Summer Snacks: Homemade Frozen Treats to Beat the Heat

Nothing beats the heat of the warm summer sun like an ice-cold treat.  Making snacks for your pups is not only affordable, but it’s easy, too!  Try out a few of our favorite recipes to keep your pup cool this summer.

PB&J Pops

This fresh summer snack is a healthy, low-calorie treat for your peanut-butter-loving pup.  Swap out strawberries for mango, oranges, or peaches.  Just be sure to search for fruit options without added sugar, and steer clear of fruits like grapes, cherries, and apple seeds, as these can be toxic to your pet.

Ingredients:

Water (enough to fill pan – 2-8 cups)
1 cup strawberries – chopped (Frozen or fresh)
½ c. Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons Flax Seed

Instructions:

  1. Combine peanut butter and water until mixed.  The amount of water is dependent upon the pan you are using.  We recommend a bundt pan, but a bread pan or ice cube tray will work, too!  For easier mixing, heat the peanut butter in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.
  2. Add the fruit and flax seed.
  3. Pour into container of choice and freeze for 4-6 hours.

 

Quick Creamy Yogurt Cubes

For a speedy summer snack, opt for these creamy yogurt cubes.  Yogurt is high in calcium and protein and contain probiotics that also benefit your pup.  Be sure to read the labels on your yogurt to avoid added sugar or artificial sweeteners that may be toxic to your pup.

Ingredients:

32 oz. of plain yogurt (no artificial sweeteners such as xylitol and aspartame)
1 TB. Honey
1 Banana
3 TB Peanut Butter

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for 10-30 minutes.

 

Meat Treat Pupsicles

While some pups enjoy a variety of treats, others may only have a taste for meat-based snacks.  These Meat Treat Pupsicles are wonderful for the picky pup and are super simple to make.  Be sure to drain the fat from your cooked meat prior to mixing.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked meat
3 TB Olive Oil
1  Cooked Carrot – Mashed
¾ C. plain yogurt
A pinch of finely chopped parsley (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in blender.
  2. Press into ice cube trays and freeze for 2 hours.