It’s hot out there. And while humans can easily jump in a pool or grab an iced cold brew to cool down, our beloved dogs need a little extra help chilling out on their own. Below are six easy recipes (veganized) for homemade dog treats varying in shape, size, and ingredients. Recipes can be made in paper cups or popsicle molds; just make sure to use small nylon dog bones instead of sticks so your dog won’t choke (a small treat also means your favorite Fido can have seconds). Here are our favorite homemade ways to cool down our four-legged fur children.
1. Frozen Puppy Yogurt
This recipe from Making Thyme for Health is both healthy and delicious for your pup. Coconut milk, unsweetened peanut butter, maple syrup, and carrot combine to make a sweet treat while the addition of probiotic capsules (choose a dairy-free one) help with the frozen yogurt-like consistency and keep your puppy’s tummy happy!
2. Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Treats
This recipe from Detoxinista is super simple, but the real “wow” factor comes from using silicon pans in the shape of dog bones or paws! Using just banana, water, and unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter, you can whip these up with ingredients you’re sure to have around!
3. Carob Fudgsicles
Dogs would surely love to dig into some real chocolate fudgsicles; luckily, using carob as a swap for chocolate (carob does not contain theobromine, the toxin that makes chocolate poisonous to dogs) makes this recipe from Long Haul Trekkers canine-friendly! In addition to the carob, the recipe uses full-fat coconut milk, peanut butter, banana, and maple syrup. Carob is also high in fiber and pectin, which can eliminate toxins and is great for treating tummy issues.
4. Whole Fruit Pupsicles
These pupsicles from Dogington Post are more like true fruit popsicles than ice cream. Simply combine water, any kind of chopped fruit, and a bit of molasses (making sure to pick out any seeds or pits) and pour into popsicle molds! You can enjoy these alongside your pooch on a hot day.
5. Frozen Dinner
Is frozen dinner really a treat? It can be, and it doesn’t even require a recipe! Simply soak your dog’s vegan kibble in enough water or low-sodium broth to cover about half of it. When the kibble has absorbed most of the water, throw it in the freezer either as is or stuffed into a Kong or other fillable treat.
6. Bahama Mama
This recipe was the winning entry from Kong’s Connect Recipe Contest. Get tropical with your pup’s treat by combining unsweetened, shredded coconut, pineapple, granola, and peanut butter and spooning it into a Kong or rolling to form logs.
Hayden Seder is a freelance writer and editor in Sun Valley, Idaho and has been vegan for 14 years.