Summer afternoons get pretty hot for this fluffy pupper in our old house with no air conditioning. We keep cool with walks in shady parks, romps in the kiddy pool and this two-ingredient doggy frozen yogurt stuffed into Kongs. Made with just banana and plain yogurt, it’s a simple, healthy and refreshing summer treat!
Makes enough to fill 2 large size Kongs.
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- Mash banana in a small bowl and mix well with the yogurt.
- Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer instructions.
- You can serve the frozen yogurt to your dog now but it will be more of a soft serve consistency. For a longer lasting treat, fill a couple of Kongs (or other dish your dog can eat directly out of) and stash in the freezer for a few hours.
Since there isn’t any added sugar, the frozen yogurt is going to freeze up quite hard and will be difficult to scoop. If you can’t freeze it right into something your dog can eat out of, just leave it out on the counter until it thaws out a bit and becomes soft and scoopable again before serving.
All photos by me.
We bought two puppy Kongs for Pepper before we even brought her home. She loved them so much, we knew we would have to upgrade her to standard Kongs when her adult teeth came in. They have been great for teething, crate training, socializing her to the things she didn’t like around the house, or just keeping her busy when we need a break.
She gets a few stuffed Kongs a day as fun snacks to supplement her puppy kibble. I’m allergic to peanut butter, the go-to Kong stuffing staple, so I’ve had to get creative with puppy safe snacks. I usually stuff a couple of Kongs with canned puppy food, banana, yogourt and apples, etc in the morning and pop them in the freezer for later; but some days, she gets a special treat, like this Harvest Pumpkin & Apple Kong.
Harvest Pumpkin & Apple Kong
Yogurt is stirred into the pumpkin for a creamy seasonal treat. The apple and carrot are cut differently for an interesting texture and more challenging puzzle.
Makes enough filling for one large size Kong Classic.
- 1 heaped tsp pure canned pumpkin (not seasoned pie filling)
- 1 heaped tsp plain yogurt (we use 3% m.f.)
- three thin apple slices, cut into matchsticks
- three slices of carrot, cubed
- mix all ingredients in a small bowl and spoon into Kong
- (optional) top with half a Milk-bone treat, for extra pizzazz
- (optional) freeze for 1 hour for a longer lasting snack
All photos by me.