Quick and Simple Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats
When the summer heat hits, your pup probably jumps in the nearest pool and slurps down anything resembling water to stay cool. But – if you found your dog licking up ice cream, you probably wouldn’t have the same, adorable reaction.
As tempting as it is to let your dog take a lick of your refreshing vanilla cone, it would be tough for him to digest. The good news? Your dog can still enjoy frozen treats that contain no added sugar. Best of all, you can make these treats at home quickly and affordably. Plus, when you make your own dog treats, your dog won’t be exposed to the additives and fillers that are in standard dog treats. But, he’ll still experience great joy when he munches on those cold, satisfying dog treats.
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How To Make Homemade Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats
What You’ll Need:
- 1 ½ soft banana
- ¾ cup of peanut butter (look for a brand that contains no added salt or sugar)
- 3/4 cup of water
- Olive oil spray
- High-speed blender – (Vitamix blender, available on Amazon, works well for this)
- Silicone dog treat molds (available on Amazon)
- Airtight container for storage
The recipe should yield 12 to 15 treats, depending on the size of the molds you use.
- Combine the first three ingredients in the blender. Blend the ingredients together until completely smooth and easy to scoop out. If the mixture is too thick or difficult to blend, add a little more water.
- Lightly spray the silicone dog treat mold with olive oil spray. Then, slowly pour the blended mixture into the available slots in the mold.
- Place the silicone mold on a firm, flat surface in the freezer and leave it for 1.5 hours.
- After 1.5 hours, check the consistency. If it is not completely firm, they may need an additional 20 to 30 minutes in the freezer.
- Once the treats are frozen and firm, lightly bend or twist the silicone mold to allow the treats to pop out. Put a few aside for your pups to enjoy right away. Then, place the rest in the airtight plastic container and place them back in the freezer for storage. They’ll come in handy as the temperature climbs!
What are the Health Benefits of Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats?
Let’s look at how the ingredients in these healthy, frozen yogurt dog treats will nourish your pup.
Both main ingredients – peanut butter and bananas – are safe for dogs to enjoy in moderation. While peanut butter is a good source of vitamin B and vitamin E, bananas are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, and healthy carbohydrates for energy.
However, you shouldn’t give your dog large quantities of peanut butter as it’s high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be sure to read the label before buying a jar of peanut butter. Some manufacturers add a sweetener called xylitol. Although xylitol is safe for humans, it can be deadly to dogs.
And when you’re finished with this recipe – remember to discard the peels in a place your dogs can’t get access to, especially if you have dogs that like to check out the contents of the trash can!
Additional Tips & Considerations
When you’re whipping up these homemade dog treats, be sure to follow the instructions and only blend the proper amount of ingredients into the mix. Serving your dog an excess of any of these ingredients can be potentially harmful. But, in moderation, they’re a great way to spice up your dog’s regular diet. Here’s to hoping your favorite canine will enjoy these special dog treats made just for him! Don’t be surprised if he begs for more.
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