DIY Friday: Homemade Dog Treats

June 8, 2012 | 10:10 AM | Eat & Drink | By Kara Philp

This customizable frozen treat recipe will delight your furry friends all summer. Photo by Kara Philp

Nothing compares to an ice-cold treat on a hot day, be it a frosty beverage, an old-fashioned ice cream cone or maybe even dip in the pool. The same can be said for your furry friends. Admit it, you love your pup(s) and you’re already thinking of creative ways to cool them off, especially once the temperatures hit the triple digits. So here is another idea for your arsenal.

There is a wide range of recipes for dog ice cream/popsicles/treats, so here is a relatively generic and totally customizable version that will have your BFFs going bananas (don’t just take our word for it).

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

24 – 32 oz. plain yogurt

1 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup water

Preparation

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.

    

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