What treat do you crave the most on a hot summer day? A nice cool, refreshing ice cream cone? Well your dog is thinking the same thing! Too bad dairy can make their tummies hurt so bad… it would be great to let our pups have a lick and get a break from the heat.
I love to find fun, new, and exciting ways to keep my dogs entertained. I’ll search for things that we can do together at home when we’re stuck inside because it’s close to 100 degrees out. What screams “summer vacation” more than ice cream?!
Your dog can still enjoy an ice cream treat during these hot summer months as long as you make it yourself at home. And don’t worry, just like all the other recipes I share, it takes less time to make this yourself than to buy the mystery-meat “dog ice cream” at the grocery store.
All you need is a blender/food processor, bananas, and peanut butter!
Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients
- 3 ripe bananas – peeled
- 1 tb peanut butter
See? I told you this was going to be easy!
All you have to do is peel the bananas and put them in a dish for freezing.
Step 2: Freeze Your Bananas
All you have to do to prepare your doggy ice cream is freeze the bananas for 2-3 hours. You can always freeze them for longer if you wish, but my dogs were in a hurry!
Step 3: Blend The Ice Cream
I couldn’t believe how much this looked and felt like real ice cream when I was finished blending! The texture of the bananas and the refreshing cool temperature could have even fooled me into thinking this was real ice cream. Maybe we will make this a human snack tradition as well!
Step 4: Add Peanut Butter
This part is completely optional, but what dog doesn’t love peanut butter? You can add any ingredients to your ice cream that your dog loves or that she needs supplemented into her diet. Consider adding any of the brain foods that extend your dog’s life span.
And always remember, read the label on your peanut butter to make sure it doesn’t have the added ingredient that is highly poisonous to dogs!
Step 5: Beat The Heat and Enjoy!
Now for the best part of all, watching your dog devour this amazing treat that you made so easily in your kitchen! Isn’t there something rewarding about knowing you made a treat for your dog yourself and watching how much she loves it?
I wish we had some cute ice cream bowls or cones, but they loved this ice cream so much that they probably would have destroyed it too quickly for me to get good pictures no matter what I served it in!
As always, Jem and Laci were the biggest little piglets when it came to scarfing it down. They were running from bowl to bowl trying to make sure to stake their claim on each one. Zoey was her usual shy self and took a couple licks before just letting them take over. As usual, I let Zoey have her treat in a separate room so she could enjoy it without the others trying to nab it from her.
I love this recipe for so many reasons – it’s healthy for the dogs, easy for me to make, and it’s always a great back-up plan for bananas sitting on the counter that have gotten too ripe for the family to eat. I have a feeling my girls will be getting homemade ice cream pretty often as our bananas become over-ripe.
Have you ever tried a homemade ice cream recipe, and did your dog love it as much as mine did? I hope you try this recipe, and if you do let me know how they like it!