Makes 12 muffins
While few dogs will eat a fresh cranberry, many eat foods with cranberries in them eagerly, as cooking the berries makes them sweeter with other ingredients.
For a canine Christmas celebration, these festive-looking muffins are excellent.
Ingredients For Christmas Cranberry Corn Muffins:
1⁄2 cup ground high-quality dry dog food kibble
1 7-ounce package Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1⁄2 cup milk
1 large egg
How to make Christmas Cranberry Corn Muffins:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Put the dog food kibble in a food processor or blender and grind to a coarse flour.Measure 1⁄2 cup after grinding.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the ground dog food kibble and the Jiffy Corn Muffin mix.
4. Puree the fresh or frozen cranberries, along with the milk and egg, in a blender or food processor.
5. Add the pureed cranberry mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix well.
6. Grease or line muffin cups with paper (not foil) baking cups. Pour the batter into the cups, filling each 1⁄2 to 2⁄3 full.
7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.
Nutritional Notes: Cranberries
Cranberries alone can be tart, but they are very enticing to even the pickiest canine palate when combined with other foods and baked.
These berries, native to North America, are naturally fat-free and full of minerals and trace elements.
Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, but their most significant health advantage is that they help the health of the bladder and urinary tract (for both humans and dogs).
Substances in cranberries inhibit the adhesion of bacteria to the walls of the bladder and urinary tract, thus avoiding complications in those regions.
1 cup of cranberries contains:
• 46 calories
• less than 1 gram protein
• 0 grams fat
• 12 grams carbohydrates
• 1 mg sodium
• 7 mg calcium
• 5 mg magnesium
• 13 mg vitamin C
• and other essential minerals