Frozen Goodies

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Bonbons

These treats are a delicious way for your pup to cool down in the hot summer months. They are a little time consuming to make, but watching my dogs eyes light up with excitement, and seeing how much they enjoyed eating these goodies made it worth it! 

The key to these treats the layering and freezing. I used a silicone cake pop mold. (bonbon shape for bite-sized treats), but you can use any ice cube tray or mold shape tray you may have. 

Tools: 

  • silicone cake pop mold (bonbon shape)
  • blender 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 banana, halved and sliced

Instructions:

  • blend 1/2 banana with yogurt until it reaches a smoothie like consistency
  • using a spoon, fill the bottom of the molds with the banana/yogurt mixture, leaving enough room to build up 2 more layers
  • level yogurt in the mold tray, then place in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes allowing to set before moving on to the next step
  • while that first layer is freezing, heat up peanut butter in microwave for about 15 seconds to a liquid-like consistency that’s easy to pour
  • spoon a layer of peanut butter over the first layer of chilled yogurt, then return mold back to freezer about another 10 minutes
  • once the second layer is set, spoon final layer of banana/yogurt mixture over peanut butter layer
  • finish by pressing a slice of banana on top
  • return to freezer, for at least 4 hours

These treats can be stored in a resealable freezer bag for up to 2 weeks (if they last that long).

By the way, these frozen bites are actual great as “human treats” too! 😜 They really are yummy! 
Source:

http://www.17apart.com/2014/08/dog-treat-recipe-peanut-butter-banana.html?m=1

Red, White, & Blue Frozen Treats

If your pup is like any of my fur babies, they are craving some red, white, and blue fun for the Independence Day celebration. I made some frozen dog treats for my pups so they can celebrate the 4th of July too, and I want to share this simple recipe with you. 

Blueberries and strawberries are good for your dog, full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. Strawberries even contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth. 

Tools: 

  • star silicone mold or any other shape you may have 
  • blender 

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. plain low fat yogurt
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • Blueberries, 1 per star

Instructions:

  • place yogurt and strawberries in blender until pureed 
  • pour berry yogurt mixture into mold 
  • add a blueberry to each mold 
  • place in freezer until solid 

These treats are dog gone easy 😜 and your pup will love them! 

 Coconut Oil & Blueberry Frozen Treats

These treats are a nutritious and delicious way for your pup to cool off in the summer. I’m sure your fur-baby will love this frozen snack as much as mine do! 

Ingredients: 

  • small silicone mold tray (they come in many shapes, hearts, stars, paw prints, etc; I used heart shaped molds) 
  • 1/2 cup unrefined extra virgin coconut oil 
  • frozen blueberries 

Instructions:

  • place a frozen blueberry or 2 (depending on size of your mold shape) into each mold of the tray
  • heat coconut oil on stove top or in microwave until it liquifies
  • allow the coconut oil to cool a bit and pour into molds 
  • carefully put mold tray into your refrigerator to solidify 
  • when the treats solidify, pop them out of the mold tray
  • store them in a bag in your freezer 

You can give them to your dog just as a frozen treat or in addition to their food. 

Homemade Frosty Paws Treat

Even if your dog is outside briefly in the summer they can get hot and a frosty treat may be just what they need to cool down. 

My recipe is quick and easy and you don’t need to buy any special baking supplies or tools to make it. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter *
  • 1 over ripe banana or 4oz container of banana baby food
  • paper cups
  • large ziplock bag or icing bag with tip (optional)

* make sure whatever brand peanut butter you purchase does not have xylitol as an ingredient, it is VERY toxic to your dog!

Note: If you are don’t have the banana or the baby food you can make this treat with just the yogurt and the peanut butter.
Instructions:

  • mix all the ingredients together
  • scoop yogurt mixture directly into paper cups or into bag and squeeze into cups
  • freeze until solid

When you are ready to serve the frozen treat just peel away the paper and let your furry friend enjoy in their bowl or even outside as it can get messy 😉

Another option is to fill an ice cube or silicone tray if you have them, and just pop them out when frozen. Either way this is a simple, easy, and very enjoyable treat for your dog!

Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats

The easiest way to give your dog coconut oil to eat is to either add it to their food, or if you cook and bake homemade food and treats use it in the recipes.


Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/8 cups unrefined extra vigin olive oil melted (1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup brewers yeast
  • 2 small paw print silicone pans
  • 1 plastic condiment bottle with tip

Instructions:

  • Combine melted coconut oil and brewers yeast together in a blender. Blend for about 10 seconds until smooth.
  • Transfer blended mixture into a plastic bottle with tip, such as a condiment bottle, and use to fill the 2 paw print silicone pans.
  • Freeze until set solid, remove from pans and store in refrigerator or freezer.

Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Treats

These dog treats are frozen instead of baked. They are the perfect goodie to make during the hot summer months. You don’t have to turn on your oven and heat up the house, and your pup gets a tasty treat that cools him/her down.

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz plain low fat yogurt 
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 large banana sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Instructions:

  • place all ingredients into a food processor or blender
  • blend until creamy
  • fill a silicone mold or an ice cube tray
  • freeze for at least 2 hours 

Once frozen pop out of molds and serve to your pup. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Recipe adapted from:

http://cookingwithjanica.com/yogurt-peanut-butter-banana-dog-treats-recipe/

Frosty Bones

These treats take just minutes to throw together with only three ingredients: coconut oil, a banana, and ground ginger. A frozen treat that has health benefits for your pup and can cool them down on a hot summer day. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup melted unrefined extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 

Instructions:

  • measure a 1/2 cup of coconut oil and then melt it in your microwave until it’s in liquid form
  • mash your banana
  • mix together the banana and coconut oil, until well combined (a thin pudding like consistency) 
  • add 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger to and stir
  • fill each bone (or whatever shape mold you are using) to the top 
  • freeze until set

Store in airtight container in your freezer. 

Recipe adapted from: 

http://www.prouddogmom.com/banana-coconut-frosty-bones/ 

Frozen Kong Recipes 

Dogs love to chew, and a treat filled frozen Kong will keep your pup busy, mentally stimulated and happy! Kong toys are perfect for freezing because it makes a long lasting snack. The 3 recipes below are healthy, dog friendly and sure to please your pooch! 

All you need to do is mix the ingredients together, fill the Kong toy with the mixture and freeze. 

Blueberry Yogurt 

  • 1 cup of plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1 handful of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Cookie Crunch

  • 1 cup of plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1 cup of plain lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1 handful of your dog’s favorite cookies

Coconut and Banana

  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 tablespoons of unrefined extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup of plain lowfat yogurt 

Recipes adapted from: 

http://www.k9instinct.com/blog/frozen-kong-dog-treat-recipes

Frosty Breath Mints

I love offering my pups frozen treats in the summer months, these treats even help with stinky dog breath! The coconut oil has antibacterial properties, the yogurt is the probiotic, and the herbs work to freshen breath! 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unrefined extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup warm chicken broth (no onion)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mint
  • 1/2 cup parsley

Instructions:

  • liquify the coconut oil
  • combine the coconut oil and chicken broth in a blender
  • add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
  • add the mixture to each of your molds
  • freeze for at least 6 hours, or until solid

Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Recipe adapted from: 

http://munchkinsandmilitary.com

Brain Boosters: Frozen Dog Treats

I saw this “Brain Boosters” recipe by Planet Paws and immediately knew I wanted to make it for my pups. The main ingredient is coconut oil and I am obsessed with the benefits coconut oil has for my pups. You can read all about these benefits in detail on my post entitled “Coconut Oil: A Superfood For Your Dog”.  

Ingredients:

  • any shape silicone mold tray you have
  • unrefined extra virgin coconut oil
  • almond butter
  • blueberries 

Instructions:

  • melt a few teaspoons of the coconut oil
  • coat the bottom of each silicone mold 
  • add a small amount of almond butter to each mold
  • add a bluberry or 2 to each mold (depending on the size of your molds)
  • fill the remainder of each mold with more coconut oil 
  • freeze for approximately 20 min or until set
  • store in airtight container in freezer