How to Make Homemade Frozen Doggy Treats
We discovered that our dogs love “Frosty Paws” frozen treats. But we felt the expense was too high to buy them very often. I came across a recipe for similar frozen treats that my dogs love, and I thought I would share it with you all.
Basic Homemade Frozen Treats Recipe
32 oz. plain yogurt*
1 mashed ripe banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
Mix all of the ingredients with a blender or mixer and freeze in ice cube trays. (Small paper cups and disposable egg cartons also make good molds.) After the treats have completely frozen, microwave for a few seconds, remove from the mold, and place the treats in a plastic bag and store in the freezer. (Note: if using Styrofoam egg cartons or cups, rest the containers briefly in a partially filled pan of warm water to loosen contents. Unless the Styrofoam is labeled as microwave safe, it could melt.) If you want to be fancy, bone and paw shaped molds are available.
The basic recipe alone makes a nice doggy treat, but feel free to experiment by adding jars of baby food (substitute 1 large jar in place of the banana, peanut butter and honey), canned fish, cooked eggs, or even diced, cooked chicken.
*For dogs on a a diet, or who cannot eat dairy, chicken broth may be used as a base instead of the yogurt. Chicken broth is easy to make. Place a whole chicken in a big pot and cover with water. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until cooked, approximately one hour. When done, remove the chicken, strain the broth, and refrigerate over night. The fat will rise to the top and harden.The next day, skim off the fat. What remains is your broth base.
I hope you find this recipe as easy as I did and that your pups find it them as tasty as mine do!
Jodi G. Thomson was born and raised in Seattle WA, she and her husband relocated to Houston TX in 2010. She enjoys writing and spending time with her husband and their pets.