Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats for Summer

Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats for Summer

Frozen treats are a great way to keep your dog cool and hydrated during a hot summer day! My dogs absolutely go crazy about their frozen dog treats in the summer (and even in the winter).

They are a super special homemade treat that is so easy and healthy for your dog! I use these frozen treats for when they come inside panting after a fun game of fetch outside. The dogs love them so much, they drop everything and coming running inside when I tell them it’s time for a frozen treat!

I like to pick two or three ingredients, pour them into a fun paw, bone or heart-shaped mold and then freeze. It can’t get much easier than that, right?

Want an even simpler way to make frozen dog treats? I take overripe fruit that my kids won’t eat anymore, cut it up in small pieces and freeze it. Frozen bananas, blueberries and apples are the dog’s favorites.

Homemade Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

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One fruit + one base + optional one healthy boost = yummy frozen dog treats

The combinations are endless, so have fun. Don’t be afraid to be a little creative with your food choices. Just make sure they are safe for your dog to consume. The list of foods below are all healthy and safe for your pup.

You can add as many ingredients you’d like. But I like to keep it simple with two or three ingredients. I’ve also included all the benefits each ingredient has for your dog.

Frozen Dog Treat Tips and Tricks:

  • Over ripe fruit is a great option to save from waste
  • Frozen fruit is another great idea if you don’t want to buy fresh. You can even sometimes find a mix of frozen fruits to help mix up the flavors.
  • Always remove any seeds from the fruit before serving to your pup.
  • Be careful not to overfeed your dog these yummy treats. Some can be high in calories, which can add on the pounds. Plus, too much of something is never a good thing… we don’t want any belly aches! All in moderation.
  • You can make a large batch and freeze up to 3 months… although if your dogs are anything like mine, they won’t last that long!
  • Another great benefit to making your own frozen dog treats is that they are perfect for dogs with allergies. You can choose foods that you know your dog is safe to eat. 
 

Fruits and Veggies Ingredient Ideas

  • Apples

  • Bananas

  • Blueberries

  • Broth, Vegetable or Chicken (organic with no salt)

  • Cantaloupe

  • Carrots

  • Coconut Oil

  • Cucumber

  • Greek Yogurt (plain, no sugar added)

  • Mango

  • Pumpkin

  • Peanut Butter

  • Strawberries

  • Water

  • Watermelon

Optional Health Boosting Options

  • Flax Seeds
  • Parsley Leaves
  • Mint Leaves
  • Raw Honey

Some of our dog’s favorite combinations are banana and a whole blueberry, watermelon and coconut oil, peanut butter and apples.

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7 Fun Frozen Dog Treat Recipe Ideas

The combinations are endless, but here are a few of my favorite frozen recipes. I’ve put together over 7 different frozen dog treat recipes just for you and your pup! Have fun with it…

 

Strawberry Yogurt Frozen Dog Treat Recipe

 

Strawberry Yogurt Frozen Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • Strawberry

  • Plain Greek Yogurt

  • Fresh Parsley or Mint (optional

Instructions

  1. Blend the strawberries.

  2. For a layered look, poor and freeze one ingredient at a time, starting with 1) yogurt, then 2) strawberries. 

  3. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely frozen. Time will vary depending on the size of your ice cube mold.

Tips and Tricks

  • The amounts of the fruits don’t matter so much. But I do recommend keeping the coconut oil to less than a teaspoon per treat.
  • Frozen strawberries work just as well as fresh.

  • Adding a little water when blending the fruit helps create a smoother texture that is easier to poor into your mold.

Homemade Frozen Pupsicle Dog Treats

Pupsicle Special Frozen Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • Dog Stick Treats

  • Broth (Veggie or Chicken)

  • Peanut Butter

  • Mango

  • Parsley or Mint (optional)

  • Dixie Cups

Instructions

  1. Place peanut butter to fill the dixie cup, about a 1/4 of the way full.

  2. Freeze for about an hour.

  3. Pour broth into cup about 3/4 of the way full.

  4. Dice mango place in cup. 

  5. Place parsley or mint if you wish.

  6. Freeze for another hour, then place your dog treat sticks into the center of each cup. This will help hold the stick in place.

  7. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely frozen. Time will vary depending on the size of your mold.

Tips and Tricks

  • Always use natural peanut butter. Check for xylitol, an ingredient that is toxic to dogs. 

  • You may choose to water down the peanut butter to help pour easier.

