Homemade frozen dog treats with peanut butter and berries!
Our dog loves blueberries. It doesn’t matter what he’s doing, if we mention blueberries, he’ll whip around and stare at us. He knows the word! But I don’t mind him begging for blueberries, since they’re healthy and full of good stuff. Plus it’s easy to treat him with a berry here or there. But I started wondering if there was a more fun way he could enjoy his favorite blueberry treat. And then I realized- it’s still summer, I can make some DIY dog popsicles! And so these Frozen Dog Treats with peanut butter and berries were born!
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Making your own homemade frozen dog treats is super easy, and so much healthier than that frosty dog treat you can find in the grocery store’s frozen food aisle. I cringe now when I remember how often I used to give that treat to my dog many years ago. When I look at the ingredients now I see so many unnecessary and unpronounceable ingredients! There’s absolutely no nutrition in that treat, while these DIY frozen dog treats have natural ingredients and are full of healthy, antioxidant rich berries! So give your dog something delicious and nutritious and make these homemade peanut butter frozen dog treats!
Frozen Dog Treats: Peanut Butter Berry Pops
Choosing Dog Safe Ingredients
Remember to choose dog safe products for these frozen dog treats. You’ll want to ensure that nothing you use contains the sweetener xylitol (which is highly toxic to dogs). And for the healthiest frozen dog popsicles, you’ll also want to skip any added salt and added white sugar. You could even skip the honey in this frozen dog treats recipe if you wanted. Most dogs truly aren’t picky, and won’t know if you skimped on a few things for health reasons! Just remember to fully read the labels of everything you use, and if in doubt about an ingredient, Google it to check the safety. What’s healthy for you could make your pet feel ill, or be downright toxic!
Also remember that dogs, like people, can have allergies and food sensitivities. Some dogs are lactose intolerant, and some can even be allergic to bananas! So if this is the first time your dog has had any of these ingredients, give them just one of these homemade dog pops and wait a bit to make sure it goes down alright.
Lastly, if you have the space in your grocery budget, you may want to buy organic berries for this recipe. It sounds silly, but just because dogs aren’t people doesn’t mean they can’t be harmed by all the crazy stuff being done to our food these days. Strawberries are actually #1 on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list for this year (meaning that they’re full of pesticides) and blueberries are #16 on the expanded list. So if you can, buy your fresh or frozen berries organic.
1 cup yogurt (We used blueberry flavored Greek yogurt, but regular yogurt would also work. We like to use Greek yogurt for our dog’s treats because it has more probiotics and less lactose than regular yogurt. Be aware that flavored yogurts do tend to have added sugar.)
1/2 cup bananas
1/2 cup peanut butter (ensure the peanut butter doesn’t include the poisonous xylitol sweetener. No salt added is best. The one we use is literally nothing but peanuts.)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries (Blueberries and strawberries are 100% safe in moderation. Raspberries and blackberries are also safe in moderation, but do naturally contain xylitol, so don’t use too many).
1/2 cup milk (plain, unsweetened almond or soy milk are safe substitutes for traditional cow’s milk, though be aware that some dogs are allergic to soy)
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
1. In a blender or food processor, add yogurt, bananas, peanut butter and berries.
2. Add the milk and honey.
3. Pulse until well blended and liquefied.
4. Pour mixture into your mold.
5. Freeze for at least 2-3 hours.
6. Pop your frozen dog treats out of the mold. Store in an airtight container or freezer bag. Keep frozen until ready to give your doggie a yummy treat! They store well in the freezer for around 4 weeks.
*Fun tip- This could also be used as homemade filling for a frozen Kong toy! If filling a Kong, just don’t make as much, or fill more than one Kong. Kongs vary in size, so you’ll have to adjust the recipe to the size of your dog’s Kong(s).
As these homemade pupsicles will melt a bit as your dog enjoys them, these are best to give outside or on tile/hardwood where you can easily wipe up any leftovers.
Since these are treats, only give your dog 1 a day. Bananas and berries do contain some sugar, plus some yogurts contain fat, so while these are healthy treats, your dog still shouldn’t be pigging out on them.
Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to make homemade dog treats? Your dog will love snacking on one of these as they cool down from their fun in the sun!
What’s your dog’s favorite treat? Do they love berries too?
Easy (and nutritious) frozen dog treats that are perfect for a hot day!
- 1 cup yogurt (We used blueberry flavored Greek yogurt, but regular yogurt would also work. Be aware that flavored yogurts do tend to have added sugar.)
- 1/2 cup bananas
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (ensure the peanut butter doesn’t include the poisonous xylitol sweetener. No salt added is best. The one we use is literally nothing but peanuts.)
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries
- 1/2 cup milk (plain, unsweetened almond or soy milk are safe substitutes for traditional cow’s milk)
- 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
- Doggie Paw Mold- you can get small paws for the smaller pups and big paws for the bigger furbabies.
- In a blender or food processor, add yogurt, bananas, peanut butter and berries.
- Add the milk and honey.
- Pulse until well blended and liquefied.
- Pour mixture into your mold.
- Freeze for at least 2-3 hours.
- Pop your frozen dog treats out of the mold. Store in an airtight container or freezer bag. Keep frozen until ready to give your doggie a yummy treat! They store well in the freezer for around 4 weeks.
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