Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Homemade Dog Treat: Pawcakes

Trigger Warning:
Did someone say breakfast?

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There's nothing better than waking up in the morning with a nice short stack of pancakes.  I can guarantee that the same thing goes double for your pups.  Just imagine sitting down to eat those fluffy pancakes...and having to endure the pleading stares of your dogs as they watch your feast.  Hell I feel guilty just thinking about it.  Well worry not, dear reader, because this week's homemade dog treat is all about giving your dogs the breakfast treat they crave.  Alleviating that guilty feeling is also a big plus.

Pawcakes


What You'll Need1 cup pancake mix
1/2 pound ground beef (or turkey)
3/4 cup of water
1 medium pan
1 food processor or blender (optional)

Step 1: Brown the ground beef in your pan over medium heat.
Step 2: Drain and remove the ground beef from your pan.  I also like to grab some paper towels and press the beef to further drain it.  I don't like working with greasy meat.  Take that as you want.
Step 3 (optional): Place the meat in your food processor or blender and chop it as fine as you want.  I like my meat small and manageable (you know what I mean, you sickos).  It makes the batter easier to work with.  If you want big chunks of meat you can skip this step.
Step 4: Place your meat and pancake mix into a bowl.  Mix it up like a sorority sister at a frat party
Step 5: Add in your 3/4 cup of water.  Mix until you've got a batter-like consistency.  You can add more water if you want.  You'll end up with a runnier mixture, but you'll get more pawcakes out of it.
Step 6: Fire up your pan over medium heat.  Place a spoonful of batter in the pan.  Cook until it stops bubbling and is golden brown (about 2 minutes or so) on one side.  Flip the pawcake and cook the other side until golden brown (about another 2 minutes).  I have one of those fancy pancake-making machines that makes this step really easy for me.  Just 1 minute, and then flip.  The one I have is called a Pancake Factory.  They don't make it anymore, but the Babycakes Flip-Over Pancake Maker Orange is very similar.  Looks cooler, too.
Step 7: Remove your pawcakes...excuse me, your DOG'S pawcakes...from heat.  Allow them to cool.  Serve them to your appreciative doggies.
Troy and Enrique waiting patiently for the word to enjoy their pawcakes
I've made this homemade dog treat recipe several times for my boys.  I love it for two reasons.  First of all, the amount that you can get out of this homemade dog treat recipe really varies.  It all depends on how much water you add.  Less water gets you a thicker batter, and meatier pawcakes, but you get fewer of them.  More water gives you a runnier batter, but more pawcakes.  You can make a little or a lot with this homemade dog treat recipe.  It's all up to you.

The second thing I love about this homemade dog treat is how flexible it is.  I've used ground beef, ground turkey, and bacon.  I've even gotten crazy and added dried cranberries before.  This is one of those homemade dog treats that as simple or as crazy as you want it to be.  Just be sure to be careful of whatever ingredients you choose to add.  There are some things out there that can be downright deadly for your pups.  The ASPCA has a pretty good run down of some things you'll want your dog to avoid.

You can use whatever pancake mix you want for this homemade dog treat recipe.  I used the Market Pantry Buttermilk Pancake Mix from Target.  Really, though it doesn't matter as long as you find a mix that you and your pups like.  If you're worried about the ingredients in the store-bought mixes, though, you could always make your own.  Allrecipes has a pretty basic mix that's fairly quick and easy.  Just cut out the sugar if you're worried about your dogs eating healthy.  Throw in some meat and some dried fruit and your pups will love it.

I'll update this post with a shopping list when I can.  It's been a crazy week and I haven't had the chance to get to the store yet!

Let me know what you think in the comments, below.  Be sure to share pics of your pups enjoying this homemade dog treat.  Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook as well.

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