Homemade Frozen PB&J (Peanut Butter and Jelly) Dog Treats

PB&J Frozen Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • Strawberries or Blueberries
  • Peanut Butter

Instructions

  1. Blend the strawberries or blueberries until smooth.

  2. Blend peanut butter with a little water to make a pourable mixture.

  3. For a layered look, poor and freeze one layer at a time, starting with strawberries, then peanut butter.

  4. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely frozen. Time will vary depending on the size of your ice cube mold.

Tips and Tricks

  • Always use natural peanut butter. Check for xylitol, an ingredient that is toxic to dogs.
  • Frozen strawberries work just as well as fresh.
  • Adding a little water to the peanut butter and strawberries helps create a smoother texture that is easier to poor into your mold.
  • I found that peanut butter without adding water does not freeze as well.

3-Ingredient Homemade Watermelon Frozen Dog Treats

Watermelon Summer Frozen Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • Watermelon
  • Mint or Parsley
  • Plain Greek Yogurt

Instructions

  1. Blend the watermelon until liquified.
  2. Blend the yogurt and mint to create a light/medium green color.
  3. Pour into your ice cube tray or paw print mold. 
  4. For a layered look, poor and freeze one layer at a time, starting with 1) watermelon, then 2) yogurt/mint blend
  5. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely frozen. Time will vary depending on the size of your mold.

Tips and Tricks

  • The amounts of the fruits don’t matter so much. But I do recommend keeping the coconut oil to less than a teaspoon per treat.
  • Blend/chop the mint or parsley first, then add and blend in the yogurt.
  • I tried using cucumber for the green portion, but it was just too light of a green. Dogs loved them just as well, just didn’t have the look I was going for. 

Homemade Patriotic Frozen Dog Treats

Patriotic Red, White and Blue Frozen Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • Strawberries or Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Coconut Oil or Plain Greek Yogurt

Instructions

  1. Blend the strawberries or watermelon.
  2. Pour strawberries into your ice cube tray or paw print mold, filling about 1/3 of the way. 
  3. Freeze for about 2 hours. 
  4. If using coconut oil, liquify for easy pouring. 
  5. Pour yogurt or coconut oil into your mold, to about 2/3 of the way, leaving room for the blue.
  6. Freeze for about 2 hours. 
  7. Blend the blueberries.
  8. Pour blueberries into your mold, filling the rest of the way.
  9. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely frozen. Time will vary depending on the size of your mold.

Tips and Tricks

  • The amounts of the fruits don’t matter so much. But I do recommend keeping the coconut oil to less than a teaspoon per treat.
  • Use frozen strawberries work just as well as fresh.
  • Adding a little water when blending the fruit helps create a smoother texture that is easier to poor into your mold.
  • You can also choose to do each mold one color, so pouring all the way up with each berry.

 

Frozen Dog Treats with Pumpkin

My favorite combinations for frozen dog treats using pumpkin are yogurt, apple, banana and coconut oil. But you can use any of the items on the above ingredient list. Mix and match and make it fun. Or just use plain pumpkin.

Always use pure organic pumpkin, do not use pie filling that is full of sugar and additives.

Homemade Pumpkin Carrot Frozen Dog Treats

Pumpkin Apple Frozen Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • Pure Pumpkin (puree in a can is easiest)
  • Apple or Apple Sauce
  • Coconut Oil or Plain Greek Yogurt (optional)
  • Fresh parsley leaves (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop or blend the apples. 
  2. If using coconut oil, liquify for easy pouring. 
  3. You may keep ingredients separate or blend all together. If you want a layered look freeze one layer at a time, otherwise it will all blend together once in mold. 
  4. Pour into your ice cube tray or paw print mold
  5. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely frozen. Time will vary depending on the size of your mold.

Tips and Tricks

  • The amounts of the fruits don’t matter so much. But I do recommend keeping the coconut oil to less than a teaspoon per treat.
  • Pour heaviest foods into the mold first to avoid too much blending together. 
  • Adding a little water when blending the fruit helps create a smoother texture that is easier to poor into your mold.

Homemade Halloween Candy Corn Frozen Dog Treats

Candy Corn Halloween Frozen Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • Mango (yellow bottom)
  • Pumpkin or Carrots (orange center)
  • Plain Greek Yogurt or Coconut Oil (white tip)

Instructions

  1. Pour yogurt into your mold, to about 1/4 of the way up.
  2. Freeze for about 2 hours. 
  3. Blend the pumpkin or carrots and pour into your mini ice cube tray, filling about 1/2 of the way. 
  4. Freeze for about 2 hours. 
  5. Blend the mango and pour on top of the pumpkin/carrots, filling the rest of the way.
  6. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely frozen. Time will vary depending on the size of your mold.

