With Pancake Day coming up, we plan to have a pancake feast at our house. YUM!
So I’ve put together this dog-friendly pancake recipe so your dogs can join in on the fun and deliciousness too!
In this blog, I’ll share my recipe for banana buckwheat doggy pancakes that are gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free; plus, I’ll share some ideas for dog-friendly toppings to go along with them.
Can dogs eat pancakes?
I wouldn’t recommend plain pancakes for dogs made using recipes that are for people.
Whilst plain pancakes, typically made with flour, milk and eggs, are unlikely to cause any harm to your dog unless they have a specific medical condition or an allergy or intolerance to any of the ingredients, they are certainly not the best choice for your dog.
Dogs can, however, have pancakes made using a dog-friendly pancake recipe as long as it’s only a treat and in moderation. Check out my recipe for dog pancakes below.
How to make pancakes for dogs
I’m a little lazy when making doggy pancakes, so I prefer to bake them instead of frying them as you would with traditional pancakes.
Oven baking means you can cook all the pancakes at once rather than individually, saving you time; plus, it’s healthier for the dogs than frying. It’s a win-win!
This dog-friendly pancake recipe makes 5-6 pancakes. Let’s get started!
- 80g buckwheat flour
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 large egg, yolk and white separated
Before starting, preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C (fan) / gas mark 4 / 350°F, and gather your ingredients.
Step 1: Add the mashed bananas and egg yolk to a mixing bowl and combine.
Step 2: Add the buckwheat flour to the banana/egg yolk mixture, combine to form your pancake batter and set aside.
Step 3: Place the egg white in a separate mixing bowl and whisk to stiff peaks (I used an electric whisk for this) - whisking the egg white incorporates air into it, so when it’s added to the pancake batter, it will help create lighter, fluffier pancakes since we aren’t using any chemical leaving agents in this recipe.
Step 4: Gently fold the whisked egg white into the pancake batter.
Step 5: Line a baking sheet with baking paper or a silicone baking mat. Using a 1/4 cup, make 5-6 pancake batter mounds on the lined baking sheet, ensuring they are slightly apart and not touching. Use the back of a spoon to flatten the pancakes to roughly 10cm in diameter and 0.5cm thick.
Step 6: Place the pancakes in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the centres are firm. When done, remove them from the oven and cool them on a cooling rack before removing them from the baking paper or silicone baking mat. Store them in an air-tight container in the fridge or freeze them for longer storage.
- This recipe makes 5-6 standard-size pancakes; I recommend breaking these up into smaller pieces when feeding them to your dog so as not to feed too much.
- These doggy pancakes can be made smaller; however, you’ll need to adjust the baking time accordingly to account for this.
- I do not recommend scaling this recipe up as it contains whisked egg white, so you don’t want to leave the pancake batter sitting around waiting to bake as the egg white will separate and begin to collapse, meaning you will not be able to achieve light, fluffy pancakes.
Dog-friendly pancake toppings
There are a variety of healthy and dog-safe ingredients you can use as dog-friendly pancake toppings. Remember, moderation is key. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Banana slices
- Apple puree (unsweetened)
- Berries (blueberries, strawberries or raspberries)
- Peanut butter
- Plain yoghurt
- Carob drizzle - carob powder mixed with plain yoghurt and a little water to thin.
- Carob dusting - add carob powder to a sieve and lightly dust over the pancakes.
Please ensure that if you’re using plain yoghurt or peanut butter, choose a dog-friendly variety that does not contain anything such as xylitol (which is toxic to dogs), sugar, sweeteners, preservatives or flavours.