitamins including vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin K. The nutrients support a dog’s immune system and overall dog’s health.
- Blueberries are filled with disease-fighting antioxidants that help fight free radicals. The antioxidants also help with brain aging and are great for older dogs.
- Blueberries include minerals – calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, and zinc.
- Blueberries are terrific for gut health and can improve the gut microbiome.
- The fiber in blueberries can help a dog’s digestive system.
- The natural sugar in blueberries is better than processed sugar.
Benefits of Bananas for Dogs
Bananas are another ingredient in this doggie muffins recipe. They are really high in potassium, which fortifies their muscles and is fantastic for their heart health and preventing heart disease.
They also make these taste sweet without increasing the calorie amounts too much. Plus, they have plenty of fiber in them too.
Benefits of Oats for Dogs
Oatmeal is the other main component that makes up the muffin ingredients. It is one of the healthiest ingredients to use in dog muffins.
This is a healthy alternative for dogs that are allergic to wheat flour or gluten (common dog allergies). It’s gluten-free and won’t negatively impact your dog’s glucose levels too much.
Blueberry Dog Muffin Recipe Ingredients
The entire list of ingredients, step-by-step directions, and nutritional information are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. First, I want to share some additional information about the simple ingredients I used in this recipe for dog muffins.
Here’s a list of what you need. If you want to make organic muffins you must use organic ingredients.
- Oatmeal – Becomes the flour in these muffins.
- Baking Soda – This gives the muffins a light texture. Without it, they will be very dense.
- Blueberries – Use fresh, frozen, or wild blueberries.
- Banana – Since you will be mixing it into the batter, make sure the banana is very ripe.
- Applesauce – Adds moisture and a little sweetness to the muffins.
- Coconut Oil – A little bit of this oil gives the muffins some healthy fats. You can use avocado or olive oil instead if you don’t have coconut oil.
- Eggs – Any sized egg will work perfectly in this recipe.
When you make this easy dog treats recipe, here are a few notes to keep in mind.
You can use brown rice instead of oatmeal. It also turns into flour when processed in a high-powered blender or food processor.
You can use oat flour if you do not have a blender or food processor to grind the oats into flour. Use 3 3/4 cups of oat flour.
You can make these blueberry muffins with regular flour like all-purpose flour. If you want to use whole wheat flour, you will need to reduce the amount to 3 1/4 cups of flour or less and possibly need to add more applesauce or water if the batter is too dry.
You probably have most of the kitchen items you need to make muffins. But just in case, here’s a list of them:
- Blender or Food Processor to turn the oatmeal into oat flour. Or just use oat flour but it’s more expensive than making it yourself.
- Measuring Cups – for measuring.
- Mixing Bowl – to mix the batter in.
- Mixing Spoon – for stirring. You don’t need a hand or stand mixer.
- Muffin Tins – to bake the muffins (use a regular-sized or mini muffin tin)
- Wire Cooling Rack – for cooling the muffins.
How to Make Blueberry Muffins for Dogs
These are the recipe steps and photos of the process of making the muffins. I hope they help you make this healthy dog muffin recipe!
You can scroll down to the bottom of this article for a printable recipe card.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the muffin pan.
- Place the oats in a blender or food processor and blend until it has a flour consistency.
- Combine the oat flour and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Add the applesauce, mashed banana, coconut oil, and eggs.
- Stir until the batter is thoroughly combined.
- Spoon the batter into the greased muffin tin cups, only filling the cups halfway.
- Place raw blueberries on top of the batter.
- Fill the cups with batter and place blueberries on top.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes for regular-sized muffins or 15 to 20 minutes for mini muffins.
- Transfer the baked muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.
Placing the blueberries as a layer in the middle and on top of the batter prevents the blueberries from turning the batter blue (or purple). Stirring the blueberries into this thick batter would smush them and the juice would mix into the batter.
How many homemade muffins should you give your dog at once? A single blueberry muffin is plenty for an average dog – but how much is really based on your specific dog or breed of pup.
Large dogs can have a whole one but smaller dogs should only get part of one. These dog muffins are big, so be mindful of how much you give to your dog.
There is the option to make mini muffins using a mini muffin pan. These little ones are better suited for smaller dogs.
Dogs shouldn’t overeat. They should not consume too many carbs or calories. It is important to keep dogs at a healthy weight. A special treat like these dog safe muffins should only happen every so often, maybe a couple of times a week.
How to Store Dog Muffins
Baked muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh this way for about a week.
You can freeze them for up to 4 months.
Can humans eat these dog muffins?
Oh yes, they sure can! All the ingredients in these muffins for dogs are safe for human consumption. But people probably won’t like them because they are not sweet. I suggest making some regular blueberry muffins for people.
Dog Birthday Muffins
These blueberry muffins would be great to give to your dog for a birthday breakfast treat. You can make them for a dog birthday party too. Set up a treat table with them and some pupcakes.
Any time your pet is begging for human food, give them a healthy treat that won’t give them an upset stomach or any other health issues. When you give your dog blueberry muffins, you are giving them a nutrient-rich food that is good for your dog’s healthy diet.
Remember to mark them as being for dogs! Or you may find your human party guests thinking the muffins are for them.
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Great Dog Treat Recipes
Want to make more homemade dog treats? Check out these easy dog treat recipes:
- Apple Dog Donuts
- Banana Dog Treats
- Chicken Sweet Potato Dog Treats
- Dog Birthday Cake
- Homemade Dog Ice Cream
- Peanut Butter Dog Donuts
- Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
Want to get some store-bought treats instead of making doggy muffins? Check out my favorite dog treats on Amazon.
I hope your dog enjoys the muffins! Give belly rubs from me.
Blueberry Dog Muffins
- 4 cups Uncooked Old Fashioned Oats or Brown Rice
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1 Mashed Banana
- 4 tablespoons Coconut Oil melted
- 1 cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a muffin pan, either 12-cup regular or 24-cup mini. For both sizes, 6 regular cups and 12 mini cups.
- Pulse the oats or brown rice in the blender or food processor until it has a flour consistency.
- Place the flour and baking soda in a bowl and stir or whisk to combine.
- Add the eggs, applesauce, banana, and coconut oil.
- Stir to combine the dry and wet ingredients well.
- Place the batter into the greased muffin pan filling each one halfway.
- Press 3 to 4 blueberries into the batter for regular-sized muffins or 2 blueberries into the mini muffins.
- Add another layer of batter on top of the blueberries.
- Press more blueberries into the top of the batter.
- Bake regular-sized muffins for 20 to 25 minutes and mini-sized muffins for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove the muffins from the pan and cool them to room temperature.