I love frozen treats.
Ice cream. Popsicles. Slushie drinks. I adore the whole lot of them. One of my favourite frozen treats are those little bite sized ice cream bites. I love a frozen treat that I can just pop in my mouth. The only problem?
The dogs get super annoyed that I can’t share them.
The little ice cream bites are coated in chocolate and that is not at all dog friendly. Now, I could just tell them that ice cream treats are for peoples, not puppies and send them to go lay on their mats, but let’s face it: I’m a sucker for those puppy eyes. They’re like my kryptonite. I knew I had to make a tasty frozen treat that we could all enjoy.
I decided to try frozen banana bites and let me tell you, they were a smash hit!
To make a snack that would appeal to both me and the pup, I decided to coat ripe bananas with rich peanut butter and tangy yogurt and then top them with toast coconut & carob chips. I love to use carob in my dog-friendly recipes. Sure, it’s not exactly the same as chocolate, but it adds a nice kick to it and it’s dog-friendly. These banana bites were just the right balance between sweet and fruity, plus they were ridiculously easy to make!
2 firm, ripe bananas
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons low fat, plain, unsweetened yogurt
½ tsp. vanilla
Pinch of cinnamon
Toppings, like toasted coconut & carob chips
Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Slice the banana into 3/8” chunks. Dip in peanut butter & yogurt mixture and allow excess coating to drizzle off. Repeat until all bananas are coated. Top with coconut & carob chips, place in the freezer and allow to set over night.
Got extra coating? Pour any excess into ice cube trays and freeze for a treat your dog will love.
Once your banana bites are frozen solid, you can just pop them into your mouth for a sweet frozen treat anytime. We even had a bunch of fun, throwing frozen bananas for the dogs to catch. They loved it. In fact, we all loved these treats. I can’t wait to make them again, maybe with a different topping this time.
Linked to http://glutenfreehomemaker.com/2013/02/gluten-free-wednesdays-2-27-13/, http://www.annemariecain.com/wheat-free-wednesday-lent-2/
Have you ever tried freezing bananas? What would you top them with?
Jodi is a canine nutrition and small animal naturopathy student hailing from beautiful Vancouver, BC. (That’s in Canada, eh?) She loves to experiment in the kitchen, creating tasty (and healthy) treats for her two dogs, Felix & Kolchak and the rest of her family. Jodi’s blog, Kol’s Notes follows the antics of the irrepressible Kolchak as he celebrates good food, good friends and the good life.