Don't forget your dog on pancake day!
Don't leave us out , we love pancakes too!
Our Dogs love being involved with family events especially when there is food involved, they get super excited about the fact we're flipping pancakes and trying to get higher and higher or trying to actually flip the pancake from the pan onto a plate. They've always got that 'ever hopeful' look on their faces that maybe....just maybe, one won't make it and will land on the floor for them to devour before there's a chance to be told 'no'!
I feel for them, I really do. I remember one year being on a diet as we were going away for the Easter holidays, the smell of them cooking was soooo good and the honey and sugar (yes I let my children have both!!) as it melted on the top of the warm pancakes was enough to make me fold and dive right in! With a dogs nose having 25 times more smell receptors boosting their smelling ability by 100,000 times that of a human I can understand why they hover so eagerly!
This year I decided to make some pancakes especially for them. I found this recipe by The Good Kitchen which happens to have two of my dogs favourite ingredients in it. Peanut butter and strawberries and they're Gluten free too which is super important in our house!
These Buckwheat Dog Pancakes with Peanut Butter Drizzle are sure to get your pet’s tail wagging and lips smacking! Serve these Buckwheat Dog Pancakes with fresh strawberries for an extra treat and Gluten free for pets with wheat intolerances.
We’re pretty happy when it comes to feeding our dogs human food. We tend to forget she’s a dog sometimes because she’s a huge part of our family. But in the kitchen, I have to keep in mind that she’s a different species with a different digestive track and food intolerance, neither Delta or Kona are good with wheat!
This dog pancake recipe is grain free so it's suitable for pets with wheat intolerance but is good for any dog even if they're not intolerant to anything. Our dogs can’t verbally tell us when they're feeling unwell, so we stick to giving them human food slowly and carefully to make sure they can handle it. I’ve taken care in picking the ingredients for these Buckwheat Dog Pancakes to minimize any food intolerances dogs may have.
Ingredients used are:
Buckwheat Flour – This dog pancake is made with buckwheat flour, which is gluten-free, to accommodate dogs that may have wheat intolerances.
Polenta – Polenta is another grain-free alternative to keep these dog pancakes gluten-free.
Buttermilk – Although Buttermilk isn’t completely free of lactose, it has less lactose than regular milk, to accommodate for dogs that may be slightly lactose intolerant.
Natural Peanut Butter – Make sure to use all-natural peanut butter that has no salt or sugar added.
Egg – Eggs are a great source of digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium for dogs. Be aware that some dogs can be allergic to eggs.
Strawberries – Fresh chopped strawberries and a peanut butter drizzle on the pancakes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 pancakes
Calories 134 kcal
For the pancakes
1 medium egg
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter (unsalted) - room temperature
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
2 tablespoons quick-cook polenta
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2-3 tablespoons water - as needed
oil - for cooking, as needed
For the peanut butter drizzle
2 tablespoons peanut butter - room temperature
1 tablespoon warm water
strawberries - washed, hulled and chopped
To make the pancakes
In a medium bowl, beat the egg. Mix in the buttermilk and peanut butter. Mix in the buckwheat flour, polenta and baking powder. The batter should be thick, but be able to drizzle off a spoon very slowly. Add water by the tablespoon, if needed (the consistency of your batter will depend on your brand of buttermilk and peanut butter). Let sit for 10 minutes.
Heat a pan to medium heat. Add a bit of oil to the pan if needed to prevent the pancakes from sticking. Drop the pancake batter on the griddle. If using a dog bone cookie cutter, quickly use a spoon to spread the batter out into a rectangular shape that will fit your dog bone cookie cutter if using one. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the underside is golden brown. Flip and cook for an additional minute, until both sides are golden brown.
Cut each pancake with a dog bone cookie cutter for a quirky alternative. Not that mine are bothered, they just scoff them down!!
To make the peanut butter drizzle
Mix 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with 1 tablespoon of water. Depending on your brand of peanut butter, you may need to slightly adjust the amount of water to get a runny consistency.
Top pancakes with peanut butter drizzle and fresh strawberries or blueberries
Please remember if you have any dietary concerns please consult with your vet BEFORE making these pancakes. Remember to let them cool before serving, they'll be eagerly eaten and we don't want any burnt mouths!!
While our amazing doggies devour their delicious treats I thought I'd let you know why we celebrate pancake day in the first place.
Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the feast day immediately before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of the 40 days of Lent that lead up to Easter.
Lent is traditionally a time to give things up, and on Shrove Tuesday, Christians went to confession and were 'shriven' (absolved of their sins), which is where the name 'Shrove' Tuesday comes from.
But as well as a day of penitence, it's a day of celebration and the last day people could gorge on unhealthy fatty foods before the fasting of Lent began.
While Christians had to give up certain foods for Lent, they couldn’t just throw them away. As a result a feast was held on the shriving Tuesday so good Christians could eat up all the foods that wouldn't last the 40 days of Lent without going off.
Pancakes became associated with the day as making them could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.
Pancake ingredients are also said to represent the four pillars of the Christian faith - eggs for creation, flour as the mainstay of the human diet, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.
Fascinating stuff huh?!
Enjoy celebrating and eating pancakes with your dogs!!