Aspen’s Birthday Ice Cream

Just in case others might be interested in making the ice cream Aspen got for her birthday, here’s the recipe along with some pictures from her special day.

3-4 cups of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
3/4 of a cup of peanut butter
1 twigs worth of fresh mint (optional)

We mixed the yogurt, blueberries and mint in a large bowl. Then we used a ladle to spoon the mixture into containers. We then swirled the peanut butter into each container (for a cool effect) and then placed each container into the freezer until completely frozen.

Aspen and the others absolutely loved their frozen treat. Even Cessna licked hers up until it was gone (she’s a picky lab so this is a good sign).

Banana Oat & Carob Bites

For anyone who is interested, here is the recipe for Canyon’s birthday treats. I think I copied the recipe from a site called Dog Tipper.

Banana Oat & Carob Bites

3 large (very ripe) bananas 
1/2 cup (125 mL) all-natural (just peanuts) peanut butter (we used Kraft chunky) 
1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil (we used vegetable)
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract 
2 cups (500 mL) quick oats (or old-fashioned large flake) 
2 Tbsp (30 mL) ground flaxseed (optional) 
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder 
1/4 tsp (1 mL) cinnamon 
pinch of salt 
1/2 cup (125 mL) carob chips (optional, we had powdered so just mixed it into the batter)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the peanut butter, oil and vanilla.
3. Add the oats, flaxseed, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and stir just until blended. Add the optional carob chips and stir until combined. (we let the batter sit for about 20-30 minutes so that the oats had a chance to absorb some of the liquid because the batter was pretty thin)
4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray, and bake for 12-14 minutes, until just set. Let cookies cool completely on a wire rack.

Cookie Recipe

Everyone has been asking me for the cookie recipe I use when making my dog’s favourite treats. Here it is!!

1 cup of Oatmeal (do not use the instant type)
¼ cup of Vegetable Oil (but you can use any type of fat)
1 cup of Boiling Beef Drippings (or we sometimes use boiling water when making bananas or chicken stock )
1 Clove of Garlic (or vanilla extract when using bananas)
1 teaspoon of Parsley (or rosemary if making chicken or cinnamon if using bananas)
1 cup of Rice Flour (or whatever flour you have on hand if a gluten allergy is not an issue)
2-3 tablespoons of Corn Syrup or Honey
Enough additional flour to make a stiff dough (amount will vary)

In a large mixing bowl, add oatmeal, fat and boiling beef drippings, and mix. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Add 1 cup of flour, corn syrup, parsley, minced garlic and begin mixing. When well blended, begin to slowly add flour to make a stiff dough.

Take out of bowl and knead out on floured surface until smooth.

Preheat oven to 250F.

Roll dough to about ¼ inches thick and cut into shapes with your favourite cookie cutters. Place close together, but not touching (cookies will not spread much while cooking) on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 45-60 minutes or until cookies are dry and beginning to brown.

I hope your dogs enjoy these cookies as much as mine do. Thank you Missy (DG puppy raiser) for sharing this recipe with me years ago.

I’ll try and post an update on the dogs for everyone tomorrow or on the weekend at the latest….it’s been a while I know!