I give my Dachshund Gretel a stuffed Kong when I leave the house to help with her separation anxiety.
In an attempt to reduce her calorie intake, I switched from peanut butter stuffing to making my own low-calorie stuffing.
Each small stuffed Kong holds 2 Tbs so each Kong was almost 200 calories when filled with peanut butter.
My goal has been to get it down to 50 calories per Kong.
I knew my first attempt failed when my dog would not eat it.
I have been trying several different recipes since then.
I was trying to make the stuffing with all kinds of beneficial supplements but I know they didn’t all taste that good.
I decided to go back to basics and slowly add stuff in.
I finally found one low calorie Kong stuffing recipe that is worth sharing.
Peanut Butter, Banana, Coconut Kong Stuffing Recipe
- 1 – 15 oz can Butternut Squash (unsweetened, unsalted)
- 2 medium Bananas
- 1/2 c fresh-ground peanut butter
- 3 Tbs (15 grams) CocoTherapy Coconut Chips
- 2 packets Honest Kitchen Pro Bloom Instant Goat’s Milk
- 2 Tbs Diggin Your Dog Pumpkin Cranberry Firm-Up Flakes
Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until they form a paste.
Transfer the mix into a condiment dispenser bottle for easy filling of the Kong and put it in the fridge (freeze what you are not going to use in two days*).
Fill a Kong and freeze overnight before giving to your dog.
Makes approximately 3 1/2 cups. 2 Tbs serving = 54 calories.
Details about the ingredients:
The pumpkin flakes and kelp in this recipe are primarily used so the mixture is not so runny.
However, Pumpkin is a beneficial ingredient because it is known to aid in digestion.
It’s a shelf-stable* instant goat’s milk that will stay fresh until you are ready to mix it with water and use it (as long as you store it in a cool, dry place).
*Note: once the goat’s milk powder is mixed with liquid, it must be used within two days.
Freezing of the goat’s milk does not kill the good bacteria (I know because the dog Mom from MyBrownNewfies asked) so you can freeze the part of this mix that will not be used within 2 days.
The goat’s milk acts as a binder in this recipe but contains important digestive enzymes and probiotics that support a healthy digestive system.
Raw goat’s milk such is also known to have cancer fighting properties and it is believed to help many other illnesses.
Making your own Kong stuffing is important when you are concerned about the number of calories your dog is consuming (this is especially a concern for small dog owners).
Focusing on ingredients that are low-calorie is great but don’t forget it still needs to taste good to your dog.
Part of the problem with my first batch of low-calorie Kong stuffing that did not go over well was that my dogs really like peanut butter and it didn’t contain any.
In this recipe, I added enough back in to give it a peanut butter taste, while still keeping the calories to a minimum.
After giving my small dogs Kongs with this reduced calorie filling, instead of straight peanut butter, for 2 months, they lost over 1/2 lb. each.
That may not sound like a lot but it matters when you only weight 10 lbs 🙂
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.