Carrot and Banana Dog Cupcake Recipe

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

Cupcakes are awesome! They are cute little cakes that are just the right size. And there’s no reason why our dogs can’t enjoy a pupcake when the occasion calls for one. That’s why I’m sharing this Carrot and Banana Dog Cupcake Recipe. There’s some carrot and banana – healthy fruits and veggies that are good for our dogs. And a little something sweet – that would be the honey and apple sauce. And you don’t need a special occasion to make these pupcakes. We think that any day of the week calls for cupcakes!

Why Carrot?

Aside from the fact that everyone loves carrot cake (or at least, they should!), carrots are great for dogs.

Carrots are great for lots of reasons. When you’ve got teething puppies (or just dogs who have plaque buildup), frozen carrots are an incredible way to soothe them. As your dog chews on the frozen carrot, they’ll be scraping away at the plaque buildup on their teeth and massaging their gums to stimulate gum health. Remember though, that dogs don’t metabolize the nutrients of raw carrots, so if your dog ends up eating any raw carrot, it’ll look pretty much the same way going out as it did going in. That’s why cooked carrots are often included in doggie dinners.

Not to mention, carrots are low in calories but great for helping fill their tummies. It’s a healthy way to included a little something-something without the extra calories that go with. Because they’re high in soluble fiber, they’re great to help keep your dog’s colon moving well, and adding some fiber to bulk up his stool. You don’t want to give tons at first, but carrots in foods can ward off runny stools.

And of course, carrots are rich in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene. Beta-Carotene is a carotenoid and an antioxidant. It’s the precursor to Vitamin A. And those are great for eyesight. Your parents weren’t just telling you that to get you to eat your carrots. Vitamin A also supports your dog’s growth and health maintenance by keeping his immune system thriving and his coat and skin nice and healthy.

Why Banana?

Aside from the fact that it’s nummy for dogs, bananas (in moderation) are great additions to treats. They’re rich in potassium and Vitamin B6. These help your dog’s blood flow well and lower blood pressure means a healthier heart.

Bananas can help strengthen your dog’s muscles because they’re full of magnesium and potassium. This maintains muscles and allows your doggie to continue to be strong. Potassium helps your dog keep calcium in his bones too.

And much like in humans, the B6 in bananas can keep your dog’s mind quick as B6 promotes cognitive function and capacity. Plus, bananas contain Vitamin C so that keeps them healthy and able to ward off illness.

All of that plays into how bananas improve digestive health, and good health starts in the gut. So essentially, these cupcakes are not just treats…they’re health foods.

Okay, okay, don’t quote us on that, BUT…your dog will love them, and they’re certainly healthier treats as cupcakes go.

Carrot and Banana Dog Cupcake Recipe

Makes 24 cupcakes


2 cups water

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 carrots, grated

1 egg

2 tablespoons honey

2 ripe bananas, mashed

4 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoons cinnamon

Icing Ingredients

¾ cup cream cheese

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons honey

Cupcake Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together water, carrots, apple sauce, egg, and honey. Once mixed together, add the mashed bananas.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  4. Combine dry and wet mixture and mix thoroughly.
  5. Spoon into cupcake tins (lined with cupcake papers) about ¾ full. Handy tip: Spray inside the paper liner with a bit on non-stick spray (Pam) or lightly coat with butter. Otherwise the cupcake will stick to the liner. I learned this the hard way.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Cool cupcakes on rack before frosting.
  8. Frost pupcakes, if desired.

Icing Directions

  1. Beat cream cheese, peanut butter and honey until smooth.
  2. When cupcakes are cooled, ice with mixture.

This is my first time making this dog cupcake recipe and I think they turned out pretty good! Oscar thought so too and he ate his up quickly. How did they turn out for you? Let me know in the comment section below.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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