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July 11, 2011

Peanut Butter Popsicles

These easy DIY treats will please your pup

  • Mix up some frozen treats to help keep your dog cool at any time of year. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

  • This mutt, Madigan, enjoys cool breezes and homemade popsicles. Loren Drummond/The HSUS

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Serves a family's worth of dogs

1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened
Half a ripe banana, mashed
Water as needed

In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. The water and banana aren't essential, but they help with freezing consistency.

Line an ice cube tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. (You don't have to use the paper, but it can make prying the cubes out easier.)

Spoon the mixture into the cubes, or drop onto the tray just like you would cookie dough. Freeze for several hours or overnight. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.

Serve, and turn any hot dog into a happy camper.


  • Pet popsicles can be made out of all kinds of things your dog (or cats) eat normally, so experiment to see what your dog likes best.
  • You can fill up a rubber Kong-style toy and freeze—a great cool-down treat for when you will be away for a few hours.
  • Try treats suspended in water, watered down wet food, and favorite frozen veggies.
  • Avoid: onions and onion powder, salt, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb leaves and stems, avocados, and anything else on this list.

(Recipe courtesy of Loren Drummond.)

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