Frozen Pet Treat Recipe
Make Your Own Frosty Paws
With the summer temps skyrocketing, your dog might be salivating for a frozen treat to help cool down.
Channel your inner Martha Stewart and whip up this easier-than-you-think knock-off recipe for the popular Frosty Paws.
What You Need: Ingredients
When it comes to dog treats, think healthy: use natural foods and avoid dairy (dogs lack the enzyme to process dairy which can then lead to painful gastritis), toxic nuts and fruit, added sugar and artificial sweeteners or salt. (For a full list of toxic foods to dogs, check out our Toxic Food Guide for Pets infographic.)
To make a frosty frozen treat for your dog, you’ll need these ingredients:
- Low-fat or fat-free plain yogurt, 32 oz
- Unsalted creamy peanut butter, ½ cup - never use sugar-free peanut butter as it may contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs.
- 2 ripe bananas
- Raw honey, 3 TBSP
- Mixing bowl
- Small plastic, freezer-safe containers, ice cube trays or dog treat freezer trays in fun shapes
In your mixing bowl, whether you’re using an electric mixer, a bowl with a handheld mixer or an old-school masher, start mixing the yogurt and bananas together until you see a smooth consistency. Add the peanut butter and the honey and mix until well blended.
This recipe will make a sizeable portion, depending on what type and size of trays or storage containers you decide to use. If you have a smaller dog, you may consider reducing the ingredients by half.
Next: Make Them Frosty
Once the batter is blended you can start freezing it. Depending on the size of your dog, pour the batter into ice cube trays or dog treat freezer trays (you can find inexpensive ones online). Small, one-cup size freezer storage containers with lids can also be used.
Pour the batter in just below the top of whichever container or tray you decide to use. Place in the freezer on a level shelf so the batter doesn’t spill out. Wait at least three hours before serving.
Serve It Up!
A single serving is recommended for dogs of all sizes.
Note: If you use ice cube trays or dog treat freezer trays, remove frozen treats from tray and store in a freezer safe storage bag or container to prevent them from getting freezer burn or exposure to other scents or items in the freezer. Do not serve treats to dogs while they are still in their storage containers.