Dogs love ice cream just as much as people do!
This dog ice cream recipe is designed just for your furry friends, using healthy ingredients like bananas, peanut butter, and yogurt. You can even add in a handful of bacon bits for an extra treat!
This recipe makes frozen dog ice cream treats that are safe for dogs. They are grain free, all natural, and delicious for your pup.
Don't let your best friend feel left out when it's time for ice cream! While it might be ok to give your pup a taste of your vanilla ice cream, they will love these yogurt, peanut butter and banana frozen dog treats even more.
Plus, the ingredients in this dog ice cream recipe are good for dogs, so it's a win-win! A safe ice cream treat that dogs love can be made at home, and your dog is going to be so excited!
Why You're Going to Love this Dog Ice Cream Recipe
It's So Easy! You only need three simple ingredients (four if you want to add bacon) to make dog ice cream treats, and the whole recipe comes together in the food processor in just a few minutes.
Your Dog Will Love You (More). No need to leave out your furry friend when you're enjoying an ice cream cone, just give them one or two of these delicious peanut butter banana bacon frozen treats.
Save Money. They sell dog ice cream in the grocery store, and at a ridiculous markup! You can make this ice cream for dogs at home for a fraction of the cost.
Versatile Recipe. We're making dog ice cream in an adorable silicone treat mold, but you can also make it in a pan and scoop it out for your puppy. This simple ice cream for dogs can also be adjusted to include your pet's favorite healthy ingredients.
Ingredients in Homemade Dog Ice Cream
Bananas- Just like in our banana ice cream recipe, bananas make a thick, creamy frozen dessert without any eggs or cream! Use ripe, yellow bananas, not green ones, for this recipe.
Peanut Butter - Choose a natural peanut butter with a creamy texture. Be extra sure that your peanut butter doesn't include any artificial sweeteners, and be especially careful to check for xylitol, which is a sweetener that is toxic to dogs.
Yogurt - Plain, unsweetened yogurt of any kind will work here. Greek yogurt has less lactose and may be more easily digested than plain.
Bacon - This is totally optional, but your dog will appreciate a few bits of salty bacon in their dog friendly ice cream.
How to Make Dog Ice Cream from Scratch
- Freeze the Bananas: Slice 2 bananas into 1-inch pieces, place on a baking sheet, and freeze until solid, or for about 1 hour. Freezing the bananas first will make the treats extra creamy.
- Add the frozen banana chunks, creamy peanut butter, and plain yogurt to a food processor or high-powered blender.
- Blend until smooth. This should take 2 or 3 minutes.
- If you're adding bacon bits or any other add-ins, transfer the mixture to a bowl, and stir them in.
- Spoon the mixture into silicone molds or ice cube trays.
- Freeze for at least two hours, or until the dog ice cream treats are frozen solid.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.
How to Store Dog Ice Cream
Once the dog ice cream is frozen, pop the pieces out of the mold and store in a freezer bag or freezer container for up to 3 months.
How to Make Dog Ice Cream Pupcicles
Pupcicles are popsicles for pups!
Grab a few of your dogs favorite long chews, strips of jerky, or other dehydrated meat treats. Add one to each part of the mold to create a handle.
The dog won't necessarily use the handle as intended, but it does make the treats easy to serve and gives them an extra treat to enjoy once the ice cream is all gone.
Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream?
If you've given your dog a taste of your ice cream, I'm sure you know that he or she loves it! But is it safe to let your dog eat ice cream?
Maybe. Too much of anything can be bad for dogs, and since dogs are smaller than humans, high-fat items like traditional ice cream can be difficult for them to digest.
Traditional ice cream also includes a lot of sugar, often includes chocolate, and is mostly made of cream and milk. All of these things can cause digestive upset for dogs.
So, can dog eat vanilla ice cream? In very small amounts, yes. But this recipe for healthy dog ice cream will be a much better, healthier treat for your best furry friend.
Can Humans Eat This Dog Ice Cream?
The all natural ingredients in this puppy ice cream recipe are safe for humans to eat too! Feel free to take a taste.
Can Dogs Eat Bacon?
Just like ice cream, bacon is a very fatty food, and too much of it can make dogs sick. If you decide to add bacon bits to this dog ice cream recipe, be mindful not to add too much.
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
In my experience, dogs LOVE peanut butter! Whether you feed it to them from a plastic spoon or blend it into a banana ice cream treat, dogs will go nuts for peanut butter.
Natural peanut butter is best for dogs. You should specifically avoid peanut butter that has been sweetened with the sugar substitute Xylitol. Xylitol is toxic to dogs.
Where Can I Find Dog Ice Cream Molds?
Make these dog ice cream treats in a cute silicone dog treat mold! I found mine on Amazon.
You can also use an ice cube tray, or freeze the blended mixture in a loaf pan, and serve it by scooping it into a paper cup for your dog.
Dog Ice Cream Add-Ins
You can add other mix-ins to this recipe, depending on what your dog enjoys and what they can easily ingest.
Try a handful of instant oats to make dog ice cream more filling.
A few tablespoons of pumpkin will be tasty, and add lots of fiber.
If your dog enjoys fruit, try adding blueberries or strawberries to the mix.
More Homemade Ice Cream Recipes
Now that you've made dog ice cream, maybe you want to make some homemade ice cream for the rest of the family? Try some of our favorite ice cream flavors:
Our Favorite Ice Cream Making Tools:
- Cuisinart 2QT Ice Cream Maker - Works with ice cream, sorbets, and frozen yogurt.
- Loaf Pan - You can use any 9 x 13 loaf pan or a shallow pan, but we like this one.
- Ice Cream Scoop - Make sure you have a good ice cream scoop. This is one of our favorites.
- Ice Cream Bowls - You can use any bowl, but we think these are fun.
- Ice Cream Containers - We love keeping a couple of ice cream containers on hand for when we make homemade ice cream.
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- 2 bananas
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter (be sure it does not contain xylitol)
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- ¼ cup cooked bacon bits (optional)
- Remove the bananas from the peel and cut into 1-inch slices. Place on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, about 1 hour.
- Add the frozen banana chunks, creamy peanut butter, and plain yogurt to a food processor.
- Blend until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
- Place the mixture in a bowl and stir together with the cooked bacon bits, if using.
- Spoon the mixture into silicone molds or ice cube trays.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours before removing from the mold and serving.
- Make these dog ice cream treats in a cute silicone dog treat mold, an ice cube tray, or freeze the blended mixture in a loaf pan, and serve it by scooping it into a paper cup for your dog.
- Check the ingredients of the peanut butter and yogurt to be sure that it isn't sweetened with xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.
- Plain yogurt that has no additives or sugar is best.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g