Here’s a healthy, totally easy and ultra-fast summer treat you can make for dogs and for yourself. I’m one of The Unfortunates who can’t have any dairy at all – as I was photographing these I had to wipe my hands off on my pants, when all I really wanted to do was lick my fingers! The smell of the peanut butter and the frosty haze coming off of them was extremely tempting. I love this treat because it’s a great way to get your dog to eat some fruit, and yogurt in small doses can provide great benefits for them too. If your dog is the type who needs to be sweetened up to eat it – add some honey into the mix or drizzle the pupsicle with honey before serving.
You might have noticed that there’s no stick to make it like a popsicle – mine are the “pretend kind” – I used those rawhide sticks once, and just about lost my mind when Hank hoofed it down without chewing it. Too scary for me…but if you have a more delicate eater, you can simply add the “stick” into the centre of the cup before freezing it.
INGREDIENTS: (makes three-four pupsicles)
1 cup of plain yogurt
2 TBS peanut butter (preferably natural)
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup diced strawberries
In a mixing bowl, mix together the peanut butter and the yogurt. A spatula works well for this. Then, add in almost all of the blueberries and diced strawberries. Save a bit of each.
Take three plastic or styro cups and place the reserved berries at the bottom of each cup. Then, add the yogurt mixture on top, distributing evenly between the cups. The pupsicles in my picture appear larger than they actually are, by the way. I only filled small plastic cups about 2/3 of the way. This is a good size for a large dog. If you have a medium sized dog, you might distribute between 4 cups. If you have a smaller dog, use ice cube trays.
Freeze the pupsicles. When you remove from freezer to serve, let them thaw enough upside down to “drop” them out of the cups, or if you lack patience like me, run them under a bit of hot water to set them free.
If you’re really nice, like my friend Laura, you can make these in popsicle trays and hold them for your dog as he/she licks it like an ice cream cone. I’d lose a hand if I tried that with my one-bite wonders.
To my American friends – doesn’t this look like a great recipe to make for Independence Day? Canucks, stay tuned for my Canada Day treats coming up next!
Enjoy and have yourself a cold treat too!