Monday, 17 July 2017
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{RECIPE} Golden Milk Puppy Popsicle Frozen Dog Treats

Coconut milk and turmeric dog treats frozen in heart shapes

It is more winter blanket than ice pop weather in our part of the world right now, but I've had this post pre-prepped and waiting to share with our summer friends for a cool treat idea.  These frozen treats combine the key elements of golden milk (without the human sweeteners) into a frosty ice pop.  By layering the treats, the milky top/bottom buffers the turmeric middle layer for easier (less messy) handling and feeding; however, it's super simple to adapt and just combine all of the ingredients instead of a three-part layered process, if you prefer a quicker easier treat.

Golden Milk (Turmeric Tea) Puppy Popsicle Frozen Dog Treats

The treats shown were made with reduced fat coconut milk. If you'd prefer, you can make this with low fat milk (regular or lactose free), goats milk, yogurt, or any "milky" base that suits your preferences and your pet's palette/diet. You can also dilute your chosen liquid with water for a lighter treat. If you're not using coconut milk, you may wish to consider adding a little coconut oil to the treats (the middle mix is a great spot) as both it and the pepper enhance the absorption/benefits of the turmeric. You can even use all coconut oil for the base if you're into coconut oil supplementation for your dogs - just make sure your treat mold is small enough to be a suitable size for serving. 

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 cup suitable liquid (see above), divided
1 tbsp turmeric powder (can adjust quantity to suit your pet)
Sprinkle of ground black pepper
Sprinkle of ginger (optional, and/or can adjust quantity to suit your pet)
Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon (optional, and/or can adjust quantity to suit your pet)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Divide the base liquid into three measures. These can be even thirds or, for a skinny middle, as shown, take less for the middle of the treat. Pour the first (plain) layer into your mold and freeze to set until firm to the touch.  Mix together your liquid and turmeric, pepper, and optional extras. Pour onto the first layer and freeze until firm to touch.  Pour on the final (plain) layer and freeze thoroughly.  Remove from the mold(s). Quickly transfer into a suitable storage container and return to the freezer until serving.  Enjoy in moderation straight from the freezer. 

Heart shaped coconut milk and turmeric dog treats

Tips and Tricks:
  • Measurements are indicative for the treats as pictured, but in reality there are no measurements required - frozen treats are so easy! See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade frozen and chilled dog treats for additional information.  
  • Turmeric is a warming spice, so if your pet really struggles with regulating temperature in hot weather, consider reducing or skipping turmeric treats for a while. 
  • I don't grate cinnamon (for people or pets) the sticks are just photo props. Ceylon cinnamon ("real" cinnamon) is usually the recommended form of cinnamon for dogs, if used. In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. 
  • Volumes are very easily scaled, and you can customise the type and amount of spices to suit your pet.  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. Flexible silicone molds or ice-cube trays work great for freezing fun little treats.  
  • Store and serve from the freezer.  These treats will melt quickly, especially in warm temperatures and can be messy, so these are best enjoyed from a bowl or outside. 
🦴 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.

Coconut milk and turmeric dog treats


  1. Do dogs like turmeric?

    1. Mine sure do - Humphrey's little mouth fires up the drool machine as soon as he sees/smells the shaker. :) They also like beetroot and other rather earthy smells/tastes.

      Not all dogs are alike though. Like people, dogs will have individual likes and dislikes. Our guest author Jacques in this post on Turmeric Sprinkles started to experiment with different ways to use turmeric to find a way to get his picky eater pup to eat it as a regular meal supplement for the health benefits.

      Hope that helps! :)

  2. Do you think these would work as gummies instead of popsicles if I use gelatin?

    1. I haven't (yet!) used coconut milk in gummies, but it should be possible. Let me know if you give it a try! I would probably skip the layering or else make sure that you create your gummy layers with liquids as they'd likely not stick together and would fall apart if you try to sandwich in an oily center.

    2. I recently made a batch of golden milk gummies but with a chicken stock and coconut milk powder base, not pure coconut milk. The dogs were WILD about them - details here.


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