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As the temperature rises, your dog deserves a frosty treat. Not only are frozen dog treats easy to make, but they’re also a fun way to keep your dog hydrated and cool. Wondering where to start? Look no further than your fridge or freezer for all the ingredients you need for healthy, delicious homemade dog treats. If you make your own smoothies, chances are you’ve probably got everything pictured here (or something similar).
These three recipes will fill one row each of five bones in this silicone baking sheet. Each well is 2 ounces. However, you can adjust as needed.
Frozen dog bone treats
Let’s be honest—these ingredients are very forgiving, so don’t worry about measuring perfection here.
Plus, your dog will happily lap up any leftover yogurt mix. Even better, you can use it as the base for a frozen KONG treat.
Frozen Dog Bone Treats with Yogurt, Peanut Butter, and Fruit
Yield 2 trays
Supplies and ingredients
- Baking mold or ice cube trays. We used the Paw & Dog Bone Molds from Baking Missy ($13.99 for set of 2).
- 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.
1. Blueberry and Yogurt Frozen Dog Treats
For the first row, let's start with the plainest mix, so we can use any leftover yogurt mix for the fancier rows.
- Whisk together 4 ounces of yogurt and 4 ounces of water for the base. Add more yogurt and reduce the water if you want a creamier treat with more calories.
- Pour into one row of 5 wells, leaving a generous amount of room for the blueberries.
- Add blueberries to each well until the mold is almost filled (the pupsicle will expand as it freezes, plus it's nice to have a little extra space to protect from spills).
2. Frosty Peanut Butter Pupsicles
- Put 4 ounces of peanut butter in your liquid measuring cup (eyeballing a big glob is fine).
- Add 3 ounces of water and 2 ounces of yogurt to reach 9 ounces.
- If you have leftover yogurt and water mixture, add that and adjust accordingly.
- Will it blend? Great. If not, add a little more water until you reach a pourable consistency.
- Pour into your second row of wells. If the batter is a little sloppy, you can use a spoon, add more water and blend more, or just clean up the tray afterward. We won't tell.
3. Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Dog Treats
Paws down, my dog's favorite!
- Clean the peanut butter mix out of your blender (or don't. Will anyone know but you and your dog?)
- A great blender hack is filling the dirty blender halfway up with warm water and soap, and then blending that to get all the residue off before rinsing.
- Add a handful of frozen strawberries to the blender. Aim for 4-6 berries.
- Add 2 ounces of yogurt and 2 ounces of water.
- Blend, adding water if needed to aid the blending process. Go ahead, leave it a little chunky.
- Spoon batter into the third set of wells. Watch out for splashing berry chunks!
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And that’s it! If you’ve got different dog-safe fruits or veggies on hand, substitute them in as desired. Dogs won’t mind if you swap out green beans for blueberries, or pumpkin for peanut butter, for that matter.
Why homemade dog treats?
Going homemade for dog treats is simpler than you might think—and often more affordable. Plus, you’ll rest assured knowing you’re providing your dog the most wholesome options free of scary fillers. Dogs, like humans, thrive on whole foods.
For instance, this watermelon “ice cream” for dogs is refreshing, healthy, and inexpensive when watermelon is in season. Winning.
My dog Bea is a Frenchie/Boston mix and our official doggy taste tester. She liked strawberry best of all.