This weekend I went strawberry picking. Unfortunately, Luna was not allowed to come. As much as I would have loved her company, she probably would have run up and down the rows sniffing out all the good strawberries and eating them before I or anyone else got the chance to pick them.
Do not fret my friends, Luna still has gotten her share of the delicious fruit. She knows it is strawberry time every time I open the fridge even if I am just getting a glass of water. She plants herself right in the middle of the kitchen and gazes up with her big brown eyes until she gets the taste of a juicy strawberry.
If I am preparing strawberries for snack or dessert, you can bet she is right there sitting on my foot, mouth open ready to catch any tasty morsels that I may drop. I usually drop a piece by “accident.”
I am pretty sure my boyfriend has been sneaking her strawberries too. Either that or he is hoarding them for himself. We picked around five pounds of strawberries on Saturday afternoon. By Tuesday morning, we are down to less than two pounds. They have to be going somewhere!
With some of the strawberries we have left, I decided to whip up Luna an extra special treat. After all, she has been so helpful with all the packing. A recipe by Jodi and Kol of Kol’s Notes and little island dreaming inspired me to make tropical frozen Kong stuffing and pupsicles.
If you have never considered giving your pup strawberries, you may be surprised to know that they may have some health benefits. Strawberries are packed full of vitamins and also contain an enzyme that helps whiten teeth. Even though strawberries can be beneficial, they are high in sugar, so they should only be fed in moderation or as a special dessert like these pupsicles!
Strawberry Banana Pupsicles
Cut up a banana.
Cut up a handful of strawberries.
Add about a cup of nonfat, sugar free, plain yogurt.
Blend it all together.
I used my immersion blender, but a regular blender or just mixing by hand works too. If you would like a chunkier mixture, cut bigger fruit pieces and blend a little less. If you are looking for a thicker mix, use a little less yogurt and little more fruit. Thicker mixtures might be better for Kongs or other food dispensing toys that have holes on both ends.
Put the mixture in the Kongs or molds.
Freeze for 2-3 hours or overnight.
Make room in your freezer ahead of time or you might end up with yogurt mixture all over your freezer and frozen food, not that I know about this from experience.
Enjoy! If your pup is willing to share, you can even have some too!
As you can tell, this recipe is very scientific. Once you have mastered this pupsicle recipe, spice it up by adding blueberries or any of your dog’s favorite fruits. After Luna eats all the Strawberry Banana Pupsicles (or tomorrow), we will experiment with an apple pupsicle!
What is your favorite Pupsicle recipe?
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