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BBS Weekly Drool Recipe w/ Spoon Fork Bacon: Doggy Fro-Yo

This week’s Drool Recipe comes from our new friends Teri & Jenny over at Spoon Fork Bacon! We’d like to thank them for this exclusive recipe and their beautiful photography. Just look at that food styling! This is one that you and your pup will equally appreciate! Thanks again ladies!

Hi All! When the lovely folks over at bestbullysticks.com invited us to do a guest post, providing one of our homemade pet treat recipes we eagerly said, “Yes!” Pets are incredibly important to both of us and hold a very special place in our hearts. We both have pets (Teri has two cats and Jenny has a little min-pin mix) and can acknowledge as well as appreciate the endless loyalty and unconditional love we get from our furry little friends. Since we’re coming up on everyone’s favorite season, fro-yo season this is, we thought that our little babies need some fro-yo love too! We’ve created a quick an easy fro-yo treat without weird additives and preservatives. This treat is all natural and made with Greek yogurt, peanut butter, a banana, and a touch of honey! Before you begin fretting about the use of dairy and your pets sensitive little bellies, here’s a fun little fact: All natural Greek yogurt is actually good for your dogs! The natural live cultures in the yogurt actually help flush all the bad bacteria out of your pooch and help maintain the good ones!…neat right?! I thought so! Anyway, if you’re as crazy about your pets as we are then we urge you to make them this super, simple and tasty treat. They totally deserve it, don’t they?! Oh and if you want more pet treat action, come check out our recipe for “Bacon Bark Sticks”…my little Dexter thinks they’re awesome!

Doggy Fro-Yo
Makes 12 (2 ounce) treats

Ingredients
2 cups of low fat, all natural Greek yogurt (no sugar, no additives)
1 medium banana
1/3 cup all natural, organic peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey

 1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Pour mixture into (silicon or paper) molds of your choice, place on a baking sheet and freeze, at least 1 hour.
3. Remove fro-yo pops from molds and serve.  

From everyone at Best Bully Sticks & Spoon Fork Bacon: Bone Appetit! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Beef-Glazed Green Bean Treats

“Psst! Hey, you want some?” We dog lovers have all spoken these words and treated our pups to a little treat here and there. Would we be loving puppy parents if we didn’t? However, Best Bully Sticks knows that not all snacking is good snacking! That sole reason is why our company is dedicated to all-natural dog treats. But even then, doggy mom’s and dad’s take “treating” your dog too far. In fact, 23% to 41% of dogs are overweight with about 5.1% being obese. If your vet tells you to stop feeding any excess food to your dog in an emergency effort to help loose weight, you should absolutely do so. However, if your dog is just a little pudgy and needs to loose a few pounds, we suggest baking up a quick batch of these treats for your pup!

Beef-Glazed Green Bean Treats are loaded with nutritious things your dog needs. They don’t help your dog loose weight, but they do give a great, healthy alternative that will help Fido feel spoiled while not adding on extra pounds.

Ingredients
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, low or fat free

3 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup green beans, mashed (see note below)

1 cup beef broth, reduced sodium, plus 1/4 cup for glaze

1/4 cup milk, low or fat free

1 tbsp olive oil read more…

Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipe: Honey Carrot Treats

If you’re a seasonal shopper you know that the freshest fruits and berries are showing up at a farmer’s market near you. However, Best Bully Sticks wants to hang on to those last few ground root veggies that are fixing to pass out of season! Lettuce, potatoes, radishes, onions and best of all: carrots! Carrots are a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals not only for you, but for your dog. Carrots are chock-full of beta-carotene, which is transferred into Vitamin A once consumed. Vitamin A supports health vision, skin, hair, bone development and can even be a cancer preventative.

Here’s a great recipe to treat your dog to some yummy and healthy carrots! The carrots paired with tasty chicken, honey and parsley, you’re dog is sure to drool over this one! Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for another great recipe contribution!  

Ingredients
1 Chicken breast, cooked and chopped

2 Carrots, grated

2 tablespoons Honey

1 teaspoon dried Parsley

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/4 cup Water

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

3. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition.

4. Once dough is well mixed roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place dough balls 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet. Press down on the tops with a fork to flatten.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until browned at the edges. Cool and refrigerate.

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen rounds

Recipe and photos courtesy of Doggy Dessert Chef

Weekly Drool Recipe: Homemade Frozen Pupsicle Treats

It’s May and that means warmer temperatures and the need to cool down! Best Bully Sticks wants to share with you doggy owners out there a great and tasty way to not only cool down your dog, but treat him as well. This week we’re making Homemade Frozen Pupsicle Treats! We’re going to give you 2 recipe variants as well as 2 different takes on the creating the pupsicle form! Enjoy!

Apple Honey Pupsicles

Ingredients
2 containers (6 oz. each) plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/3 cup regular applesauce (or a 4 oz. snack size portion)

Directions
Stir together all ingredients in a mixing bowl with a spoon until well combined. 

Peanut Butter Banana Pupsicles

Ingredients
32 oz. plain yogurt
1 mashed ripe banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey

Directions
Mix ingredients in a mixer or blender. 

Pupsicle Formation & MORE variations!

These treats are the most versatile treats out there because you can do so much with them! The neatest ways we’ve seen to form the pusicles are:

1. In an ice-cube tray or egg carton! Pour your frozen treat mixture directly into your unused ice-cube tray or egg carton. This will allow you to take these frozen bits out for your pup as you please! This is especially great for small dogs! Pretty ingenious, huh?

