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Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream Recipe

by Amanda Brahlek | 08.25.2022
Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream Recipe

Fact: dogs love peanut butter. Fact: dogs adore ice cream. So, why not combine them into a frozen treat that is not only delicious but also healthy for your furry best friend? This peanut butter dog ice cream recipe is one of the easiest recipes you can make. In fact, it only takes five ingredients–and you can customize them based on what’s in season! And this frosty doggy dessert is loaded with fiber to support your dog’s digestion. Spoiler: Your dog is going to LOVE this recipe–so, don’t wait to dive in!

About This Dog Ice Cream Recipe

This is one of my go-to recipes to treat my dog to a cooling snack during the heat of summer. One recipe makes enough ice cream to last the entire summer, and you can scoop it into silicone molds to pre-portion it. However, I usually freeze the recipe in one container to keep things simple.

Additionally, this 5-ingredient recipe can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your dog’s preferences, the occasion, or what’s in season. Simply substitute dog-friendly fruits or veggies, such as shaved carrots, diced apples, bananas, peas, or even cranberries in place of the blueberries.

A Healthy Ice Cream Made for Your Dog’s Digestion

I always try to make my dogs recipes that do double duty. This recipe is one that does more than that–it provides dogs with a snack that tastes great, cools them down from the inside, provides a boost of vitamins, and supports healthy digestion. Here’s how this healthy ice cream helps your dog’s tummy:

Other Nutritional Benefits of Peanut Butter Pumpkin Ice Cream

Two dogs sitting and waiting patiently for ice cream

Blueberries are a dog superfood. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They’re also low in calories. 

Pumpkin isn’t far behind blueberries in its nutritional benefits for your best friend. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E, along with iron, copper, manganese, and potassium–which support cell function, brain function, and skin health. Plus, pumpkin contains beta-carotene which boosts eye health, immunity, and coat health.

In addition to being a great source of healthy probiotics, yogurt is also rich in calcium for healthy skeletal health.

How to Make Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Ice Cream

Ingredients used for homemade dog ice cream

If I could rename this recipe, I would call it “Easy-Peasy Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Pleasey.” Why? It’s extremely easy to make, and it’s sure to please your pup. You can throw the recipe together in a matter of minutes. After that, all you have to do is pop it in the freezer overnight.

Ingredients

Instructions

      1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, peanut butter, and pumpkin puree.
      2. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
      3. Gently fold in most of the blueberries and the crumbled Vroomies.
      4. Pour into a freezer-safe container or popsicle molds.
      5. Top with remaining blueberries and a few more crumbled Vroomies.
      6. Freeze overnight and watch your dog enjoy!
Completed DIY pumpkin peanut butter dog ice cream

The result of this recipe is delightfully orange ice cream with beautiful whole blueberries and dark swirls of Vroomies for added excitement. Keep in mind, this DIY ice cream is icier if you use regular plain yogurt rather than Greek yogurt. Which is better for your dog? I opt for plain yogurt since it’s lower in calories. However, Greek yogurt has more probiotics, which is great if your dog could benefit from more digestive support. 

For creamier ice cream, you can also opt to freeze the mixture for just a few hours, rather than overnight. One benefit of using molds is that the ice cream is easier to portion.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Ice Cream: Your Dog’s New Comfort Food

A catahoula dog lapping up his ice cream

Whether you’re looking to spoil your dog on a hot summer day or bring a special treat to the dog park, this recipe is a winner all around. My dogs are always on their best behavior and willing to pull out all the stops to earn this icy, yummy treat! What’s the secret ingredient? They adore the scent and flavor of Vroomies and peanut butter–they’re truly an irresistible combo.

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