Brett Winn has been an online writer for many years. she trains and competes in AKC and ASCA obedience with her Australian Shepherds.
In today's Internet age, it's the rare "dog mom" who hasn't purchased, made, or at least heard about Frosty Paws for dogs. Those who haven't have been missing out, or more perhaps accurately, their dogs have been missing out! Frosty Paws are creamy, nutritious, healthful (but unfortunately somewhat expensive) frozen treats that dogs adore. Enjoyable year round, they're especially welcome in the summer months as they're the canine equivalent of ice cream. Homemade versions, which lack preservatives, are more healthful than store brands, and cost less as well!
Basic Homemade Frosty Paws Recipe
- 32 oz. plain yogurt
- 1 mashed ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
Mix all of the ingredients with a blender or mixer and freeze in ice cube trays. Small paper cups and disposable egg cartons also make good molds. When frozen, microwave for a few seconds, unmold, and place the treats in a plastic bag and store in the freezer. (Note: if using Styrofoam egg cartons or cups, rest the containers briefly in a partially filled pan of warm water to loosen contents. Unless the Styrofoam is labeled as microwave safe, it could melt.) If you want to be fancy, bone and paw-shaped molds are available.
This is where the fun part begins! Using only the yogurt as a base, there are any number of ways to vary the original recipe. You're only limited by your imagination. Because these treats are frozen, their consistency is less important than when experimenting with baked goods. Below are a few variations my own dogs have heartily endorsed.
- Use fruit and flavored yogurt instead of plain. I've used vanilla, blueberry, and strawberry/banana with good success.
- Mix the yogurt with a packet of low sodium powdered chicken bouillon (Herb Ox has sodium free chicken granules) and a cup of low sodium chicken broth.
- One large jar of baby food is approximately equal to one banana. So instead of the banana, use the baby food of your choice. My dogs love meat baby food. Unfortunately, this only seems to come in small jars. Use three or four jars of the meat of your choice in place of the banana, peanut butter, and honey.
- Puree the yogurt in a blender with a can of mackerel or salmon.
- Scramble or boil several eggs, and puree them with the yogurt. You can use raw eggs, but then enters the (small) risk of salmonella poisoning. (I occasionally use raw eggs, but I raise my own free range chickens and have control over the cleanliness of their nests.). Raw egg whites destroy biotin, a necessary B vitamin. Raw egg yolks, however, are a rich source of biotin and offset the raw egg white. Do not feed raw egg whites by themselves as over time this practice could lead to a biotin deficiency.
- Puree the yogurt with raw chicken or beef liver. Raw liver purees with ease. Liver is rich, and a little goes a long way. Too much will give a dog diarrhea.
You get the idea ... you truly are only limited by your imagination!
Broth Based Treats
For dogs on a diet, or who cannot eat dairy, instead of yogurt, defatted chicken broth may be used as a base. This is easy to make. Place a whole chicken in a big pot and cover with water to which you have added carrots, garlic, and low sodium bouillon. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until cooked for approximately one hour. When done, remove the chicken, strain the broth, and refrigerate overnight. The fat will rise to the top and harden. The next day, skim off the fat. What remains is your broth base. The broth alone makes a nice doggie Popsicle, but jars of meat baby food, canned fish, cooked eggs, or diced, cooked chicken, are all great additions. Sometimes I hide a small cooked treat in the half frozen broth when I use the broth alone.
Perhaps my dogs' favorite frozen treat is this:
Save chicken carcasses in the freezer until you have several, and then put them into a pressure cooker with enough water to partially cover. Cook at fifteen or twenty pounds of pressure for an hour and a half. When cool, the bones are so soft that they "mush" when touched. Transfer the contents of the pressure cooker to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Mix the bone puree with equal quantities of defatted chicken broth, place in molds, and freeze. My dogs love these. Yours will too!
Several comments expressed concern over possible additives to meat baby food being harmful to dogs, so I did a little research. Gerber is a national brand that sells four meat foods (Beef & Beef Gravy, Chicken & Chicken Gravy, Turkey & Gravy and Ham & Gravy) in their 2'd Foods line, and they all have only three ingredients: meat, water, and cornstarch. This product should be on the shelf at your local grocery store!
© 2009 Brett Winn
Barb Polos on July 19, 2020:
Any one know if these are ok for a diabetic dog?i
Diana Liford on July 06, 2019:
Thank you so much for sharing your recipes...our little "Cheeewawa" is quite picky, but she loves peanut butter AND chicken so I think I'll try those two. I'll try to get back to you and let you know how it went ..
edithshannon on May 12, 2019:
Cakes for small fur babys
Roxanne H. on May 07, 2019:
I like your ideas for variations on the recipe. My only concern is adding garlic or onions to the chicken broth. Dogs should not have either one. Other than that it sounds good enough to eat!
Tammy on July 27, 2018:
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Brett Winn (author) from US on September 27, 2016:
Cynthia ... you are so sweet! Thank you!
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on August 01, 2016:
Brett Winn, I am sure these frozen treats are a big hit with any animal who is lucky enough to have a human prepare and serve them up! Thank you for the recipe-- I am passing this around in Social Medialand, knowing that there are piles of furbaby parents out there looking for more natural and inexpensive summer treats! ~Cynthia
Tori Leumas on July 10, 2015:
Allison on April 21, 2015:
Thank you so much for this great recipe! My dog LOVES them, and i am thrilled to be able to provide them so much more economically. I got 20 good-sized (about frosty paws size) treats out of this recipe for $4.00 US! Now that is QUITE an improvement - thank you again!
Nilesh on February 18, 2015:
hey there! checked out your wsiebte and am very interested in your assistance. We have a year old lab X greyhound (so we found out afterwards!) and all in all he is an amazing dog, we got him at 8 weeks and he has been around our daughter who had just turned 3 and is amazing with her she lays on him..pushes him is kind of in an aggressive stage right now and we try really hard to stress to her NOT to be like that lol but anyways he has never growled, snapped, bit or snarled at her..or anyone for that matter.. he is a very loving and affectionate, licky/kissy dog.however, we have a baby on the way, and my husband was just called into the military and will be going away for quite a while. Bentley(dog) seems to listen to my husband more than me they are BFFS. And Bentley has and always has had an issue with jumping up, and pawing at people lol not aggressively but its still super frustrating, and we are concerned with the baby on the way and such and just want to get him under control while hes still young.Let me know what you think and We'd love to meet!
Brett Winn (author) from US on December 07, 2014:
It is great when we can give them what they love without it costing a fortune! Thanks for telling me!
Danielle Durand from North Grosvenor Dale, Connecticut on December 06, 2014:
I have two Siberian huskies and they love the frozen treats. I made one with just melted peanut butter and vanilla yogurt. I will trying it with banana next. Frosty paws are about $5.00 for four. The one I made was $5.00 for two and a half dozen.
Joe from north miami FL on July 02, 2014:
Can't wait to feed this to my dog.
Evelia Veronica Rivera from Bridgeport, CT on March 24, 2014:
I will be trying this summer!
Brett Winn (author) from US on June 18, 2013:
What a fabulous idea!!! Thanks for sharing ... never know when someone else might need to do the same!
Chelsea on June 15, 2013:
This was such a great solution for giving our dog his medicine. He hates the milk thistle he needs to take for liver problems, so I broke open the capsules and poured a 12 day supply of his meds into the batter (I made half the batch). He loved the treats and was none the wiser! Thanks!
Brett Winn (author) from US on June 01, 2013:
Jennifer, thanks for such a great comment! If you have trouble cooling your dog down in the summer, you might also try unsalted homemade chicken stock that's been defatted ... you can fill a Kong with it (you have to plug the little hole first) with the defatted broth and freeze it. I did not know about Kefir at the time I wrote this article, but Kefir is even better for dogs (and people) than yogurt and has many more varieties of beneficial bacteria. Loved your comment!
