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The essentials

  • Frozen “pupsicles” can be healthy treats — Our dog popsicle recipes feature a blend of dog-friendly fruits and other ingredients like peanut butter, oats, or yogurt. Your dog will think they’re yummy, and they’re packed with beneficial nutrients without added sugar. 
  • Popsicles aren’t just for summer — Frozen treats usually keep us cool during hotter months, but we’ve also included a coffee-free pumpkin spice recipe that’s perfect for when weather cools down and blankets come out. 
  • You can create your own DIY dog popsicle recipe with a few key ingredients — Making human-grade doggie pops is so simple because you can use common ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Less time running to the store for special ingredients = more time at home with your furry friend. 

The dog days of summer are upon us. Your dog always needs access to fresh water, but coming home to a frozen dog popsicle is extra refreshing after a long afternoon of romping in the park. Store-bought popsicles for dogs can be expensive, but homemade ones can come cheap, especially if you already buy fruit in bulk. These DIY dog popsicle recipes use fresh ingredients you probably already have, making them an easy and affordable treat that you can make in minutes. You’ll just need to let them chill for a few hours, so plan to make them in the morning before you take your dog on their next adventure.

Why dog popsicles are a healthy treat

One of the biggest perks about making your own doggie pops is that you know exactly what you’re feeding your dog. Some dog treats can be loaded with preservatives and nasty things you’d never want to eat, but these dog popsicle recipes are safe for human consumption. You can go ahead and make some for you, too, so you and your dog can enjoy snacking together. Just be aware that they won’t be as sweet as human popsicles, since they don’t contain any added sugar or artificial flavors.

Fun ingredient ideas for dog popsicle recipes

If you have fresh or frozen fruit such as blueberries, watermelon, or bananas, you can make your own doggie pops. Other ingredients like yogurt, peanut butter, or oatmeal add a premium touch, and give your dog nutrients such as protein and fiber. Below is a list of common human foods dogs can safely eat often used in recipes. Feel free to mix and match to create your own flavors. 

If you’re using peanut butter, make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol, which is poisonous for dogs. It’s also best to use unsweetened peanut butter if possible. If your dog tolerates dairy, you might try to include unsweetened yogurt in some of your recipes, because it’s an excellent source of probiotics, which can give their digestion a healthy boost. However, it’s no problem if your dog needs to skip dairy products. You can simply substitute milk or yogurt for unsweetened oat milk. 

Ingredients to avoid 

While they’re many safe choices for your pet, never give your dog these dangerous ingredients

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee 
  • Alcohol
  • Vanilla extract 

Fruit can be a yummy and colorful ingredient for your popsicles, but make sure to never give your dog any part of the pits or seeds. Apple seeds in particular contain a trace amount of cyanide.

1. Watermelon and blueberry popsicles

Is there anything cuter than watching a couple Cavaliers crunch on homemade popsicles? We didn’t think so. These patriotic-colored pops by Herky the Cavalier would make festive Fourth of July treats, but they’re tasty enough for your pup to enjoy anytime you can find watermelon and blueberries.

Watermelon is so good for your dog because it refreshes them on a hot summer’s day by keeping them hydrated and supplying them with fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. The seeds can obstruct your dog’s GI system, so it’s important to buy seedless watermelon or make sure the seeds are completely removed before blending them into tasty treats. The blueberries add a pop of color and some extra antioxidants. Also, the American Veterinary Medical Association advises everyone to wash fruits and vegetables prior to feeding them to your dog.

Watermelon and blueberry popsicles recipe 

Ingredients 

  • 3 slices seedless watermelon
  • 2 TBSP blueberries

Directions 

  1. Slice the watermelon, being careful to remove all of the rind.
  2. Wash the blueberries.
  3. Crush the watermelon by hand or with a blender or food processor if you have one. Pour the blended watermelon in a few popsicle molds, and sprinkle a handful of washed blueberries on top.
  4. Pop the mold into the freezer for about four hours until the treats are set.
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Writer Brooke Bundy's dog Tuggles waits patiently for the making of a berry banana blast freeze pop.

