Dog Days of Summer Treats!

Recipes provided by Alison Martin, Animal Soul Connection
Bring some lip-smacking fun to your dog’s day and try these yummy summer treats.

Be sure to look carefully at the ingredients in the yogurt you use in these recipes and avoid: Yogurt with any artificial sweeteners, especially Xylitol Yogurt with flavoring components some of which can be dangerous to dogs Yogurt containing “fruit on the bottom” which is heavy in added sugars. We’d love to see photos of your happy dogs enjoying these summer treats! Share yours on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/thetucsondogmag and let’s see who has the coolest dogs in Tucson!!

Frozen Strawberry & Banana Smoothie
Dog Treats

2 cups sliced strawberries or a 16-ounce bag of frozen strawberries
1½ cups plain non-fat yogurt
1 sliced banana (if you have two…use them both)
¼ cup skim milk or almond milk
3 tablespoons honey

Place all the ingredients in your blender on medium speed and blend for approximately 2 minutes. Pour into the molds of your choice or use ice cube trays.

Freeze for 4 hours or more. Pop out of the molds.Ready to ENJOY!
To store: Freeze in zip lock bags or any tight sealing container.

Please note: You can use other fruits instead of Strawberries like Watermelon, Blueberries, Mango, Pumpkin (NEVER EVER GRAPES), and any other Dog Safe Fruit or Veggie. Bananas add a creaminess that no other fruit can offer.

Pumpkin Banana
Pup Pops

1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
1 teaspoon honey
1 ripe banana

Add the banana and pumpkin puree to your blender or food processor and mix until it’s nice and smooth. If you don’t have a blender, you can mix by hand using a fork, especially if you use a nice ripe banana.

Combine the yogurt and mashed banana/pumpkin mix in a large bowl. Add the honey and stir until all ingredients are well combined.

Spoon the mixture into silicone candy molds or ice cube trays.

Freeze overnight (or for a few hours if you’re making it early in the day). Pop out of the molds and serve on a hot day!.

Peanut Butter Turmeric Coconut Oil Dog Treats

1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon

Melt coconut oil so that it is liquid (about 20 seconds).

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and stir until smooth.

Pour into silicone molds and freeze for approximately 15-20 minutes.

Store in the freezer as they will soften quickly when left at room temperature.

Chicken and Biscuits Homemade Dog Treats

2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
2 cups whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour
1 (5.3-ounce) container of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup water
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring until thoroughly incorporated. The batter will be very thick and sticky.

Drop batter by level tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheets. (Because these dog biscuits spread very little during baking, I crowd them together more than typical cookies, and get all of them onto 2 baking sheets.) Using the back of a spoon, flatten the dog treats slightly.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly golden brown.

Cool completely on wire racks. Store in the refrigerator or (for longer storage) in zippered freezer bags in the freezer (thaw before serving).

Pets with food allergies?
Pet parents are encouraged to seek advice from their Veterinarian. The Tucson Dog Magazine does not assume liability for adverse reactions to consumed ingredients.Alison Martin is the Founder of Animal Soul Connection, email: alison@animalsoulconnection.com or visit www.animalsoulconnection.com



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