5 Healthiest Grain-Free Dog Cakes Recipes for Sensitive Tummies

If your dog is unable to digest grain, then non-grain dog cakes are a good alternative for your dog’s sensitive stomach. Signs your dog may be allergic to grains include skin irritation, gastrointestinal issues, chronic ear infections, obsessive licking, and chewing of feet.

dog cakes for sensitive tummies

Instead of using whole grain flours such as whole wheat, soy, oats, sorghum, or barley in your dog cake recipes, you can use the following non-grain flours:

  • Almond flour 
  • Chickpea or garbanzo bean flour 
  • Coconut flour 
  • Potato flour 
  • Lentil flour 
  • Arrowroot flour 
  • Amaranth flour 
  • Tapioca flour
  • Buckwheat flour

Moreover, mineral, vitamin, and fiber deficiency can make your dog’s stomach sensitive. Therefore, you can boost your dog’s nutrient intake by mixing your preferred non-grain flour with dog-safe fruits and vegetables like:

  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Pumpkin
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Zucchini 
  • Pears 
  • Potatoes
  • Peas

It’s important to avoid fruits with high levels of fructose, such as dates, as high levels of fructose in a dog’s gut can worsen a sensitive stomach and increase risk of diarrhea.

For frosting, use nutrient-rich ingredients such as:

  • Applesauce
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Bananas 
  • Sweet potato puree 
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Low sugar yogurt 
  • Coconut oil 
  • Mashed potatoes

The Dog Bakery has compiled a list of grain-free dog cake recipes to ensure you're feeding your pooch a healthy, nutritious, and stomach-friendly cake.

The table below highlights the benefits of the various nutrients in the grain-free dog cake recipes we’ve discussed.

Nutrient Function Daily Recommended Allowance
Vitamin A
  • Vision
  • Growth
  • Immune function
379 µg
Vitamin B6
  • Glucose generation
  • Nervous system function
  • Immune response
  • Red blood cell function
0.4 mg
Vitamin E
  • Defense against oxidative damage
8 mg
Vitamin K
  • Bone protein
0.41 mg
Potassium
  • Promotes electrical charges in the heart, muscles, and nerves
1 g
Niacin
  • Enzyme function
4 mg
Magnesium
  • Production of energy and protein
  • Strong bones
  • normal nerve and muscle function
  • Immune health
  • Steady heartbeat
  • Regulating blood glucose levels
150 mg
Iron
  • Energy metabolism
  • Synthesis of blood
7.5 mg
Zinc
  • Wound healing
  • Skin function
  • Metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates
15 mg
Copper
  • Connective tissue formation
  • Iron metabolism
  • Melanin pigment formation
  • Defense against oxidative damage
  • Blood cell formation
1.5 mg
Phosphorus
  • Skeletal structure
  • Energy metabolism
  • locomotion
0.75 g
Fats
  • Keeps skin and coat healthy
  • Energy
  • Cell structure and function
21 g—puppies
14 g—adult dogs

Daily recommended nutrient allowance served in grain-free cakes for an adult dog weighing 33lb.
μg=micrograms, mg=milligrams, and g=grams

Pumpkin Pudding Grain-Free Dog Cake 

pumpkin pudding grain-free dog cake
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Pumpkins are a good addition to your grain-free dog cake. Pumpkins are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals such as potassium, iron, and vitamins A, E, and C.

Pumpkins can soothe and regulate your pup's digestive system, including helping your dog get rid of excess water in the digestive tract. Moreover, the fiber in pumpkins helps relieve diarrhea and constipation. Pumpkin’s fiber content is enough to meet your dog’s daily fiber requirements. 

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups almond flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups pure pumpkin pureé
  • 1 teaspoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup honey (you can combine local honey with manuka honey)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF
  2. Lightly oil your cake pan
  3. Mix all the ingredients and use a spoon to pour the mixture into your cake pan
  4. Bake for 1¼ hours, or until a toothpick comes out clean

The Dog Bakery Option—Grain-Free Circle Cakes

We have several grain-free circle cakes, including:

  • Tan/Peanut 
  • Brown/Carob
  • Pink/Coconut 
  • White/Coconut

One 5” circle shaped cake can feed 3 to 6 small dogs, depending on their appetite and size.

The Dog Bakery grain-free circle cakes
Circle Cakes

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Grain-Free Dog Cake With Yogurt

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If your fido loves peanut butter, he will undoubtedly flip for this peanut butter cake. According to the American Kennel Clubs, peanut butter is rich in niacin, healthy fats, protein, and vitamins B6 and E.

It’s best to use sugar-free or unsalted peanut butter. High levels of sodium can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and muscle tremors. In addition, avoid using peanut butter with xylitol as it can lead to a decrease in blood sugar levels.

Yogurt contains probiotics, which can be beneficial to your dog’s digestive tract. Avoid using yogurt that has high sugar content, added sweeteners, or flavoring. Too much sugar can upset the stomach and cause gut bacterial imbalance.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Frosting:

  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • Mini dog biscuits (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉
  2. Mix the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, eggs, and honey. Stir in flour and baking powder
  3. Grease the baking pan with coconut oil and fill it with butter
  4. Bake for 20–30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  5. Mix peanut butter and yogurt
  6. Wait for the cake to cool
  7. Frost and decorate with dog biscuits

The Dog Bakery Option—Grain-Free Heart Cakes

Our heart cakes are the perfect way to show your furry best friend how much you love them. These 6” grain-free heart cakes can feed 6 to 9 dogs.

