Simple And Delicious Recipe For Doggie Ice Cream

If you want a fun, unique, and easy treat for your pup, this doggie ice cream ticks all the boxes. With just a few simple, all-natural ingredients, you will make your dog’s day!

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A Fun Way to Enjoy the Summer Together

The dog days of summer are here for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, and while we have an array of frozen treat options available to help keep us cool, I think our furry best friends too often miss out on the fun.

So, I decided to change that this year and for the first time (much to the delight of Phoebe, Franklin, and Froda), I started experimenting with recipes for doggie ice cream.

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For the first attempt, I started simple. With just a few steps, you too can whip up refreshing ice cream for your pup, packed with great health benefits that will make tails wag. If you’re not convinced, just check out my taste testers’ faces when they tried it for the first time!

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Doggie Ice Cream Ingredients

For this dog-friendly ice cream, all you need are three ingredients!

  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
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Xtra Health Tip: Always check with your veterinarian before introducing new foods. Like people, all dogs are different, and their tolerance for these ingredients depends on numerous factors including age, allergies, health conditions, and more.

Bananas

This fruit is not only delicious but also brings numerous health benefits to your pup. Bananas are a great source of fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes a healthy gut. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals, providing a natural energy boost.

Xtra Eco Tip: Skip the plastic produce bag. Place the weight sticker directly on your fruits and veggies or invest in reusable produce bags like these from Amazon.

Yogurt

Choose Greek or plain yogurt to avoid unnecessary additives and sweeteners. Yogurt is rich in vitamins, minerals, and probiotics, which promote a healthy digestive system and strengthen the immune system.

It’s a tasty way to introduce beneficial bacteria into your pup’s diet.

If your pup is lactose intolerant, you’ll want to make a substitution here. You can either leave the yogurt out completely or try a dairy-free option made especially for dogs. 

I’ll be sharing more on dog yogurts in a future post once I do some more research on the available options. In the meantime, for those living in Europe, YowUp! is a natural, lactose-free yogurt for dogs (and cats) that you can try.

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Peanut Butter

Select an all-natural, unsalted, and unsweetened variety. Peanut butter is a fantastic source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.

These nutrients contribute to your pup’s overall well-being, promoting muscle strength, a healthy coat, and a strong immune system.

Xtra Health Tip: Xylitol is highly poisonous to dogs; even a small amount can be dangerous. Learn about other common food dangers here.

Supplies

You’ll need just a few supplies for this simple recipe. And no worries if you don’t have an ice cream maker!

  • Measuring cups
  • Blender
  • Ice cream maker (optional)
  • Freezer-safe container

Doggie Ice Cream Creation

Step 1: Prepare the Bananas

Peel and slice the bananas. Optionally, you can place them in the freezer for approximately 2 hours to help speed up the ice cream freezing process.

Step 2: Blend

Transfer the bananas to a blender. Add all-natural peanut butter and plain yogurt. Blend the three ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Step 3: Transform into Ice Cream

Pour the smooth mixture into your ice cream maker, and let it churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will create a perfect soft-serve consistency.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, don’t worry! Simply pour the mixture into an airtight container and freeze it for 4-6 hours until it reaches a firm consistency.

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And as this recipe makes much more than a single serving, you can store this ice cream in the freezer for future enjoyment (1-2 months). Before serving, just let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to slightly soften. 

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Enjoy the Show!

Place one serving (depending on the size of your pup) of the frozen treat in a clean dog bowl and enjoy watching your pup completely indulge!

pug mix dog looking at cup of homemade dog ice cream

Xtra Health Tip: Whenever serving treats, remember the 90/10 rule. At least 90% of your pup’s daily calories should come from balanced meals, leaving no more than 10% for the fun stuff.

As you can tell from the ingredients, this ice cream is not only for the dogs. It is delicious, and my whole family (not just the furry ones) enjoyed a bowl. My pups were beyond thrilled to be able to share this fun and unique treat with us.

What did your pup think? Let us know in the comments if this recipe managed to get an eye-popping reaction!

Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Ice Cream

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Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Ice Cream

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Your pup will appreciate this tasty treat on hot summer days (or, let’s be honest, on any day in any season)!

Ingredients

  • 4 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • ½ cup Greek or plain yogurt or lactose-free substitute (without xylitol)
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (without xylitol)

Instructions

  1. Slice the bananas.
  2. Blend the bananas, yogurt, and peanut butter until creamy.
  3. Churn the mixture in the ice cream maker per the manufacturer’s instructions. Alternatively, place the mixture in the freezer for 4+ hours.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for 1-2 months.
  5. Serve and watch your pup go crazy!

Notes

Before serving, remove ice cream from the freezer for a few minutes to allow it to soften slightly.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

FAQs: Doggie Ice Cream

How often can I give my dog ice cream?

While homemade dog ice cream can be a fun and tasty treat for your pup, it should be given in moderation. Limit servings to a few spoonfuls a couple of times a week, depending on your dog’s size and dietary needs.

Can I customize the recipe with other ingredients?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different dog-friendly ingredients, such as blueberries, pumpkin puree, or honey.

Just be sure to avoid any ingredients that may be harmful to dogs, such as chocolate, grapes, or raisins.

How long can I store the leftover ice cream?

Store any leftover dog ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just be sure to thaw it for a few minutes before serving it to your pup again.

Is peanut butter safe for dogs?

Generally, yes. Peanut butter is a favorite treat for many dogs. However, it’s crucial to choose a peanut butter without xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs.

Also, opt for unsalted, unsweetened varieties to avoid unnecessary additives.

My dog is allergic to peanuts. Can I substitute peanut butter?

Yes, if your dog has a peanut allergy, you can substitute peanut butter with an alternative nut or seed butter, such as almond butter or sunflower seed butter.

Just make sure the substitute is free from any harmful additives or sweeteners.

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More Homemade Frozen Treats

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