The Best Homemade Frozen Dog Treats! Super Easy Dog Treat Recipe!
I have been wanting to do a post about homemade frozen dog treats but somehow the summer has slipped away too quickly! It is already heading towards the middle of August and I haven’t posted my incredibly super-simple one ingredient (two if you include the water) frozen easy homemade dog treat recipe!
If you read my other posts about homemade dog treats (Homemade No Bake Dog Treats & Amazing Homemade Dog Training Treats), you know I like recipes that are easy and do not require a lot of ingredients. Call me lazy, I don’t know. I enjoy making made treats for Maui but it seems strange putting a ton of effort and multiple ingredients into a little treat that might not even be chewed more than twice before it is swallowed.
The goal of making treats for your dog is to obviously make them something they will enjoy. This doesn’t require five or 10 ingredients, special cookie cutters, or a whole afternoon. It means finding the things your dog likes and making treats out of them. This following recipe is about as simple as it can get and Maui absolutely loves them!
Creation of the Recipe
You can find a lot of really awesome frozen dog treat recipes on the Internet. I’ve looked at a lot of them. I was about to give some of them a go and realized a few things –
- I didn’t want to spend money on cute little freezing trays.
- A lot of the freezing trays create small frozen treats. Maui is a big dog which means she would likely chew these frozen treats. Who wants to chew a frozen treat? Brain freeze!
- Many of the recipes call for yogurt which I didn’t have at the time so I opted for water as the liquid ingredient.
- I wanted to create a frozen treat that Maui could lick instead of chew.
- I wanted three ingredients maximum, with less being better.
Choosing the Liquid Ingredient
These frozen dog treats consist of two ingredients.
As I mentioned above, a lot of frozen dog treat recipes include yogurt. Yogurt is an awesome food for dogs and Maui actually gets a little bit every day but in creating this super simple summer dog treats I opted for water. I did this for three reasons …
- I didn’t have any yogurt at the time.
- Maui likes to lie down when she working on something she can’t just gulp down in a few chews. This means whatever I make for her will be lying right in front of her getting all over her mane (chest fur). I envisioned quite a mess on her fur and just didn’t want to clean that up.
- Water is good for everyone.
You can certainly use yogurt, it’s an excellent source of calcium and nutrients. You can even use bone broth, which is really great source of nutrients and even have some healing properties. You can read about the benefits of bone broth here.
The Second Ingredient
I wanted to use natural, fresh, wholesome fruits or vegetables as the second ingredient. All I did was think about what fruits and vegetables Maui enjoys the most and which of those I currently had in the refrigerator.
She loves carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and apples, amongst other fruits and vegetables. She of course also loves peanut butter.
We chose to o a broccoli, an apple, a peanut butter, and a carrot frozen treat! See what she thinks of them later in this post!
What to Make Them in
There are lots of super cute candy molds you can buy so you can make treats in the shape of paw prints, dog bones, or little hearts. I love them and almost purchased some until I remembered the fact that I wanted something big enough for Maui to lick and not just chew.
I shopped around on Amazon and found a mold that makes 2 ½ inch square ice cubes. Now we’re talking!
If your dog likes to go after rolling balls I also found 2 ½ inch sphere ice molds! You could literally make an ice ball treat for your dog to lick on and chase around (certainly don’t throw it as I’m certain they would crack teeth, but rolling it around could be fun).
If you have a super big dog or a voracious chewer you could even use something like a plastic container from Cool Whip or ice cream and make a gargantuan frozen blended treat!
Making the Treat Cubes
The cube tray has four slots so we tried four different vegetables/fruits, one for each spot.
I have a Nutri Ninja Professional personal blender that I use for my own smoothies so I used this to create a slurry for these frozen treats. These little guys are not all that expensive and they work really well! I looked it up on Amazon and they are actually on sale right now, so it would be a good time to swoop in and grab one if you need it.
I loaded about half a cup of carrots and about 2/3 cup water into the blender cup, tightened on the blender lid and blended for about 30 to 60 seconds.
We then just poured the slurry into one spot of the freezing tray.
We repeated this process making a broccoli slurry, and apple slurry, and a peanut butter slurry. Each went into their own location in the freezing tray.
We filled these a little too full; they ended up overflowing into each other. I’d recommend not filling them right up to the top; leave about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch.
Placed that full freezing tray into the freezer until frozen (how many times can I say some form of the word freeze or frozen).
Pure and simple.
We’ve had some pretty hot days recently here in Minnesota so I broke out these frozen treats so Maui could give them a try.
We soaked the tray in some warm water for a few minutes to melt them just a tad so they were easier to get out of the tray.
Maui quickly chose her favorite! Peanut butter! Since she was so focused on the peanut butter frozen treat, we put the other three back in the freezer for another day.
Maui chased that treat across the driveway until it was gone! She loved it!
She went back looking for the other three and seemed disappointed they were gone. Need to distribute the yum, though!
Give them a try and let us know what your pup thinks!
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