Jennifer on June 01, 2013:
I can't wait to make these! If it wasn't storming here I would be at the grocery store getting the ingredients! I will be picking them up after work tomorrow! I tried the ones from the local grocery store for the 1st time because my poor dog is always hot in the summer. I can't get her to drink water when she's hot. I put a gallon of water in the fridge for her, I have added ice, & she always has fresh water. I know she'd cool down faster if she'd drink. Anyways, I figured they'd be perfect for her. I take care of my mom's dog too, who is sensitive to different foods, so 4 were gobe quickly. My dog couldn't keep the cup still so we sat in the floor & she licked it clean. Afterwards I she laid on me & gave me tons of kisses. She really loved it so I wanted to start making them at home. Anything to make my baby happy! She shows me she is thankful anytime I do something for her & this is my way to thank her for being such a great dog. I can't believe the hate in some of these comments. It worries me that they have a dog in their care. You are doing something nice to help us & they have nothing better to do than be rude. It's unfortunate that some people don't have common sense to wash things before putting their dog's food in them, check labels before using the products since everything has different makers with different ingredients, to not use an entire bottle of garlic powder or onion powder, & so on. If you're going to own a pet, do your homework. Know what's dangerous for them & know the quantity on which it's dangerous. You don't rush your dog to the vet if it ate a chocolate morsel or had a bite of your pizza. Also, you don't feed it an entire onion or bowl of milk. This is why dog food companies that use horrible ingredients stay on the market. People don't educate themselves on their pets. I feed my dog a good brand. It's not the most expensive but it has similar ingredients. Since treats are given in moderation I am not as picky but definitely keep an eye on the ingredients. Some things are OK in small amounts but not as a meal. These ice cream treats are to be fed in moderation, not as a meal too so a small amount of some of these items are safe as long as the dog isn't allergic or sensitive to some ingredients. A vet recommend plain yogurt to my friend for a dog with an upset stomach. She told me this after I was having trouble with my dog getting sick. I was hesitant at first but finally gave in because I needed to try something else. It worked great! I don't know why it did but since then her stomach hasn't been as sensitive as it used to be. It go's to show that it's good to do your own homework not listen to hearsay.
Brett Winn (author) from US on May 01, 2013:
They do need to stay frozen, but you can un-mold them and bag them up in the freezer!
TreatsByTalia on May 01, 2013:
Do they need to stay frozen or can you bag them up and keep them in the fridge?
Brett Winn (author) from US on April 03, 2013:
I have another great treat recipe that uses cat food "flour" lol.
bob winter on April 01, 2013:
My baby girl loves these but i use dog food in sted
Brett Winn (author) from US on January 05, 2013:
You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by!
Lisa S on January 04, 2013:
Never mind the dogs.....my boys would love these! thanks!!!
Brett Winn (author) from US on November 26, 2012:
Great idea! I've got a non stick mini muffin pan that would probably work well. Thanks!
Jenna on November 25, 2012:
Freeze them in Muffin Tins! I did the first batch in ice cube trays, but my dog picked them up and chomped them in one bite! I did the second batch in muffin tins so she couldn't pick them up, and it worked like a charm!
Kadaver on October 23, 2012:
Hi, I don't know if anyone else mentioned this but if you use the egg carton to freeze the "popsicles" you should wash it first. As you mentioned raw eggs may contain salmonella which may also be on the outside of their shells and could be transferred to the carton. Great recipe, thanks!
Brett Winn (author) from US on October 20, 2012:
You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by!
Lindsey on October 20, 2012:
My pup is going to love this. She loves licking my yogurt bowl and she loves peanut butter. Cannot go wrong with this! Thanks for posting!
joni m on September 02, 2012:
what about dogs who dont like pb or bananna? they love plain vanilla ice cream which we do buy in cups from schwans,they hate the doggie ones. love this hub by the way,
Felicia on August 31, 2012:
Gonna try these for my puppy who is teething his k9s. He hasn't been eating as much as he did a week ago due to his sore mouth. Hopefully these will help sooth his mouth.
Brett Winn (author) from US on August 23, 2012:
You are the second person to mention additives to meat baby food. I had some here last week, both beef and turkey. The only ingredients they had besides meat were water and cornstarch! However I appreciate your comment, because there are no doubt different brands sold in different parts of the country and perhaps it is just that what I have at my local stores here in North Carolina lacks additives. May the buyer beware! Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Amber on August 22, 2012:
I made these awhile back and my dogs couldn't get enough of them. My golden was eating them whole. I did want to point out that if you are using baby food as a substitute, some meat versions have onion or garlic in them. This is not good for your dog and it may seem like a little bit but it adds up in the course of your dog's life.
