Sabina and her dogs

This treat comes from Sabina Louise Pierce, co-author and photographer behind The Culinary Canine. “Since it’s just me and my two Fox Terriers, Maddie and Izzie, I bake a batch of mini muffins for them and muffin tops for me,” she says. “I love when I can make food that we can all share — and so do they.”

Sometimes Louise Pierce doubles the recipe, so she can also treat her rescue horse, Toby. “She really likes them, and they are good for her, too,” the photographer says. “You can substitute cinnamon for the cardamom, but we like the taste of cardamom because it’s a little different.”

Apple-Cardamom Oatmeal Muffins


1½ cups organic whole-wheat flour
½ cup rolled oats
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup sugar (do not substitute artificial sweeteners, especially those containing xylitol)
Cardamom to taste
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk or water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½-2 cups chopped organic apples (make sure there are no apple seeds, stems or leaves included)

1. Preheat oven to 400° and grease a muffin pan.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, sugar, cardamom, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, stir together the milk/water, eggs, oil and vanilla until blended. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, stirring just to combine. Then stir in the apple.

3. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups and bake 15-20 minutes.

4. Allow muffins to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan to continue cooling. (Muffins can be frozen.)

Note: Keep in mind that if you feed your pet anything that strays from his regular diet — especially in large quantities — it may cause gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea. If your pet has a pre-existing medical condition or if he’s on a hypoallergenic diet, you should not feed him any treats or new foods until you have discussed it with your veterinarian.