As humans, there is arguably nothing better than ice cream on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, dogs don’t exactly have that luxury and often get boring ol’ ice cubes chipped their way, which we suppose gets the cooling job done, but really, is zero fun for anyone. But never fear! Summertime frozen slushies for dogs are a thing, and we’ve rounded up the tastiest of them all.
Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Treats
It doesn’t get any easier than this recipe from Life, Love and Sugar, folks. Frozen bananas + peanut butter + blender = heaven. Doubles as a human treat, too! Serve immediately, or pour into ice cube trays for a cool treat in a pinch.
Frozen Blueberry Treats
Blueberries, yogurt, and a spoonful of honey come together to create this seriously delicious treat from the Scrumptious Pumpkin (again, great for humans, too!) in a matter of minutes. Pro tip: Buy frozen blueberries to seriously speed up the process.
Ah, nothing like meat broth on a hot day. Unless, of course, you’re a dog. Pick up some low-sodium beef, chicken, or vegetable broth, add in 2/3 cup water, shake and freeze!
Have a dog with digestion issues? You’re not alone. This blogger found a solution for her pugs in pumpkin puree. (Yay, fiber!) Blend pumpkin puree with wet dog food and water, then place in the freezer until it’s the perfect consistency, or freeze in trays.
These blogger’s PB&J pops sound kiiind of amazing for dogs and their owners alike, and we gotta say—taking the time to freeze the layers separately (as opposed to blending the whole thing for instant gratification, which is something we’d also totally do) looks surprisingly pretty. Each layer is one ingredient mixed with yogurt—peanut butter, strawberry, and blueberry—blended, then frozen. For the perfect slushy treat, simply stop at the blended stage and serve in a bowl!
Another savory option for when your furry friend needs something salty, stat. Crumble ground beef into an ice cube tray, sprinkle with cheese, then fill with broth and freeze. Pop ’em and eat ’em at will, or blend the whole thing into a cheeseburger smoothie. Yum?
Safe Summer Fruits for Dogs
Wondering which summertime fruits you can freeze, blend, and serve to your pal? Check out this helpful graphic:
There’s no shortage of things that can be blended and frozen (or frozen and then blended) to make a delicious doggy treat. We’d love to hear what recipes you’ve created. Share with us—and your fellow Daily Treat readers—in the comments below! And stay cool out there.