Brett Winn (author) from US on August 18, 2012:
No, that is NOT inexpensive! Perhaps it is time I update this hub! Thanks for stopping and taking the time to comment!
kim on August 18, 2012:
I can't wait to try this. I have 3 dogs. Frosty Paws are not inexpensive as you suggest, $5.00 for a box of 4 little cups is expensive. This would be an inexpensive way to make frozen treat for my dogs. @ Brett and @ Jaime, I am in NC too and we have Boxers which are heat sensitive, so my dogs love a freosty treat.
Brett Winn (author) from US on August 11, 2012:
Where in NC are you? I am north of Raleigh myself, and it HAS been hot. I hope these will help give your dog a nice relaxed transition into the hopefully on its way autumn!
Jaime on August 09, 2012:
I'm so excited to try these! We live in NC and our dog loves being outside, but since she's black she can only stay outside for a little while before taking a break to cool off in the AC! These will be a good cool down when she comes in! Thanks for posting!
Brett Winn (author) from US on August 06, 2012:
Love pets ... thank you so much for taking the time to try the recipe, and so glad you are enjoying! Have a wonderful day!
love pets on August 05, 2012:
I and the dogs love its yummy and healthy for both of us
Brett Winn (author) from US on July 12, 2012:
Thank you for your sweet comment! Do let me know what your dogs think of the homemade "frosty paws"!
Mo LaPete on July 12, 2012:
thanks so much for the input treats are getting expensive with this heat we're having since we have two dogs I will definitely try your recipe.
Brett Winn (author) from US on July 04, 2012:
I am so glad! It is always wonderful when you can provide the same thing for a fraction of the price! Enjoy and stay cool!
Rhonda on July 04, 2012:
I first saw Ice-cream for dogs when our Schwans delivery guy brought us a new catalog. I never order from them, but saw the dog ice-cream and HAD to get them for our dog. She licks our ice-cream bowls and loves it! WOW did she go nuts when we gave her her own ice-cream! But....they were nearly $8.00 for 4 of them!! Then shopping in Walmart one day I came across the Frosty Paws for HALF the price! I thought SWEET! Then......I came across the pin to make your own frosty paws and I made them! SO easy and she LOVES them!! Thank you for the pin!!! I'll be making them often :)
Brett Winn (author) from US on July 01, 2012:
The one I use is 100% beef with sufficient water for processing, etc. etc. but no onion! I agree though, that label reading is important, for canines and people!
lisa on July 01, 2012:
You shouldn't generally feed your dogs baby food unless you read the ingredients closely. Onion is not good for dogs and many baby foods contain either onion or onion powder.
Brett Winn (author) from US on June 28, 2012:
Thank you so much!
dicaslotofacil on June 28, 2012:
I was looking for something similar on another site, very good article about your hub.
Brett Winn (author) from US on June 26, 2012:
Love the sweet potatoes and chicken idea!!!
Annie on June 26, 2012:
Great recipe! My dogs LOVE them. I had been making something similar with yogurt, sweet potatoes, and chicken pieces.
Brett Winn (author) from US on June 25, 2012:
Angela ... thank you so much!
Angela on June 25, 2012:
My dog looves these..,more than frosty paws! :) thanks for all of the variations too...this has gone down in my idea book!
Brett Winn (author) from US on June 20, 2012:
That's a good point ... I should modify the article. I guess it never occurred to me anyone would feed this to puppies! It seems enough just to wean them from mother to solid food ... but people will do anything. Thank you for posting!
Ariana on June 20, 2012:
Found this via Pinterest. Please make sure not to feed these to puppies. Much like babies, puppies could die from the botulism in honey.
Brett Winn (author) from US on June 18, 2012:
I am so glad they were appreciated!
Ashley on June 18, 2012:
I just made a batch for my weimaraner with yogurt and chicken w/ apples baby food. The whole time I was mixing he was staring and drooling. I decided to freeze them in my small muffin pan since it was about the same size as Frosty Paws. I think he approves so far since he helped with the clean up.
Brett Winn (author) from US on June 06, 2012:
Kimberly, this is a treat and not a primary diet. However, there is protein in both peanut butter and in yogurt! Just give it a whirl and see if your canine approves! The hotter the outside weather, the better!
