Creative Cooking

At Home Treats for Your Dog: Peanut Butter, Banana and Yogurt Popsicles

Popsicles and cool treats are not just for people; dogs deserve a little treat to cool down, too. My dog, Abby, loves to run and play outside during the summer, just like any dog does, but sometimes cold water or a dip in the pool isn't enough to cool her down.

Although grocery stores sell ice cream treats for dogs, I decided to make a delicious treat for my dog at home. It's a lot more fun and satisfying to make something for your dog than to simply buy it in a cardboard box. And you can control what goes in it.

Thanks to my favorite Web site for recipe ideas, Pinterest, I have found a delicious popsicle treat every dog will love (this fact is based on the reaction from my dog; I did not try this frozen treat).

After looking at the recipe once, I knew Abby would go crazy for these popsicles. First of all, it has yogurt and peanut butter. My dog absolutely loves licking what's left of my yogurt cup and could eat peanut butter by the spoonful all day long. Although she would be licking the roof of her mouth nonstop if she had peanut butter all the time.

So, to begin making your homemade doggie popsicles, start by mixing 18 ounces of plain nonfat yogurt -- make it healthy for your pup. Then, add half a cup of peanut butter and stir until the peanut butter blends with the yogurt. It takes a little effort to incorporate the two ingredients together.

By the time you have a creamy mixture, your dog will already be by your side wondering what you're creating. Dogs have a sixth sense for peanut butter, I swear.

Now, mix in a four-ounce jar of banana baby food. This surprised me a little bit at first, but it's almost like a liquid, making it much easier to blend into the peanut butter and yogurt than a smashed banana. Plus, dogs are our babies, so it's fitting to use baby food.

Finally, sweeten the popsicle blend with one tablespoon of honey and stir until everything is smooth and creamy.

Fill small plastic cups to the top with the popsicle mix and stick a dog bone half way into the mixture to serve as the handle (and an extra treat once your dog finishes the popsicle). It's almost like the cone on a Nestle drumstick, except it's not filled with chocolate. I did not use Dixie cups like the blogger suggested, but any plastic cup will work.

Stick the popsicles in the freezer and wait until completely frozen to serve to your dog.

If you use Dixie cups, peel away the paper to serve the popsicle to your dog. But if you use hard plastic cups, wet a knife with warm water and gently run the knife around the edges of the cup to remove the popsicle.

I recommend the hard plastic cups like the ones I used so you have a container to place the popsicles back into to save for later.

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