On a hot day, there is nothing better than an ice cold treat. And of course, your pup needs one too! We have five great ways to make Frozen Dog Treats that are delicious and nutritious for your pup.
Who’s ready for summer?! We are! But we are not ready for the heat. Neither Rhubarb nor I are made for heat, so I like to prepare a bunch of popsicles for us both to enjoy to get us through the warm months. My favorites are these people popsicles, her favorites are these simple frozen treats.
But the thing is, these frozen dog treats are perfect for *any* time of year. Because, fun fact, dogs don’t think it’s weird to eat frozen treats in the winter.
Serving your dog food in frozen form is a great form of mental enrichment, making them slow down and take some time to enjoy the flavor.
And with these treats being as small as they are, they make a great addition to any meal! I just throw a few onto her bowl of food to add some nutrient and flavor variety!
Today we’re covering five awesome ways to make frozen treats for your dog – some are fruity dog treats and some are veggie dog treats. These frozen treats are packed with nutrients and only use two ingredients. With flavors like strawberry, carrot, kale, banana, and blueberry, your pup is sure to love them!
Ingredients for Frozen Dog Treats
- 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 frozen dog treats, using something like water or bone broth instead.
- Fruit and Veggies: We chose to use fresh fruits and vegetables because they add tons of nutrients for our dogs! Since these fruits and veggies do have natural sugar in them, always give them to your dog in moderation.
Strawberry Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats
For the first of our fruit and yogurt dog treats, we have strawberries. Strawberries are a super ingredient for dogs! They are high in fiber and antioxidants and they have an enzyme that helps to whiten dogs teeth. How cool is that!
Carrot Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats
Carrots are also high in antioxidants, but in addition, carrots are super high in vitamin A. This helps our dogs immune systems, keeps their coats super shiny and glorious, and keeps their eyes in tip top shape!
Banana Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats
Bananas are high in fiber and vitamin C. Fiber is critical for a dogs digestive system and vitamin C keeps their immune system feeling A++. You could even blend some cauliflower into this one!
Kale Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats
Just like for people, kale is a nutrient dense ingredient that we could all use to eat a little more of. For dogs, these nutrients help to support bones, heart health, and colon health. Use in moderation because it contains calcium oxalate, which can cause health issues including kidney and bladder stones. If you don’t have kale, feel free to substitute spinach or even broccoli.
Blueberry Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats
Blueberries are super good for dogs and humans! Blueberries are one of the richest antioxidant sources in the world (1 cup is made of over 13 thousand antioxidants), making it a great way to fight free radicals, support the immune system, and reduce inflammation (learn all about the benefits of blueberries for dogs)!
How to make Frozen Dog Treats
These frozen dog treats are super fast and easy to make! All you need is a blender, yogurt, and your choosen fruit or vegetable. If you want to make yours into paw prints and bones, you can find these adorable silicon molds here.
Step 1: Blend the ingredients
Add the yogurt and fruit or vegetable to a blender and blend until smooth. If you are making multiple kinds, simply make one at a time, following this process through to step 3, then start over. Rinsing the blender between flavors will ensure bright and defined colors.
Step 2: Pour into molds
Lay your molds on a flat tray. This makes them easier to fill and move. Poor your frozen treat filling into the silicon molds. Leave a little bit of space at the top to allow the treats to expand when they freeze. Freeze until hard or at least 4 hours.
Step 3: Serve!
When ready to serve, pop treats out and serve to your dog and all their furry friends (always while supervised)!
Want to save these for later? No problem! Simply keep them in the molds and cover them with plastic wrap or put them in a sealed container. You can also remove them from the molds and store them in a zip lock bag or sealed container. As long as they do not begin to melt while in the container, they will not stick together.
For some more fun fruits and veggies, try adding watermelon, great for hydration, or spinach, so many vitamins and lots of fiber.
- Watermelon: Learn all things watermelon for dogs!
- Spinach: Everything you need to know about feeding your dog spinach!
- Avocado: Just a teaspoon of avocado gives your dog healthy fats and loads of nutrients.
- Kefir: You can replace the yogurt with kefir for an even more probiotic-dense treat.
Other Treats Your Dog Will Love
Did your dog love these frozen dog treats? Try one of these other delicious dog friendly recipes!
- Homemade Dog Popsicles or pupsicles as we say. They include peanut butter for an extra yummy treat!
- Dog Friendly Banana Split is best shared between you and your pup!
- Yogurt Dipped Strawberries are like the deconstructed version of these blended frozen dog treats. Just dip, freeze, and serve!
- DIY Dog Biscuits are a classic (and have just 3 easy ingredients).
- Homemade Puppuccinos are fun and easy to make in 5 different flavors!
- 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt (be sure to NOT use yogurt that contains xylitol, which is toxic to dogs)
- 1 cup dog-safe fruits or vegetables
- Blend: Combine 1 part low-fat yogurt and 1 part fruit/vegetable in a blender until smooth, adding a splash of water as needed to get things moving.
- Pour: Place silicone dog treat molds onto a flat plate or baking sheet for easier transfer to the freezer. Pour mixture into silicone molds, leaving a little room at the top for them to expand while freezing. Freeze until solid, about 4 hours.
- Serve: Pop them out and serve as occasional treats for your pup!
Store frozen dog treats in an airtight container (as opposed to in the mold) in the freezer to prevent freezer burn.