Peanut Butter "Pupsicles" - Homemade Gourmet Dog Treats - Recipe with Pictures

Updated on September 3, 2013
Peanut Butter Pupsicles Homemade Gourmet Dog Treats Recipe
Peanut Butter Pupsicles Homemade Gourmet Dog Treats Recipe | Source

Best Homemade Dog Treats for Dog Days of Summer

Living in Florida, the summers are hotter than hot! Okay, the winters can be hot, too, and the spring and the fall, for that matter! During any hot weather, we have to be especially careful with our furry friends to make sure they keep cool!

Aside from a spray with the water or a doggie pool, what other options do you have to cool down the family pet? The answer to that question is cool them down with a cold treat of their own!

Help your best (furry) friend cool off during the dog days of summer (or anytime) with this delicious, nutritious, homemade gourmet frozen treat for dogs - Peanut Butter Popsicles (or Pupsicles as we like to call them)!

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3.8 stars from 28 ratings of Peanut Butter Pupsicles for Dogs

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 5 min
Yields: 6 Pupsicles / Popsicles
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized Banana, mashed
  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt, Low Fat
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter, Creamy
  • 6 small Dog Biscuits *

* You can use your favorite brand of dog biscuits. The photos and nutritional information reflect our favorite brand by Old Mother Hubbard which are the All Natural Classic P-Nuttier treats. I love them because they're made from carrots, oats, peanuts, and apples and include no artificial preservatives. My dog loves them because they taste great (my husband agrees).

Visual Step By Step Instructions with Pictures

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Slice a banana and place in a medium mixing bowl.Mash the bananas with a potato masher.Thoroughly mash before adding more ingredients.Add the yogurt to the mashed bananas.Add the peanut butter.With a fork, mix the bananas, yogurt, and peanut butter until thoroughly combined.Set out 6 small bathroom-sized Dixie cups.Spoon, or pour, mixture into the cups until each cup is equally filled.Gently place a dog biscuit into the center of each cup's mixture.Once all biscuits have been added, they're ready for the freezer.Place the cups in the freezer. The freezer door works great for this.Keep pupsicles in the freezer until ready to give as a treat. To remove from the cup, gently squeeze the sides and the bottom to release from the cup.Gently squeeze the sides of the cup to release the pupsicle. You may have to also slightly push on the bottom.  Once it's released, pull it out by the biscuit handle. If you pull on the biscuit before it's released from the cup, the biscuit may break
Slice a banana and place in a medium mixing bowl.
Slice a banana and place in a medium mixing bowl. | Source
Mash the bananas with a potato masher.
Mash the bananas with a potato masher. | Source
Thoroughly mash before adding more ingredients.
Thoroughly mash before adding more ingredients. | Source
Add the yogurt to the mashed bananas.
Add the yogurt to the mashed bananas. | Source
Add the peanut butter.
Add the peanut butter. | Source
With a fork, mix the bananas, yogurt, and peanut butter until thoroughly combined.
With a fork, mix the bananas, yogurt, and peanut butter until thoroughly combined. | Source
Set out 6 small bathroom-sized Dixie cups.
Set out 6 small bathroom-sized Dixie cups. | Source
Spoon, or pour, mixture into the cups until each cup is equally filled.
Spoon, or pour, mixture into the cups until each cup is equally filled. | Source
Gently place a dog biscuit into the center of each cup's mixture.
Gently place a dog biscuit into the center of each cup's mixture. | Source
Once all biscuits have been added, they're ready for the freezer.
Once all biscuits have been added, they're ready for the freezer. | Source
Place the cups in the freezer. The freezer door works great for this.
Place the cups in the freezer. The freezer door works great for this. | Source
Keep pupsicles in the freezer until ready to give as a treat. To remove from the cup, gently squeeze the sides and the bottom to release from the cup.
Keep pupsicles in the freezer until ready to give as a treat. To remove from the cup, gently squeeze the sides and the bottom to release from the cup. | Source
Gently squeeze the sides of the cup to release the pupsicle. You may have to also slightly push on the bottom.  Once it's released, pull it out by the biscuit handle. If you pull on the biscuit before it's released from the cup, the biscuit may break
Gently squeeze the sides of the cup to release the pupsicle. You may have to also slightly push on the bottom. Once it's released, pull it out by the biscuit handle. If you pull on the biscuit before it's released from the cup, the biscuit may break | Source

