Ice Cream for Dogs

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Who doesn’t enjoy a nice bowl of ice cream? I know I do!

But while you have your ice cream to enjoy, does your dog?

Unfortunately, it’s not good to share your ice cream with your dog because of it’s high sugar content. And flavored ice cream can be even worse depending on what flavor it is, like chocolate.

There is dog safe ice cream sold at some stores, but the cost can definitely add up. And it comes in just one size, which can be too much for little dogs.

I wanted to make some ice cream for Luna and Morgan, so I did some research. I wasn’t happy with what I found.

Many of the recipes I found seemed unduly complicated. Some used more ingredients than seemed necessary for a simple dog treat.

Others used things that seemed unnecessary for dogs, like honey. I don’t know about your dogs, but my dogs don’t need honey in something in order to eat it.

Plus, dogs shouldn’t have a lot of added sugar, so why add it?

So, I decided to come up with my own recipe and see how my dogs like it. I came up with this recipe using Greek yogurt.

Since some dogs are lactose intolerant, I also have a recipe for them. Homemade dog ice cream has no yogurt in it for those that can’t have dairy.

Three ingredient dog ice cream

You need 1 pkg Greek yogurt, 1 ripe banana, and ¼ cup peanut butter.

You can use either fresh, ripe bananas or frozen bananas.

Start with mashing your banana. If you are using frozen bananas, just throw them into a food processor and run it until smooth.

Next add the peanut butter. Mix until combined.

Then add the Greek yogurt and mix until combined.

Dog ice cream after mixing it in a bowl.

Lastly, spoon the mixture into containers to freeze. I used regular ice cube trays since that is all I had. Freeze until solid. Then they can be stored in a freezer bag or other container with a cover.

Dog ice cream in a red ice cube tray, ready to freeze.

You could also use these trays that I found on Amazon. Or reuse yogurt containers. Any container will work, just use a size appropriate for your dog’s size. Morgan definitely doesn’t need as big a treat as Luna can handle.

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.

Large German Shepherd eating dog ice cream.
Luna eating some dog ice cream.

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.

Small, white dog eating dog ice cream
Morgan eating dog ice cream.

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.

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