It’s gonna be a hot summer and I’ve been busy making frozen treats to keep my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, cool. I make a variety of frozen treats that I call Pup Pops and Cannoli loves them all.
My newest treat are these Cranberry Mint Pup Pops. These treats don’t only keep her cool they are also good for her. Cranberries are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, and are filled with minerals and antioxidants; all very good for your pet’s overall health and promotes urinary tract health. (To read more about the health benefits of cranberries for dogs click here for the article from Raising Healthy Dogs). Mint such as peppermint, spearmint, and other varieties in the Mentha* family, EXCEPT PENNYROYAL (Mentha Pulegium), can help freshen your pup’s breath and is also good for easing stomach upsets. (To read more about herbs that are good for dogs click here for the article from Modern Dog Magazine).
This frozen treat is so easy to make, you just need 2 ingredients! They are perfect for the dog days of summer!
I freeze them in styrofoam coffee cups, when I’m ready to give her a treat I just peel away the foam and throw it away, but you can use ice cube trays or other freezer safe plastic containers. I fill up the cups and make 6 oz. treats, I find it lasts longer than smaller portions, but really you can make any size portion you want.
You can use any brand of cranberry juice, but you should check the label for the sugar content. I prefer to use organic juice as it doesn’t have much sugar added.
1 bunch fresh mint
1 bottle organic cranberry juice
1. Rinse mint leaves and shake off excess water.
2. Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers. About half way full.
3. Pour cranberry juice over mint leave. The leaves will float.
4. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
5. Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.
*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them. It’s poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden. Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.
Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers. About half way full.
Pour cranberry juice over mint leave. The leaves will float.
Freeze for at least 6 hours.
Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.
*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them. It's poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden. Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.
My Siberian Husky Cannoli loves peanut butter, I think most dogs do. I know my daughter’s 2 Frenchies love them too. That’s why we started making peanut butter dog treats and recently started making these Peanut Butter Pupcakes.
Actually we started making Peanut Butter Pupcakes to celebrate doggie birthdays. In the past we’ve purchased doggie birthday cakes from a pet bakery in town, but they’ve shut their doors and we couldn’t find any one else to make them.
After making pupcakes the first time we discovered just how easy they are to make, it’s just like making people cupcakes! We sort of, we don’t usually use any type of sweetener, trust me the dogs don’t mind. Not only are pupcakes so easy to make homemade ones a super inexpensive, sure beats the high price tag the bakery charged! And of course we know exactly what’s in them and know that they’re pet friendly.
Before I share my recipe a couple of tips to make sure that the Peanut Butter Pupcakes you make, or any other homemade dog treats for that matter, are safe for your pup.
Don’t be tempted to add sweetener to the recipe just because you think pupcakes should be sweet. Cupcakes for people should be sweet, pupcakes for your pet don’t need to be. If you must add sweetener then add natural sweeteners like honey, brown sugar, coconut sugar, etc.
NEVER use artificial sweeteners for your pets, artificial sweeteners such as Xylitol are very poisonous to pets!
Never use onions or garlic in anything you make for your pets. Onions and garlic are very toxic to pets.
Always check and double check the ingredient lists of anything you use for your pets to make sure it doesn’t contain anything that will harm your pet.
Having said all that here’s my recipe!
Peanut Butter Pupcakes
1 Cup Rolled Oats
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Sm. Jar of Applesauce Baby Food
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Coconut Water
Combine oats, flour, and baking soda in a bowl, set aside
Beat egg then stir in peanut butter and applesauce
Slowly mix in dry ingredients
Add in coconut water until dough becomes soft
Place cupcake liners in cupcake tin
Spoon batter into liners about 3/4 full – pupcakes don’t rise much so you can fill up liners
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until pupcakes are done
Be sure to remove paper liners before giving them to your pet
Store in air tight containers or freeze in ziplock bags.
To make treats for special occasions like birthdays you can ice the pupcakes with peanut butter or softened cream cheese then stick a candle or decorate with a dog biscuit or carrot or what ever you pet likes.
My Siberian Husky Cannoli loves, loves, loves, Peanut Butter and Bananas; she also love dog biscuits! Well to be fair she’s never met a treat she didn’t love. But Peanut Butter and Banana treats disappear faster than any other treat I make. That’s why she loves these Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits!
These Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits are super easy to make, they require just 3 ingredients, 4 if you count water! You can leave them plain or for extra special treats you can ice and decorate them just like human cookies! Except you don’t use a sugar based icing, your pup doesn’t need the sugar and really won’t mind if the biscuits aren’t sweet.
The grandkids and I love decorating cookies but we can’t eat, or really shouldn’t eat, all the cookies we want to decorate, so decorating doggie biscuits is a fun alternative!
You can make Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits any shape you want, just use the cookie cutter of your choice. Or don’t use a cutter and just make them into squares, believe me whatever shape they are your pooch will still love them!
It’s shaping up to be a very hot summer. To keep Cannoli, our Siberian Husky, cool and comfy this summer we’ve been making her frozen dog treats, or Pup Pops.
They are so simple to make, they not only keep her cool, they keep her busy for almost an hour!
For these treats I used apples and blueberries I had in the fridge and homemade chicken stock made without onions, salt, and garlic. Really you can use your pooch’s favorite fruits and veggies or whatever you have at home as long as they are dog friendly. Don’t use onions, grapes, and if using apples be sure you remove the seeds, they are some foods toxic to pets. For a list of foods that can be poisonous to pets click here to be taken to the Humane Society list.
I freeze my treats in styrofoam coffee cups (but you can use paper cups, ice cube trays, or silicone molds), I just peel away the cup when I give Cannoli the treat. It’s a great in expensive way to make and store the frozen treats. You can portion out the treats to fit your pet’s needs. I make mine fairly large and fill the cup, she’s a good size pup!
Makes 6 full coffee cups
2 apples – cut in cubes, all seeds removed
1/2 fresh blueberries
3 cups homemade chicken stock
Distribute fruits into 6 styrofoam coffee cups.
Pour desired amount of chicken broth into cups. Fruit floats to the top.
Freeze for at least 6 hours.
Peel off cup when ready to give your pet the treat.
This is for all dog lovers out there that really want their pups to enjoy frozen treats, these Recipe treats are 100% natural, affordable and refreshing for your lovely pups! 100% made from fruits and coconut juice that help boosts your cuties immune system. Perfect for summer seasons!
Besides that your pup’s gonna love these treats and you will enjoy making them!
These are the 9 Round-ups of Frozen Dog Treats! Enjoy!!!
For my first foray into the frozen dog treat world, I used ingredients I already had in my fridge, in this case, leftover Greek yogurt from my chicken souvlaki marinade I made for last Sunday’s barbecue night and fresh blueberries left over from my fruit-filled ice pops and Red, White & Blueberry Popsicles.