30 Days of Pinterest – Day 6
Our kitchen has been so full of yummy treats lately, that I thought it was about time to do something for our wee doggie, Rolo! Since he’s a Bichon Frises (which is a fairly small breed), he tends to have a more sensitive stomach than other breeds. It wasn’t until I seen this pin that I learned that “Frosty Paws” are actual doggie treats made by Nestle – who knew?! Unfortunately, we usually have to be very careful with the type of treats we feed him, so I jumped at the opportunity to make a natural version of them at home!
The Project Process:
The best part about these treats are the readily available ingredients. In fact, even though these treats are meant for doggies, they are 100% human friendly as well. Bonus!
- 32 ounces of yogurt
- 1 mashed banana
- 2 tbsp honey (omit if your family pet is still a young puppy)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
Since this is my first time making homemade treats for my pooch, I actually made half a batch as a trial run. Like the original pin mentions, this is one of those recipes that you can really play with to suit whatever you have in your kitchen. It originally called for plain yogurt, but I only had strawberry in the fridge, so I decided to give it a go. The only reason I would opt for plain yogurt in the future is because I would prefer to watch the sugar content, and add fresh fruit instead.
Like banana bread, this is a great way to use up those bananas that are starting to get a little soft. If your bananas are still a little firm, mush them up with a fork or masher before combining all the ingredients. I then added all of the ingredients into the bowl of my mixer, and set to medium until thoroughly combined (a hand mixer works just as good).
Once mixed all together, pour into ice cube trays (or egg cartons) and pop in the freezer. It’s that easy! You can make the cubes as full as you’d like, but I made mine about half full since my guy’s so little. That, and I dislike half melted things on my carpet (it happens with full sized ice cubes all the time)!
Once they are completely frozen and ready to go, I recommend letting them sit on the cupboard for a short amount of time to make them easier to remove. They won’t pop out as easy as ice cubes, so they might need a little help from a butter knife. For ease of access later on, I removed them all from they tray at the same time, and put them into a freezer bag for storage.
As for our beloved taste tester’s opinion? He ate them up so quickly that I’m pretty sure he didn’t even taste them – so that’s a winner in my books!