I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since I first made gourmet pupsicles! Since then all different kinds of frozen treats have been a staple at our house. So much so that when I first adopted Burt he figured out how to open the freezer on his own because he knew there was good stuff in there!
While we’ll always love the classic gourmet pupsicle with yogurt and peanut butter, I’ve learned so much about dog nutrition lately that I wanted to come up with a new recipe using ingredients I’ve discovered are great for my dogs’ health. What I came up with is a super healthy goat milk pupsicle recipe!
Try This: Super Healthy Goat Milk Pupsicle Recipe
On my podcast, my conversations with Amanda Rose of Holistic Pet Radio and Dr. Judy Morgan inspired me to add more raw ingredients to the dog’s diets. So these pupsicles are rich in antioxidants, probiotics and fatty acids that will give your dog better digestion, immunity and energy. Plus… I used a freeze dried fish as the “pupsicle stick” so they just look really cool!
Benefits of Goat Milk, Kale + Coconut Oil
These pupsicles are packed with so much nutrition! I knew these would be great foods to give Burt and Lucy, but I did a little extra research to find out just how amazing they are.
The base of the pupsicle is goat milk, which is easy for dogs to digest and is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and probiotics that help in the digestion process. According to the Holistic Hound, goat milk is actually more tolerable for your dog to digest than cow’s milk.
Another nutrient-dense food that Amanda and Dr. Judy told me about is kale. Of course, I know kale is good for me but I wasn’t sure about how to work it into the dogs’ diets. These pupsicles make it so easy!
According to Nom Nom Now, the phytonutrients available in cruciferous vegetables like kale help boost your dog’s immunity and provide antioxidants that disarm free radicals before they can damage DNA and cell membranes. This alone can prevent cancer in your dog. How powerful is that!? The same phytonutrients are also responsible for maintaining a healthy heart and eyes.
Another ingredient I worked into this recipe is coconut oil. It’s known to help with your dog’s metabolism and improve their skin and coat. Thanks to SitStay I also found that it can reduce allergic reactions.
Give An Antioxidant Boost To Your Dog Treats
Blueberries make great dog treats on their own, and they can also be added into baked or frozen dog treat recipes. According to Nature Ripe Farms, blueberries contain antioxidants and fiber. Not only can they lower your dog’s risk of heart disease and cancer, but they’re also anti-inflammatory which is a high-priority for big dogs like my labs.
Recipe: Healthy Frozen Goat Milk Pupsicle
OK, now that you know why I chose all these amazing ingredients, let me tell you how to put it all together.
Coconut Oil (try to find a raw, organic one like this)
Goat Milk (available at Trader Joes, you can also get powdered milk online like this and this)
Freeze Dried Whole Fish (I used these Icelandic Capelin)
Popsicle mold or simple Dixie cups
Grab a big handful of kale, about 2 cups worth. Add that to a food processor with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. If needed, add a dash of water so everything turns into a fine chop. Spoon this mixture into the bottom of your popsicle mold or cups.
If you don’t have a food processor: dice the kale very finely and spoon into molds. Then melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and evenly distribute it between the pupsicles.
Add 2 or 3 blueberries (fresh or frozen) to each pupsicle. Top with goat milk.
For the capelin “sticks” I cut using scissors so half of my pupsicles are heads up and half are tails up! Just mush them down into the kale at the bottom. They should be able to stand up straight. If not, you can freeze the pops for about 45 mins and then stick in the fish. But remember, these are for dogs and they’ll love them no matter what they look like!
The Trick to Getting Pupsicles Out of the Mold
When I pulled the first pupsicle out of the freezer, I tried to tear away the paper cup. That didn’t work! The base of it was totally frozen to the treat.
Instead, what you want to do is run the outside of the cup or mold under warm water for a few seconds. They’ll pop right out!
I recommend enjoying this treat outdoors since it can get a little messy. You might be able to hold the stick for a little bit while you dog licks the milky part. But Burt and Lucy don’t have that kind of patience. They immediately grabbed these out of my hands and scarfed them down! Especially after I made them wait during these photos.
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