Celeste has a 5-pound Yorkshire Terrier companion named Kya who simply loves her homemade doggy "ice cream" treats.
Dog-Friendly Ice Cream: Yorkie Treat Initiation
It was during one of Kya's fussier days when we decided to feed her a little yogurt and apple mix. My mom froze the combo and left it on the floor for her to stare at. She walked circles around the frozen treat and stalked it for a few minutes. It was hysterical. I’m not sure what she thought this sweet smelly thing was, but she gave it a test lick, then circled it a few more times.
By the second or third lick, she decided this stuff was good, and she finished the whole thing! I don’t think any of us took a breath throughout the whole treat initiation. It was awesome.
Exploring Dog-Safe Ingredients
Since then, we’ve experimented with a number of additions to the yogurt and apple base. We started by adding peanut butter. We learned that she has a bit of a sweet tooth. When we eliminated the apple, she wouldn’t touch the treat. So we kept the apple and yogurt as a base for all of her future treat recipes. We then tried switching out the peanut butter for carrot or butternut pumpkin. The apple keeps it sweet, and the yogurt provides the creaminess she seemed to like. So far, the pumpkin is her least favorite. We want to try banana as another variety add-on. We recently learned that we could use peaches and cantaloupe as options too. We tried the peach and she loved it, but we haven't tried the cantaloupe yet. We did check with our vet to be safe. It’s fine to give her any of these ingredients as long as we limit it to every other day only.
Dog-Friendly Ice Cream Ingredients
- 6 granny smith apples, washed, skinned, and chopped
- 32 oz or 900g plain greek yogurt
- Your choice of ONE of the following:
- 6–8 raw carrots, washed, skinned and chopped
- 14 oz or 400g peanut butter
- 1 Cup butternut pumpkin, skinned, cooked and diced
Recommended Tools for the Recipe
What you will need:
- Large bowl
- Ice trays
We use the silicone ice trays with sections that are one-inch squares. With larger dogs, you might want to make the portions a little larger. It's easier to pop the treat out of the silicone molds rather than the plastic ones.
Dog-Friendly Ice Cream Recipe Instructions
- Wash, skin, and dice all the apples and throw them into a blender.
- Add in half the yogurt and blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
- Scoop only ONE of the following into the blender: peanut butter, cooked butternut, or raw carrot. Add the remaining yogurt.
- Blend until smooth and add to the apple mix in the bowl. Stir it all together.
- Pour the mix into your molds. Makes approximately 36 1-inch squares.
- Put the molds into the freezer overnight or until solid.
- We have kept a batch in the freezer for up to a month.
- Prep time: approximately 20 minutes.
Safety Tips and Recipe Tricks
- Peeling and cooking butternut pumpkin is a big deal. We buy the ready-cooked frozen bags of butternut to save time.
- Most brand-name peanut butters have salt and sugar in them. The best is to buy unsalted, organic peanut butter. Too much sugar and salt is harmful to your dog. Make sure you look at the label. Some manufacturers are advertising sugar-free nut butters and then use Xylitol to sweeten it. Xylitol is toxic to dogs.
- We've been researching new flavors for our little one and came across a great article on the AKC (American Kennel Club) website that lists all the safe and unsafe fruits and vegetables for dogs.
How do you like this recipe?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2018 Celeste Wilson
Celeste Wilson (author) on August 14, 2018:
Hi Louise, You are very welcome. :0)
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on August 14, 2018:
I like this idea. This is certainly a nice treat for dogs. I think my dog would love this. Thankyou. =)