Dog-Friendly Banana, Blueberry, and Coconut Dog Birthday Cake
Dexter’s 8th Dog Birthday Cake Recipe
For Dexter The Dog’s eighth birthday, I decided to make him a healthy homemade dog birthday cake. I know, it’s no big surprise, but I really do try to look for the best ingredients when I make healthy dog treats and snacks for him. I was completely tickled when I ran across organic banana flour in my local store. I’d never heard of banana flour, so I thought it might be a good dog-friendly option for Dexter’s dog cake.
First, Dexter loves bananas and they are extremely healthy and safe for dogs. Unfortunately for Dexter, though, banana flour does not taste like bananas after baking. Second, by using organic banana flour, I would be avoiding wheat flour. I did do a little research on the health benefits of banana flour before starting, since this was going to be a new flour for me.
Banana flour is made from unripe green bananas before the sugar content has fully developed. That’s always a plus when making healthy treats and cakes for dogs. The green bananas are dried and ground into a flour before packaging.
Banana flour is high in starch and you will find that most recipes use about 30% less flour than if the recipe called for wheat flour. This is also good, because flour tends to be high in calories. As a bonus, banana flour is about 400 calories per cup, whereas wheat flour is around 455 calories per cup. So, less flour AND fewer calories per cup. One more bonus: banana flour is gluten-free.
I was excited to give this gluten-free flour a try for Dexter’s birthday cake. I hope your dog enjoys this cake recipe as much as Dexter did!