2. In plastic cups! Pouring your mixture into plastic cups about half-way will provide the same ease of serving, but will be better for a bigger dog!

Loosening the frozen treats from the tray/carton/cup is easy. Just pour a little warm water over the bottom of the container!

At this point, you’re free to experiment! These treats are so versatile! For instance, you can substitute an large jar of baby food for the banana in the Peanut Butter Banana Pupsicle recipe. A large jar of baby food is the same volume as a banana, so you can sub any flavor that your dog likes. Broth, fruit puree and different flavored yogurts are great subs!

 Recipe excerpts and photos courtesy of Zim on a Whim & Brett Winn’s Hubpage

BBS Weekly Drool Recipe: Springtime Muffins For Dogs

Every time you bake up delectable dishes, you can usually expect your dog will want a little too. Best Bully Sticks thinks it’s time to indulge them! We’re not suggesting giving your dog your human meals,but Best Bully Sticks figures it’s time to turns the tables. Today we’re giving you a muffin recipe for you dog that you might be begging for by the time you’re done! These easy muffins are perfect for a Spring Saturday morning and most of the ingredients you probably already have on hand.  Just imagine a breeze coming through an open window on a sunny spring morning while your pup and you enjoy baking time together!


Ingredients

1 egg
2 tablespoons honey
2 bananas, mashed with a fork
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cooking spray

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees .

2. In a bowl, whisk together the egg, honey, bananas and peanut butter. Stir in 3 cups water; whisk until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon; add to the egg mixture.

4. Spray two 12-cup muffin pans with cooking spray; fill each cup three quarters full. Bake until browned, about 30 minutes. Let cool.

Recipe Note:
You can also use a mini muffin pan for bite-sized treats. Bake these for about 20 minutes. 

(recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray)

Weekly Drool Recipe: Chock Full Of Cheese Cookies!

Best Bully Sticks says, “Pass The Cheese, Please!” with these yummy, sure-to-please cheese cookies for your dog. We like to call them Chock Full Of Cheese Cookies, and they really are just that. These treats have parmesan and cheddar cheese baked into a cookie. There’s even a cream cheese and peanut butter filling for the inside if that’s not enough!

Cheese is loaded with protein and calcium, both of which are great for your dog. However, cheese can also be very rich. We recommend giving these to a very active dog or limiting the intake of these treats. Also, if your dog has trouble processing dairy, you can substitute cheese ingredients with almond, soy or tofu cheese. Best Bully Sticks hopes your pooch enjoys these hearty snacks!

Cookie Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Cheese & Peanut Butter Filling:

8 ounces of cream cheese, fat free
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Berry Yogurt Bliss

Best Bully Sticks is excited because it’s springtime and that means berries! It also means spending lots of time in the sunny outdoors with your pup. So when those fresh blueberries, strawberries and blackberries make their way into a farmer’s market near you, make the most of both of worlds with these easy, healthy and yummy treats for your pup! Dogs love yogurt and berries, so you can’t strike out with these treats. You might even sneak a few for yourself.

Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for contributing this recipe to our blog!

 

Ingredients
1 cup pureed Berries (Blackberries, Strawberries or Blueberries can all work!)
1/2 cup Plain Yogurt
1 2/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup Oats read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Cheesy Tomato Herb Dog Treats

One word: Savory. This week, Best Bully Sticks brings your pooches a yummy recipe that is everything great about soup but in biscuit form. This recipe is plenty enticing for us humans, yet it’s all for your pup! With the perfect combination of smooth mozzarella, sweet tomatoes and fresh herbs; you might find yourself sneaking a piece too!

Ingredients

2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1/3 cup Milk

1 Egg

5 tablespoons Butter

1 can Tomato Paste (6 ounces)

1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

2 teaspoon dried Basil

1 teaspoon dried Parsley read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Lemon-Lavender Biscuits

It’s spring and that means the occasional thunderstorm.  A good spring rain can refresh the earth and feed your newly planted veggies and flowers.  But, Best Bully Sticks knows that sometimes our pups don’t like the loud booming of thunder. An anxious dog tugs at our heart stings and as proud pooch parents, we want to help calm our dog’s nerves.

That’s why this week we’re bringing you a special treat from our friends at Doggy Dessert Chef! These Lemon-Lavender Biscuits are made with culinary lavender found easily on the Internet or your local spice shop.  Lavender has a calming effect by way of a dog’s olfactory system (nose) and has been proven to be a natural way to calm a dog through thunderstorms and separation anxiety.

Ingredients

1 Lemon (juiced and zested)

1 tablespoon Culinary Lavender

2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 cup Milk

1 Egg read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Boo-sotto, Risotto Dinner For Your Pooch & You

updated October 2014 

Best Bully Sticks brings something special to the table this week: Boo-sotto, a risotto dinner for your pooch.  Boo-sotto is a recipe from Rachael Ray, who created this tasty dish for her aging dog, Boo.

As Boo got older, she needed a careful balance of meat and carbs; lean protein and a large amount of carbs.”

Rachael and her mom would make this for Boo and even enjoy some themselves! Your pup doesn’t have to be the refined type to enjoy this fancy dinner and neither do you. This meal would be great for your dog’s birthday, adoption anniversary or a holiday meal. And as always, check with your vet about which foods are appropriate for you to share with your pet.

** Please note: the original version from Rachel Ray’s site contains ingredients that may be harmful to dogs; it should NOT be followed. We have modified the ingredients to not include garlic and onion, toxic to dogs.

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