This blog post is a dog-tested and dog-mom approved pup-popsicle recipe. This week I'm taking a tiny break from human food; instead, I've made the perfect pup-pops for your favorite four-legged best friend. I love my dogs so much and would pretty much do anything to make them happy. Including helping them beat the heat with a delicious treat of their own!
What I love about these pup-pops the most is that they have some added health benefits in addition to being yummy. The pumpkin aids in digestion, which is particularly good for older dogs like my Zuzu, and the apple-cider vinegar is great for promoting shiny fur. These are just some tiny tricks I've learned along the way of being a pet owner. Most of all; a happy puppy = a happy owner!
1 can of pumpkin
1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar
There are two different ways to make these pup-pops. You can use a muffin-tin or a set of popsicle makers, whichever one you have in your home. Part of my inspiration for wanting to make these is that they are so expensive at the store. Keep these cheap and easy for yourself. For this tutorial I have used the muffin-tin. Your dogs will love them either way!
Get out your mixing bowl to make the pup-pop base. Start with the pumpkin, then add in the banana, peanut butter, and apple cider vinegar. I didn't use a blender for this because the ripe banana was easy to mash and stir.
Once everything is nicely mixed, it's time to make them into pup-pops. You don't have to let your dogs taste test before, but I did, mostly because my dogs were hovering.
Before freezing them, stick dog bones in each of them. Stand the dog bones up like popsicle sticks.
After about three hours of freezing, they should be ready to serve to your pups. This recipe yields 8 pup-pops.
I served these outside, but they'd be nice for the dog bowl as well. I had to help Zuzu out a little bit since she doesn't always understand how to chew very well (she's such a sweet oldie, y'all). Baloo of course tried to steal some of her food. What dog wouldn't though?!
Part of the great fun of making food is getting to see how happy your food makes other people. Imagine how happy food makes a person and double that for a dog! I got a pretty awesome high-five from Zuzu, and Baloo clearly enjoyed his treat.
Happy Eats My Sweets (and Pups!!),