Monday, 8 February 2016

{RECIPE} Strawberry & Carob Frozen Yogurt Treats

It isn't our usual Wednesday recipe day, but with the recent hot weather here, we added a quick and easy extra to the post plan for any other hot dogs sizzling through summer (sorry to those of you freezing your fur off in the Northern Hemisphere!).  Made in the same style as our easy ice pop stars, you (or the kids) and make these in just a minute or two, plus freezing time.

Simple Strawberry & Carob Frozen Yogurt Treats
  • Strawberries
  • Carob powder
  • Yogurt
Red hearts - Mash strawberries (fresh or frozen - if using frozen, use the juicy water too), add a dollop of yogurt and mix to combine. Spoon into an ice cube tray and freeze. "Chocolate" hearts - Mix plain yogurt with a dash of carob powder (not too much - a little goes a very long way!) and mix to combine. Sprinkle a little extra carob powder in the bottom of your ice cube tray (optional), spoon your yogurt mix on top, and freeze.

Tips and Tricks:
  • We use low fat / low sugar yogurt. Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs. 
  • No strawberries? No carob? No worries! Stay plain or play with other dog-safe fruits and flavors.  
  • Not keen on dairy? Pureed banana and/or coconut milk are potential neutral-coloured alternatives. You can experiment anything pet-safe for your puppy-popsicles.
  • Any tray will do, but flexible ice-cube trays work great for freezing fun shaped treats.  
  • Store and serve straight from the freezer.  These treats will melt quickly, especially in warm temperatures and can be messy while your pup is licking merrily, so these are best enjoyed from a bowl or outside.
  • Different carob products may be stronger/weaker in smell and flavour. My go-to carob powder is quite potent.  Not sure about yours?  You can probably get a very good sense from the smell, but don't be shy to try a little taste taste. :)  It's pretty might even get hooked!  Adjust quantities if/as needed to suit your supply and tastes.

We often make little frozen treats for our boys, especially when the weather is warm.  These treats were made to be valentine-y, but your imagination is the limit when it comes to making pup pops in many other dog-friendly flavours (and colours), so get creative! What are your favourite frozen dog treats?  Feel free to share your favorite recipes or flavour combinations in our comments or on our  Facebook - we love trying new things. If you have any special hot weather dog health and safety tips, feel free to share those too.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.  If you would like us to try and create a special post for an upcoming holiday or occasion in your part of the world, drop us a comment here or on Facebook.  

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