I scream, you scream, we all scream for…pupsicles? One of the best ways to cool down in the summer is with a frozen treat. As hoomans we have plenty of options – popsicles, push pops, ice cream, slushies and water ice galore! But what about treats to keep our pets cool in the heat?
Check out these 5 easy DIY ice creams and pupsicle recipes – delicious summer snacks for you and your pup!
***Note: WebMD lists ice cream and dairy as foods your dog shouldn’t eat. Just like humans, some dogs get upset stomachs from eating dairy. If you have a pup with a sensitive tummy, you might want to talk to your vet first.
Pro Tip: Toppings
Skip the sprinkles and fudge for a pup-friendly drizzle of honey, bits of crispy bacon or a spoonful of applesauce!
Banana Blueberry Blend
1 cup of blueberries
1 6oz plain yogurt
1 tsp of ground flax seed
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Distribute the mixture evenly into an empty ice tray. Keep in the freezer till frozen.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Swirl
1 cup of organic peanut butter
2 cups of plain yogurt
¼ cup of organic rolled oats
½ cup of organic vegan carob chips
8-10 thin rawhide chews (for garnish – optional)
8-10 small paper cups
In a large bowl mix the peanut butter, yogurt, oats and carob chips. Distribute the mixture evenly into the paper cups. Place a rawhide chew in the center of each cup (for the pups!) like you would for a popsicle stick. Place in the freezer for several hours or until frozen.
Strawberry Coconut Delight
32 oz of plain yogurt
½ cup of pure coconut butter
1 cup of fresh strawberries (washed and dried)
Add yogurt, coconut butter and strawberries into a blender and blend till smooth. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container. Place in the freezer for several hours or until frozen.
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2 tbs of organic peanut butter
2 tbs of honey
2 tbs of pumpkin
24 oz of fat free yogurt
1 tsp of cinnamon
Mash the bananas in a bowl. Mix in the remaining ingredients and stir well. Pour the mixture into your container of choice and place in the freezer until the mixture has frozen.
The Old-fashioned: Peanut Butter Banana
32 oz of plain yogurt
2 ripe bananas
⅛ cup of honey
½ cup of organic peanut butter
Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add in peanut butter, yogurt and honey and mix well. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container. Place in the freezer for several hours or until frozen.
And in case you have a low maintenance pup, perhaps a few simple ice cubes will do the trick…
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