One thing Dinah and Crispin can both agree on is that it’s been bloody hot here for the past couple of weeks. With temps in the 90s they’re a little more low-key than usual (which means Dinah’s been camped out on the cellar trapdoor in the pantry hallway floor, because it’s coooool there and Crispin has been a wee bit less bouncy than usual). They’ve agreed that this is a good week to cool both tempers and wooly pelts with a summer dog treat.

We’ve been making these for so long that I can’t remember the exact recipe or even where we originally got it, but these are a nice alternative to the Frosty Paws you can get in the supermarket. Maybe Leona Helmsley’s Trouble has his own freezer full of those, but Dinah and Crispin have . . .

Peanut butter banana dog pops

1 cup of creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 large mashed ripe banana (or one large or two small jars of banana baby food)

1 large carton plain yogurt

Blend the peanut butter, honey, and bananas well in a large bowl. Stir in the yogurt pretty well, but not so thoroughly that you can’t still see nice streaks of the peanut butter mixture in the yogurt.

Pour into little kid-sized paper cups, set the cups in a baking pan for stability, then freeze until the mixture is firm. Peel off the cups and feed to hot dogs.

Actually, a hot person might like one of these, too.

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