Dog Ice Cream Recipes

Ice cream for dogs is a heavenly treat in the summer. (Heck, it's a heavenly treat for everyone!) Use these recipes to make some for your furkids and you will definitely make their days!

Since store-bought ice cream (for people) contains a lot of sugar and milk, it is not good to give to dogs. However, it doesn't mean that they cannot enjoy this nice cool treat in the summer. Making ice cream for dogs can't be easier, and you can make it as healthy as you want!

Here are some suggestions for dog ice cream:

Recipe 1: Basic Pumpkin Ice Cream

Ingredients:

German Shepherd Puppy
  • 1 cup 100% pure unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for 4-6 hours.

Recipe 2: Pumpkin Ice Cream with Chicken Livers

This recipe is similar to the one above except for the addition of chicken livers.

Liver contains a lot of nutrients but it should not be given to dogs regularly because of its rich vitamins A and D contents (Liver should be no more than 5% of a dog's diet.) Therefore, it is better to use it as a treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup 100% pure unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 chicken livers
  • 2 slices fresh ginger root (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Put the livers, ginger slices, and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Discard the ginger slices, drain the livers and save the stock. (You can add the stock to your dog's food)
  3. Allow the livers to cool, and then chop finely.
  4. Mix the livers with the pumpkin and yogurt in a bowl.
  5. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for 5-6 hours.

Recipe 3: Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for 4-6 hours.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • The peanut butter in Recipe 3 increases the fat content, so it is higher in calories. If your poochie is a bit chubby, consider using sunflower seed butter, which is a bit lower in fat. Alternatively, use a tray with smaller cube size so you can reduce the feeding amounts.
  • Blackstrap molasses not only adds sweetness to the treat (which we dogs like), but also adds nutrients (minerals and vitamins) to the ice cream. A win-win for dogs!

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