Cool Treats for Hot Dogs!

 Popsicles for puppers? Kind of!

 

The other day, it was so hot that I needed not one, but two popsicles. Part of the reason for two was that I knew I would have to share one with Ella. Wearing that fur coat all summer can't be too comfortable on the warmest days. Sharing the popsicles, and we all know how healthy the regular ones are, got me to thinking about making a frozen treat just for Ella  that would be better for her.

A quick Google search turned up lots of variations which either ended up in ice cube holders or in cute molds with some kind of edible stick. I don't know about you, but I don't have any cute doggy-bone shaped molds around the house, so I opted to check out the ice cube versions. One thing I wasn't too keen on was that most called for adding water. Being afraid that might make the cubes too hard and possibly cause a choke, I decided to freestyle a less ice-solid recipe with ingredients that I had on hand.  

The search revealed some soft bananas, squishy raspberries, peanut butter ( I use the type that is just peanuts and nothing else, but I think regular peanut butter would be fine) and vanilla yogurt.

 


 

Not being sure if raspberries were OK for dogs to eat, I did a quick check and, according to the American Kennel Club, they are fine. (Grapes/raisins, onions and tomatoes are not!)

So, without actually measuring, I combined two bananas, about 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3/4 cup(ish) of the yogurt and about 1/3 cup of raspberries in the blender and gave it a good mix  until it looked like thick soup.  

Then, I filled up the little rectangles in an ice cube tray.

 

I had about half a cup left over. At the back of my mind, I was still a bit worried about how hard they would turn out, so I lined a little pan with parchment paper and poured in the leftover bit to freeze more flat than cubed. I figured I could cut or break it into small pieces if the cubes were too solid. (This might be a good option for smaller dogs or dogs that inhale their food without chewing!)

 

Two hours later:

 

The consistency was fine. Have you ever had a fudge stick? The ones that are all chocolate and kind of soft but frozen? That is how these turned out. Ella loved them!!!!

Yes, I admit that I tried one to see how it was.  No worries that I will eat them on her! For my people critters, I will stick with making our honey infused smoothies:) Ella, happily, gave them a big paws up and asked for more!

 


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