Earlier this summer I bought some popsicle molds at the dollar store. I imagined making some delicious frozen mojito popsicles for myself. But, of course, I never got around to that! Instead decided to make some gourmet pupsicles for my dogs Lola and Lucy. There are still plenty of hot and humid Summer days left, and the girls need to cool off! Although, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind eating these in the dead of winter either.
This gourmet pupsicle recipe is for a frozen dog treat that can be made with all kinds of healthy dog-friendly ingredients. Plain yogurt is a great base ingredient to start with, and you’ll see we can get creative from there!
This easy frozen dog treat recipe is not only fun to make, but it’s actually healthy for your dogs! So many store bought treats contain extra ingredients that you don’t really need. That’s why I love making my own homemade dog popsicles (and other treats!) because I know exactly what’s in them. Healthy dogs are happy dogs! I hope you and your pups enjoy these as much as we do!
Choosing Healthy Pupsicle Ingredients
I got the idea to use peanut butter from my friend Mary Withrow who volunteers at the Animal Rescue League. She said the peanut butter helps the pupsicles to come out of the mold more easily because of the oiliness of it. When buying peanut butter for dog treats, always make sure that it’s xylitol free. I buy this one because it also doesn’t have any added sugar or salt.
Update: When I originally made this recipe I used Milkbones as the pupsicle “stick.” Nowadays I prefer to use freeze dried raw or single ingredient treats as much as I can. I recently made a new pupsicle recipe using freeze dried fish as the stick, along with other super healthy ingredients!
Frozen Dog Treats are Quick and Easy
What I love about making healthy pupsicles is that they’re so quick and easy to make! You don’t need to bake, in fact, you barely need to mix!
While we’re layering ingredients in, I always add plain yogurt. The active cultures in yogurt can be good for your dog’s digestion. If my pups have an upset tummy I always add a tablespoon to their food.
Make sure that you are using 100% PLAIN yogurt. Not vanilla or any other flavor. Flavored yogurt has a ton of added sugar – you’d be surprised if you looked at the labels, I know I was! Sugar is very bad for dog so I always make sure what I feed them doesn’t have any added sugar or cane syrup.
For these pupsicles, I put 3 frozen blueberries on the top of each one. Blueberries are great for your dog because of all their antioxidants! I recently talked to Dr. Judy Morgan who said that she gives her dogs plain blueberries as treats!
DIY: Gourmet Pupsicles Recipe
Layer all ingredients, in the order listed, into your pupsicle mold. You can use something like this or even simple dixie cups. Stick your treat in last to serve as your “stick” so you can easily pull the pupsicle out of the mold later. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Pop out and enjoy!
The trick to getting them out is to let them warm up at room temp for a few minutes. Then just gently twist the treat to release the whole frozen treat. Lola and Lucy LOVED these! We’ll definitely be making them again, maybe even experimenting with different ingredients like beef broth and canned pumpkin. I also love this post from Kol’s Notes on a Coconut Milk Pupsicles DIY – those sound like something I would want for myself, too!
Looking for more quick and easy DIY dog treat recipes? Check out these posts:
Goat Milk and Kale Pupsicles
3 Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipes
Treat Recipe + DIY Doggy Bag
A Healthy Smoothie You Can Share with Your Dog