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Monday, 17 July 2017

{RECIPE} Golden Milk Puppy Popsicle Frozen Dog Treats

It is more winter blankie than ice pop weather in our part of the world right now, but I've had this post pre-prepped and waiting to share with our summer friends for a cool treat idea.  These frozen treats combine the key elements of Golden Milk (without the human sweeteners) into a frosty ice pop.  By layering the treats, the milky top/bottom buffers the turmeric tinted center for easier (less messy) handling and feeding; however, it's super simple to adapt and combine all of the ingredients instead of a three-part layered process if you prefer.

Golden Milk (Turmeric Tea) Puppy Popsicle Frozen Dog Treats

The treats shown were made with reduced fat coconut milk. If you'd prefer, you can make this with low fat milk (regular or lactose free), goats milk, yogurt, or any "milky" base that suits your preferences and your pet's palette/diet. You can also dilute your chosen liquid with water for a lighter treat. If you're not using coconut milk, you may wish to consider adding a little coconut oil to the treats (the center mix is a great spot) as both it and the pepper enhance the absorption/benefits of the turmeric. You can even use all coconut oil for the base if you're into coconut oil supplementation for your dogs - just make sure your treat mold is small enough to be a suitable size for serving. 

1 Cup Liquid (see above), Divided
1 Tbsp Ground Turmeric (can adjust quantity to suit your pet)
Sprinkle of Ground Black Pepper
1/8 Tsp Ground Ginger (optional, and/or can adjust quantity to suit your pet)
1/8 Tsp Ceylon Cinnamon (optional, and/or can adjust quantity to suit your pet)

Divide the base liquid into three measures. These can be even thirds or, for a skinny middle, as shown, take less for the middle of the treat. Pour the first (plain) layer into your mold and freeze to set until firm to the touch.  Mix together your liquid and turmeric, pepper, and optional extras. Pour onto the first layer and freeze until firm to touch. Pour on the final (plain) layer and freeze thoroughly.  Remove from the mold(s). Quickly transferinto a suitable storage container and return to the freezer until serving.  Enjoy in moderation straight from the freezer. :)

Tips and Tricks:
  • Measurements are indicative for the treats as pictured, but in reality there are no measurements required - frozen treats are so easy!
  • Flexible silicone molds or ice-cube trays work great for freezing fun little treats.  
  • Volumes are very easily scaled, and you can customise the type and amount of spices to suit your pet.  If you want a precise measure of a specific mold's capacity, you can do a test pour from a measuring cup of water to measure the volume required to fill your tray.
  • Store and serve from the freezer.  These treats will melt quickly, especially in warm temperatures and can be messy, so these are best enjoyed from a bowl or outside.
  • Ceylon cinnamon ("real" cinnamon) is usually the recommended form of cinnamon for dogs, if used. In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. I don't grate cinnamon...the sticks are just photo props. :)
Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, 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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.


  1. Do dogs like turmeric?

    1. Mine sure do - Humphrey's little mouth fires up the drool machine as soon as he sees/smells the shaker. :) They also like beetroot and other rather earthy smells/tastes.

      Not all dogs are alike though. Like people, dogs will have individual likes and dislikes. Our guest author Jacques in this post on Turmeric Sprinkles started to experiment with different ways to use turmeric to find a way to get his picky eater pup to eat it as a regular meal supplement for the health benefits.

      Hope that helps! :)

  2. Do you think these would work as gummies instead of popsicles if I use gelatin?

    1. I haven't (yet!) used coconut milk in gummies, but it should be possible. Let me know if you give it a try! I would probably skip the layering or else make sure that you create your gummy layers with liquids as they'd likely not stick together and would fall apart if you try to sandwich in an oily center.

    2. I recently made a batch of golden milk gummies but with a chicken stock and coconut milk powder base, not pure coconut milk. The dogs were WILD about them - details here.


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