Pumpkin Oat Dog Treats

I know pumpkin season is pretty much over, and that makes me sad, but the good side is that stores are putting their left over stock on great sales. While at Target last week I found 20oz cans on sale for $1.41, and I had to buy a few. Not only does my family love pumpkin, but so does my dog. Now I’m left with too many ideas on what to do with all this pumpkin. Of course pie, bread, and cake make the cut, but I can’t leave my Max out of the deliciousness. With Valentine’s day coming up tomorrow I thought it would be a great time to make some heart shaped treats and try out a new recipe.

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Frozen Yogurt for Small Mammals

I love ice cream, and I love sharing ice cream with my pets. The only problem is most ice cream is too sugary for animals, especially small mammals, and even I have to admit that sometimes loving your pets means not sharing… almost. What it really means is that you make a pet healthy alternative that looks the exact same and share it instead, like this frozen yogurt!

This recipe only takes one ingredient, and even though it does take some time, your work is only about ten minutes. If you have an ice cream maker, you can absolutely use it, but the directions below are for making smooth frozen yogurt without one.

To make this dessert even more delicious, and to add the extra level of awesome, I added Kaytee dried papaya bites as sprinkles. I love these treats because they are good for your pets and contain only two ingredients (papaya and food coloring), and they are so much fun to look at. Pets love these treats because they are naturally sweet. I found the Kaytee dried papaya at Petco, in the small mammal department, but you can also get it here.

For this recipe you need

* Yogurt – look for a yogurt that is low in sugar. Greek yogurt will make a creamier end product.
* Dried Papaya or other pet safe toppings. Some fresh fruit or greens would be a good choice.

 

Directions

Step 1: Dump all of your yogurt into a medium sized mixing bowl
*note: the bowl I used in these pictures was just a bit too
small

Step 2: Place to bowl in the freezer for 45 minutes

Step 3: Take your yogurt out and mix it with an electric hand mixer (or vigorously with a fork) for one minute. The purpose of this is to break up any large ice crystals that are starting to form.

Step 4: repeat steps 2 and 3 two more times.

Step 5: Once you pull your yogurt out of the freezer and mix it for the third time, it should be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Though it won’t look quite as smooth. To get the smooth classic ice cream look, spoon some yogurt into a zip top bag and cut a hole in one corner. Squeeze the yogurt out of the bag just like soft serve.

Step 6: Top as desired and serve. And yes, this recipe is totally share-able by you. That’s why I love it so much.

 

*Note: This is a treat, and it is sweet, so please feed in moderation. And if you have any concerns about dairy or your pets diet talk to your vet first.

 

Yogurt just put in bowl

 

Yogurt after 45 minutes in freezer

 

Yogurt after a second 45 minutes in the freezer

 

Yogurt after the third freeze. You can see it holds it’s shape now

 

The yogurt comes out nice and smooth

 

Top and serve. Looks good enough to eat!

 

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

This post is not sponsored in any way by KAYTEE, however this post does contain affiliate links, which means I may get a small commission from your purchase with no additional costs to you.

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