Peanut Butter "Pupsicles": Homemade Gourmet Dog Treats Recipe (With Pictures)
Best Homemade Dog Treats for the Dog Days of Summer
Living in Florida, the summers are hotter than hot! Okay, the winters can be hot, too, and the spring and the fall, for that matter! During any hot weather, we have to be especially careful with our furry friends to make sure they keep cool.
Aside from running through sprinklers or a doggie pool, what other options do you have to cool down the family pet? The answer to that question is to cool them down with a cold treat of their own!
Help your best (furry) friend cool off during the dog days of summer (or anytime) with this delicious, nutritious, homemade gourmet frozen treat for dogs—peanut butter popsicles (or pupsicles, as we like to call them).
- 1 medium-sized banana, mashed
- 1 cup plain yogurt, low fat
- 1/4 cup peanut butter, creamy
- 6 small dog biscuits*
* You can use your favorite brand of dog biscuits. The photos and nutritional information reflect our favorite brand by Old Mother Hubbard, which are the treats. I love them because they're made from carrots, oats, peanuts, and apples and include no artificial preservatives. My dog loves them because they taste great (my husband agrees). All Natural Classic P-Nuttier
Step-by-Step Instructions With PicturesClick thumbnail to view full-size
- Peel then slice the banana into pieces and place them into a medium mixing bowl. Using a potato masher (or a fork), completely mash the banana pieces until it has a pureed appearance.
- Add one cup of plain, low-fat yogurt and 1/4 cup of the creamy peanut butter to the bowl of mashed bananas.
- Using a fork, thoroughly mix the banana, yogurt, and peanut butter mixture together, breaking down any remaining banana lumps.
- Set out six Dixie Bath Cups. I had only the 5 oz cups, but you can use the smaller 3 oz cups and adjust the fill capacity and number of cups as necessary.
- Spoon the mixture equally into the cups. They will be slightly more than half way filled if using the 5 oz cups. The cups will be nearly filled if using the 3 oz cups, and you may be able to use a few extra cups to utilize all of the mixture.
- Gently tap the bottom of the cups onto the counter surface several times to level out the top of the mixture and to release any air pockets that may be in the mixture.
- Once the cups are filled, take one of the small dog biscuits and push it about halfway into the center of the mixture. I found that you may have to slightly pull it up and push it down a few times so that the mixture completely touches all sides of the biscuit. This will ensure that your "handle" stays put for removal from the cup.
- Place the cups in the freezer for three hours. I found that a shelf pocket on the freezer door worked beautifully.
- Once completely frozen, remove one from the freezer. Gently squeeze the cup while rotating it to loosen the popsicle from the cup sides. Gently pulling on the biscuit handle, remove the pupsicle from the cup and present it to your dog and watch the tail start wagging.
For Larger Dogs...
If you have a larger dog, you may want to double the recipe and fill the 5 oz cups completely. You may also find that a medium sized dog biscuit works better, too. Experiment with what works for your pup!
Because this is a frozen treat that will take a little time for your dog to eat, it will become messy as it melts. Be sure to keep your pup outside while he or she is eating this treat. It will cool them down and save you from some potentially messy clean-up!
The biscuit "handle" allows you to hold the treat easily and with as little mess as possible as your dog licks away. The longer he or she takes to lick it, the longer it will keep him or her cooled off!
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A Pupsicle Is the Perfect Summer Homemade Dog TreatClick thumbnail to view full-size
Your Dog Will Love These Pupsicles!
As you can see from the pictures above, these pupsicles are a big hit with my Boston Terrier, Roxy! I hope your pups will enjoy them just as much! Leave me a message if you make them for your dogs and let me know if they liked them, too!
So now the question is: How many licks does it take for your dog to get to the biscuit center of the pupsicle pop? For our dog, Roxy, it took five minutes. For the rest of the world, we may never know!
|Serving size: 1 Pupsicle|
|Calories from Fat||54|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 6 g||9%|
|Carbohydrates 9 g||3%|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
© 2013 Keely Deuschle