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The Great British Bark Off

For a few of us in the office, our guilty TV pleasure is ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and the silver fox that is Paul Hollywood.

To coincide with this year’s final, we wanted to host a bark off and encourage the Buddies team to try their hand at homemade dog treats.

We challenged a few members of the team to come up with a delicious recipe and create an aesthetically pleasing dog treat for office dogs Rudi and Buddy to judge.

Find out who won as we separate the soggy bottoms from the dogs b…iscuits.


Lorraine –

I decided to go with a ‘Peanut butter & Banana cupcake’ recipe she found on fabulous ‘TheHappyFoodie.com’.


1 egg

2 tbsp honey

1 mashed ripe banana

80g smooth peanut butter

40g wholemeal flour

45g rolled oats

1/2 tsp  baking powder

70ml water


Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Line a mini cupcake/ muffin tin with paper cases.

Put the egg, honey and mashed banana into a bowl and stir to combine. Add the peanut butter and beat together to form a smooth paste. Add the flour, oats and baking powder and stir to form a dough-like consistency. Add the water and mix until well combined.

Let this mixture sit for 15 minutes. Stir a few times, then spoon it into the paper cases, filling each about two-thirds full.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown or an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.


Colette –

As the shops are filled with pumpkins at the moment, I decided to go with a pumpkin cake recipe I found on ‘MyModernCookery.com’.


½ cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 egg

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp peanut butter

½ cup pumpkin puree

½ cup shredded carrot

¼ cup greek yogurt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl until well incorporated.

Poor mixture into a small cake tin.

Bake for 35-40 minutes until firm.

Place all of the ingredients for the frosting in a bowl and mix well.

Rudi loves dog friendly chocolate drops, so I decided to melt these with some milk to create a frosting. I then sprinkled small dog treats on top.


Emma –

Buddies Pet Insurance - Great British Bark Off - Homemade Dog BiscuitsI love cinnamon buns, so when I found a dog friendly recipe for these on ‘Babble.com’, I just had to give it a go.


2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup water or milk

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1 large egg

2 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream cheese drizzle (optional):

1/4 cup light cream cheese

1-2 Tbsp. milk or water


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl stir together water, oil and egg. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until you have a soft dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough into a rectangle that measures roughly 8×14-inch. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Starting from a long edge, roll up and pinch the edge to seal. Using a sharp serrated knife, slice half an inch thick and place slices cut side down on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until springy to the touch. Wait until they have cooled completely before you drizzle them with cream cheese.


Michelle –

I decided to keep it simple and chose a Martha Stewart recipe for cheesy apple biscuits.


2 cups barley flour

1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal

1/3 cup shredded cheddar

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and about 3 tablespoons of water to form a dough. Roll out mixture to 1/4-inch thick; and cut out biscuits. Re-roll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.

Space biscuits 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.

Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. Turn off oven and place biscuits on a wire rack in the oven overnight. Remove from oven and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Now for the taste test!

We placed a sample of each on a plate in the office and left it up to office dogs Rudi and Buddy to choose their favourite.

All of the baked treats went down well with Rudi and Buddy, however they both gobbled up the cinnamon buns in record time.

Have ever made any homemade dog treats?

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