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Recipe Friday – Dog “Bone” Treat

These treats are not real dog bones, but homemade with a yogurt topping.

Ingredients:

For the Bones

  • 2 ½ cups non-bleached flour (or try two cups of rice flour for a gluten free option)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 chicken bouillon (if you are looking for a gluten free recipe, make sure the bouillon has no gluten in it)

For the Icing

  • 1 cup non-fat plain yogurt (gluten free for dogs with gluten allergies)
  • 1/2 cup water

 

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray the cookie pan lightly to prevent the bones from sticking.

2. Mix all of the ingredients together and knead dough until it forms a ball.

3. Take a small piece of dough and roll until it looks like a 6″ round line of dough, about the thickness of a marker.

4. Place the dough in the bone shaped cookie pan and press it into the shape of the bone.

5. Bake for 30 minutes.

6. Take out of the oven and allow the bones to cool. Don’t you just love the cracks? They make them look like real skeleton bones!

7. Mix 1 cup of non-fat plain yogurt with about ½ cup water. Mix well so that there are no lumps.

8. Place the cooled bones into the bowl with the yougurt “dip” and cover the entire bone.

9. Place the “dipped” bone on to wax paper.

10. Place bones in freezer until the yogurt dip is frozen. They were hard in about an hour.

Recipe Friday – Frosty Sweet Potato Bones

Here is a great treat that can help beat the heat!

Ingredients:

  • Plain Yogurt
  • Mashed Sweet Potato (Cooked of course)
  • Honey (optional)

*There are no real measurements because it will all depend on what kind of molds you use.  If you can find silicone dog bone molds, this recipe works best with those.

 

Directions:

1. Pour some yogurt in the mold, Freeze it for an hour. (Make a bottom layer, but make it thick enough to hold the sweet potato on top of it, as you will only be adding one more layer of yogurt.  I usually fill up the mold to almost half way filled.)

2. Add the mashed sweet potato on top of the frozen yogurt.

(Optional: for a creamy texture sweet potato, place the sweet potato in a blender first)

3. Add another layer of yogurt. Freeze it for an hour (or longer).

These can stay in the freezer for several weeks to one month.  Feed in moderation.

Recipe Friday – Frozen Dog Treats (Carob and Peanut Butter)

These treats are great and can’t be beat in the heat!  Also, humans can try them as there isn’t anything in them that we cannot eat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups plain yogurt (your choice of fat %)
  • 1/2 Cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon carob powder (CANNOT be substituted with chocolate)
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 small paper cups

 

Directions:

1. Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Divide evenly into 12 cups (approx. 1/4 cup each).

2. Put into the freezer for at least 3 hours. Peel off, or pop out of, paper cup. Serve.

Makes about 12 cups.

Recipe Friday – Frozen Berry Bones For Dogs Gluten/Grain free

Your dog can participate in the weekend 4th of July festivities (if you live in the USA, if not, your dog will still love these frozen yogurt bones).

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup to a cup of plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup to a cup strawberries (you can use frozen)
  • 1/2 cup to a cup blueberries (you can use frozen)

 

Directions:

1. Thaw your berries if you’re using frozen ones.

2. Puree the berries with a blender, or even your fork and some effort will do it if they’re from frozen, because they’re so soft.  You can even use a potato masher if you have one handy.

3. Layer them into your mold (one layer of strawberries, one layer of yogurt, one layer of blueberries). You can use a silicone bone mold, or you could even use muffin tins.  Freeze each layer for an hour. Keep adding layers and freezing for one hour,  until the mold is full, making sure your top layer a blueberry layer. freeze for at least five hours.

4. When ready to serve, thaw slightly and serve.  You can make double or triple recipes, depending how many you want to make and how many dogs you have.

