Summer means two things at our house for both two- and four-legged residents: lots of swimming…and ice cream! It’s super easy to make healthy dog ice cream (and we won’t tell if you eat some of it, too!)
You can find doggie ice cream in the freezer section of your grocery store but it’s also very easy (and inexpensive) to make at home–no ice cream maker required!
Below you’ll find our most popular dog ice cream recipe–the classic Peanut Butter & Banana–as well as several additional easy variations you can create in just minutes!
Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Ice Cream
Our Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Ice Cream Recipe has been one of our most popular dog treat recipes since we first published it in 2010, appearing here on the site before it was included in our cookbook, The Healthy Hound Cookbook, and several book reviews.
Our dogs love bananas and peanut butter so I used them as the basis for the recipe.
All you need are ripe bananas, plain yogurt and peanut butter…that’s it!
Be sure to check that your peanut butter does NOT contain Xylitol, a sweetener that is extremely toxic to dogs!
The ice cream just takes a minute to make. Toss the bananas, peanut butter, and yogurt into a blender and blend until it’s mixed.
Next, pour the mixture into ice trays.
You’ll need about five or six ice trays for this amount.
If you don’t have that many available, just pour some of the mixture into a plastic zippered bag and toss it in the freezer to break up when you’re ready to serve.
Silicone trays–available in cute dog bone and paw sets–are another excellent way to make small frozen ice cream treats for your dog.
Pop the trays in the freezer and in a few hours your doggie ice cream is ready to serve!
How to Store the Ice Cream
Once the ice cream has frozen completely, you can pop the cubes out of the trays and place them in a zippered bag in your freezer. The ice cream can be frozen for six months (although I bet it won’t last that long!
You don't need an ice cream maker for this easy recipe that will have tails wagging at your house!
- 3-4 ripe bananas, peeled
- 32 ounces plain yogurt, low-fat
- 1 cup peanut butter, organic
- Add bananas, peanut butter, and yogurt to a blender.
- Blend until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour into ice cube tray and freeze.
Organic peanut butter isn't required but MAKE SURE your peanut butter does NOT include toxic xylitol. Xylitol is fatal to dogs and is found in a few peanut butter brands. Check the ingredients list before
Blueberry Dog Ice Cream
Have some leftover yogurt from the Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Ice Cream? Have no fear…turn that yogurt into Blueberry Dog Ice Cream!
Along with serving as small treats, this blueberry dog ice cream also makes a fun filling for a stuffable rubber treat dispensing toy for some longer-lasting fun. Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are a superfood that’s a favorite with many dogs, ours included.
Stuffable toys like KONG® rubber toys can be filled with liquid mixtures and frozen; their shape will slow your dog’s chewing to extend the life of the treat and to reduce choking hazards.
Tip: Wash Fresh Produce! To avoid the risk of bacteria and pesticides, the best way to wash berries is to give them a good rinse under cold running water right before use.
How to Make Frozen Blueberry Dog Treats
OK, this is about as easy a recipe can get–all you need are two ingredients and a little bit of time to allow for freezing!
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup plain yogurt
Puree blueberries and yogurt in blender.
No blender? You can stir in the blueberries and freeze. Your "doggie ice cream" will be a little chunkier than it would be if pureed, but every bit as tasty to your dog!
Pour in ice cube trays, silicone trays or into a stuffable toy and freeze.
Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream
OK, pumpkin may sound more like autumn than summer–but we all know it’s a great food for our dogs year around. One of the easiest (and most appreciated!) ways to serve it is as dog ice cream — a super simple recipe that you can even share with your dog!
Right now autumn harvest seems far in the future but just recently I found a pumpkin plant blooming in the woods. It was a complete surprise because we hadn’t planted it; late last fall, we smashed an old pumpkin in the woods for the deer to enjoy. We must have chosen a good spot because the plant seems to be thriving:
Maybe we’ll have some pumpkins this fall!
You don’t have to wait until pumpkin season to enjoy this easy recipe for Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream, though!
This recipe can’t be much simpler and involves nothing more than pumpkin puree, low-fat yogurt (plain) and organic peanut butter. Mix them in your blender or mix by hand, if you like.
You can make your own pumpkin puree or purchase canned pumpkin. It’s very important that you DON’T buy pie filling, though…it contains additional sugars and spices that are not good for your dog). All you want is plain, 100% pumpkin puree.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- ½ cup organic peanut butter
- Combine all ingredients in blender then pour into ice cube trays.
- Freeze and serve frozen.
More Dog Ice Cream Recipes!
These ice cream recipes are also available in our Dog Ice Cream Cookbook, one of several freebies you’ll find in our Freebie Library, exclusively for DogTipper subscribers. To download your cookbook, just add your email address to the Subscribe page and watch your email for your password and information on how to access our free dog treat cookbooks!
Cooks: Don’t miss our My Dog Says I’m a Great Cook™ cookbook with over 100 dog treat recipes from the publishers, readers and fans of DogTipper! This paperback book is available in our PawZaar gift store!