This simple, two-ingredient watermelon ice cream recipe is delicious for humans, but pets will love it, too.
Turn your leftover watermelon into a treat your dog won’t be able to resist. It’s the perfect something special to celebrate gotcha days, picnics, BBQs, or just because watermelon was on sale.
Easy Watermelon Ice Cream for Dogs
Yield 2 cups
- 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.
Note: You can refreeze the ice cream, but the texture may not be ideal
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The only reason Bea doesn’t scream for ice cream is that she’s too busy stuffing her face with ice cream.
All about dogs and dairy
Just like humans, some dogs are incapable of digesting lactose, a sugar found in dairy. Also as in humans, lactose intolerance in dogs can be very mild or severe. Trust us, if your dog can’t tolerate dairy, you’ll know. It manifests in the form of stomach upset, stinky gas, and well, did we mention stinky gas?
However, a true dairy allergy is rare in dogs. The researchers at the Tufts Veterinary Medical Center explain the difference here. That’s when your dog reacts to the proteins in the dairy, rather than the lactose, and the symptoms manifest differently—most often as dry, itchy skin. Consult with your vet if you have concerns about your dog’s reaction to dairy.
Do make sure to avoid giving your dog sweetened dairy products, especially anything with artificial sweeteners. Generally speaking, low-fat options are easier to digest, too. We like plain Greek yogurt for dogs in particular thanks to its high protein content.
More great homemade dog treats
Going homemade is easier than you’d 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.
More of our favorite dog ice cream alternative recipes