Most owners believe that ice cream is a safe treat for their pups. While it's not toxic, ice cream made for humans contains lactose, which some dogs cannot digest. Human ice cream also has sugar and artificial ingredients that could upset a dog's stomach. My easy dog ice cream recipe here is made with real berries, and it's packed with nutrients that a dog would benefit from.
Frozen DIY dog treats allow you to select your own ingredients, so you can choose things that you know your dog loves and aren't toxic to your pup. You can also choose fresh, whole food ingredients that are safer and healthier than the artificial ingredients in commercial products, and make substitutions.
For example, this simple dog ice cream recipe uses mixed berries, but you can easily substitute any dog-friendly ingredients that you'd like. If other fruits or vegetables are in season, or your pet loves something more, feel free to use them instead.
You can also check out some of my other recipes for frozen dog treats:
- Frozen Dog Treats with Sweet Potato
- Frozen ‘Pupcakes' Dog Treats with Fruits and Vegetables
- Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treat Recipe
Easy Dog Ice Cream Recipe
- 1 cup mixed berries
- 1/4 cup cold water
This is a very simple recipe. I used frozen berries, but you can definitely use fresh berries if you would prefer. The mix I use has blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
If you're going to feed this ice cream for dogs regularly, you can substitute other dog-friendly fruits and veggies. Some of my favorite substitutions include:
To make this easy dog ice cream, just add the water and berries to a food processor. You can add more water if needed. Once it is pureed, just pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until firm.
The best part of this doggy ice cream is that it is low in calories. You can feed your dog one cube at a time as a treat, or you can give him a bowl of ice cream to cool down on a hot day.
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