Monday, 4 June 2018

{RECIPE} Apple Pie Pupsicle Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats


These easy three-ingredient apple pie frozen yogurt dog treats are doggone delicious!  It's not pupsicle weather here at the moment (brrr....winter!), but the blog dogs have been busy for months pre-prepping and taste testing (such a difficult duty!) treats so that we can keep the blog active through the chaos of moving prep, relocation, and settling into a new home.  And June is Dairy Month, so we're kicking off with a yummy yogurt treat. These frozen treats were a summertime hit at our place and are super simple to make! Soak up some sunshine for us, nothern furfriends!



Ingredients can be easily scaled to suit your own mold (see tips and tricks below) and you can adjust the mixture measurements in any way you'd like to suit your pet and personal preferences. Measurements are indicative only for the treats as pictured. Frozen treats are so easy that way!

Apple Pie Pupsicle Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

1/2 cup yogurt (see tips) or suitable alternative
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce or pureed apple
Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. If you are using a thick-style yogurt, you may find it helpful to water the mixture down for easier mixing. You can also do this if you'd like the treats to be a little lighter. Spoon into a silicon mold or suitable substitute and freeze thoroughly before removing from the molds.  These treats should be stored frozen. I like to unmold my treats and transfer them into a container for longer storage.


Tips and Tricks:

  • Remember to go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs. If you are using a thick-style yogurt, you may find it helpful to water it down for easier mixing. 
  • Not keen on dairy? Pureed banana and/or coconut milk are potential neutral-coloured alternatives or you can combine the apple with stock for a different take on icy treats. You can experiment anything pet-safe, including simple water, as the base. Get creative! It's fun!
  • 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. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • Flexible silicone molds or ice-cube trays work great for making fun little shaped treats.  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. Volumes are very easily scaled, and you can customise the type and amount of flavour add-ins to suit your pet. 
  • 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.

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, have a chat with your vet.

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