Vegan Pup-kin Tortoni

Yield: 10 frozen treats

Miss Pyttle, who came by her name honestly, was one of the inspirations for these treats. She’s quite a picky eater, but loves these homemade snacks. Thanks to my sister-in-law, Terri Ann, for capturing Pyttle’s serious and slightly concerned nature in this photo.

approximately 4 large vegan dog biscuits or cookies (Kroger carries some my dogs love–but they love anything)
½ cup canned pumpkin
1 large banana
¼ cup peanut butter

Place biscuits or cookies in a resealable plastic sandwich bag and gently pounded with a rolling pin to make a generous ¼ cup coarse crumbs. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper, parchment or tin foil. Place last three ingredients in a food process and blend until smooth and fluffy. Scrape into a small mixing bowl and stir in dog biscuit crumbs. Drop mixture by tablespoons onto cookie sheets. You should get 10 treats. Flatten slightly on top to make a round, slightly domed biscuit shape. Freeze. Transfer to resealable plastic freezer bags.

Note: While none of these ingredients are harmful to dogs, you should check with your vet to make sure that the proportions of ingredients meet with his or her approval for your particular dog(s).

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  1. talk about being ‘lucky dogs’ this could be the origin of the phrase (had it not already been coined) … Huff must inhale these…I know Ruby will.

  2. Oh and fab foto of Ms. Pyttle!!…(and Huff’s tail going out the gate).
    You’ve got the bloggin’ thing goin’ on!

  3. About “Lucky Dogs”: When Joe mentioned to the exec. director of our SPCA that a dane there looked older than Huff (but wasn’t), she said, “Yea, well not all dogs live the life that Huff does.” That’s for sure.

    These treats are especially great in the summer, as you can imagine, and inhale them they do.

    You are so perceptive to notice Huff’s tail in the background of the photo. I started to point it out, but thought it would be more fun for people to discover on their own.

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