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Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream is a quick and easy way to blend 3 ingredients into delicious frozen dog food. Healthy, nutritious, and tasty, it's the perfect summertime treat to keep your pup cool.
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Table of Contents
  1. Puppy Ice Cream
  2. Why We Love This Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream
  7. Tips
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipes
  11. Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream Recipe

Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream is a quick and easy, 3-ingredient homemade frozen dog treat that’s 100% safe for feeding to your furry friend. This simple recipe can be made in 5 minutes and is the perfect way to reward your pup and keep him cool all summer.

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Puppy Ice Cream

Making Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream at home is an easy and economical way to feed people food to your pooch. Simply break out your blender because all you need to make this puppy ice cream is pumpkin puree, yogurt, and bananas and in mere minutes, you’ve created the best lick for your loved one.

Not only is this pet-friendly frozen treat refreshing during the hot days of summer, but it’s also healthy, protein-rich, and packed with wholesome, nutritious ingredients that you can feel good about feeding your four-legged friend.

While regular ice cream is expensive and may contain toxic chemicals that are not safe for canine consumption, this doggie ice cream recipe does double duty as a DIY cheap alternative to Ben and Jerry’s dog ice cream and it provides your pup with a dog-safe ice cream snack that you can even share!

For more doggie delicacies that simply show you care, try my other recipes for dogs, Christmas Dog Treats, and Starbucks Copycat Puppuchino, that are pup-approved and loved by even the pickiest pets.

NOTE: It is important to always check with your veterinarian before feeding anything other than your approved dog food to your pet.

Why We Love This Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in 5 minutes.
  • Only uses 3 ingredients.
  • You have control of the ingredients because you know your dog’s diet best.
  • Ice cream treats are the ideal dog treats to beat the heat.
  • Even older dogs deserve nutritious frozen doggie ice cream that’s soft for seniors.
  • Homemade dog ice cream is much cheaper than purchasing it at the pet store.
  • A perfect cool treat for your pet and a delicious doggie dessert for fall or any season.
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Ingredients

  • Plain yogurt: You can use non-fat or a non-dairy alternative, like coconut yogurt, if your dog is lactose intolerant.
  • Pumpkin purée: Do not use pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin pie mix. It should be pure pumpkin purée where pumpkin is the only ingredient.
  • Bananas

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Substitutions and Additions

  • Tasty Toppings: Feel free to top your ice cream treats with your dog’s favorite toppings. Sprinkle on some kibble, frozen berries, a sprig of mint, or my Homemade Dog Treats.
  • Pick Your Purée: You can replace the pumpkin purée with peanut butter or puréed sweet potato, although the consistency will be thicker and may require some liquid.
  • Blender or food processor
  • Individual containers
dog licking ice cream

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream

This Pumpkin Dog DIY Ice Cream recipe is an easy and fast way to make people food for pups. Simply blend a batch and store it in the freezer for times your dog deserves a refreshing reward.

  1. Make Your Mixture: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour the ice cream mixture into individual containers and freeze until solid, about 3 hours.
  2. Serve: Serve your special pet this sweet treat. It’s safe for sharing with people too! Enjoy.
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Tips

  • Just like humans, every dog is different, so this is not meant to be a one-pup-fits-all recipe. Check with your vet before adding any new food to your dog’s diet.
  • You can feed this to your dog without freezing it first. Putting it in the freezer only makes it extra cold and refreshing for a hot day. 

Storage Tips

  • To Store: You can store your Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream for up to three months in the freezer.
dog licking pumpkin ice cream

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make my own pumpkin puree?

Yes, you can easily make your own pumpkin puree when fresh pumpkins are in season.
Cut up one small sugar pumpkin, remove the seeds, and bake the pumpkin pieces at 375° F for one hour on a large baking pan covered with foil.
Once soft, remove the pumpkin from the oven and allow the pieces to cool. Place pumpkin in a food processor and purée until smooth.

What are the benefits of feeding my dog pumpkin?

Pumpkin is full of great vitamins and minerals to improve your pet’s coat and aid digestion. It’s also full of fiber to help when your dog is constipated or when they have diarrhea.
Fiber can help dogs feel full without adding too many extra calories. 

What are the benefits of feeding my dog yogurt?

Yogurt is high in calcium and protein and acts as a probiotic, making it good for your dog’s digestive system.
However, too much yogurt may cause your dog to become sick because dogs aren’t used to large amounts of lactose. Plain Greek yogurt is the healthiest option for your furry friend. 

What other individual container can I use instead of paper containers?

You can freeze the mixture in silicone molds, ice cube trays, or cupcake wrappers. Just make sure you peel the cupcake wrapper off before serving it to your pup, or they might eat that along with their ice cream.

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Other Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

5 from 2 votes
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Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream

Serves — 6
Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream is a quick and easy way to blend 3 ingredients into delicious frozen dog food. Healthy, nutritious, and tasty, it's the perfect summertime treat to keep your pup cool.
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 bananas

Instructions
 

  • Place all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Pour the ice cream mixture into individual containers.
  • Place the ice cream into the freezer until it is solid, about three hours.
  • Serve to your special pup and watch them enjoy.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: You can store your Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream for up to three months in the freezer.
Tips:
  • Just like humans, every dog is different, so this is not meant to be a one-pup-fits-all recipe. Check with your vet before adding any new food to your dog’s diet.
  • You can feed this to your dog without freezing it first. Putting it in the freezer only makes it extra cold and refreshing for a hot day. 

Nutrition Info

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6461IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Love this for my sweet old dog. I will make it today. Thanks for thinking of our best little friends.

  2. Can’t wait to try this one, my two goldens love their frozen treats and this will be so much better for them—and save me money. Just need to go get some cups to put it in. Thanks for the great recipes!