Ice Cream for Dogs is a Thing and Your Dog Wants Some

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Dogs and humans agree – when the temperature soars, nothing refreshes quite like a frosty bowl of ice cream. Dog owners know that whipping up a homemade treat is the very best way to show their furry friends how much they are loved.

We’ve pulled together six amazing recipes for dog-friendly ice cream that are so good, you’re going to want to try them all yourself too!

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Topping Ideas

You can top your frozen creation with anything from a handful of treats or kibble, to frozen berries, a sprig of mint, or a big dollop of Greek yogurt (or all three!).

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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream for Dogs
Cantaloupe Ice Cream for Dogs
Watermelon Ice Cream for Dogs
Pumpkin Ice Cream for Dogs
Very Berry Dairy-Free Ice Cream for Dogs
Tropical Twist Dairy-Free Ice Cream for Dogs

Ice cream is a great choice over other frozen treats for dogs that tend to scarf treats whole, have limited teeth, or just love a meal topper that mixes in easily with their regular dog food.

This tasty treat is every bit as nice as the commercial dog ice cream out there without any of those hard-to-pronounce ingredients! We blend frozen bananas with peanut butter and a little yogurt for a protein-rich creamy treat your dog will sit up and beg for. Is your dog lactose intolerant? Replace the yogurt with coconut yogurt or a splash of coconut milk.

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream for Dogs

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Your dog will go bananas for this Frosty Paws alternative!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp plain yogurt (use non-fat or non-dairy alternative, like coconut milk if you prefer) 

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor

Instructions

  1. Dice up a ripe banana and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  2. In a food processor, place the frozen banana, peanut butter, and yogurt in the bowl and blitz until smooth.
  3. Serve with a sprinkle of cookies as pictured, a dollop of fruit (can you say PB&J?), or just as it is.

Your dog will thank you.

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This recipe is all the reason you need to keep a stash of diced frozen melon in your freezer all summer long. Simply toss a handful of frozen cantaloupe chunks into your food processor and pulse with a little yogurt or coconut milk until you get a beautiful, sherbet-like consistency. Works equally well with honeydew.

Dog-Friendly Two-Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream Recipe

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2 ingredient ice cream recipe for dogs

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (300g) frozen ripe cantaloupe
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened yogurt

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender
  • Freezer

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have space for your cantaloupe in the freezer.
  2. Scrub the outside of the cantaloupe thoroughly.
  3. Slice the melon in half and remove seeds.
  4. Slice each half into quarters and remove skin, then dice the fruit into bite-sized chunks.
  5. Place cut melon in the freezer. The more space around your melon chunks, the faster they will freeze, so if you’re in a rush, place pieces on a baking sheet to speed things up.
  6. When completely frozen (2-4 hours or overnight), place about 2 cups (300g) of melon pieces into the food processor.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened yogurt.
  8. Blend until combined, adding a little cool water if needed to blend to your preferred consistency.

Serving suggestions: top your dog’s kibble with a few tablespoons, serve as part of dinner (replacing some of the usual food), or freeze into paw-shaped pops for the ultimate in homemade frozen dog treat goodness. We love these super-affordable dog-safe silicone molds.

Notes

If your dog is lactose intolerant, you can skip the yogurt, though it does change the consistency. A little peanut butter can work instead.

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Watermelon is such a refreshing summer treat on its own, freezing it and whipping it into a frenzy just makes the refreshment happen that much faster. You’re going to love this one as much as your dog does!

Easy Watermelon Ice Cream for Dogs

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Yield 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen watermelon 
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (substitute with coconut milk or coconut yogurt for lactose sensitivities)

Equipment

  • Freezer
  • Food processor

Instructions

  1. Wash melon before cutting.
  2. Dice a few cups of watermelon, removing seeds as you go.
  3. Place in freezer for 4 hours (or overnight if you prefer).
  4. Place 1 1/2 cups of frozen melon in the food processor.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of yogurt.
  6. Blitz in food processor, adding more fruit or yogurt to adjust flavor and texture.
  7. Serve immediately.

Note: You can refreeze the ice cream, but the texture may not be ideal

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Pumpkin Ice Cream for Dogs

The next time you use part of a can of pureed pumpkin, why not freeze the rest to make this tasty recipe? We add a dash of cinnamon and maple syrup to enhance that Pumpkin Spice feeling even in the heat of summer. For extra credit, you could add a pinch of heart-healthy turmeric too.

Simple Pumpkin Ice Cream for Dogs

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Yield 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup non-fat unsweetened yogurt (substitute coconut milk or coconut yogurt for dogs who can’t digest milk)
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of maple syrup

Instructions

Spoon pumpkin puree into ice cube tray and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.

In the bowl of your food processor, place the frozen pumpin, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

Add about half the yogurt, and pulse until combined.

Continue to add yogurt or a little water until you get the consistency you want.

Serve and enjoy!

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Very Berry Dairy-Free Ice Cream for Dogs

This recipe is perfect for the dog who can’t enjoy milk or yogurt or is just looking to avoid excess fat or protein. We blitz vitamin-rich berries with a little water to make a dog sorbet that is tasty, elegant, and low on calories.

Very Berry Non-Dairy Ice Cream for Dogs

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Yield 1.5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed berries (we used strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry)
  • 1/2 cup cold water 

Instructions

Place berries and half the cold water in your food processor and pulse until smooth.

Add more water as necessary to achieve your desired texture.

Serve and enjoy!

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Tropical Twist Dairy-Free Ice Cream for Dogs

This recipe is naturally lactose-free for dogs with milk sensitivities. Pineapple and mango combined with a swirl of coconut milk for that perfect tropical getaway in a bowl. (Attention humans: serve with a float of rum for an “adult” people treat)

Tropical Twist Dairy-Free Ice Cream for Dogs

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Yield 1.5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

Instructions

Combine fruit in the bowl of your food processor and half the coconut milk.

Blitz until combined, adding more coconut milk as necessary to get the consistency you want.

Serve and enjoy!

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Looking for more frozen treat recipes?

‘Puptails’ Frozen cocktails for dogs (that you’ll want to try too!)
The Ultimate Guide to Frozen Dog Treats for Summer
Frozen Banana Bites No Dog Can Resist
Easy Frozen Dog Treats

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