Top 5 Recipes of Summer 2015
As the summer of 2015 comes to a close (*sigh), it’s a bittersweet time to look back at all the things I whipped up for Oscar with fond memories. There were frozen treats, berry delights and gluten-free goodies – all of which Oscar ate with wild abandon. If you missed any of these recipes this summer, it’s still not too late to give them a try… they taste just as good in the fall and winter months.
Oh Baby! Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipe: Too lazy to bake a sweet potato, mash it up and blend it into a smooth puree? No judgment here – I know I am! A jar of sweet potato baby food is the perfect hack for this gluten-free dog snack.
Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe: Pet parents couldn’t get enough of this cool treat that blends pureed pumpkin and banana into a cool snack. It takes about 5 minutes to get everything together – after that, you just pour the mixture into ice cube trays and let your freezer do the rest of the work!
Peanut Butter & Jam Frozen Mini Cups: The lunch-time standard now comes in cup size. Oscar loves peanut butter and strawberries, so it was natural to combine the two into one delicious frozen treat. Instead of jam, I went the natural route – just add fresh or frozen strawberries to the blender and turn them into a puree. No sugar added and shareable with humans (if you can get one away from your dog).
Blueberries Galore Dog Muffin Recipe: They’re not just for breakfast anymore. These Blueberry Dog Muffins are perfect any time of the day. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries – either choice works just as well and you don’t have to wait until they’re in season to bake up a batch. Just hold off on the coffee for Fido.
Frosty Watermelon Dog Treat Recipe: This one had to be my favorite of the summer. Both Oscar and I cooled off on these sweet frozen treats and they didn’t last long in our house. I scooped out the fresh watermelon, added some coconut milk and mixed them together in the blender. A touch of honey sweetened the pot, turning this concoction into an instant success!
Watch the video below to learn how to make them:
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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