Instructions

  1. Peel then slice the banana into pieces and place them into a medium mixing bowl. Using a potato masher (or a fork), completely mash the banana pieces until it has a pureed appearance.
  2. Add one cup of the plain, low-fat yogurt and 1/4 cup of the creamy peanut butter to the bowl of mashed bananas.
  3. Using a fork, thoroughly mix the banana, yogurt, and peanut butter mixture together, using a fork to break down any remaining banana lumps.
  4. Set out 6 Dixie Bathroom Cups. I had only the 5 oz cups, but you can use the smaller 3 oz cups and adjust the fill capacity and number of cups as necessary.
  5. Spoon the mixture equally into the 6 Dixie cups. The cups will be slightly more than half way filled if using the 5 oz cups. (The cups will be nearly filled if using the 3 oz cups and you may be able to use a few extra cups to utilize all of the mixture.)
  6. Gently tap the bottom of the cups onto the counter surface several times to level out the top of the mixture and to release any air pockets that may be in the mixture.
  7. Once the cups are filled, take one of the small dog biscuits and push it about halfway into the center of the mixture in the cup. I found that you may have to slightly pull it up and push it down a few times so that the mixture completely touches all sides of the biscuit. This will ensure that your "handle" stays put for removal from the cup.
  8. Place the cups in the freezer for 3 hours. I found that a shelf pocket on the freezer door worked beautifully.
  9. Once completely frozen, remove one from the freezer. Gently squeeze the cup while rotating it to loosen the popsicle from the cup sides. Gently pulling on the biscuit handle, remove the pupsicle from the cup and present it to your dog.

For Larger Dogs...

If you have a larger dog, you may want to double the recipe and fill the 5 oz cups completely. You may also find that a medium sized dog biscuit works better, too. Experiment with what works for your pup!

Serving Tips!

Because this is a frozen treat that will take a little time for your dog to eat, it will become messy as it melts! Be sure to keep your pup outside while he or she is eating this! It will cool them down and save you from some potentially messy clean-up!

The biscuit "handle" allows you to hold the treat easily and with as little mess as possible as your dog licks away! The longer he or she takes to lick it, the longer it will keep him or her cooled off!

A Pupsicle is the Perfect Summer Homemade Dog Treat

Pupsicle (or Doggy Popsicle) is the perfect size for a quick cool-down homemade treat for your dog.
Pupsicle (or Doggy Popsicle) is the perfect size for a quick cool-down homemade treat for your dog. | Source
"Oh my goodness! It tastes so good!" Roxy says about these Peanut Butter Pupsicles! Look at that tongue!
"Oh my goodness! It tastes so good!" Roxy says about these Peanut Butter Pupsicles! Look at that tongue! | Source
Lots of pupsicle licks from a very happy girl!
Lots of pupsicle licks from a very happy girl! | Source
"Please, may I have another pupsicle?"
"Please, may I have another pupsicle?" | Source
Full belly, cooled down, but still licking her lips! With no breaks in licking for the 5 minutes it took her to get to the biscuit, this pupsicle recipe is definitely a winner!
Full belly, cooled down, but still licking her lips! With no breaks in licking for the 5 minutes it took her to get to the biscuit, this pupsicle recipe is definitely a winner! | Source

Your Dog Will Love These Pupsicles!

As you can see from the pictures above, these Pupsicles are a big hit with my Boston Terrier, Roxy! I hope your pups will enjoy them just as much! Leave me a message if you make them for your dogs and let me know if they liked them, too!

So now the question is: How many licks does it take for your dog to get to the biscuit center of the Pupsicle pop? For our dog, Roxy, it took 5 minutes. For the rest of the world, we may never know!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Pupsicle
Calories 139
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Protein 5 g10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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.

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    © 2013 Keely Deuschle

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        MARY 

        3 years ago

        Our dog Carter loved this pupsicle, will keep making for him during the hot weather season.