 

Recipe Friday – Pumpkin Pupscicles

These cold and frosty treats are wonderful and will keep your dog busy (hopefully) for a few minutes at least!  Important: Make sure that you use 100% pure pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling, as it contains stuff dogs don’t need and can make them ill.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 15 oz can pure pumpkin puree
  • Same amount of vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

If you have several dogs, of course you can double the recipe.

 

Directions:

1. Pour pumpkin into a large bowl.

2. Fill empty can with vanilla yogurt and add to the bowl.

3. Add cinnamon.

4. Mix well.

5. Pour into ice cube tray and let freeze, or if you have molds you want to use, fill it up and freeze, then serve.

 

Recipe Friday – Chicken Carrot Frozen Yummies For Dogs

Since there seems to be a resurgence of warm weather, this recipe is sure to cool your pup down and make them happy all at the same time!  It is very simple and quick to make as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shredded Chicken (or Beef, or Pork)
  • 32 ounces Plain Yogurt (should be full fat, not a diet yogurt)
  • 2 Carrots, shredded

 

Directions:

1. Cook the meat of your choice and let it cool completely.

2. Shred the carrots.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until well mixed.

4. Pour into any molds you may have and freeze.  (I love this one from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  It is perfect for this recipe)

5. When ready, pop it out of the mold and serve to your pup!

Recipe Friday – Frozen Icy Treats

With the warmer weather on the way (or here to stay depending on where you live), here is a nice, cool treat that is sure to make your dog sit up and beg for more.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cartons plain or vanilla yogurt (32 oz each)
  • 1 small can tuna in water (8oz.)
  • 2 tsp. garlic power (I know that some believe that garlic is toxic for dogs, so if you are worried about that, leave it out.  I use it in my recipes from time to time in SMALL DOSES, especially when flea season is upon us.  It is a good, natural repellent).  Here is more information about garlic and dogs.  Read and research information and judge for yourself if you wish to use this.  You may omit this ingredient from the recipe and it will not change anything but the flavor.
  • 24 3 oz. plastic cups (not paper)


Directions:

Open yogurt, if they are full to the top use a spoon & scoop out one cup (these will be frozen as plain yogurt).

Put half of the can of tuna in each yogurt container add the garlic power (1 tsp. in each) & stir thoroughly.

Use a spoon & scoop the mixture into the cups.

When feeding this treat to your dog, remember moderation.  Also, make sure to get the treat out of the plastic cup before giving it to your dog.  Placing them in a warm water bath for about 30 seconds should help loosen it enough to get it out.  (Do not submerge the treats underwater).

Place on a tray & freeze overnight.

Makes about 24 treats.

Recipe Friday – Breath Freshening Parfait

This yummy treat can be shared by dogs and their humans alike!

As always, if you have a small dog, make sure to make a much smaller size recipe for your pal.

Ingredients

  • 1 container (8 oz.) plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granola (without raisins, since raisins are toxic to dogs)
  • 1/2 cup berries, such as raspberries and strawberries,  chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Directions

Place half the yogurt in a dog food bowl and sprinkle half the granola on top. Top with half the berries, banana and mint. Repeat. Top with the cinnamon.

Hope this helps freshen your doggie’s breath and will satisfy your sweet tooth as well as your dog’s sweet tooth!

 

Recipe Friday – Oatmeal with Bananas and Peanut Butter!

Is your dog’s digestive system sluggish?  Do they need some extra fiber?  Well here is a great recipe to kick up your dog’s digestive system and it tastes yummy enough for humans!

Ingredients:

  • 2 single-serving packets of plain instant oatmeal (or if your dog is allergic to gluten, you can buy gluten free oats and use about 1 cup of oats.  Of course, if you have a small dog, you will have to cut this recipe down for your dog’s needs).
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Serves 2 (so your doggie can have some and you can share it!)

Directions:

Prepare the oatmeal in a bowl according to package instructions. While it’s hot, stir in the peanut butter and banana. Top with the yogurt, then drizzle with the honey.

Sure to please all finicky palettes!