Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Treats {for dogs}

Ω September 2nd, 2013 Ω Tagged , , , , , Ω 24 Comments

It’s Dog Week on THIH! In honor of National Dog Day, this week’s posts will celebrate our canine companions.

We’ll begin with a homemade frozen dog treat with only three ingredients: yogurt, peanut butter and banana. I was inspired to create these treats after finding frozen treats at a pet store for $1 a pop. A quick gander at the ingredient list revealed yogurt, peanut butter, sweeteners and added flavor. Instantly, I determined two things:

(1) I can do better for less money.
(2) I’m really in the wrong business: I should be selling dog treats for 99 cents each. Because undercutting a tiny niche market is sure to result in success.

Our dogs go crazy for plain yogurt and peanut butter, and based on anecdotal evidence, many dogs love these tastes. Which is why I’m baffled concerning the presence of added flavors and sweeteners in commercial frozen dog treats. There’s absolutely no reason why dogs need sweeteners. I suspect the makers of these treats were catering to human tastes. Me? I prefer our doggies to eat wholesome treats that won’t make them plump.

Edited to add: Always check with your vet before serving homemade treats to your dogs. Some dogs are lactose-intolerant or should stay away from higher-fat foods like peanut butter. It’s best to be safe!

PB treats

Mixing the ingredients takes a few seconds:

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And yes, I did try it. Delicious.

Smoothed into the ice cube tray:

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I stuck the dogs’ favorite hard treats into the yogurt mixture like Popsicle sticks. This is fancy stuff, folks.

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Allow to freeze for at least two hours before popping them from the ice cube tray. You may need to run a little hot water under the tray to get them out. Alternatively, you can use mini paper cups and peel away the cup before serving. See the recipe at the bottom of this post for complete directions.

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The ultimate test is giving these frozen treats to the dogs. What did they think? Well:

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That’s what Maddie does when she really, really wants something. I blame the puppy obedience class that taught her how to do “puppy pushups“.

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Bonnie came to investigate (and I apparently decided to work on my thigh muscles).

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She decided to forgo licking and went straight for chomping.

I think this was the moment Maddie went "Oh noes! My treat!"

I think this was the exact moment Maddie went “Oh noes! My treat!”

Despite my “ouch!”, Bonnie calmly accepted her treat and went off to enjoy it in peace.

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Never fear, Maddie fans! She went at her own treat with the ferocity of a toothy beaver who’s just discovered the last tree on Earth.

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This treat is good for humans, too! Just skip the dog treat stick (unless, you know, you’re an adventurous eater. If that’s the case, I want to meet you.)

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Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Treats {for dogs}

  Prep Time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients (10 small treats)

  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 large banana, mashed
  • 10 small bone-shaped dog treats (optional)

Instructions

Combine all ingredients. Spoon into ice cube tray or small paper cups. Smooth tops. If desired, push dog treats into yogurt like Popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least two hours. Remove from tray or peel away paper cups. Serve on a hot day.

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P.S. Taking a wee nap after such a delicious treat:

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P.P.S. Tune in on Wednesday and Friday for more Dog Week Awesomeness!

P.P.P.S. Happy Labor Day! Peter and I are going to watch a parade with some friends and eat doughnuts – yum! Any plans?

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