Peanut Butter Snowballs

There’s quite a bit of snow on the ground outside my window here in Gettysburg, and I’d say we’ve officially arrived in the dead of winter. Given these chilly conditions, frozen dog treats may not seem very seasonal, but I thought that I could get away with it if the frozen goodies looked like little snowballs. Plus, my dog and his pals seem to enjoy frozen treats no matter what the season!

These simple, no-bake treats consist of a peanut butter base that is rolled in unsweetened coconut flakes to give it the snowy look. If you’re in a rush or don’t happen to have the coconut on hand, you can certainly skip that step and just freeze the peanut butter mixture in balls, or press the mixture into an ice cube tray or other mold before popping them into the freezer. The coconut flour really helps give this dough the body that it needs to be easily rolled into balls, but in a pinch it can be replaced with an extra 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats.

If you’re going to be storing these treats in the freezer for any amount of time, I find it best to freeze them inside an airtight container–such as Gladware or Tupperware–lined with wax paper. If your furry friends are going to be eating the treats right away, you could just freeze the treats on a plate, platter, or tray lined with wax paper and covered with plastic wrap.

 Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Makes about 24 treats

1 cup natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup coconut flour

Unsweetened flaked coconut, as needed for coating

 

1. In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, oats, and coconut flour.

2. Place about 3/4 cup of the coconut flakes in a small, shallow bowl.

3. Use a tablespoon or small scoop the peanut butter mixture into portions. Roll each scoop between your hands to form it into a ball.

4. One by one, place each peanut butter ball into the bowl of coconut and roll it around until the ball is completely coated in coconut.

5. Arrange the treats inside a container or on a plate lined with wax paper and place them inside the freezer for at least 2 hours. The treats can be placed very close together for freezing but should be arranged in a single layer if you want to keep the round shape.

 

Frozen Peanut Butter Treats

As the dog days of summer start heating up, it’s important to remember that your pooch is probably feeling just as hot and uncomfortable as you are! As always, you want to be sure to keep your dog’s bowl filled with clean, cool water, but from time to time it’s also nice to pamper him/her with a frosty treat. This quick and easy recipe for frozen peanut-flavored treats is a great way to help cool your hot dog down at the beach, by the pool, or after a good romp in the backyard.

Most dogs will really appreciate the novelty of a frozen treat, but as the treat starts to melt it can get pretty messy. A lot of dogs will want to play with the slippery treat like a toy—flinging, pushing, and chasing it all over the place before actually eating it. Therefore, it is best to serve these treats outdoors (or on an indoor surface that you don’t mind having to clean up).

Frozen Peanut Butter Treats

Frozen Peanut Butter Treats

Makes about 10 small treats

 

1/4 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)

1/4 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce

Carob chips, as desired

 

1. Use a rubber spatula to stir the peanut butter together with the applesauce until the ingredients are well combined into a smooth, homogenous mixture.

 

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

 

3. Gently press 2 or 3 carob chips into the top of each treat.

 

4. Place in the freezer until firm, at least 2 hours.

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).