Dog Ice Cream (aka Frosty Paws)
Making healthy dog ice cream is easy and fun! Your pups will love this Frosty Paws copycat recipe made with just 3 ingredients.
My kids love getting Frosty Paws ice cream cups for dogs whenever we spot them at the grocery store. While our dogs love Frosty Paws, I knew we could make a copycat version at home.
If you like making treats for your pets, don’t miss our Homemade Dog Treats made with pumpkin and peanut butter too. As it turned out, making dog ice cream is so simple. Let me show you how to do it.
Dog Ice Cream Ingredients
The ingredients in Frosty Paws peanut butter ice cream include water, whey, soy flour, coconut oil, sorbitol, natural flavors, and several other ingredients you would probably not recognize.
This simple recipe uses just three ingredients that are generally considered healthy for dogs in moderation. However, like humans, dogs can have food sensitivities, so always keep an eye on your dog when introducing new foods.
Homemade dog treats should be considered treats, rather than food to consume daily. There is no reason to add honey or other sweeteners to dog ice cream, as most dogs love these ingredients already. Feel free to adapt this recipe with other dog-safe ingredients like pumpkin puree, which is good for digestion.
- Yogurt. The base for this recipe is yogurt. According to the AKC, yogurt is healthy for dogs as it’s high in calcium and protein. As you’d expect, you should only serve your dog plain, unsweetened yogurt with no additives. Too much fat can be dangerous for dogs, so use fat-free or low-fat. Can I use non-dairy yogurt for dog ice cream? There are many different types of dairy alternatives and I personally always use them before dairy. However, recommending dairy seems to be the safest choice for your pup, as others often contain additives or ingredients that are not safe for dogs. A plain soy yogurt without any additives would also be safe for most dogs.
- Peanut Butter. As any dog owner knows, dogs love peanut butter. Again, it’s important to use unsweetened natural peanut butter.
- Banana. Banana is actually optional in this recipe but adds more structure and a little sweetness.
How to Make Dog Ice Cream
Making dog ice cream is quick and easy and totally worth the effort.
Step 1: Puree the Ingredients
Place the ingredients for your doggie ice cream in a food processor, blender, stand mixer, or just a mixing bowl. Blend until smooth.
Step 2: Divide into Individual Portions
For easy serving, we like to make our dog ice cream into individual portions, similar to Frosty Paws cups. We scoop or pipe the mixture into muffin tins (standard or mini).
You could also use dixie cups or a silicone ice cube mold, or simply scoop/pipe disks onto a cookie sheet. After noticing our smaller dog, Winston, trying to choke down the whole thing in one bite, we now recommend making smaller portions.
Step 3: Freeze
Freeze your homemade frosty paws dog ice cream for one hour for soft serve or two hours or more for firm ice cream.
How to Store Dog Ice Cream
Once frozen solid, transfer your ice cream treats to a freezer bag. They will keep for up to 3 months, though I doubt they will last that long.
- 1 1/2 cups plain 0% Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup natural peanut butter (unsalted)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts (optional)
- Line a standard or mini muffin tin with natural liners. See my favorite brand below. Alternatively, have a silicon ice cube tray ready, or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the yogurt, peanut butter, and banana in the bowl of a food processor (preferred method for piping), stand mixer, or medium-sized bowl.
- Blend until very smooth and creamy. If piping, transfer the yogurt mixture to a piping bag with tip snipped off. Squeeze into the prepared muffin tin, into molds, or simply make blobs or disks on a cookie sheet. Garnish with chopped peanuts if desired.
- Transfer the tin/mold/cookie sheet to the freezer and freeze until solid, at least two hours. You can also wait just one hour and your dog as soft serve.
- Once frozen, transfer to a large freezer bag or other freezer-safe food storage container. These ice cream treats can get very hard once frozen overnight, so allow them to thaw for about 10 minutes before giving to your dog.
This recipe makes about 5 standard muffin-sized ice cream treats, as pictured. You can make them any size you like, however.
It's very important to use natural peanut butter and yogurt without any additives or sweeteners. Some common ingredients such as Xylitol are very dangerous for dogs.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 ice cream cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 17g
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