Happy Valentine’s Day: Bronuts Edition

Ever since I bought the original doggie donut for Emmett back in the day, I’ve been trying to figure out how to reproduce the results. Donut in shape but granola in texture, crunchy, dog-friendly perfection. I’ve done zucchini donuts and banana donuts and granola bars, but this latest incarnation is my closest yet to perfection.

Here’s how:
I started with a recipe I found online here, and made just a few modifications:

Cupid’s Bronuts

-(based on Coconut Granola Bars for Dogs by Lisa Fortunato)

Step one: Assemble the ingredients.


  • 2 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c flaked coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp flaxseeds
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 c agave syrup
  • 1 c Fido’s Frosting or greek yogurt (optional)

The shorter the list, the better, I say.

Step 2: Mix the oats, coconut, flaxseed, and cinnamon in a bowl. Watch for spectators.

Step 3: Combine peanut butter and agave syrup in a small cup and mix up with a fork (I use Pam in my cups before putting in sticky stuff, and it helps quite a bit.)

Step 4: Stir the peanut butter/agave mix into the dry ingredients. You can use a mixer if you want, or you can be lazy like me and just stir it with a fork. That works just fine.

Your helpers may begin the cleanup process at this point.

Step 5: Press your mixture into a well-greased (or Pam’ed) donut pan. This recipe made exactly enough to fill my 6 donut pan.

Step 7: Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before trying to get them out.

These are peanut-buttery perfection as is, with a minimum of ingredients: no wheat, no gluten. If you stop at this step, they are also shareable with the humans.

The Fido’s Frosting is a yogurt based, sugar free royal icing substitute for dogs. I of course tasted it. I do not recommend it for people. It is totally unsweetened and tastes kind of like, um, paste.

However, the dogs don’t mind. Poured on top of donuts, it performs the requisite transformation into a true Bronut. Air dry, sprinkle on some coconut or sprinkles or chopped up beef jerky, and you have one lovely dog treat on hand for your furry Valentine.

One always runs the risk of not having said treats on hand for the actual holiday, however, if one leaves them unattended on the counter for an hour or so. In that case one might be deprived of getting to photograph the actual eating of said treat, but given the fact that not a single oat remains as evidence, one can assume they were in fact well-received.

I would have LOVED to get a picture of one of these on your nose, Brody. Good thing it’s a holiday of love.

Besides, there’s always St. Patrick’s Day.

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  • Susan

    Well Done and *beautifully* photographed!
    Happy Valentine’s Day from all creatures. :)

    • Lisa W

      +1! Happy V-Day from Sophie and Oscar!

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Thank you, and same to you!

  • http://conorbella.wordpress.com Tiffany @ Conor & Bella

    My pups would love these. I think I’m gonna make these this week!

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      I’d love if you did!!

  • Tonya

    Okay, this looks like a recipe I could totally do at home! Clyde, I think you are going to be one lucky dog! ;) I am not a chef and am easily frightened by recipes that include too many ingredients or exotic ingredients. My favorite part of the recipe is step 2 (watch for spectators)! Too cute.

    Thanks for sharing, and here’s wishing a happy hearts day to the Dr. V family.

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      This was as easy at it comes. I know Clyde will love them!

  • http://furrydancecats.blogspot.com Teri and the cats of Furrydance

    Scrumptious! We just sent this on to a few doggie friends!

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Oh yay! I hope they like them!

  • Diane N

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Brody and Koa. The look in your eyes just melted my heart, even though I know you were looking at your future bronuts.

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Koa: I love you so much
      Brody: You gonna drop some oats or what?

  • http://www.biscuitsbylambchop.com Annette Frey

    Beautiful! Pretty funny about the counter surfing but definitely not a big surprise. Brody has skills! I wonder if he shared with Koa?
    Did the icing come in red? Can’t find the ingredients on their website.

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      I ordered two colors- what they sent was bags of the white with individual bottles of powdered food coloring to add in (standard human food coloring from what I could tell.)

  • http://greeneggsandhamlet.wordpress.com Shelley @ Green Eggs and Hamlet

    I made a batch of human sugar cookies last night so now I’ll have to make these for Hamlet. They look awesome, you could be a pro dog baker.

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Do make them! I’d love to see them!

  • TaxiLab

    “Watch for spectators” – LOVE it! hee hee! I will have to make these for my pack and let you know how they turn out. Thanks Dr. V :)

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Please do, I would love that!

  • KT

    If you could have seen how fast I clicked and saved this post under my Favorites list….what a great idea! Happy Post-Valentine’s Day (AKA: 1/2 price chocolate day!)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/top-best-dog-beds Kaz

    Those looks so nice to eat! Damn if only I was a dog!

    I guess I have to make these for my pet Staffy…though he probably eat it in one gulp !!! I gonna get my self a batch of Donuts for myself or I get my husband to buy it on the way home.

    Great website

    Kaz