Fruity Frozen Dog Treats

After a very long, unexpected absence from blogging due to illness, I’M BACK! And without a moment to spare: I’m bouncing back just in time to enjoy the springtime weather and the opening of this year’s farmers’ market season! In celebration of the sunshine and warmer temperatures, this week I whipped up a fun frozen dog treat to share with you. I used a fancy, silicone, bone-shaped ice cube tray to make this batch, but you can use any ice cube tray (or even a mini muffin pan) to mold the treats. Just be sure to set aside at least a couple hours for them to firm up in the freezer.

The base of these treats is applesauce. If you have the time and inclination, feel free to make a homemade batch from scratch, but a natural, unsweetened, store-bought applesauce works as well. I included strawberries because my dog Pacey happens to love them; however, you can use whatever fruit is handy in your pantry. Fresh or frozen blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or even dried cranberries would all work well.

Fruity Frozen Dog Treats

Fruity Frozen Dog Treats

Makes about 18 frozen treats

 

About 4 medium-sized strawberries

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 cup applesauce

 

1. Remove the stems and leaves from the strawberries and discard them. Dice the strawberries into very small pieces.

2. Stir the strawberries and parsley into the applesauce.

3. Pour the mixture into the cavities of an ice cube tray or mini muffin tin.

4. Place in the freezer until firm, 2 to 3 hours.

 

Note: Like any frozen delight on a hot day, these treats can get a little messy. It’s best to serve them to your dog outside (or on a floor that you don’t mind having to wipe clean).

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