Dogs and humans agree: When the temperature rises, nothing is as refreshing as a bowl of ice. The only problem? With the development of dog food, ice is not the best choice. Although it tastes good, dogs don't need sugar. Fortunately, we offer you a solution: homemade dog ice cream!
Thes following summer recipes are healthy, tasty and 100% safe dogs for your best friend.
1. Cantaloupe Dog Ice Cream
This two-ingredient recipe uses just cantaloupe and yogurt, but you can substitute any melon and any milk-type product your dog likes.
- Prep Time: 4 hours
- Cook Time: 28 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours 28 minutes
- Yield: 4 cup 2x
- 4 cup (600 g) frozen ripe cantaloupe
- 4 tbsp unsweetened yogurt
- Food processor or blender
- Make sure you have space for your cantaloupe in the freezer.
- Scrub the outside of the cantaloupe thoroughly.
- Slice the melon in half and remove seeds.
- Slice each half into quarters and remove skin, then dice the fruit into bite-sized chunks.
- Place cut melon in the freezer. The more space around your melon chunks, the faster they will freeze, so if you’re in a rush, place pieces on a baking sheet to speed things up.
- When completely frozen (2-4 hours or overnight), place about 2 cups (300g) of melon pieces into the food processor.
- Add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened yogurt.
- Blend until combined, adding a little cool water if needed to blend to your preferred consistency.
Cantaloupe is also among the most famous summer treats, as it is full of water and healthy nutrients. You can give it raw to your beagle, just remove the seeds, ripe it and cut it into small slices and enjoy. It is a great natural source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, niacin, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.
2. Easy Watermelon Ice Cream for Dogs
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- 1 1/2 cups frozen watermelon
- 1/4 cup yogurt (substitute with coconut milk or coconut yogurt for lactose sensitivities)
- Food processor
- Wash melon before cutting.
- Dice a few cups of watermelon, removing seeds as you go.
- Place in freezer for 4 hours (or overnight if you prefer).
- Place 1 1/2 cups of frozen melon in the food processor.
- Add 1/4 cup of yogurt.
- Blitz in food processor, adding more fruit or yogurt to adjust flavor and texture.
- Serve immediately.
3. Berry Low-Fat Dog Sorbet
Prep time: 5 hours
- 1 cup (8oz/120g) plain yogurt
- 10 strawberries , diced
- 20 blueberries
In your dog treat mold or ice cube tray scatter in your strawberries and blueberries.
Spoon over the yogurt. Fill evenly and smooth the top.
Tap on the counter to ensure there are no air bubbles and the mixture is evenly distributed.
Freeze for a minimum of 5 hours or overnight.
To remove tap on the counter to loosen then turn out. If you have any trouble, quickly run the mold under warm water to help the treats release then turn out.
Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
4. Frozen Dog Bone Treats with Yogurt, Peanut Butter, and Fruit
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Supplies and ingredients
- Baking mold or ice cube trays.
- 2-cup glass measuring cup or similar
- Blender or food processor
- Unsweetened frozen blueberries
- Unsweetened frozen strawberries
- Plain yogurt (we used non-fat)
- Peanut butter (check ingredients on the label. Look for no sugar and definitely no xylitol, an artificial sweetener that’s poisonous for dogs).
Before you start:
- Measure the depth of the wells in your mold if you want to make multiple flavors at one go. Measuring will also help reduce extra filling.
- Clear some flat space in your freezer for your pupsicles to set up in peace.
- Use a baking sheet or similar under your silicone mold, because you will have a devil of a time moving it when full without some form of support.