It’s gettin’ hot in here!
Summer’s heat might have you singing “Hot in Herre,” and nothing cools you down better than a big, juicy, icy-cold popsicle.
You’re not the only one who can enjoy a frozen treat — your dog wants to join in on the fun!
Not sure which frozen treats are healthy for your dog? The easiest way to make sure your dog is only getting the best is to make your own treats at home. And we got your back — we’ve scoured through the Internet to bring you 10 of the healthiest and tastiest frozen treats for your dog.
First Things First…
Many human foods can be dangerous or toxic to dogs.
When making homemade dog food or treats, it’s important to do your research first.
Not sure which ingredients are safe for your dog? There’s an app for that.
Also, we are pretty darn crazy about dogs here at Dognutrition.com, but we’re not veterinarians. If you know that your dog has food sensitivities, please consult your veterinarian prior to making treats for your dog to ensure that your dog’s diet is healthy and balanced.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are the recipes!
Strawberry Watermelon Dog Treat
When it comes to summer fruits to quench your thirst, watermelon wins hands down.
Watermelons are also great for sharing with your dog, and the pups at Gone to the Snow Dogs agree.
Here are the ingredients needed for this strawberry watermelon dog treat:
- 1 cup of watermelon
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 small container of plain greek yogurt
Simply mix all the ingredients in a blender and pour the mix into an ice cube tray. Store in your freezer for at least 4-6 hours, and voila! You’ve just made your own frozen treat!
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats
You simply cannot go wrong with dogs and peanut butter.
Try this easy recipe by professional chef Gemma Stafford to satisfy your dog’s peanut butter cravings.
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup of plain greek yogurt
Mash the banana in a small bowl, then mix the yogurt and peanut butter with the banana. Scoop the mixture into a mold or an ice cube tray. Let it freeze for a few hours or overnight, and enjoy!
Chicken and Raspberry Dog Treats
Healthy and nutritious don’t always mean more cooking time.
Fresh berries are chock-full of nutrients like vitamins and antioxidants.
If you’ve never touched a frying pan in your life, chef Gemma Stafford has a 5-minute recipe so simple that you’ll quickly gain reputation as a chef…at least for your dog.
The only ingredients you need for this recipe are:
- 1 cup of chicken stock
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen defrosted raspberries
Just mash up the raspberries and pour in the chicken stock. Mix them well before pouring the mix into molds. Put it in your freezer for 4-6 hours, and your dog will soon think you’re a master chef!
Carob Fudgsicles for Dogs
Chocolate is one of the big no-nos when it comes to foods you can share with your dog.
But your dog can have the next best thing: carob.
Carob does not contain theobromine, a compound found in chocolate that is toxic to dogs.
Here is a recipe from Long Haul Trekkers for a homemade carob fudgsicle (or should we say pupsicle?).
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 can of full fat coconut milk
- ¼ cup of carob powder
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until you achieve a smooth consistency. Pour evenly into an ice cube tray or mold, and insert a popsicle stick or a dog treat.
Once it’s nice and frozen, you and your best friend can share these pupsicles.
Pumpkin Banana Frozen Pup Pops
Many dog owners recommend feeding canned pumpkin when a dog has an upset stomach, but did you know that pumpkin also makes a delicious frozen treat?
This simple recipe from DogVills is sure to be a favorite for your dog.
Just mix the following ingredients in a blender or a bowl:
- 1 cup of plain greek yogurt
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 can of pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Like the recipes above, spoon the mix into an ice cube tray or molds and let them freeze for several hours.
Frozen Blueberry Coconut Oil Dog Treats
Coconut oil is another superfood that has a lot of uses for both humans and dogs.
A relevant read: Coconut Oil for Dogs – What You Should Know
It is not only tasty, but it is also great for boosting the immune system, improving digestion, losing weight, and helping your dog’s skin and coat become softer and smoother.
Here’s a quick and simple recipe from Hello Nature Blog so that you can incorporate coconut oil into your dog’s daily routine.
- ½ cup of coconut oil (solid or liquid)
- Frozen blueberries
Place a frozen blueberry in an ice cube tray or a mold. If your coconut oil is solid, heat it on low just until it liquefies. Allow the coconut oil to cool for a few minutes, then pour into the mold or tray.
If your coconut oil is already liquid, then you can go ahead and pour into the tray right away. Place it in the fridge or freezer until the oil solidifies. When they’re ready, just pop the treats out of the mold!
Frosty Breath Dog Treats
With this recipe from Three Little Ferns, you’ll no longer have to choose between stinky breath and a refreshing frozen treat for your dog.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- ½ cup of warm chicken broth (Make sure that the broth does not contain onions!)
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- ½ cup of mint
- ½ cup of parsley
First combine the coconut oil and chicken broth in a blender until the coconut oil liquefies. Add the remaining ingredients into the blender and mix well.
Distribute the mix into molds or an ice cube tray, and store it in the freezer for several hours.
Apple & Chicken Pup Pops
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but does it keep the vet away?
We don’t know for sure, but what we do know is that many dogs love apples and that apples are great low-calorie treats.
One thing to keep in mind when feeding apples is to avoid feeding the core, including the seeds.
For this recipe from Frugal Coupon Living, you’ll need:
- ½ cup of unsalted chicken broth (no onions!)
- ½ cup of water
- 1 apple, sliced
- Rawhide sticks (or similar dog treats)
Mix the chicken stock and water in a measuring cup. Cut the apple into bite-sized pieces, and add a few pieces to paper cups.
Fill the cups halfway with the chicken broth. Place a rawhide or a similar dog treat in the center and let it freeze.
Frozen PB & J Dog Treats
PB & J sandwiches are always good for lunch, and now your dog can enjoy it too as a frozen treat.
Here is a frozen PB & J treat that your dog will surely gobble up in a matter of seconds:
- ¼ cup of strawberries
- ¼ cup of blueberries
- ⅓ cup of smooth, natural peanut butter
Blend the strawberries and blueberries together until you get a smoothie-like consistency. Fill each well of an ice cube tray about halfway with the mix, then add peanut butter until each well is full. Freeze and enjoy!
Frozen Bone Broth Treats
Bone broth is another superfood that you can share with your dog. Not only is it delicious, it is loaded with joint-protecting compounds like glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.
Bone broth can also benefit dogs with allergies, food sensitivities, and digestive issues.
While you can buy commercial bone broth, we believe it is always better to try to make your own with fresh ingredients.
Most dogs will gobble up bone broth, but since it’s summer, why not make frozen bone broth treats? Simply pour the bone broth into ice cube trays and stick it into the freezer for a few hours. Your dog will definitely thank you!
These ten frozen treats are sure to be hits with your dog this summer. All of these recipes use simple, super healthy ingredients, so you’ll never have to worry about what you’re feeding your dog.
And while all of these recipes are awesome, we also want to encourage you to get creative! Have you made any frozen treats your dog goes absolutely bonkers for? Share your recipe in the comments below!
Made a mess eating treats? Clean it up with these quality dog wipes. 🙂