Blueberry Pup-Muffins

Our dogs deserve the best, so make them some homemade treats. These blueberry pup-muffins are quick and easy to make and store really well too, making them a perfect snack for your furry companion.

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If you’re someone who thrives on being appreciated as a cook, you should be making treats for dogs! I’ve had few human guests who are more excited about being fed and spoiled than my two dogs. No friend that I’ve ever invited over will sit on command, roll over, play dead and catch anything I toss to them in the air. Dogs, on the other hand? Make these blueberry pup-muffins and you’ll have a trickster ready to do whatever you say. You get my point. 

Ingredients on a counter next to a hand mixer and a mini muffin tray.

Safe Ingredients for dog treats

The most important thing to pay attention to when you are making homemade dog treats, is to make sure all the ingredients are safe for your dog. All the ingredients in these blueberry pup-muffins are safe for dogs in general, but you know your dog best and your dog might have specific allergies. Always test a food out on your dog in a small quantity before letting them eat a lot of it. Here is a list of common ingredients and whether they are safe for dogs or not.

In this recipe, you’ll find eggs (super nutritious and good protein), whole wheat flour (fiber ), blueberries (full of antioxidants), applesauce (minerals, vitamins and more fiber) and oats (even more fiber). That’s it!

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Blueberry pup-muffin dough in a bowl with a bowl of egg whites next to it.

Can dogs eat blueberries?

The answer is “yes”! Blueberries are full of vitamin C and antioxidants, making them nutritious for humans as well as for dogs. (That does not mean you will want to eat these!) They are a good source of fiber and they are also low in sugar too. I will warn you, however, that blueberries do stain so if your dog is a slow and deliberate eater who takes little bites of snacks or plays around with half-eaten snacks, don’t let him do that on your white couch! 

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A bowl of blueberry pup-muffin batter next to a bowl of beaten egg whites with a hand mixer.

How to make muffins for dogs

There is a big difference between muffins for humans and muffins for dogs (trust me!). Human muffins rise and are light and fluffy because they have baking soda, baking powder or both (to learn the difference, click here). These chemical learners can, however, be toxic to some dogs if eaten raw and in large quantities. So, in dog muffins where we don’t really need them, I use beaten egg whites to add a little rise to the finished good. Egg whites don’t cause the muffins to rise very high, however, so these are dense little treats. I think that’s more suitable for dogs anyway. 

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A bowl of blueberry pup-muffin batter with egg whites being folded in.

Folding in the Egg Whites

You should know that this batter is thick and dense. When you go to fold in the egg whites, it will take a little time to get them incorporated. You don’t have to be as gentle here as you would if you were making a soufflé. Just keep working them into the other ingredients until you see no traces of white left. (The photo above is partway through the process.)

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A hand scooping muffin batter into a mini muffin pan with a bowl of batter near by.

Homemade Mini Dog Treats

This recipe calls for a mini muffin pan. These are dog treats, not dog meals. If you have a 24-cup mini muffin pan you’ll fill it once. If, like me, you have a 12-cup mini muffin pan, just bake off two batches. Scoop even portions of the batter into the greased muffin cups and flatten them ever so lightly. Then, bake for 25 minutes at 350ºF. 

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A mini muffin pan with blueberry pup-muffins on a cooling rack with a blue towel.

How to store homemade dog treats

These blueberry pup-muffins will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for a week. You can also store them in the refrigerator for 3 weeks and they freeze very well too. Keeping a bag in the freezer is a great idea for an occasional special treat. These treats are 42 calories each, so they should be an occasional indulgence to keep your dog’s lean physique.

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Two dogs at a table looking at pup-muffins on the table.

How to serve blueberry pup-muffins

Really? Well, since you asked, pup-muffins should be served simply on a small white plate. A little eau minérale natural non gazeuse would be a lovely accompaniment in a small shallow bowl. 😉

Blueberry Pup-Muffins

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 25 m
  • Total Time: 35 m
  • Servings:
    24
    muffins

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs separated
  • ½ cup unsweetened natural applesauce no sugar added
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with a little olive oil.
  2. Combine the rolled oats and whole wheat flour in a large bowl. Stir in the egg yolks, applesauce and water. The mixture will be thick. Gently stir in the blueberries. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks using an electric hand mixer and then fold the egg whites into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared mini muffin pan.
  3. Bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes, until batter has set and is lightly browned.
  4. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let the pup-muffins cool completely before treating your pup.
  5. Store in airtight container for 1 week or up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. (Muffins can also be frozen.)
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Comments (4)Post a Reply

  1. Hi Meredith, I’m kind confused now. I was reading your recipe description and you mentioned that you used beaten egg whites to help the muffins to rise because baking powder can be toxic for dogs but in your air fried puppy poppers recipe you used baking powder. Is baking powder safe for dogs or not?

    1. Hi Adriana,
      Baking powder and soda can be harmful if eaten in large quantities and is neutralized when baked. The circumstances for a dog eating large quantities of raw soda is rare, but I try to use egg whites instead when I can. These muffins were one of those times – this recipe doesn’t need to rise in order to be successful. Hope that helps clear it up. If you’d like more info, see this link: https://www.cuteness.com/article/should-dog-eats-baking-soda
      ML

  2. Can I use any other flour? I don’t use wheat flour. I have GF flour along with almond, coconut, chick pea, corn??

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