Recipes for Dog-Safe Homemade Ice Cream

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Who doesn’t love ice cream on a sunny day? Dogs generally find frozen treats irresistible. Because human ice creams can contain harmful ingredients and doggie ice creams are often pricy, why don’t you try to prepare homemade versions of these frozen delights to help Fido keep cool and happy!

Just don’t add sugar as it’s not good for your pooch, and use yogurt with active cultures instead of dairy products. With these healthy, mouth-watering treats, your dog is sure to plant a big, wet, cold-tongued kiss on your cheek!

Flavorsome Ice Cream Recipes for Fido

A. Strawberry Ice Cream


· 1 small tub of fresh strawberries
· 3 or 4 cups of low/non-fat, plain yogurt


1. Mash the strawberries using a potato masher.
2. Mix strawberry mash with yogurt and then freeze overnight.

B. Carob Chip Ice Cream


· 2 six-ounce containers of low/non-fat, plain yogurt
· 1/3 cup of carob chips
· 1 tbsp. of honey


1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well-combined.
2. Pour them into cupcake liners or ice cube trays.
3. Freeze until solid.

C. Ice Cream Cloud Nine


· 1 ripe banana
· 1 cup of peanut butter
· 2 cups of natural plain yogurt
· 2 tbsps. of honey


1. Mash the banana and then stir it into the natural yogurt.
2. Warm the cup of peanut butter using a microwave or stove until it’s easy to stir.
3. Add the banana and yogurt mixture and the honey to the softened peanut butter.
4. Mix all ingredients until well-combined.
5. Pour the mixture into a non-stick container and then freeze overnight.

Take treating your dog a step further by turning it into an ice cream sundae party!

Ice Cream Topping Safe to Use

· A spoonful of applesauce
· Some dribbles of honey
· Bits of crispy bacon
· A sprinkle of rice crispies
· Dashes of toasted sesame seeds

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  1. One thing to mention for the peanut butter recipe is that brands have been starting to put Xylitol in their peanut butter, which is harmful for dogs. Be very careful about the brand you choose. Look at the ingredients in your peanut butter, before putting it into the ice cream.

  2. My dog baby(winston) loves to snack on strawberries with me in the summer
    plus he loves plain yogert for treat. I can’t wait to make him the ice cream.

  3. peanut butter should always be ORGANIC as it’s loaded with pesticides. Also always sugar and salt free. Some dogs can’t handle cows milk and do better with goats milk. Some can’t do dairy at all. Easy treats are baking some sweet potatos, slice them, freeze in slices (on wax paper) when frozen put in a plastic freezer bag. Frozen sweet potato disks can be an inexpensive healthy treat all year round.

  4. I made my dog the peanut butter honey one today, and would love to see a recipe that used canned pumpkin or pineapple, I have used them in the past to get my dog to stop eating poo and he really seemed to enjoy both flavors. :) I think I might give it a try, thanks :)

  5. Does it freeze like icecream or like ice cubes? I was thinking of putting it n a ice cube tray but not if its a soft freeze.

    • We make the cloud nine version all the time. It is harder than ice cream. We tend to put it in paper cups and microwave the “ice cream” for 30 secs before giving it to our dog otherwise it is 2 icy. It does work well in the ice cube trays and comes out pretty easy.

  6. I like to blend a 2 tbsps peanut butter and a two strips of crispy bacon crumbled in the kitchen machine with about a i/2 gallon of water and pour that in ice cube trays. My dogs think they’ve died and gone to heaven every time they get an ice cube.

  7. I thought bananas were/are not good for dogs. Would love to try the recipe with bananas but because my dogs are so small (just over 3 lbs.) I’m very afraid to. Are bananas safe?

    • Bananas are perfectly safe for them although anything that is citrus (including grapes) is not and will eventually cause kidney failure if eaten. In small dogs, only give them one scoop of the ice cream.

  8. I can’t wait to try this. My dogs love ice cubes and ice cream, and this is a great way to treat them safely. I might try it with soy yoghurt, to avoid the dairy altogether.

    • Be caseful with soy, like wheat, it can be a huge allergen in dogs.

      I use plain, low fat yogurt for their ice cream, but if your pup has dairy sensitivity and no history of soy allergies, it’s worth a try. Good luck.