It’s only natural to want to share all of your delicious goodies with your best furry friends. However, we know that not all human food is safe for our pets. Unfortunately, ice cream is one of those delicious snacks that you get shouldn’t share with your dog. Fortunately, you can Ice cream for dogs that your pet can enjoy!
Like humans, some dogs are lactose intolerant. There are also many ingredients commonly found in ice cream (like chocolate, sugar, caffeine, raisins, nuts, and especially xylitol) that can make your dog very sick or even toxic.
Homemade ice cream for dogs is easy to prepare and requires few ingredients. It’s also a lot cheaper than off-the-shelf dog ice products! This recipe is made with apples, but you can substitute any other dog-friendly fruit of your choice as well.
Apple and honey ice cream for dogs recipe
Most owners believe ice cream is a safe treat for their pups. While non-toxic, human-made ice cream contains lactose that some dogs cannot digest. Human ice cream also contains sugar and artificial ingredients that can upset a dog’s stomach. Making homemade ice cream with dog-friendly ingredients is a much better option.
Recipe: apple and honey ice cream for dogs
Making your own dog ice cream allows you to choose your own ingredients so you can choose things that you know your dog will love and that are non-toxic. You can also choose fresh whole-food ingredients that are safer and healthier than the artificial ingredients in commercial products and make substitutions.
- Preparation time: 5 minutes
- Total time: 5 minutes
- Yield: over 12th Goodies 1x
- Category: Frozen goodies
- Method: freezer
- Kitchen: Dog treats
- 1 cup low-fat natural yogurt
- 1 Apple (chopped)
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
To make this ice cream, just put yogurt, honey, and apple in a food processor. Puree the mixture. Once it’s smooth, just pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until set.
Regularly giving this treat to your pet can replace other dog-friendly fruits and vegetables. Some of my favorite substitutions are:
- Serving size: 1 treat
- Calories: 30th
- Sugar: 4.8 g
- Sodium: 15 mg
- Fat: 0.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 5.5 g
- Fiber: .5 g
- Protein: 1.2 g
- Cholesterol: 1 mg
Once the ice cream is frozen, you can remove it from the molds and place the frozen treats in an airtight container. You can store them in a freezer for about 8 to 10 weeks.
Feed them sparingly. As you can see in the nutritional information above, these treats contain around 30 calories each. One a day doesn’t make much of a difference in your dog’s diet, but feeding too many can lead to unhealthy weight gain.