Monday, 8 February 2016
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{RECIPE} Strawberry & Carob Frozen Yogurt Treats

Homemade carob frozen yogurt heart shaped dog treats

It isn't our usual Wednesday recipe day, but with the recent hot weather here, we added a quick and easy extra to the post plan for any other hot dogs sizzling through summer (sorry to those of you freezing your fur off in the Northern Hemisphere!).  Made in the same style as our easy ice pop star dog treats, you (or the kids) can make these easy homemade frozen yogurt dog treats in just a minute or two, plus freezing time. Fresh and fruity or chocolatey carob? Choices choices!  Why not both?

Simple Strawberry & Carob Frozen Yogurt Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

Carob powder

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Red hearts: Mash strawberries (fresh or frozen - if using frozen, use the juicy water too), add a dollop of yogurt and mix to combine. Spoon into an ice cube tray and freeze.

"Chocolate" hearts: Mix plain yogurt with a dash of carob powder (not too much - a little goes a very long way!) and mix to combine. Sprinkle a little extra carob powder in the bottom of your ice cube tray (optional), spoon your yogurt mix on top, and freeze.

Homemade carob and strawberry frozen yogurt heart shaped dog treats

Tips and Tricks:
  • We use low fat / low sugar yogurt. Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs. 
  • No strawberries? No carob? No worries! Stay plain or play with other dog-safe fruits and flavors. 
  • Not keen on dairy? Pureed banana and/or coconut milk are potential neutral-coloured alternatives. You can experiment anything pet-safe for your puppy-popsicles.
  • Any tray will do, but flexible ice-cube trays work great for freezing fun shaped treats.  
  • 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.
  • Different carob products may be stronger/weaker in smell and flavour. My go-to carob powder is quite potent.  Not sure about yours?  You can probably get a very good sense from the smell, but don't be shy to try a little taste taste. :)  It's pretty might even get hooked!  Adjust quantities if/as needed to suit your supply and tastes.

Frozen pupsicle dog treats are some of the easiest treats you can make. We often make little frozen treats for our boys, especially when the weather is warm.  These treats were made to be valentine-y, but your imagination is the limit when it comes to making pup pops in many other dog-friendly flavours (and colours), so get creative! Any dog safe liquids (or semi-liquid) will work, and the options for flavour combinations and add-ins are endless. Perhaps the best part is that it's almost impossible to mess up a pupsicle "recipe" since you're just freezing things.  If you're working from frozen dog treat recipes, ingredients can be easily scaled to suit and you can adjust the mixture ratio measurements in any way you'd like to suit your pet and personal preferences.

What are your favourite frozen dog treats?  Feel free to share your favourite recipes or flavour combinations in our comments. We love trying new things. If you have any special hot weather dog health and safety tips, feel free to share those too.

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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