In Pursuit of Flavors Summer Edition

After saying a prayer of thanks that all the ideas that Tyebe and Shoko of The Canadian Cats and Da Phenny, Neilson and Katty of Easyblog  threw out – such as beer can chicken and squirty whip cream – really did get thrown out, we had to sit down and think up what we like to eat in the summer. Me and Xexe immediately agreed on the frozen treats Mom made for Xe’s birthday. That recipe is at the end, so that you will remember it best. Mom finally decided on the cold soup she’s been making this summer. She likes it and Dad asks for it a lot. Besides the taste, one of the things Mom likes about it is how quick and easy it is to make. So here we go…

Chilled Lemon Basil Avocado Soup 

2 ripe avocados, peeled and roughly chopped
1 C coconut milk
1 C vegetable broth
about 1 tsp of fresh lemon zest (original recipe called for 1 Tbsp, but I thought too lemony, so adjust if you just love lemon flavor)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (adjust to taste)
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon or regular basil
2 tsp minced shallots (can substitute leeks or onion if you don’t have shallots)
1 tsp kosher salt (adjust to taste)

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until very smooth. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the flavors blend. Best when made the day before. NOTE: The soup will taste very mild when first blended, so wait before adjusting seasonings. It will end up about this color, or a little darker.

It’s our turn now. Here’s the recipe for

Frozen Banana-Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter)-Cocomut Oil Dog Treats

1 C softened or melted coconut oil
1 C almond or peanut butter
1 medium very ripe banana (sorta’ ripe is ok too)

Dump everything in a bowl and use an electric mixer to get it all mixed together good. Scoop it into an ice cube tray. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.

Notes: We get almond butter because it’s a lot healthier than peanut butter. Mom had to use a butter knife to loosen the edges to get each cube out. You might want to spray some olive oil in the tray compartments first.
Also, the recipe called for filling a plastic baggie with the mixture, snipping the end, and squeezing it into a fancier mold than an ice cube tray. Really? We don’t care what they look like, just give us more! Oh, and they come out about this color.

It’s time to come inside, Xe. Mom’s made our favorite summer treats, and they’re ready!

Lucy and Xena Schnauzer Warrior Princess

30 thoughts on “In Pursuit of Flavors Summer Edition

  1. Charlee: “Hmm, our Dada says we have a couple of avocados he hasn’t decided what to do with, so maybe he will give this recipe a try.”
    Lulu: “If he can’t decide what to do with them, maybe he should give them to me.”


  2. The pup treats sound very yummy! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for posting the recipe. ~ Bonnie, Belle and Bessie Pups

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  3. Cool soup recipe in all senses of the word ‘cool’!
    I had a smoothie for lunch…but now I’m hungry LOL
    Hugs cecilia

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  4. It was thoughtful for you to include dog treats! And I appreciate a recipe that my vegan husband can eat. Good choice – it looks delicious!

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  5. My question is can humans eat these peanut butter treats because it sounds like something I would want to eat and I know big boy would love them but he has a mama have never fixes him any kind of treat other than bought treats or a cracker and she does cook an egg once a day but that’s it. I don’t even cook for humans if I can get past it but he does get a swipe of peanut butter to lick off mommy’s finger

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  6. oooh we love da coconut oil recipe for pups!!! and now the mama is no longer allowed to use da coconut oil for her paws… bring on da treats, yay! how could your mama know that we look for a recipe with coconut milk? we have two cans what have to go in da next weeks, so this comes at the perfect time, thanks!!!!!

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