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Today is our little 10-pound pup Bentley’s fourth birthday! Man, they grow up so fast. *tear* I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by; it feels like yesterday he was just a puppy.
We adopted Bentley when he was just 8 weeks old. Colin and I fell in love with him as soon as we saw him! He was so playful and cute (he is still adorable, but he’s become more grumpy…he’s like a teenager even though he looks like an old man).
As I’ve recovered from Anamia (my eating disorder) I have found myself appreciating him and our other pup, Sophie, more and more. They are amazing dogs. Each one of them has a completely different personality, it’s incredible! Sophie loves to give kisses. Colin and I will stick our tongues out at her and pretend like we are going to lick her and she will try so hard to lick us (however, we are not huge fans of dog tongue in our mouths); it’s almost like a game for her. Bentley rarely gives kisses, and when he does, we call them “Bentley kisses” and praise him to the high heavens! Only a select few are lucky enough to receive a Bentley kiss. Sophie loves to play fetch, and she is really good at it. Bentley hasn’t quite picked up on the concept. When we start playing with Sophie, Bentley emerges from his hiding place and lays in your lap while pawing at your hands until he has your full attention (such an attention hog! Poor Sophie.). Sophie gets so excited over everything; it must be exhausting. I wish I had her energy! Bentley likes to cuddle and he is way more laid back (which is why we, including Sophie, like to pick on him). The only time he gets really excited is when there are people around. He’s like a completely different dog at that moment. However, he does like to randomly run (and I mean run) around the apartment in circles for about 2 minutes at a time. Then he grabs his little toy fox and lays down with his back legs stretched out and the fox in between his front paws with his mouth glued to it. We like to pick on him while he does this; but he doesn’t budge. You can rub his back, tickle his ears, mess with his tail. He doesn’t move. Only his eyes will follow you. It’s hilarious! I have no idea why he does this (my guess is it might have something to do with the fact that we don’t let him hump the fox so this is his way of rebelling).
For his birthday I decided to make cupcakes that everyone could share! They are perfect for dogs and humans alike. No processed sugars. No ingredients that will make anyone sick. Healthy, good ingredients.
And they turned out pretty good! Colin wasn’t a huge fan but I liked them. They aren’t very sweet; they remind me of banana muffins. The dogs loved them! No surprise there though. Bentley and Sophie would have eaten them all if I had let them. They each got two. Yup, too spoiled, I know.
2 cups of water
2 ripe bananas
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbs agave nectar
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup carob powder
(for cinnamon frosting)-
3 oz. vegan cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp agave nectar
1. Preheat your oven to 350. Prepare a mini muffin pan with muffin/cupcake liners. Grease the liners for easier cupcake removal.
2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer mix together all the wet ingredients. Slowly add the flour, baking powder, and carob powder while mixing. Mix together until thoroughly combined.
3. Fill the cupcake liners to the top. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes.
4. Meanwhile whisk together the icing ingredients and place in the fridge until the cupcakes are done baking and cooled.
5. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool for a few minutes before removing the cupcakes and placing them on a cooling rack.
6. When fully cooled, ice and enjoy with your special pup(s)!
**Leftover ideas: So 48+ cupcakes is A LOT of cupcakes. What I did was throw some into a Super Green Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothie (recipe to come) and it made the texture more cakey and thick…and DELICIOUS! I am freezing the rest of them to use in smoothies. You could also crumble them over oatmeal or overnight oats. The icing would go well over cinnamon rolls, pancakes or French toast. Just add a little bit of almond milk and maybe a tad bit of powdered sugar.
So patient as they wait for the cupcakes to finish.