Top 5 Recipes of Summer 2015

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Five easy-to-make and awesome summer-inspired dog treat recipes!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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: