In our house, summertime is synonymous with fresh fruit. We love it; however, we often don't enjoy the entire tub of berries before they get too soft for our taste. When fresh fruit is too soft for your preference, but hasn’t gone mouldy, it’s the perfect time to bake or cook with them and make some yummy puppy treats! Today we tried two quick and easy recipes for our puppy pals using strawberries and blueberries.
Are berries safe?
Yes! In moderation. A Costco sized container of blueberries may cause your puppy pal some diarrhea but the amounts we're going to use in these recipes are small (and you're not going to give your puppy pal all the treats at once!) Both strawberries and blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which can help strengthen the immune system, slow down the aging process and reduce the risk of canine chronic diseases.
This was so easy! First, wash and prep your fruit. (I used about 5 large strawberries and a handful of blueberries). Then add to a blender with about one tablespoon of honey and, if needed, a bit of water. Blend really, really well. Pour into mold (I used these super cute bone trays I got from The Bone & Biscuit), freeze for 2 hours and then serve.
An easy-to-make cookie with minimal ingredients.
A few notes. The batter is very sticky! This portion filled about 1/2 a cookie tray and made a few dozen decent sized cookies (I just use a knife and cut the cooked dough into squares.). Not wanting to have the oven on for 40 minutes on a hot summer day, I opted for 25 minutes/soft cookie.
Rosa and Ryder approved! Mr. Puppy Pals was sad when he looked in the fridge/freezer and saw these delicious goodies were on reserve for the dogs! (Even though if you wanted you could absolutely share these snacks with both your fur and human family members).
Until next time, we will see you at the dog park :)