Tips and Tricks

  • The amounts of the fruits don’t matter so much. But I do recommend keeping the coconut oil to less than a teaspoon per treat.
  • Adding a little water when blending the carrots helps create a smoother texture that is easier to poor into your mold.
  • Carrots will give you a brighter orange than the pumpkin.
  • The coconut oil tips break off easier on the small molds we used. So I think the yogurt would stick together a little better. 
  • I really wanted to use honey for the yellow, but it was too transparent and stuck to our ice cube tray.  

Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats for Summer - Fresh Ingredients

Ingredient Health Benefits for Your Dog

Making anything homemade is going to be healthier for your dog. All of the ingredients here have their own special benefits. I’ve listed many of them here:


Apple Benefits

  • Low in protein
  • High in fiber
  • Loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C

Make sure to always remove the seeds and core before feeding apples to your dog.


Bananas Benefits

  • Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
  • High in fiber, which can help if your dog is having gastrointestinal problems.
  • High in magnesium, which promotes bone growth and helps the body produce protein and absorb vitamins.

Blueberries Benefits

  • Contains high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants

Broth Benefits

  • Bone-based broths contain collagen, which is good for joint health, and glycine, an amino acid that helps detox your dog’s kidneys and liver.
  • Vegetable Broth is Loaded with phytochemicals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and vital minerals found in the vegetables.
  • Always choose organic options with no salt

Cantaloupe Benefits

  • Cantaloupe is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, niacin, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.
  • Low in calories and high in water content, making it a tasty way to rehydrate without packing on the pounds.

Carrots Benefits

  • Carrots are an excellent source of fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K.

Coconut Oil Benefits

  • Helps reduce itching if your dog has allergies, eczema, flea allergies, or dermatitis.
  • Coconut oil has natural anti-fungal, antibiotic, antiviral properties making it a great option to treat yeast infections
  • Regulates insulin helping to control or prevent diabetes
  • Boosts metabolism, reducing weight and increasing energy.

Source: Is Coconut Oil Good For Your Dog


Cucumber Benefits

  • Cucumbers are high in phytonutrients and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • High in water content

Flax Seed Benefits

  • Loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Packed with fiber and protein
  • Can improve cardiovascular health and may help fight cancer.
  • Anti-inflammatory

Source: https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/healthy-foods-checklist-flaxseed-dogs


Mango Benefits

  • Mango is high in fiber, as well as vitamin A, B6, C, and E, making it nutritious for both humans and dogs.

Mint Leaves Benefits

  • Breath freshener
  • Mint in a small dose can soothe your dog’s tummy aches.
  • Rich in Vitamins A and C, good for bones, skin, and vision.
  • NOTE: Mint in large quantities can be toxic to your dog, so use in small amounts, all in moderation!

Parsley Benefits

  • Breath freshener
  • Packed with vitamin K, along with healthy amounts of vitamins C and A, and iron.
  • Helps with Arthritis
  • Good for Urinary Tract Infections
  • Can Fight Cancer

Peanut Butter Benefits

  • Good source of protein.
  • Contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E.
  • Do not use the sugar-free or lite options that contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs.

Pumpkin Benefits

  • Filled with great vitamins and nutrients, including Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene, Fiber, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Zinc.
  • Pumpkin can help your dog get over diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, dehydration, urinary tract infection, or upset belly.

Source: Ultimate Guide to Can My Dog Eat Pumpkin?


Raw Honey Benefits

  • Raw honey is naturally rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, as well as vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K.
  • Honey is also filled with flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants. These help slow the aging process, prevent illness by, and preserve food. They serve an important role in pet health.

Strawberries Benefits

  • Full of antioxidants, high in fiber and vitamin C.

Water Benefits

  • Keeps your dog hydrated
  • Water helps in the digestion of food
  • Helps cool the body temperature

Click here to find out how much water your dog needs to drink every day.


Watermelon Benefits

  • Packed with nutrients—vitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium.
  • High in water content

Yogurt Benefits

  • High in calcium and protein. It also can act as a probiotic, which can be good for the digestive system.
  • Plain, Greek-style yogurt is best.
  • Avoid any added sugars.

 

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So which frozen dog treat ingredient combination are you going to try? Leave a comment below and tell me if your dog has a favorite! Remember to have fun with this, be creative with these special homemade frozen dog treats, you can’t mess it up, it’s so easy and healthy for your dog!

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