One of the simplest recipes you can make for your pooch that is still filled with health benefits! Our frozen banana, yogurt + flax pops are sure to be a hit with your dog – especially on those hot summer days.
- 1 banana – one that is overly ripe is recommended for a bit of extra flavor
- 1 cup of plain yogurt – no flavored yogurts as the added sugar is not good for dogs
- 1/4 flaxseed meal
Make sure your yogurt does not contain Xylitol which is highly toxic to dogs.
First you do need to peel the banana! Then you can place all ingredients in the blender.
Blend ingredients on high until all ingredients are thoroughly blended. It should look like the image below.
Place the molds you are using on a baking sheet. I used these molds if you need to get some!
Fill the molds with the mixture.
Place the whole cookie sheet in the freezer and let freeze for about 3 hours or until frozen.
Remove from the freeze and take the pops out of the molds. Place the pops in an airtight container and store in the freezer. They should stay good for a couple of months – but I am sure they will not last that long.
Fun Fact! You can actually use these in some toys – like Kong toys. This would make a great snack and activity all at the same time – you would just not use the molds and pour the mixture into a Kong. Or you can use the molds – just find one that creates a treat size that you can insert into a Kong.
Now, for the record (ask me how I know this) – you will want to server these treats outdoors! Unless you like cleaning the kitchen floor – and the laundry floor – and the carpet! Yes, my girl got it everywhere.
This is a melty treat…..so ship them outside with it and save yourself some stress.
Limit The Treats!
Ok, I know – they look at you with those puppy dogs and you just want to give your dog all the frozen treats you just made. But I do not care how darn cute those eyes are – you must resist!
While bananas are safe for dogs, they do contain some sugar – and too much can be harmful! Same with yogurt – they have a good amount of fat in them which can also result in belly aches. So be good mom & dad and limit these treats to 1 – MAYBE 2 a day if your pup has a belly of steel.
The Health Benefits
Let’s see how the ingredients stack up so you can be sure you are feeding your pup nothing but the best.
They are filled with potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C – all of which are good for dogs. The high fiber content is perfect for dogs that might have belly issues too. Magnesium is an added bonus that can help promote healthy bone growth and helps busy bodies absorb vitamins.
But like I noted above they do contain sugar – so never give them too many! And – never give them the peels! They are not easily digestible and can cause blockage issues.
Yogurt offers your dog a lot of probiotic benefits which helps keep their digestive system healthy. The calcium it provides can help keep bones and teeth strong.
Only use plain, low-fat or non-fat yogurt! You should never give your dog yogurts that contain fruits or flavors due to the sugar level.
A goodie filled with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These 2 ingredients keeps your dogs coat and skin healthy. There is also alpha-linolenic acid in flaxseed which can help a dogs’ immune system and act as an anti-flammatory.
And there you have it! Healthy and yummy. So go ahead and make a batch, pull up a chair and share a treat with your pup!
- 1 banana (over ripe works best)
- 1 cup of plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- Peel banana
- Place banana, yogurt and flaxseed in blender
- Blend on high until fully mixed
- Place molds on a baking sheet
- Fill molds full with mixture
- Place cookie sheet with molds in freezer for about 3 hours
- Remove pops from the molds and store in an air tight container in the freezer
You can find the molds used for this recipe here.
The number of pops will vary based on the size of the molds you use. I was able to make 30 pops with the molds I used.