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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Donuts for Dogs

Donuts for dogs? You bet! Your dog is in for a real treat because I have developed a special donut recipe that will not only have your canine companion licking his (or her!) chops, but will help to fight inflammation at the same time. These are obviously not your “run of the mill” donuts. These are donuts with health benefits! My Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Donuts for Dogs contain the superfoods turmeric and coconut oil and are free from any gluten, refined sugar and cow’s milk dairy. Let’s just call them a “doggy donut delight”!

turmeric donuts for dogs

Here are some of the benefits of these Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Donuts for Dogs:
  • Turmeric: Turmeric is a true superfood because it contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Curcumin has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for ages. It is gaining popularity and is widely studied in medicine for its anti-cancer, antioxidant, antineoplastic and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin actually works similarly to NSAIDs because it also inhibits the inflammatory mediators from creating more of them without damaging the gastrointestinal area. Curcumin may in fact help heal or prevent inflammatory conditions in the gut. See my article Benefits of Curcumin for Pets for more information.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a plant-based saturated fat that is made up of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), also called Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs), which are more rapidly and easily digested, absorbed and utilized, producing a very different effect on the body than the more common Long-Chain Fatty Acids (LCFAs). Coconut oil provides excellent brain food for older dogs, helps fight fat in overweight animals and provides readily accessible energy for ill dogs. Lauric acid, the primary fatty acid in coconut oil, has been shown to destroy lipid-coated viruses, including herpes, HIV and influenza. See my article on the Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs for more information and how to purchase coconut oil.
  • Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are a fantastic source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid for dogs. Flaxseeds replace eggs in this recipe because many dogs have a food intolerance to eggs. If your dog does not have problems with eggs, feel free to substitute one whole egg for the flax egg in the recipe.

turmeric donuts for dogs

Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Donuts for Dogs


For the Donuts

  • 1 cup of gluten-free oat flour (or other gluten-free flour)
  • ½ cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp. flax meal + 2.5 Tbsp. water) or 1 whole chicken egg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (preferably Ceylon cinnamon)
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. water

For the Frosting:

  • 2 Tbsp. goat’s milk
  • 2 Tbsp. pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • Sprinkle of turmeric
  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and greasing a donut pan with coconut oil.
  2. Prepare the flax egg by adding the flaxseeds and water to a bowl. Stir and allow the mixture to sit out for about 5 minutes.
  3. Next, add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the donut pans filling them up about halfway.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. While the donuts are baking, prepare the frosting by whisking together the goats milk and pumpkin.
  7. Once the donuts are cool, remove them from the pan and top with the frosting and an extra sprinkle of turmeric if desired.
  8. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.

These Anti-Inflammatory Donuts for Dogs are perfect for fighting off inflammation and you don’t have to feel guilty about giving them to your dog! Try making these donuts so your pet can be a part of Sunday brunch or your weekly breakfast routine. They will absolutely love you for it.

As always, I hope that this recipe for Anti-Inflammatory Donuts for Dogs adds to you and your dog’s enjoyment. And, if you do make it, please let me know how they came out in the comments section below this post!

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  1. I am wondering if a mix of everything except the flour and baking soda served uncooked in a kong, for instance, would be just as effective if not less calorific. Any idea?