They’ll Want To Get Their Paws On These
I wanted to make something special for Frank and Remi’s 10th birthday this year. They especially like frozen dog yogurt (pumpkin and bacon flavor is a favorite) but it is expensive. So when I came across a recipe for Watermelon and Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats from Baking Mischief, I knew I was on to something and maybe it would save us some money! (Well, except for the fact that I ordered paw and bone shaped silicone molds, but that was like $9 so it doesn’t really count, right?)
These are so easy, just puree seedless watermelon and layer with yogurt into the ice cube trays. I used plain Greek yogurt for these. Just be sure your dog doesn’t have a dairy allergy and only choose yogurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Also, and this is very important, be sure they eat them outside, I don’t want to be blamed for sticky, watermelon stains on your furniture and carpet!
I topped a few of these with blueberries which our dogs love. Of course, Frank and Remi are all about getting their 5-A-Day, they would probably like green beans or carrots bits in here too.
The amount of yogurt you will need depends on the size of the ice cube trays or mold you are using. I put the yogurt in a plastic bag and clipped off the corner to squeeze it into the mold. I found that was easier and neater than trying to spoon it in. (The molds that I used were kind of floppy so I put them on a cookie sheet for transportation to the freezer.)
Not the most photogenic treats. These sort of look like frozen meaty bones with the red and white. I also pureed some blueberries to make blueberry yogurt pupsicles – those are the brown ones on the bottom of the stack. Fortunately, Frank and Remi are not picky eaters.
And, in case you were wondering, an internet search confirmed that watermelon and blueberries are both good for most dogs … in moderation … especially if your dog has not eaten any of these ingredients before.
Now, what fun thing can we do for their BD on June 18?
Not the beach as they don’t particularly like water.
No rolling in poop, although Frank says that is fun,
Maybe a dog party like last year …
… or a hike at Cherry Canyon or Griffith Park?
Whatever we do it will include lots of treats, hugs and kisses.
Happy Birthday, Frank and Remi!
2 c. chopped, seedless watermelon (Dulcinea grows a delicious one)
24 oz. plain yogurt (no artificial sweeteners or added sugars)
Puree watermelon until smooth in a blender. Add about 1 tablespoon of yogurt to each space in the ice cube tray or mold. Top with the watermelon puree. Gently press in some blueberries if you like. Freeze until solid (about 4 hours or overnight). Remove treats from trays and store in an air-tight container in the freezer.
Recipe from BakingMischief