Monday, 11 March 2019

{RECIPE} Bone Brothsicles Frozen Dog Treats

It's officially autumn here in NZ (although I'm hanging onto summer until the equinox!), but this past summer has been a scorcher! Perfect weather for cool yummy gummies and frozen treats These Bone Brothsicles were created along with Bone Broth Gummies (stay tuned for next week's post) when a batch of bone broth wasn't thick enough to set on its own for storage and serving. It was a sizzling summer day, so instead of just freezing it into broth cubes, I decided to stretch it out with a broth ice cream treat and a batch of yummy gummies.

Bone Brothsicles Frozen Dog Treats

Note: Bone broth on it's own (or diluted with any dog-friendly liquid) can be frozen for treats or simply to store for later use. These ice-cream inspired treats used a combination of yogurt and lactose-free milk as a slightly lighter popsicle than using just yogurt, but can easily be adjusted or substituted. Ingredients can be easily scaled to suit your own mold (see tips and tricks below) and you can adjust the mixture measurements (or ingredients) 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!

1 cup unseasoned bone broth
1/2 cup plain yogurt (see tips) or suitable alternative
1/2 cup lactose-free milk or suitable alternative

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. If you are using a thick-style yogurt, you may find it helpful to start with the yogurt and incremental add the liquids for easier mixing.  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? Coconut milk, pureed dog-friendly fruits/veggies, or anything pet-safe, including simple water, can be used to create your own custom combo. Get creative! It's fun!
  • 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.  Frozen 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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