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Friday, April 12, 2013

banana and peanut butter frozen yogurt

Henry and I weren't ready for this freakishly early heat wave pushing temperatures to near 90 degrees. To help my furry little amigo cool down after our walks, I broke out the food processor and made frozen yogurt.  While some dogs may struggle with digesting dairy, yogurt is a good source of calcium, protein, potassium and magnesium and can supply beneficial bacteria. Yogurt may also help soothe an upset stomach. You can purchase frozen treats like Frosty Paws and Yoghund, but because I keep Greek yogurt and fruit on hand, I've found it to be easier and more cost effective to make my own small batches.  

Before you get too innovative with your pooch's frozen treat, make sure you have a good handle on what foods can be poisonous to your dog. The ASPCA has put together a comprehensive list of what foods shouldn't be fed to dogs. I've also included an infographic at the bottom of this post. 

And hey, all the ingredients are human grade so you could enjoy this as a flavored yogurt or frozen treat too! Chobani has a lot of crazy flavors, so consider yourself a market researcher. :)

1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 banana (or about 1/2 cup of fruit of your choosing)

1. Using your food processor, puree the banana, yogurt, agave nectar, and peanut butter until smooth, about 1 minute.  You may need to scrape the yogurt from the sides and the peanut butter from the bottom of the bowl halfway through.

1b. If you don't have a food processor, you can mix the ingredients by hand in a small bowl until well blended. I recommend warming the peanut butter in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds to ensure it will incorporate with the other ingredients. 

2. Pour into small containers, cover with the lids, freeze.


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Original recipes found here and here.

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