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        Jeannie InABottle 

        4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

        I never thought to make popsicles or pupsicles before for a dog. I want to do this now for my fiancé's dog. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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        Peggy Woods 

        4 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Our little Skippy is not much for the outdoors but the other dogs we have had in the past would have loved such a treat! Going to pin this to my dogs board and share on twitter. Your dog certainly looks happy! Thanks for the recipe!

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        sujaya venkatesh 

        4 years ago

        lucky puppies kd

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        I will sure make these for my fur babies this summer. (If it ever gets hot this year)...oh, I am sure it will. This is such a cute idea.

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        4 years ago from Florida

        I hope your pup enjoys it! I think it's a special treat for all year round! What pup can't resist peanut butter :)

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is a great recipe! I'm sure that my dog will love it, especially when he needs to cool down. I'm going to try it soon, even though it's not summer right now!

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        What a great recipe! I can't wait to try it.

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        georgescifo 

        5 years ago from India

        This is an amazing hub on Dog treats KDeus. Maybe next time I will try it on my doggie. :)

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        Audrey Howitt 

        5 years ago from California

        Oh I so love this idea!! I have a dog who will just love this!!!

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Hi Euphoria_Wolf! Absolutely! Any human treat can certainly be replaced for a human-friendly version! If you need it a little sweeter, you could always add honey or agave nectar!

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Hi Teresa! Thank you for your comments and for voting, sharing and pinning!! I hope your rat terriers love this as much as Roxy does!

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Hi Rebecca! Thank you for the vote! I think you can definitely replace the bananas. Pumpkin, applesauce (unsweetened), mashed sweet potatoes, anything that is pup-friendly. I noticed you're from Binghamton. I'm originally from just over the PA border - Montrose. :)

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        Euphoria_Wolf 

        5 years ago

        can't we just not add the dog treats or replace them with some kind of thick cookie or cracker for humans

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        Teresa Sanderson 

        5 years ago from Rural Midwest

        Great hub! We are dog lovers and have 3 rat terriers who will love this treat! Thanks for the gorgeous photos and step by step instructions. Voted up, pinned and shared!

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        Rebecca Mayglothling 

        5 years ago from Binghamton NY

        This is wonderful! I definitely voted it up. Do you think we can replace the bananas? My Chihuahua loves bananas but the German Shepherd hates them. Any substitutes allowed?

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you, Diana, for stopping by and for voting up! It is greatly appreciated!

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        Diana L Pierce 

        5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

        This is a great idea and I can see how much your furry friend loves them. Voted up.

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Wow! Over 2,000 pins on Pinterest in just over 2 weeks! Thank you, everyone!

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Brian, thank you for your kind words and for voting up and pinning! I'll bet your dog enjoys these!

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        Brian Dooling 

        5 years ago from Connecticut

        This is a fantastic idea KDeus! I love the use of the biscuit as the stick . Nice job setting up the hub as well, I like the step by step photo guide. I'm definitely going to have to try these 'Pupsicles' with my dog this summer! voted up and pinned! #happy2years

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        idigwebsites, I have to admit, that I also tried a little of the pupsicle minus the biscuit! They're a great combination of healthy ingredients that are as good for humans as they are for the pups! I hope you both enjoy them! (I also have to admit that the biscuits we use, my husband enjoys - he's a little strange in his eating habits, anyway!)

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        idigwebsites 

        5 years ago from United States

        Wow! I'm going to make one for my dog and a version of that meal for myself (of course not with the dog biscuits hehehehe). Thanks for posting! Up and useful.

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Today, I asked Roxy if she wanted pupsicle and she started jumping and twirling (her "dance") across the house to the door! Just wanted to share!

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Hello, Glimmer! I'm so happy to hear you'll be making these for Max this weekend! I had to chuckle today when Roxy, who will usually walk to the pantry for a treat, instead walked to the freezer! I know she's trying to figure out how to open it to get a pupsicle out! Hope Max enjoys!

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Hi las81071! You're more than welcome! I know Romeo will like these as much as Roxy does! Thank you so much for passing this on to your daughter, too!

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        5 years ago

        Well my dog Max will be getting some treats this weekend. What a great homemade treat and easy to follow recipe. Love Roxy in the pics too!

