Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treats

I know that everyone is like “OMG!!! Bring on Fall!!! Pumpkin Spice All The Things!!!!” but it’s still hotter than the surface of the sun here in Florida. In fact, we have just 2 seasons: Hot and Hotter.

Here, these frozen treats will be a welcome reprieve to the heat for most of the year. And even it it’s cold out, I bet your dog will enjoy them.

These Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treats are super simple to make so whipping up a batch will be quick and easy for you. And before you know it, your dog will be giving you extra kisses to thank you.

These treats just need 3 ingredients: Bananas, Peanut Butter, and Coconut Oil.

And you just need to beat everything together until smooth, pour into some paw and bone shaped molds, and freeze.

The best is that they are super healthy for your doggo.

 

We all know that bananas are a great source of potassium, but they are also packed with Fiber, B6 Vitamin, Biotin, Manganese, Vitamin C, Copper. No wonder they are the world’s most popular fruit!

The peanut butter is a good source of protein and fiber. As well, peanut butter is full of antioxidants, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and resveratrol. Did you know that resveratrol has anti-aging and anti- cancerous properties? So one of their favorite treats is not only delicious, but it’s good for them too!

Lastly, the coconut oil helps with digestion, immune support, and improves their coats. Coconut Oil is a good fat, that is packed with Medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which is composed of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic. The Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, which help boost their immune system. Similarly, Capric and Caprylic Acid also best known for their anti-fungal effects. Coconut Oil is a great super food for you and your dogs!

Plus, they naturally are dairy and gluten free, which is great for a lot of dogs with allergies.

While they are healthy, they are treats so we treat them as such. We give these treats to Kemper and Brinkley only 1x a week as they are high in fat and calories from the coconut oil and the peanut butter. As I explained, the coconut oil is a good fat, that even helps in weight loss, but we still don’t want to overload them with treats in general, especially since we do watch their weight so closely.

Kemper and Brinkley are super excited when we take these guys out of the freezer. They rush over to the back door to get outside as quickly as possible. They sit well, Brink wiggles in place) and wait for a treat to come their way.

Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treats

Makes approximately 24 treats, depending on size

Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 Cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil

Process

  1. Beat all of the ingredients together until very smooth.
  2. Fill the cavities of a ice cube tray or mold.
  3. Freeze for several hours.

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I love summer

I love summer.

The outside activities, sunshine, and warm mornings all make me happy.

The smell of sunblock and bugspray are my perfumes.

Water activities are the best.

Sunkissed cheeks are extra kissable.

I love the way that Autumn comes home with tangled hair matted to her from running around and getting sweaty.

Cold glasses of ice tea are a must.

Melty ice cream cones make for sticky fingers.

Our dogs flop into the cool tile floor after a long walk.

The smells of grills fill the air at night.

S’mores are my summer time addiction.

Flip flop tan lines are a sigh of freedom.

Piles of sand on the car floor means a great weekend was had at the beach.

Going down the slide at the pool is a given.

Summer is the best season.

Pics from this weekend’s community splash pad event.

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S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

It’s the last day of S’mores Week 2017!!!

Amanda and I have hoped that you enjoyed the fun S’mores recipes that we shared this week. We have always had a blast sharing these recipes. I an’t believe it was already our 5th year doing it.

I wanted to really go all out this year with fun things like S’mores Monkey Bread, the Boozy S’mores Milkshake I shared yesterday and I wanted to end the week with a bang! So I decided to hit the scales hard with a fun combination of elements to make this crazy treat.

Let’s go… Chocolate chip cookies! Nutella! Marshmallow! Ice Cream!

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 4

Ingredients

  • 8 chocolate chip cookies
  • 1/4 Cup nutella
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • 4 scoops of ice cream, vanilla is suggested

Process

  1. Arrange 4 chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet. Spread a Tablespoon of Nutella on each cookie.
  2. Place a scoop of ice cream on each cookie and immediately put into the freezer.
  3. Roast the marshmallows and put them on the other cookies.
  4. Sandwich together while the marshmallow is still warm.

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Boozy S’mores Milkshakes

Today is National S’mores Day!!!! Hip Hip Hooray!

Boozy S'mores Milkshake

We made these milkshakes recently and they were such a fun treat. A fun boozy treat. You can simply omit the booze but my gosh, so good.

