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Keep your pup cool and happy this summer with a scoop of dog ice cream! This frosty treat is made with peanut butter, banana, and plain yogurt, topped with crispy bacon bits. Your fur baby won’t be able to get enough.

A lot of store-bought dog treats are loaded with additives and artificial ingredients that aren’t the best for your pup. That’s why I liking making my own at home! You’ll have to try these healthy homemade dog treats, pupcakes, or this dog birthday cake next.

Dog ice cream in a bread pan with a scoop taken out of it.

Homemade Frozen Dog Treat

I’m so excited to be adding to my list of pooch-approved recipes! Today’s recipe is ice cream for dogs, and is perfect for keeping your pups cool as the temperatures rise. It has been hot and muggy in Utah lately, and my Portuguese Water Dog, Leia, couldn’t wait to cool down with a scoop of this tasty treat. This dog ice cream is a great alternative to Frosty Paws and so easy to whip up!

This homemade dog ice cream is made with just a few simple ingredients. Mashed banana, plain Greek yogurt, xylitol-free peanut butter, and bacon bits. These are all easily digestible ingredients, but feel free to swap any of them out if your dog has an intolerance to them! That’s the beauty of making dog treats at home. Simply blend everything together, pop it in the freezer, then serve a scoop or two to your furry friend! I’m sure they’ll love it as much as my Leia does.

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Dog Ice Cream

Your dog is going to LOVE this dog ice cream! And you are going to love that it only takes 4 ingredients to make. It’s a win-win! Check out the recipe card below for the exact measurements that you’ll need.

  • Banana: Make sure you use a ripe banana, this way it’s easier to mash.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt: Dogs can have a tough time digesting sugars and artificial flavors, so be sure to use plain Greek yogurt. The probiotics in Greek yogurt are great for your pup and it’s also a great source of protein!
  • Natural Peanut Butter: Make sure that you use natural peanut butter and that it is XYLITOL-FREE. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is found in a lot of foods, but it is toxic to dogs!
  • Crispy Bacon Pieces: I like to crumble these and add it to the top of the ice cream. My dog always loves a little extra meaty goodness.

Homemade Dog Ice Cream Recipe

Ice cream for dogs is super easy to make and only takes 5 minutes of prep time! Then it’s hands-off while it chills in the freezer.

  1. Mash Banana: Use a fork to mash the banana in a large bowl.
  2. Yogurt and Peanut Butter Mixture: Add the yogurt and peanut butter and mix until combined.
  3. Add to Bread Pan: Transfer to a metal bread pan and sprinkle bacon pieces on top.
  4. Freeze: Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
  5. Serve: Allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for 2-3 minutes before scooping. Once soft enough to scoop, scoop some into a bowl and top with fresh bananas or other fruit and let your pup enjoy!
4-photo collage of the dog ice cream mixture being added to a pan and topped with bacon bits.

Tips and Tricks

This homemade dog ice cream will keep your puppy cool and their stomach happy! I’ve listed a few more things below on how to make this frozen treat turn out perfectly.

  • Check Labels for Xylitol: Be sure to use natural peanut butter with NO xylitol! This is toxic to dogs and is found in some peanut butters, so check the label carefully.
  • Add Different Toppings: You can change this recipe up and add in your dog’s favorite treats. Mash up strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, or top with crushed dog biscuits or jerky snacks. 
  • Substitute Peanut Butter for Pumpkin: Substitute the peanut butter for 1 cup of pumpkin purée. Pumpkin is a great treat for dogs and helps aid digestion. Just make sure you’re using pure pumpkin puree and that it doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners added.
  • Make Mini Doggie Desserts: Add your ‘ice cream’ mixture to an ice cube tray or silicone molds for bite-sized dog ice cream treats!
A black and white dog eating a scoop of the frozen dog treat.

How Long Will Dog Ice Cream Last in the Freezer?

The great thing about this dog ice cream is that it has a long shelf life if stored properly in the freezer! It’s a great thing to have on hand during the summer so your dog can stay cool and happy.

  • In the Freezer: Store in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
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Dog Ice Cream

By: Alyssa Rivers
Keep your pup cool and happy this summer with a scoop of dog ice cream! This frosty treat is made with peanut butter, banana, and plain yogurt, topped with crispy bacon bits. Your fur baby won't be able to get enough.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Cups

Ingredients 

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 32 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter xylitol free
  • 3-4 pieces of crispy bacon chopped

Instructions 

  • Use a fork to mash the banana in a large bowl.
  • Add the yogurt and peanut butter and mix until combined.
  • Transfer to a metal bread pan and sprinkle bacon pieces on top. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • Allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for 2-3 minutes before scooping. Once soft enough to scoop, scoop some into a bowl and top with fresh bananas or other fruit and let your pup enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 25gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 70mgPotassium: 524mgFiber: 3gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 19IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 190mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: dog treat, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Alyssa Rivers and the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic. The blog launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family. Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved.

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