Kimberly Etzold on June 05, 2012:
I like the idea of making them myself, however I thought one of the main ingredients was crude protein and that is what they needed.
Brett Winn (author) from US on May 27, 2012:
I'm so glad they liked them! I once had a dog that ate muffin wrappers, lol ... so your comment made me smile in memory!
Brett Winn (author) from US on May 27, 2012:
Kris ... My dogs love sweet potatoes ... they'll steal them from the box I buy each fall and take them outside and gnaw on them like bones. Thanks for the great suggestion!
Sherri B on May 27, 2012:
OK, I made some for my three dogs, a beagle, a black lab, and a newfie mix. They all LOVED them, the newfie so much that he ate the paper cup!!!
Kris on May 27, 2012:
I made these for my dogs with your original recipe and I did one with yogurt and sweet potato baby foot and she loved both. The only problem was that she tries to swallow them whole and then chokes, so the second time I made them in small cups so she has to lick it out. Thanks for affordable alternative to Frosty Paws!
Brett Winn (author) from US on May 24, 2012:
LOL! I know what you mean. The best dog treats have only human ingredients, at least in my opinion. Glad your furry friend enjoyed them!!!
Brad on May 23, 2012:
My dog loved these. My adult kids wanted to know why they were for the dog , ( original recipe)
gunnasai from Hydrabad on May 07, 2012:
Ha very nice. Thanks for your blog.
Lori on May 07, 2012:
My dogs love these!
Brett Winn (author) from US on May 01, 2012:
Taylor, theoretically, yes. However my experience with puppies is that their digestive systems are responsive to dietary changes and if it were me, I'd wait until they were a bit older before introducing anything this different from their normal fare. The worst thing that could happen is that you'd get soft stools, so if you might try giving your pup a TINY bit and then watch to see what happens. Some puppies appear to be more sensitive than others. I hope this helps!
Taylor Stopher on May 01, 2012:
can 6 weeks old puppies eat these??
Brett Winn (author) from US on April 28, 2012:
Correct! It's like doggy "ice-cream!"
Lynette on April 27, 2012:
So you don't cook these? Just freeze and give them to the dog?
Brett Winn (author) from US on April 16, 2012:
Jenna, I'm so glad! They will be especially nice to make as the weather continues to get warmer .... thanks for the comment!
Jenna on April 16, 2012:
My Lab loved these! I used the small tupperware containers (about the size of frosty paws) and she just gobbles it up!
Kevin on April 10, 2012:
This is awesome! Would love to add this to my e-cookbook for subscribers of dealwagger.com. I will e-mail you.
Liz Wright on April 02, 2012:
Anyone trying to figure out what to put them in. The 4 ounce OXO baby food containers work perfectly. And my lab doesn't chew them at all when he's eating his HM Frosty Paws.
Brett Winn (author) from US on March 25, 2012:
Crystal, thank you so much for your sweet comment! My dogs really like these, and I live in the South where it can get pretty hot in the summer. It is nice to have something to give my dogs as a cool treat while I eat Popsicles and drink smoothies! I appreciate your taking the time to comment!
Crystal on March 25, 2012:
Just made these and so far, my Boxers loved licking the bowl after I put them in an egg carton and mini round freezer containers that are about the size of Frosty Paws. Can't wait to save money and give my dogs healthy treats this summer after our walks!
Brett Winn (author) from US on March 16, 2012:
I like that idea! Thank you for the nice comment!
Bri on March 16, 2012:
We make these at my work, I work at a dog kennel. We stick dog treats in the middle.
Brett Winn (author) from US on March 09, 2012:
Kelly, thank you so very much for your kind words! My dogs like these even in the winter, lol ....
Kelly on March 09, 2012:
I am absolutely impressed with these treats! A friend just told me about this article, which by the way is very well written, and I plan to make them over the weekend! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.
Sometimes people may or may not like what their reading but for the sake of complaining they will dislike anything.
My dogs will go crazy for these treats!
Well done! :)
Adrienne Farricelli on February 16, 2012:
I have to try some of these yummy recipes out. My dogs thank you!
