How to make a dog-friendly Ocado pancake – get the recipe

If you’re thinking of involving your dog in pancake day, you might not realize that traditional recipes might upset his stomach.

A dog is seen by many as just another member of the family, but it’s important to remember that they need a different diet than humans and that some ingredients in pancakes can cause stomach issues or even health issues like diabetes.

Not wanting puppies to miss out, Ocado teamed up with a pet nutrition expert to create a recipe that’s safe for dogs, even those with particularly sensitive tummies.

Stephen Ward is the founder of Heights Farm Premium Pet Foods, an independent manufacturer of high quality pet foods designed for pets with allergies and intolerances. Stephen is passionate about pet nutrition.

He said: ‘Traditional human pancakes filled with syrup would not be suitable for dogs as they contain salts, sugars and carbohydrates.

“A dog cannot break down fats and carbohydrates like a human does. If eaten regularly, the result would usually be rapid weight gain which, of course, can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes.

“Also, more immediate problems can be seen in dogs with allergies, intolerances and particularly sensitive stomachs.”

When is pancake day 2022

This year, Pancake Day falls on March 1. Otherwise known as Mardi Gras, it is the day before the start of the Lenten fast practiced by Christians in the run-up to the Easter festival.

Pancakes are supposed to consume things like eggs, milk, and sugar before the fast begins.

Pancake recipe suitable for dogs

Stephen has crafted a recipe especially for dogs to enjoy this pancake day, replacing common allergens like wheat flour and cow’s milk with dog-friendly alternatives.

The recipe can be found on the Ocado website, where you can also purchase the necessary ingredients.


  • 50 g gluten-free brown rice flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ banana, sliced, optional for garnish
  • 1 apple, sliced, optional for garnish
  • 1 carrot, sliced, optional for garnish
  • 1 cucumber, sliced, optional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons mashed pumpkin, optional for garnish
  • 175g chicken breast, sliced, optional for garnish
  • 175g beef, diced, optional for garnish
  • 175 g turkey breast, diced, optional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened xylitol-free peanut butter, optional for garnish

Step 1

Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the egg and 100ml lukewarm water before whisking until the ingredients are well combined.

2nd step

Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat then add a ladle of pancake batter to the pan.

Step 3

Cook the pancakes for 30 seconds on each side before removing them from the heat and letting them cool completely. Add your dog’s favorite toppings and serve.

Tips for a Healthy Pancake Day With Your Dog

If you’re going to be celebrating Pancake Day with your dog, Stephen has three more tips to make sure you put your dog’s health first:

  1. As always, make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh, clean drinking water.
  2. Adjust your dog’s daily foods to account for the extra calorie intake.
  3. As with all treats, remember to serve these pancakes in moderation.

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