The Dog Bakery grain-free heart cakes
Heart Cakes

Apple and Banana Grain-Free Dog Cake 

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According to the American Kennel Clubs, bananas contain fiber, which eases gastrointestinal issues. Bananas also contain vitamin C, B, potassium, and magnesium, which promote bone growth and vitamin absorption.

Apples are rich in vitamin A, C, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Pectin, a soluble fiber found in apples, is effective in improving digestion, removing toxins, and strengthening gastrointestinal tract muscles. 

However, avoid using too many apples, as that can cause stomach aches or diarrhea. 

Ingredients:

  • 200 g rice flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 cups shredded apple
  • Coconut or olive oil 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉
  2. Mix the shredded apple, mashed banana, and applesauce 
  3. Stir them into the flour and water
  4. Grease the pan with coconut oil
  5. Bake the cake until it turns golden brown, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  6. Mix mashed bananas and flour until you get a frosting-like consistency

The Dog Bakery Option—Grain-Free Barkin Brownie

Your pup will love our scrumptious barkin brownie cake, which contains buckwheat flour, carob, and hand-drizzled yogurt. 

The Dog Bakery barkin brownie grain-free cake
Grain Free Barkin Brownie

Coconut Grain-Free Dog Cake With Berries 

coconut grain-free dog cake with berries
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This cake contains strawberries and blueberries. Blueberries are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamin C, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Besides aiding in digestion, blueberries reduce the effects of brain aging in senior dogs and improve overall nutrition. 

Strawberries are also rich in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. They improve a dog's immunity, digestion, and weight management. Strawberries also slow down aging.

Moreover, coconut flour promotes a healthy digestive system with its high fiber content. Coconut flour can also reduce inflammation and boost metabolism. Coconut oil also nourishes a dog's skin and coat. 

Ingredients:

  • 1½  cups coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup of fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup finely grated coconut 

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of plain yogurt
  • Strawberries and blueberries (topping)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (optional)
  • Natural food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉
  2. Mix honey, melted coconut oil, and eggs. Stir in flour. If it’s too dry, add a tablespoon. of melted coconut oil. Fold in blueberries.
  3. Grease your 4-inch springform pan with coconut oil. 
  4. Fill with batter and bake for 20–30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let the cake cool.
  6. Frost the cake with a mixture of yogurt, honey, and food coloring. Top it with berries.

The Dog Bakery Option—Bone-Shaped Grain-Free Dog Cake

Your pooch is sure to love our bone-shaped cake. You can select your pooch’s favorite flavor from our selection of bone cakes, which include:

  • Tan/Peanut 
  • Pink/Coconut
  • Brown/Carob
  • White/Coconut

The Dog Bakery grain-free bone cakes
Bone Cakes

Zucchini Grain-Free Dog Cake 

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Zucchini is rich in dietary fiber, and minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus, which can boost your dog’s overall health. It’s also rich in vitamins A, B6, K, and C. Vitamin C is a rich source of antioxidants that can protect your pooch from cancer and chronic heart problems.

Additionally, the soluble fiber in zucchini feeds the good bacteria in your pup’s gut which protect it from gastro-intestinal tract issues like IBS, colitis, and leaky gut. The insoluble fiber in zucchini can also prevent constipation by adding bulk to your pup’s stool and helping food move through the gut more easily.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼  cup tapioca flour
  • 1 ¼  cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup of finely chopped fresh zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½  tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup onion-free chicken stock (or water)
  • 1 tbsp. feta cheese crumbles (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. sundried tomato (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF
  2. Mix the zucchini, herbs, and zucchini and stir in chicken stock or water
  3. Add a little flour at a time until you form a batter similar to pancake batter
  4. Mix with feta cheese or sundried tomato pieces (optional)
  5. Pour it into your mini muffin cups, ramekins, or baking pan
  6. Bake for 20–30 minutes, or until the center is firm 

The Dog Bakery Option—Grain-Free Pawcakes 

You can also consider getting your pooch grain-free pawcakes, which contain buckwheat, carob, and white coconut.

The Dog Bakery grain-free pawcakes
Pawcakes - Grain Free

No Time to Bake Your Dog a Grain-Free Cake? Order a Custom Dog Cake From Us

If you don’t have time to bake your pup a grain-free cake, The Dog Bakery is your go-to bakery. Our talented team will make you a custom wheat-free or grain-free dog cake from scratch and decorate it to perfection. You’ll be able to choose the shape, color, and include a personal message on the cake.

We offer easy online ordering and convenient in-store pick-up. Visit our website for more information on our grain-free cake recipes and frosting options.

“Our pup loved the cake! Stayed fresh for 2 weeks in the fridge so she could enjoy it for dessert several nights after her birthday as well.”Jordan W.

Rocky Kanaka

Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!

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Lorna Paxton Ladd is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast of The Dog Bakery. She loves spoiling her 3 rescue dogs with dog cakes and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.