Dog Ice Cream

Summer is the perfect time to treat your furry friend to a cool, refreshing snack. What better way to do this than with homemade dog ice cream? This recipe is not only easy to make but also packed with ingredients that are safe and healthy for your dog.


1 banana
4 tablespoons peanut butter
12 ounces plain or vanilla yogurt


Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Spoon the mixture into mold, and freeze for about two hours before popping out of the mold and serving.
Keep any treats that are not immediately eaten in a freezer-safe ziplock bag or container for up to three weeks.


Recipe Notes:

  • Yogurt Selection: Choose plain, unsweetened, and unflavored yogurt. Greek yogurt is a great option as it is thicker and creamier, but make sure it doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.
  • Peanut Butter: Always check the ingredients of the peanut butter you use. Avoid any peanut butter with added salt, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. Xylitol is especially dangerous for dogs.
  • Honey: Honey is optional and should be used sparingly, especially for dogs that are overweight or have diabetes. It can add a touch of sweetness but isn’t necessary for the recipe.
  • Fruits: Blueberries and strawberries are safe for dogs and add an extra nutritional boost. Feel free to get creative with other dog-safe fruits like apples or watermelon (seedless and without rind).

Nutritional Information:

Here’s an approximate nutritional breakdown per serving (one ice cube-sized portion):

  • Calories: 30-40
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sugar: 2g (natural sugars from the fruit and yogurt)
  • Calcium: 15mg

Key Nutrients:

  • Bananas: Provide potassium, vitamins B6 and C, and fiber.
  • Yogurt: Offers calcium, protein, and probiotics, which can aid in digestion.
  • Peanut Butter: Contains healthy fats, protein, and vitamins E and B.
  • Berries: Packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins.

Tips for Serving:

  • Portion Control: Even though these treats are healthy, they should be given in moderation. An ice cube-sized portion once a day or every other day is ideal.
  • Supervise Your Dog: Always watch your dog when they are enjoying a treat to ensure they chew it properly and don’t try to swallow large pieces whole.
  • Allergies: Introduce any new treat gradually to ensure your dog doesn’t have any adverse reactions. Some dogs may be lactose intolerant and might not tolerate yogurt well. If this is the case, you can substitute yogurt with lactose-free options or coconut milk.

By following this simple recipe, you can make a delightful and healthy treat for your dog. Homemade dog ice cream is a great way to keep your pup cool and happy during the warmer months, and knowing exactly what’s in their treats gives you peace of mind about their nutrition. Enjoy making and sharing this fun, frosty delight with your four-legged friend!

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