4 Tasty Frozen Dog Treat Recipes
Summer has officially arrived in Chicago, and for the next few months we’re going to be spending a lot more time outside with our dogs. Whether your ideal destination is the beach, the lakefront trail, the dog park or your own backyard, there are endless possibilities for soaking up the sun with your four-legged friend in tow. To maximize your time outdoors, and to do so as safely as possible, it’s super important to keep your dog cool and hydrated. Luckily, there are a number of tasty frozen dog treats you can whip up and stash in the freezer to pull out on the steamiest days of summer. Here are a few of our favorites we guarantee your dog will give two paws up.
Strawberry Coconut Butter Dog Ice Cream
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Ingredients: 32 oz. tub plain yogurt ½ cup pure coconut butter 1 cup fresh strawberries
Directions: 1. Add yogurt, strawberries, and coconut butter to a blender, and blend until smooth. 2. Pour mixture into a freezer-safe container. To make individual portions, pour into ice cube trays or small food-safe containers. 3. Cover and freeze for several hours or up to a day before serving. 4. Once frozen, scoop single servings into your dog’s bowl. Store leftovers in the freezer.
Recipe via dog-milk.com
Protein-Packed Frozen Dog Treats
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Ingredients: 2 cups cooked meat/poultry/fish 3/4 cup plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt Small handful of parsley, finely chopped 1 carrot, cooked and mashed 3 tbsp olive oil
Directions: Stir all the ingredients together, and freeze in ice cube trays. For small dogs, you can pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe little droplets onto a parchment-lined baking sheet before freezing.
Recipe via offbeathome.com
Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Pops
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Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened Half a ripe banana, mashed Mini dog biscuits Water as needed
Directions: 1. In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. 2. Line an ice cube tray with wax paper. 3. Spoon the mixture into the cubes. 4. Stick mini dog biscuits in each. 5. Freeze for several hours or overnight
Recipe via humanesociety.org
Peanut Butter and Jam Freezies
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Ingredients: 12 medium to large strawberries 3-4 spoonfuls of all-natural peanut butter 1/4 cup of cold water
Directions: 1. Wash strawberries and remove tops. 2. Blend strawberries and water together until pureed. 3. Fill the empty slots of an ice cube tray approximately 3/4. 4. Gently place a small, yet generous dollop of peanut butter onto each filled ice cube tray slot. 5. Place tray in freezer for several hours and allow it to freeze.
Recipe via pawsh-magazine.com
There’s nothing quite like summer in Chicago. If it were up to us, we’d be outside with our dogs 24/7. From barbecues, to pool parties, to weekend strolls at the farmers’ market, there’s nowhere we’d rather spend the warmest months of the year than with our feet (and paws) in the grass and a tasty frozen treat within reach. What’s your pup’s favorite way to keep cool during the dog days of summer? Share your stories and pictures with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!