Rukori's Mom on February 12, 2012:
Frosty Paws here in GA are $3.49 for a box of 4. I don't consider this to be expensive. They are for a special treat for my dog, not an every day snack. That being said, I love the homemade recipe. My German Shepherd loved it and I like that I control the ingredients that go into it. I am a firm believer in feeding him No preservative, No chemicals, No additives, so we use all organic products for him. Thanks for posting this recipe.
Brett Winn (author) from US on January 31, 2012:
Paisley's Mom ... so glad your baby likes these! At two, I would say she is still a puppy, but hopefully a "mature" one, lol. I had not thought of using this as a Kong filler ... thanks for reading, the comment, and the great idea!
Paisley's Mom on January 31, 2012:
My do loves these! She is a very active puppy lab (okay so she's actually 2 years old, but still has the energy of a puppy!) I make these and then shove them way down in the bottom of her kong and then she has to work to get it out! I've also started putting a dog cookie in the ice tray after I fill it 1/2 way and it's even more challenging!
Brett Winn (author) from US on January 26, 2012:
Csea, thank you for taking the time to stop by, read my article and to comment ... and then to take on the naysayers ... wow, I am touched! Thank you so very much! You're one of those people who makes the world a brighter place. I hope your dogs enjoy the treats!
Csea on January 25, 2012:
Thanks for taking the time to post these great ideas! Can't wait to try a few.
Also, I read a few of the comment entries. I can't believe how rude some people are. Folks...if you don't like the ideas or recipes..don't use them. Just shut up and move along. This blogger has taken time to share ideas with you, no one is twisting your arm to try them.
Brett Winn (author) from US on January 24, 2012:
Carrie, you are welcome! I hope your dog will enjoy these equally well!
Carrie on January 24, 2012:
My dog LOVES frosty paws!! Thank you!
Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on January 08, 2012:
Great suggestion (even sounds like a great people treat!). Definitely will give this a try (for the doggies, not me) and without the 15+ extra added preservatives and ingredients. Thank you.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2012:
My husband's and my first dog...an Irish Setter...used to love munching on ice cubes. He would have LOVED these homemade frozen dog treats! I used to make homemade dog food and dog biscuits but never thought of making frozen goodies for them. Will keep this in mind for future reference. Your variations sound great! It is no wonder you got a hub of the day mention. Congratulations! Up and useful votes.
Brett Winn (author) from US on January 01, 2012:
I'm only talking about a sprinkle for flavor, dogs love garlic. It's like chocolate ... if you feed a dog a bar of dark chocolate, you might be in trouble. A taste of a chocolate chip cookie or a last bite of chocolate cake does no harm. Since I posted this article, I've discovered, kefir, and use it in place of the yogurt. The beneficial bacteria in homemade kefir partly digest the proteins and use up the lactose ... it is actually quite good for them. I read recently where a vet attributed a dog's recovery from hip surgery to the kefir his owners fed him in recovery!
tla on January 01, 2012:
actually, garlic and dairy are bad for your dog. be careful if you're going to use it and know the risks.
Granny Gee/Gloria on December 31, 2011:
I never thought about making a frozen treats for our
Pups! I am happy to read this. Thank-you, Brett!
gary breyer jr on December 09, 2011:
my dog loves this and as well as all his friends in the neighborhood!
Wanda on November 29, 2011:
All 3 of my dogs loved Frosty Paws, will give the recipe a try, thanks.
Chris from Illinois on November 11, 2011:
Great ideas. And something new to try.
Danette Watt from Illinois on November 10, 2011:
Congratulations on Hub of the Day! I'm going to bookmark this and give it a try.
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on November 10, 2011:
Congrats on hub of the day! I just wonder--does the yogurt and honey not have too much sugar in it? I know sugar isn't good for dogs. What do you think? Thanks!
LindaSmith1 from USA on November 10, 2011:
I am glad I am not a dog, they look gross. I would never give them to my do, based on looks alone. Raw Veggies and fruit make great treats.
Morena88 from Ontario, Canada on November 10, 2011:
Cool! I'm definitely going to try this out :)
gunnasai from Hydrabad on November 10, 2011:
Wow what a good stuff. Thank you for your posting such a dog lover.