Blueberry-Banana Frozen Yogurt for Dogs

by Kelly on August 24, 2010

As I mentioned in my last post, I just returned from a week long stay at my parents’ house in Minnesota.  It was incredibly relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, although I think Oliver had the most fun out of the two of us.  My parents joke that their house is like doggie summer camp.  He enjoyed a good weekend of car rides…

Oliver looking out the window

Oliver in the mirror

And treats…

Oliver eating treats

And long walks in the woods, filled with smells of moles, squirrels, bunnies, and deer…

Mom walking Oliver

So while I cannot read his doggie mind, I can only imagine he wasn’t too thrilled about his Chicago homecoming.  I don’t blame him.  I have to go back to work so my day is no longer centered around spoiling him rotten.  To make his homecoming to Chicago a little more enjoyable I decided to spoil him with another Yöghund copycat recipe.

Doggie Frozen Yogurt

This time instead of Peanut Butter Banana I made Blueberry-Banana.  With so many blueberries hanging around the house it seemed like an easy choice.  There also seem to be so many dog products enhanced with blueberries because of the antioxidants, though I’m no animal nutritionist so I just picked them because I knew they would be safe and taste delicious.  And Oliver seemed to think so, lapping it down with incredible enthusiasm.  Hopefully if you have any dogs in your life they will enjoy this as well.

Blueberry-Banana Frozen Yogurt for Dogs
Yields 6 servings

Ingredients:
-12 ounces (I used two 6-ounce containers) fat free plain yogurt
-1/2 cup blueberries
-1 medium banana

In a blender or food processor puree together all ingredients. Distribute evenly in a 6-cup silicone muffin pan (or alternatively a standard metal muffin pan in which the cups have been lined with plastic wrap for easy removal). Freeze for 6-8 hours until firm and transfer to a freezer-safe storage bag or container.

As a side bar, thank you for all the votes in the Tastefully Simple recipe contest. I am so flattered and appreciative.  Voting is open through Friday so if you haven’t yet, I’d appreciate if you’d vote for me.  Just view my video here and mark that you ‘like it.’  Note that if you do not yet have a YouTube account it may prompt you to sign up for one.  And yes, I’m a bit, err, awkward on camera.  I have to say I have even greater appreciation for how hard it must be on The Next Food Network Star.  (So thrilled for Aarti by the way!)

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Jessica @ How Sweet August 24, 2010 at 7:59 am

Going to vote now girl!! 🙂

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Lauren August 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

Oliver is too adorable! Shelby loves trips out to the “country” as well… ah, the life of city dogs. As long as they get treats like this, though, I don’t think they mind :).

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RebeccaC August 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

This is so great! I just bought Z some Yoghund last night (sheer laziness) but promise to try your home blend next. Was actually mulling a cute dog treat recipe today. A post has been inspired.

Isn’t it funny how bummed they are to come back to the big, bad, concrete city (can’t blame them).

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Kelly August 24, 2010 at 11:14 am

Jessica – Thank you my dear. Much appreciated.

Lauren – I know. I feel like a horrible dog mom for bringing him back. He still enjoys our walks in the city, but it’s just not the same. He doesn’t seem as “smiley” as there aren’t as many smells.

RebeccaC – I used to do the same thing. Making it is a new revelation when I couldn’t find it in my local Whole Foods (and instead bought the pooch some tart Haagen Daas froyo, which seemed like a bad habit). Cannot wait to see your dog treat post! I really need to get better at making my own more often since they seem to be so expensive, especially when I make trips to the dog bakeries.

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Sues August 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm

What an awesome idea! I mean, I would totally eat it, too. I dogsit for my aunt’s dog often, but she’s superrrr picky about treats (only eats the natural chicken ones, spits everything else out!), so I want to make this for her to see if she’ll eat it!

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Shannon August 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm

my my, love oliver 🙂 it’s so fun to take them out and about!

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Ash August 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

No, no, not at all! I’m happy that we have such a long (and pretty much continuous) growing season here! I feel bad for the rest of you 😉 However, I have gotten a million comments about it from my dad and sister, who are jealous and have amazing gardens in Ohio, but only for a few months.

I think my reader still isn’t right, I didn’t get these posts! Hmm…

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Kelly August 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Ash – Grr. This is making me wish I never switched over to feedburner. Glad you didn’t take offense to my comment. Phew!

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Carolyn Jung August 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm

What a lucky dog to get his own smoothie. Now, that’s a happy, healthy, pampered pup.

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River (Wing-It Vegan) August 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Aww! Oliver looks like he’s having so much fun with the walks and the frozen treats and the head-hanging-out-the-window thing! Look at that little nose on the third picture! *squee!!* He’s spoiled rotten, just like all dogs should be! 🙂

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Jessica August 25, 2010 at 1:25 am

How adorable! I want to give my boy some frozen yogurt! He would be thrilled!

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Kelly August 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Sues – Hopefully she’ll like it. My dog is picky as well. It’s all my fault! He’ll eat kibble only if he is 100% sure there is nothing better around. Whenever he gets a free treat at the bank or something and it’s a milk bone he’ll give it one lick and leave it. I’ve bred such a doggie food snob.

Shannon – I agree. Somehow it makes every trip more enjoyable.

Carolyn – Pampered he definitely is. Although it seems to make his coat look nice too so I like to say that is the real reason. 🙂

River – Oh yes, I definitely think he had fun. And I love his little nose.

Jessica – Thanks. 🙂 It’s such an easy treat to make and I find that my little boy takes a while to eat it so it’s a good babysitter as well.

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Joe August 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

I bet Gus would love this combo – especially since it has been so darn hot lately.

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