Here is a frugal dog treat recipe that your dogs will absolutely love. It is frugal with just 3 inexpensive ingredients, one of them being overly ripe bananas. Unflavored greek yogurt (fat or no-fat) and peanut butter make up the rest. Blueberries can be added if you like. We get about 75 medium sized snacks out of a single batch at a cost of $7.00. That is not buying in bulk or using coupons!
Buying family size peanut butter 2 packs, using coupons or waiting on sales can cut the cost per batch (easily) down to $4 or less per batch!
We prefer unflavored greek yogurt, but regular unflavored yogurt will work as well. We use unflavored so that we don’t have to worry about dog unfriendly sweeteners or additives.
Inexpensive and easy to make healthy frozen dog treats that your puppies will love. The great part is that you can use overly ripe bananas that would otherwise go to waste! Ask your local grocer to save the over ripe bananas, you can often get them at a discount or for free!
- 3 ripe bananas ~1 pound
- 1 cup peanut butter **xylitol free!
- 32 oz unflavored greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup washed blueberries optional
- 1 medium mixing bowl (we prefer stainless steel) (see notes)
- 1 rubber spatula
- 2-3 nonstick cookie sheets and or wax paper
- 1 storage container
- 1 electric mixer (see notes)
- 2 large kitchen spoons
- 1 measuring cup (1 cup size)
Peel bananas and chop into manageable size chunks and place them in the mixing bowl. Because over ripe bananas can be pretty gooey, I prefer to put them in the freezer just long enough to partially freeze them before peeling.
Use electric mixer, hand mixer or wooden spoon to blend bananas into a paste consistency. Make sure to remove any rotten spots or peel pieces you missed during when peeling them.
Mix into the bananas, on low speed, the yogurt and peanut butter until the mix is consistent but not overly creamy. The rubber spatula is great for getting every last bit of peanut butter and yogurt out of the jars and measuring cup.
At this point the (optional) blueberries can be gently folded in with the rubber spatula or lightly mixed in with the mixer. Less is more here! In this case, we were out of blueberries, but the photo shows what the mixture should look like at this point.
Using the kitchen spoons, place dollops of the mixture on wax paper covered cookie sheets. Smaller blobs for smaller dogs, larger blobs for larger dogs. This mixture is sticky, so technique is everything! See video at bottom of post for technique.
Place cookie sheets in the freezer (2-3 hours) until the treats are fully frozen. Remove the treats from the wax paper and store in ziplock bags or other airtight storage container. Place the container in your freezer in a convenient place, because you will be opening it daily!
CLEANUP - Well that is the easy part. The dogs will take care of most of the hard work, from licking the bowls and beaters clean to taking care of the spills.
- XYLITOL WARNING! - please read the label on your jar of peanut butter! XYLITOL is becoming more popular as a sweetener and it can be deadly for dogs!
- I prefer stainless steel mixing bowls with a non-slip rubber exterior. They are easy to hold onto and don't get hot or cold to the touch regardless of what you are mixing. At the same time, they work well to keep cold things cold and hot things hot during mixing and/or serving.
- An old school hand or electric mixer is an invaluable item to have in the kitchen. While we find great value in large stand mixers, they are sometimes too much trouble for small jobs.
- Here is the technique for doling out the mixture onto the cookie sheets. This takes some practice, but once perfected it will make ANY recipe that requires spooning gobs of goo, much easier.
- Cleanup is a breeze:
Please don’t forget to check out Doc’s Coupon Saving Center. The coupons are always fresh and up to date. Greek yogurt and peanut butter are often on sale. In fact, if you aren’t using coupons (as easy as it is) every time you shop, you are not getting your frugal dollar’s worth!
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