I’ve been wanting to make ice cream for Sherman and Leroy for quite some time and I finally got around to doing it last week!
They’ve been just miserable with the heat so I thought that I would whip them up something extra cool and refreshing to get them through the week.
I wanted to it to be easy and I wanted enough that would last a few days. It didn’t have to be pretty, just cool, healthy and low fat.
Here’s what I came up with:
- 32oz fat-free yogurt
- 1/4 cup of carob chips
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
And here’s how I did it:
- Put all the yogurt into a container. I used a Glad large food storage container.
- Melt carob chips gradually in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Stir after every 15-30 seconds.
- Pour the melted carob onto the yogurt and swirl with a toothpick
- Place a spoonful of the peanut butter mixture on the yogurt and swirl with a toothpick
- Cover container
- Freeze until solid.
- Cut into bite sizes pieces and store in a freezer bag.
Alright, so it’s not ice cream. It’s just frozen yogurt with carob and peanut butter but the boys loved it and it was easy peasy to make!
Carob is a safe alternative of chocolate for dogs when given in small amounts. Carob does not contain theobromine, caffeine, fromamide, or phenylthlamine which are the toxic substances found in chocolate. It does contain natural sugars. Carob is a legume and comes from the bean pods of the carob tree. It has a naturally sweet and pleasant flavor, and is packed with nutrients. It is rich in vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6 and D, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and protein. Carob is also rich in fiber and pectin, which helps eliminate toxins from the body. It improves digestion, lowers cholesterol, and can be used to treat diarrhea. It is said that carob can also be used to help fight against osteoporosis because it allows better absorption of calcium. If your dog has diabetes, you should consult with the veterinarian before giving them carob due to the natural sugars that it contains. Actually, you should always consult with your veterinarian before adding anything new to your dog’s diet. I’ve been given Leroy carob in moderation since my search for all things good for dogs with intestinal issues.
I actually grabbed an all-natural vegan variety of these at the local grocery store. I’m not vegan and neither are the boys but these looked better than the other variety. The ingredients are malted corn and barely, palm kernel oil, carob powder and soy lecithin. I think they were $6.00 for a 10 oz bag.
Like most dogs, the boys love peanut butter but since it can contain a lot of fat, Leroy rarely gets it. For this recipe I used DogsButter. It’s a safe peanut butter for dogs and it also has coconut oil in it. I only used a small amount to keep it low-fat for Leroy but you can add as much as you think your dog would like.
Hey, the dogs don’t know the difference between low-fat and fat-free so I went with the best option for them. Fat free all natural plain yogurt is where it’s at and it’s great for gastrointestinal health!
Leroy LOVED these and he actually knocked me down while I was trying to take the plate outside to get pictures. Sherman loved them too but he has manners.
One thing that I think I will do different next time is to mix the melted carob chips with the peanut butter so that the carob doesn’t instantly turn hard when it hits the cold yogurt. Duh Jen!
That’s that! I’m not Betty Crocker but these were super easy to make so I thought I would share!