Summer treats for your four legged friends
Everyone’s BFF deserves some homemade goodies every now and then! And some of these treats can even help keep your pup cool in the hot temps. We all make those summer time Ice cream and Popsicle treats for the kids, but what about your dog?
Living in Arizona it gets HOTT, and I wanted to make my Boomer (that’s his name) some delicious and good for him treats to help keep him cool. So I came across these recipes and wanted to share. Maybe I just wanted to show my dog off I dunno 😉 but isn’t he cute though!! The picture on the very left was when he was 5 months old and his ears were still all floppy!
PB & Fruit Ice Ring
This is an easy one. No oven, no cookie cutters.. Just some waiting and happy, happy dogs.
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Chopped Fruit (I used strawberries)
2 tablespoons Flax seeds
1. Blend the peanut butter and water and pour into the bundt or cake pan.
2. Add chopped fruit and flax seeds.
3. Allow to freeze for 4 to 6 hours before placing in the grass for your pups.
Or add whatever you want. All you need is water and … and any dog safe item or food that you can think of. Treats, toys, chicken, liver … whatever your dog likes. Its keep them cool and occupied and it’s so much fun to watch them uncover the goodies with each lick.
Peanut butter dog biscuits
Easy-peasy homemade dog treats you can whip together in no time and feel good about giving your pup. Try adding in bits of bacon for a very special treat.
Makes about 3 dozen medium biscuits
• 1/2 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
• 1 cup water
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or use the oil that has separated from the natural peanut butter inside the jar)
• 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the peanut butter, water, and oil.
3. Add the flours gradually, mixing until the mixture comes together to form a smooth dough, 2 to 3 minutes. (This can also be done by hand, though the kneading will take longer — 6 to 8 minutes.)
4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out biscuits using a floured cookie cutter, and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Leave at least 1/4 inch between each biscuit to ensure even baking (the biscuits don’t spread much).
5. Bake until golden brown on the bottom and edges, about 12 to 18 minutes (depending on the size of the cookie cutter). Cool completely before serving to your pooch.
These treats are yogurt, bananas, and peanut butter, so you can keep your pups and your kids cool all summer long. We all make those summer time Ice cream and Popsicle treats for the kids, but what about your dog?
Ingredients & Directions
Get a 32 Oz of yogurt. Plain or Vanilla is good. Dump it in a bowl.
Next, get a large banana, 2-3 table spoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Mix all together with a blender. Yummy goodness already.
Then get some ice cube trays. Your dog might not care what they look like… My kids love stars, so I found a set of 2 star ice cube trays at Walmart for $1.50
You’ll pour the mix into the ice cube trays and then put in your freezer.
Here is the fun part for the kids. These are healthy and just the right size. Freeze for 10 minutes then put a tooth pick in the center of the ones for the kids.
After they’re frozen, get a Tupperware container and store in your freezer to get out whenever the kids and your pooch want a nice refreshing treat.
Protein packed vegan dog treats
2 cups of chickpea flour
1 cup of plain flour
2 tablespoons of dried parsley
1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast flakes
1 cup of warm water
Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the water. turn the dough out onto a sheet of baking paper and roll out to a thickness of about 1-2cm. cut into desired shape with a cookie cutter, place onto a baking sheet, and bake in a 180°C (350°F) oven for 15 minutes.
Turn off the oven, leaving the dog treats in the oven for 6-8 hours until they cool and crunchy. Serve to your fur family for their enjoyment.
Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, this recipe makes about 3 cups of small biscuits.
Frozen Meaty treats
• 2 cups cooked meat/poultry/fish (I pulled all the residual chicken-bits off the bones after I strained the stock, and ended up with about 2 cups’ worth).
• 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
• I used yogurt to hold everything together, because it’s good for digestion and will satisfy your pooch’s craving for dairy products without upsetting their stomach like cheese or milk.
• Olive oil is good for keeping his coat shiny and soft.
• Parsley is a great breath-freshener…you can also use fennel seed or fresh fennel fronds.
• Carrots are the sneaky way of getting him to eat his veggies!
Peanut butter & Coconut treats
• 1 cup Almond Flour
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup oat meal
• 1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
• 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
• 1/2 cup peanut butter (natural or organic)
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoon applesauce
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well until combined.
4. Knead dough into a ball.
5. On a well floured piece of waxed paper, pat dough ball out until flat, then place another piece of wax paper on top of dough and roll out to 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
6. Use a cookie cutter or glass to cut out treats, place on unlined baking sheet.
7. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
2 ripe bananas
24 – 32 oz. plain yogurt
1 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
1. Blend or mix all ingredients together until you have a consistent texture throughout.
2. Pour into ice cube trays, cupcake tins or any small container that will yield a treat appropriately sized for your dog.
3. Garnish (optional). Dog bones, grated cheese, fruits or veggies work great and look cute too.
4. Freeze over night and serve.
Since variety is the spice of life, here are some alternate suggestions: Add more or less water depending on the consistency you dog likes (soft vs. crunchy), substitute the water with chicken broth, substitute the yogurt with baby food (sweet potatoes and pumpkin are big hits) or use all organic ingredients if that’s your thing. Remember, the combination of ingredients doesn’t have to sound appealing for our four-legged children to love and appreciate the gesture. Enjoy.
* 1 large container (32 oz) of low-fat, plain, organic yogurt
* 3 handfuls of fresh (organic is best) blueberries
* 1 banana
* 2 tbsp of organic peanut butter
* other fruit as desired – like, apple slices, orange slices, pineapple slices, and more. Remember, locally grown and organic is best!
Chop up the banana in small pieces (or mash) and mix all ingredients together. Place the mixture in ice cube trays and freeze for about 3 hours.
Once frozen, run hot water over the underside of the trays, pop out the frosty paws, and serve. That’s it. For fun, you can use bone shaped ice cube trays!
Peanut Butter + Jam Freezies
• about 12 medium to large strawberries (organic is preferable)
• 3-4 spoonfuls of all-natural peanut butter
• 1/4 cup of cold water
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. (NOTE: You want to be sure that the peanut butter sinks INTO the strawberry liquid, not just rests on top).
5. Place tray in freezer for several hours and allow to freeze.
6. Pop, serve and chill!