Dog ice cream is the perfect way to cool off in the heat of summer! Made with simple ingredients and ready in no time, you can keep the freezer stocked with pup-friendly ice cream!
There is nothing that makes me feel worse than enjoying an ice cream cone and Rhubarb panting and staring me down with only water to enjoy. There are a few places that sell dog ice cream but they can be expensive and hard to get home before it melts. So, I set out to make some for her.
You’re probably wondering, are dogs allowed to have ice cream? Dogs cannot have too much normal ice cream because it is high in dairy, it usually has lots of sugar, and other human food mixed. While a dog could have those, none of that is good for them.
So we’re making a healthy dog ice cream! All you need to make your own dog ice cream is 3 ingredients and a blender. Plus, you can enjoy it too! It is creamy, delicious, and healthy. The perfect summer treat!
Ingredients for Doggy Ice Cream
Like I said, this recipe is so simple and so quick! You just need a ripe banana, yogurt, and peanut butter. Just be sure to freeze your banana ahead of time to speed up the process.
- Yogurt: Stick with plain, unsweetened yogurt (your dog won’t care that it’s not sweet). Ensure the yogurt doesn’t contain any xylitol, which is toxic for dogs. If your dog is intolerant to dairy, please do not include it in your ice cream, using something like water or bone broth instead.
- Peanut Butter: What dog doesn’t like peanut butter?? Peanut butter acts as the fat in this ice cream and has a very strong smell that makes it irresistible to dogs! Just make sure it is xylitol free.
- Banana: By using a frozen and over ripe banana, it provides sweetness and adds creaminess to the ice cream. (Like making nice cream for humans, if you have ever had that!) As a banana ripens, it releases more sugars and therefore becomes sweeter. The more overripe the banana, the sweeter this ice cream will be.
If you’re anything like me, you throw overripe bananas in the freezer with the peel on (in the hopes that one day you’ll make banana bread). This makes it annoying to thaw and then peel the bananas later. So good news: there is no need to remove the peel! Simply wash then freeze the bananas directly in the peel, then cut into slices. The banana peel is totally edible!
How to Make Dog Ice Cream
The best part about this ice cream is that it can be served immediately. As long as you are using frozen bananas, just blend and serve!
Step 1: Blend
In a strong blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed to incorporate everything. You can opt to use a banana with the peel on or off – it’s safe for dogs either way!
Step 2: Serve
Spoon into a dog-safe serving bowl and let them enjoy!
Storage: To store leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the freezer. Let thaw a few minutes before scooping and serving.
Variations: Try adding strawberries, blueberries, dried chicken, or fish oil to this ice cream for extra yummy flavors! You can also pour this ice cream into a silicon paw mold to make dog ice cream treats.
More Summer Dog Treats!
Everyone gets bored, including our pups. Here are a few other treats to keep them cool in the summer!
- Watermelon Dog Treats are great for hydration and for cooling off!
- Frozen Peanut Butter Celery Chews keep your pup entertained while they much on celery.
- Frozen Dog Treats are great to have on hand during the summer months! Just grab a few to give to your dog and keep the rest in the freezer.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/4 cup plain low fat yogurt (60 g)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (60 g)
- Blend: In a strong blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed to incorporate everything.
- Serve: Spoon into a dog-safe serving bowl and let them enjoy!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Let thaw for a few minutes before scooping and serving.