It’s not just us humans that can enjoy a nice cold treat on a hot summer day – our pups would LOVE a frozen treat to help them cool off as well! This dog treat recipe is one of my favorites, mostly because it is so. dang. easy! And it’s also super healthy for your pup as well, making it a big win-win situation all around.
There are just 3 ingredients: Peanut Butter, Coconut Oil and Cinnamon. Before I go into the recipes’ instructions, I’d like to explain why these 3 ingredients were chosen.
Coconut Oil: This super trendy ingredient is great for so many aspects of your furry friend. It helps to aid in digestion, promotes a healthy and shiny coat, increases energy while decreasing arthritis symptoms, and can also assist in weight-control. You do want to limit the amount of coconut oil you give your dog, though. The rule of thumb is about 1 teaspoon for every 10 lbs your dog weighs.
Peanut Butter: Before giving your dog peanut butter please check the ingredients. Some brands are using a low-calorie sweetener called xylitol, and it is deadly for dogs. As long as the peanut butter you choose is free from that sweetener, and is also unsalted and preferably all-natural, it is a fantastic treat! Peanut butter contains a lot of protein in addition to healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E and more!
Cinnamon: Small amounts of cinnamon each day can be very beneficial to Fido. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and it also known to help prevent fungus and yeast infections!
(Here are my cute little doggie-treat testers! I know the husky looks concerned, but don’t let that fool you, she gobbled up her treat with lots of enthusiasm 2 seconds later 😉 Ha! )
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (this is about right for a 10 lb. dog, so you can increase this a bit if your dog is larger)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and melt on medium-low heat until everything is in liquid form and mixed together thoroughly.
- Carefully pour the mixture into a silicon mold (or ice cube tray) and place in the freezer.
- After they have frozen, remove them from the tray and place them in an air-tight container that is stored in the freezer (these treats need to stay frozen, as they will melt very quickly).
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