We slurped up our milkshakes for dinner one night after a long day of being super busy around the house on a hot day. A milkshake for dinner certainly makes up for mowing the lawn, all that laundry, food shopping, and other endless errands and various tasks around the house that never seem to end.

I’m in my 30’s I’ll have a milkshake for dinner if I want to! I think you have to ‘live it up’ once in a while and this boozy milkshake is a fun option.

Be sure to skip the chocolate liqueur if you are making these for kids. An extra shot of chocolate sauce will help intensify the chocolate flavor.

The milkshake has a wonderful rich flavor from the chocolate ice cream and the chocolate graham crackers. It reminds me of cookies and cream. So yummy! And I love the thick consistency too!

The marshmallows that polka dot the glass are just so super fun too! But I won’t judge if you skip the decoration and just pour this sucker in a glass to enjoy quickly. I won’t even judge if you just put a straw directly in the blender. 🙂

Celebrate National S’mores Day with a fun, sip-able s’mores treat.

I won’t tell if you won’t tell that you have this for dinner. You deserve it!

Boozy S’mores Milkshakes

Makes 2 Big Milkshakes

Ingredients

  • 20 mini marshmallows
  • 1 Pint of chocolate ice cream
  • 4 shots dark chocolate liqueur
  • 1 1/2 – 2 Cups milk
  • 4 chocolate graham crackers
  • Whipped Cream
  • marshmallow bits
  • 1/2 chocolate graham cracker, broken into 2 pieces
  • 1/2 of a Hershey’s chocolate bar, broken into 2

Process

  1. Cut the mini marshmallows in half. Decorate 2 glasses buy sticking the tacky cut side on the inside surface of the glasses.
  2. Combine the ice cream, chocolate liqueur, and 1 1/2 Cup milk in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add in the graham crackers; blend again. Add milk if needed to reach desired consistency.
  4. Carefully pour into the glasses to not disturb the marshmallows.
  5. Top with whipped cream, marshmallow bits, graham cracker, and chocolate.
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S’mores Cake Mix Cookies

S'mores Cake Mix Cookies

There was a photoshoot in our house yesterday!

S'mores Cake Mix Cookies

I previously wrote about how we organized our kitchen with some awesome stuff from Rev-A-Shelf, so they came out and photographed

They were here for the whole day doing set up and getting overall kitchen pictures and pictures of the products in use. It was such a cool experience.

I can’t wait to check out the photos once they are done being edited.

S'mores Cake Mix Cookies

Anyway, have you made cake mix cookies before?

I am so addicted to them and how easy they are to whip up. They are my new go to sweet treat activity with Autumn. I now stock up on cake mix when they are on sale. If the timing is right I can get them 10 for $10. Just a few affordable ingredients that just need mixing that a 3 year old can easily go.

Obviously, making cake mix cookies is fun but the best part with these S’mores Cake Mix Cookies is the fun goodies you add ino the mix and on the top. How can you resist a chocolate cookie with chocolate chips, pieces of graham cracker, and itty bitty marshmallow bits??! You just can’t!

S'mores Cake Mix Cookies

The cookie base has a nice fudgy texture and the added s’mores fix-in’s are the best finishing touch to bring that camp fire experience indoors. Be sure to grab a glass of milk and enjoy a cookie or two.

S'mores Cake Mix Cookies

S’mores Cake Mix Cookies

Makes 22-24 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 15.25 ounce package of chocolate cake mix
  • 2 graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 Cup chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Mini Marshmallow Bits

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place a non-stick silicone baking mat on a large cookie sheet.
  2. Whisk together the oil and the eggs until combined. Mix in the cake mix.
  3. Once the cake mix is completely moist and lump free, mix in the graham crackers, chocolate chips, and marshmallow bits.
  4. Scoop heaping tablespoon sized dough balls on to the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes to allow of them to set up. Remove to continue to cool on a cooling rack.

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Check out Amanda’s awesome Peanut Butter Bacon S’mores Crispy Treats.

They are the perfect mix of sweet and salty! A yummy mix of crispy rice cereal and golden grahams are coated in peanut butter and melted marshmallows and then tossed with crispy bacon and chocolate chunks.

 

 

 

 

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