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        las81071 

        5 years ago

        My Romeo will love this. I saw this at perfect timing as it is hotter than the sun out there in Tampa.My oldest daughter is a baker and she has been having these ideas of including pet treats that are fun and healthy so I will share this with her also. Thanks for the info

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Aw, thank you, Ladydeonne! I hope that Yogi and Gypsie enjoy the pupsicles as much as Roxy did! I'd love to hear if they liked them!

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        Deonne Anderson 

        5 years ago from Florence, SC

        KDeus,

        Can't wait to make Peanut ButterPupsicles for my dogs, Yogi and Gypsie. Will give them a try on Saturday. They both love peanut butter. Your Roxy is beautiful and lucky to have such an innovative and creative Mom. Thanks for sharing.

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Hi rose-the-planner! Thank you so very much for your kind words! They were very easy to make and I was surprised how fast they froze, too. I have a special love for Boston Terriers - Roxy is my second one. My first one was named Yoda and he was appropriately named a Boston Terror because he got into absolutely everything! But they are very beautiful pups! Thanks again!

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Hi pinto2011, thank you for commenting! I think one of these treats will certainly make your friend's dog your friend, too! Thanks for stopping by to comment here!

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        rose-the planner 

        5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

        This is an awesome article! These Peanut Butter Pupsicles look amazing and not very complicated. I especially love the visuals you have provided for easier instructions. What a gorgeous doggy! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

      • KDeus profile imageAUTHOR

        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Hi emilybee! Thank you! I really hope that your fiance's dog loves them just as much as Roxy does! Let me know how she likes them!

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        Subhas 

        5 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Hi KDeus! I can certainly feel the animal lover's caring instinct in you through this article. Certainly, I am going to feed this recipe to my friend's dog who always bark on me and I will make friendship with him.

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        emilybee 

        5 years ago

        These are awesome!!! I'm going to make them for my fiancés little dog. She eats everything and loves treats. She eats them so quickly so I don't think these would melt too much before she gets it all ;)

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Vespawoolf, Thank you for your kind words! I hope your friend's dog enjoys them! Roxy doesn't like the doggie pools or even to be sprayed down a little with water, so I had to come up with something that would help her cool a little while we were outside. The funny thing was the more she licked, the more she realized there was a "cookie" and then she kept licking faster to get to the treat! Let me know how the pup liked it!

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        vespawoolf 

        5 years ago from Peru, South America

        What an entertaining and well-laid-out Hub! We don't have a dog right now, but I plan to make these for my friend's dog. Dogs enjoy ice cream so it's great to have a healthier alternative. I love the photos of Roxy...too cute. Thanks! Voted up and shared.

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        Elizabeth Parker 

        5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Thank you!!

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Hi epbooks! I'm so happy that you found this helpful! I have to admit that I've never tried Frosty Paws, but I'm glad that this recipe is a good alternative to the store bought options! I hope your fur kids enjoy it!

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        Elizabeth Parker 

        5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        This is awesome. I buy Frosty Paws for my fur kids, but I'd much rather make the treats myself. I am always cautious with recipes for dogs, because some foods can be toxic, but I'm happy the ones you have listed are totally fine for dogs. I've bookmarked it and may even make it today. Thanks so much- I love this idea. Voted up!

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Thank you, Eddie! Wow! I just looked up Caucasian Shepherd as I wasn't familiar with them and they are gorgeous dogs! I can understand why yours stays hot all the time! I hope this will be a nice treat to help cool him down just a little bit! Drop me a line if you try it and let me know if he liked it!

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        Eddie Dagstanyan 

        5 years ago from California

        This is a great hub. One of my dogs is a Caucasian Shepherd and he's hot ALL the time. Looks like these pupsicles might do the trick. Thank you! Voted up and useful.

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I thought our dog would try to eat it whole, but with my daughter holding it, she just kept licking. He might surprise you, but if not, at least he'll get an ice cold treat! Maybe have a plate or bowl ready just in case he doesn't want to lick :) Let me know what he does and if he likes it! :)

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        Sunny River 

        5 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

        Cool. I'm going to have to try this! My question is, what do you do for a dog that's not going to lick it? If I know Eddie, he's going to try to eat it whole.

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