I’m coming down with a case of the weepies. So what better way to combat that than with sweets?! Unfortunately (or fortunately, for my body’s sake) I didn’t buy gelato at Publix, even though it was on sale.
I am a lucky girl though, because I had forgotten some bananas in my fridge and in a panic I’d cut them up and frozen them a while ago, expecting to make “ice cream” with them. I’d never tried it before, but I figured ‘why not?’.
And then it hit me. I’ll make some for the dogs, too. After all, most dogs love bananas!
Anyway, I found the original recipe on Pinterest. If I’m going to be completely honest, theirs looks better. It actually looks like ice cream, whereas mine looks like batter. But, that’s okay, because looks don’t matter. The original recipe is for people and calls for banana, peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips. I changed it quite a bit, simply because I’ve never had the honor of “inventing” -or reinventing- a recipe before, and this seemed easy enough for me to handle.
Banana is good for dogs, peanut butter is no problem (unless your dog is allergic, but I’m assuming that’s not really common since so many treats contain it), and honey is okay in smallish quantities (it’s just full of calories, but other than that no harm for dogs). Obviously the chocolate chips had to go. Unfortunately I get distracted and don’t measure, but I’ll try to guess proportions when I post the recipe at the end for y’all.
Like any fantastic (or hungry) chef, I tasted it after mixing all the ingredients, but it was missing something. So I added a cubed, peeled gala apple (I HATE the skin!!). Lana loves apples, and I had one already peeled because that was what I was originally going to snack on before I remembered I could make “ice cream”. And honestly, adding that juicy, sweet little touch made a huge difference! The apple brought it from I’ll eat it because I hate wasting food to I’ll eat it because it actually tastes good, in a healthful sort of way! I also added just a splash of vanilla extract. I’ve seen it in dog treats before, and I really wanted it for my ice cream.
At this point I pulled about 2/3s of the mixture out (well, I tried to get 2/3s) for the dogs. To theirs I added some baby carrots. I probably should have chopped them first, but I forgot. It worked out since it gave them something to chew on, but I’ll admit they dropped the goopy carrots on my carpet first. I should have thought of that… *facepalm*
Here’s my version of the recipe!
-3 Bananas, chopped and frozen
-About 3.5 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (to taste, really)
-About 2-2.5 tablespoons of honey
-1 peeled, chopped apple (gala is my favorite)
-Just a splash of vanilla extract
-A handful or 2 of baby carrots (completely optional)
Pulse all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor. If you chose to include baby carrots, you can blend them right in or leave them whole (chewing them should be good for your dogs’ teeth, but you probably won’t appreciate “ice cream” getting on your floor when/if your dogs pull the carrots out to save them for last).
If you want to make some for yourself, I just added 1.5 teaspoons of Stevia, a couple dashes of cinnamon (it increases metabolism!) and enough cocoa powder to turn it the color of a good cake batter. Actually, it was enough to make me say “oops!”, but it turned out just right. *Please don’t give your dogs this version, it isn’t safe for doggie consumption!*
Oh, and don’t forget to let the pups lick the spoon you used for the chocolate-free version! (Brody got to lick it too, but his picture didn’t turn out as well…)