Ice Cream for Dogs

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There is nothing worse, in my opinion than having your dog give you those puppy dog eyes because you are eating. My dogs guilt me into sharing almost anything I’m eating. Except for ice cream.

Most of the ice cream I eat has chocolate in it and everyone knows dogs aren’t supposed to have chocolate. On top of that, regular ice cream is high in sugar, which isn’t healthy for dogs either.

So what is a person to do when their dogs are making them feel guilty for eating ice cream and not sharing? 

Since you shouldn’t share your ice cream with your dogs, you can make them their own ice cream. It’s really easy to make and you can make it with only two or three ingredients. 

There are two ice cream for dogs recipes that I like to use and my dogs love both of them. The first is a three-ingredient ice cream that uses Greek yogurt. The second is a two-ingredient dairy-free ice cream.

One thing about the use of yogurt: Dogs are typically lactose intolerant. This means some dogs may have issues with the use of yogurt. Greek yogurt is supposed to be more tolerable than regular yogurt, but you know your dog(s) best. 

Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog new foods.

If you are concerned about giving your dog any dairy, just use the second recipe and skip the dairy all together.

Three Ingredient Dog Ice Cream

For this recipe, you need a 5.3 oz package of Greek yogurt, 1 ripe banana, and ¼ cup peanut butter (make sure the peanut butter does not contain xylitol).

Your banana can be either fresh or frozen. A tip for making this in the future with frozen bananas is to peel the banana and cut it into chunks before freezing it. Peeing a frozen banana is possible, but not easy.

To make this you start with mashing your banana if it is fresh. For frozen bananas, you can just throw them into a food processor and run it until smooth.

Next, add the peanut butter and mix until it is combined with the banana.

Peanut butter, banana, and Greek yogurt all mixed together.

Then add the Greek yogurt and mix until that is combined.

Finally, spoon the mixture into containers to freeze. I used regular ice cube trays since that is all I had but you could also use these trays. Or reuse yogurt containers. Any container will work, just use a size appropriate for your dog’s size.

The dog ice cream in an ice cube tray.

Freeze until solid. Then they can be stored in a freezer bag or other container with a cover.

Ice cream for dogs ready to eat.

Both dogs were very interested in what I was making, so I let them help me clean up. Luna got to lick out the bowl and Morgan got to lick the spoon.

Both the bowl and the spoon were licked so clean you couldn’t tell I had used them.

I took that as positive feedback and was excited to see how they liked them frozen. Since they both love ice cubes, I was pretty sure they would like them.

After they had been in the freezer for most of the day I gave each dog one. They both loved it and had it gone within seconds.

German Shepherd Dog eating the frozen treat.
Small, white dog eating some ice cream for dogs.

The only thing I might change is to make Luna’s a little bigger. She took the whole thing in her mouth and chewed it. No licking it for her.

Morgan licked hers for a while until she was able to get the rest in her mouth.

It was definitely a success with my dogs.

Dairy-Free Dog Ice Cream 

If you don’t want your dog to have dairy or your dog is one of the many that are lactose intolerant, this dairy-free dog ice cream is for you.

All you need for this recipe is 2 ripe bananas (fresh or frozen) and ¼ cup peanut butter (make sure the peanut butter does not contain xylitol).

To make this just mash the bananas or run frozen bananas through the food processor.

Peanut butter and banana puree mixed together.

Once the bananas are completely mashed, mix in the peanut butter until it is combined.

Then spoon it into an ice cube tray, paw or bone-shaped tray, or some other small container, like an empty yogurt container. Freeze until solid.

Dairy free dog ice cream.

Once solid you can store them in a freezer bag or other container with a cover.

Once these are frozen you can give them to your dog(s). Morgan and Luna both enjoyed their ice cream. They both gobbled their dog ice cream, faster than I could get a good picture.

Final Thoughts

Both of these recipes for homemade dog ice cream would be great treats to give to your dog outside on a hot day. Otherwise, inside I recommend keeping your dog on an easily cleaned surface. Once the ice cream starts melting it can make a mess.

Of course, if it makes a mess, you have a built-in mess cleaner-upper. At least if your dogs are anything like mine… Morgan and Luna love to lick up any messes, especially if peanut butter is involved.

Do your dogs enjoy dog ice cream?

4 thoughts on “Ice Cream for Dogs”

    1. I used a single-serve, 5.3 oz package of Greek yogurt. I also fixed it in the post, thank you for pointing that out to me.

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