There is nothing quite as satisfying as a frozen treat on a hot summers day. And it isn’t only us people who enjoy frozen treats. Our canine friends enjoy them too.
I have to confess to sharing an ice cream cone with my dogs on more than one occasion. Not really a healthy choice but they sure did enjoy it.
Of course, you probably shouldn’t be giving your dog real ice cream on a frequent basis. That is why nowadays I make them their own frozen treats with more dog friendly ingredients.
Peanut Butter Banana Freezies
For an ice cream type treat try these Peanut Butter Banana Freezies. This makes a fairly small batch that can be easily doubled or tripled. My dogs seem to enjoy these treats just as much as they would enjoy the ice cream pictured above.
- 1 Cup Plain Yogurt
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 T Honey
- 1 T Brewers Yeast
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix/blend until fully combined. Spoon batter in to desired containers and freeze.
I used three 4 ounce ramekins for this recipe. An ice cube tray will also work.
These treats freeze very solid. I recommend slightly defrosting before giving them to your dog.
Another Favorite Dog Ice Cream Recipe
Our dog Larry didn’t always do well with dairy products. He loved them but his tummy did not. This is another recipe that uses the classic peanut butter and banana combination, but this time without the dairy.
Banana Peanut Butter Pupsicles
1 ripe Banana, peeled
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Teaspoon Flax Seed (optional)
1/4 Cup Wheat Germ
1/4 Cup chopped peanuts (unsalted)
Heat peanut butter in microwave for just a few seconds to slightly melt. Spoon peanut butter into food processor and add banana. Mix until smooth. Add in flax seed and wheat germ. Pulse until well combined. You could mix in the peanuts at this time if desired, or use them for a topping as noted below.
I spoon the mixture into small single serving containers and top with the peanuts.
You could also put into popsicle molds. Once frozen remove from molds. Smear a little peanut butter or yogurt on pupsicles and roll in the peanuts to coat. Place back in freezer to set.
NOTE: As always, closely supervise your dog while eating the frozen treats.
Here’s an Easy Frozen Dog Treat idea
My dogs have always found ice cubes to be a fun treat. I discovered this by accident one day when I dropped an ice cube on the floor. Our dog Howard (always hoping for dropped morsels of food) picked it up and began gnawing on it.
You can make souped up frozen treats by freezing soup broth. If you buy the broth I would suggest buying the low sodium.
NOTE: Please supervise your dogs if you give them ice cube size frozen treats. The small size can pose a slight risk of choking.