Cool down your pups with these frozen treats

Looks like we didn’t really get a spring this year, right DC? Unless you count the hours before 10am when it’s cool-ish. If we’re feeling the heat, our pups are most certainly feeling it too! How do we keep our CXC mascots cool during the summer months? Frozen dog treats, that’s how!

DIY Frozen Dog Treats

Meet Chef: Chef is our newest ChefXChange mascot, living in Beirut. Her hobbies include untying shoelaces, hiking and hanging out with the neighbourhood dogs.

Chef's First Hike

Chef’s Favorite: Peanut Butter Pup-sicles

Photo credit: Life Love and Sugar

Photo credit: Life Love and Sugar

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened (Check your peanut butter’s label to make sure it doesn’t contain any kind of xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)
  • Ripe banana, mashed

Instructions:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with the mashed banana. Tip: Add a bit of water if it’s too thick.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, or use Kong-style rubber toys that have a cavity you can fill. Note: you can also use an ice cube tray.
  3. Spoon the mixture onto the tray just like you would cookie dough, or stuff it into the toys. Freeze the tray or toys for several hours or overnight. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.

Recipe from: The Humane Society

Meet Prince Pugly: Prince Pugley hails from London. He loves snuggling with his teddy bear and he hates football. 

Pug

Prince Pugley’s Favorite: Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cups

 

DIY frozen dog treats

Photo credit: http://theurbaneanimal.com/2015/04/diy-frozen-treats-for-dogs/

Ingredients:

  • Peanut butter (use plain peanut butter with no added artificial sweeteners)
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Pumpkin purée (again, no additives)
  • Chicken broth or water

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine equal portions of Peanut butter or Pumpkin to Yogurt. Add broth if extra liquid is needed to make the mixture smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into paper cups. I like to add a biscuit to the top just to fancy it up! Put in Freezer and serve once fully frozen.

Recipe from: The Urbane Animal

Meet Kinyoubi: Kinyoubi lives in DC. You can call him Kin Chan for short. His newest obsession is watermelon. We’re not sure which he likes better, bananas or watermelon… but he will wake from the deepest of slumbers at the mention of either! 

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Kin Chan’s Favorite: Frosty Watermelon Treats

 

Frosty-Watermelon-Dog-Treat-Recipe

Photo Credit: http://www.petguide.com/health/dog/frosty-watermelon-dog-treat-recipe/

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon (pureed)
  • 1 cup coconut water or milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Instructions: 

  1. Scoop out watermelon – it must be seedless. Remove seeds if any, but save yourself the trouble and buy a seedless watermelon. Add to blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Add coconut water/milk (coconut milk used in treats pictured) and honey to blender and pureed watermelon. Blend well.
  3. Pour into ice cube trays and cover with plastic wrap or bag to avoid spillage. If you’re using hard plastic ice cube trays, you’re safe from most spillage. But if you’re like me and used silicone bone molds, you’ll need something flat to lay them on. If you don’t, you’re looking at a sticky mess on your floors and freezer. Before you pour, put the silicone mold on something flat that you can move to your freezer, like a cutting tray or a piece of cardboard. Instead of lifting and placing just the flexible silicone mold, you can pick up the stable surface area instead.
  4. Freeze overnight.
  5. To remove from tray, let sit on counter for a few minutes to loosen frozen treat. Twist tray to remove treats from mold.

Recipe from: petguide.com

For some non-frozen treats check out our recipe for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats here.

Need some ideas on how to keep cool of the non-canine variety? Check out our posts on flavored lemonades to keep yourselves cool this summer as well!