2. Berry banana blast freeze pops

These popsicles will be the first thing on your dog’s mind when they need to chill out after a fun day of play. Blueberry-banana is a popular combination in human and dog fruit snacks, packing in antioxidants and potassium. Peanut butter is a perennial protein-packed favorite amongst puppers. If your dog can tolerate dairy, we recommend adding some unsweetened probiotic yogurt for tummy support. I made these Berry Banana Blast Freeze Pops from scratch in my kitchen where they were eagerly tested by Tuggles the Maltipoo, my dog and blueberry consseiger. He fully approved.  

Berry banana blast freeze pops recipe

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup blueberries 
  • ½ ripe banana 
  • 1 TBSP xylitol-free peanut butter 
  • ¼ cup yogurt 

Directions 

  1. Rinse and drain the blueberries in your hands or in a colander in the sink.
  2. Place half of a peeled banana in the base of a blend, or mash with a fork if you prefer to mix by hand. Add the blueberries, 1 TBSP peanut butter, and ¼ cup yogurt. Blend until smooth. 
  3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze for at least an hour, or until set. 
Ingredients for a banana cream pie popsicle for dogs

Dog popsicle recipe ingredients include items you may already have on hand such as bananas, peanut butter, milk, and honey.

3. Banana cream pie popsicle

Nothing says summer’s here like banana cream pie. This recipe takes four simple ingredients and combines them into a decadent snack for your pup that could double as dessert for you. You could use yogurt instead of oat milk if you prefer, depending on your dog’s health needs. Just make sure that whatever you choose is unsweetened, as dogs don’t need added sugar. 

Banana cream pie popsicles recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ banana 
  • 1 TBSP xylitol-free peanut butter 
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened oat milk 
  • 1 TBSP honey 

Directions 

  1. Blend or mash ½ of a peeled banana. 
  2. Add 1 TBSP peanut butter, ⅓ cup unsweetened oat milk, and 1 TBSP honey. Combine by blending or stirring with a spoon until you have a smooth texture. 
  3. Pour into your popsicle molds and freeze for at least one hour, or until set. 
Pouring dog popsicle batter into a mold

After pouring the dog popsicle batter into a plastic mold, we let it sit in the freezer for an hour. Serve solo or add a dog biscuit or carrot in place of the traditional wooden stick, which can be a choking hazard.

4. Oat & apple pops

These back-to-school-themed pops taste like a blended peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the grapes or added sugar, both of which are bad for dogs. On the contrary, these oat & apple pops are very beneficial to your dog because they contain whole grain oats, which are a heart-healthy source of fiber, and peanut butter, which provides them with some protein. Applesauce is rich in vitamin C, and oat milk is a great choice for dogs who are lactose intolerant.   

Oat & apple pops recipe

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup applesauce 
  • ¼ cup xylitol-free peanut butter 
  • ¼ cup oats 
  • ¼ cup oat milk 

Directions 

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, or small bowl. Blend or stir until combined. 
  2. Pour into your popsicle mold. Let it sit undisturbed in your freezer for at least an hour, or until set. 
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The pumpkin spice craze isn't just for humans — dogs will enjoy this pumpkin (but spice-free) fall treat.

5. Pumpkin spice latte popsicles

Although summer is the supreme popsicle season, the frozen fun doesn’t have to end when fall arrives. As you curl up on your sofa with your long-awaited pumpkin spice latte, give your dog a coffee-free pumpkin spice alternative that’s gentle on their tummies and tasty to their tongues. Better yet, it’s healthier than a “pup cup” of sugary whipped cream from your local coffee shop, and a safe choice for dogs who don’t do dairy-free. Always check the can of pumpkin carefully to make sure you’re buying pure canned pumpkin, not canned pumpkin pie mix, which can contain harmful sugar and spices.  

Pumpkin spice latte popsicles recipe

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree 
  • ½ cup oat milk 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 

Directions 

  1. Measure out ½ cup pumpkin into the bottom of your blender, or small bowl. Add ½ cup oat milk and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Combine until smooth. 
  2. Pour into mold and let sit in the freezer for at least one hour.

Tips for homemade dog popsicle recipes

Making popsicles is a fun and enjoyable way to keep your dog cool and hydrated during the hottest parts of the year, and treat them with healthy snacks year-round.  All you need to make dog popsicles is a little bit of free time and some fruit. You also need something to serve as a popsicle mold, whether that be ice cube trays, silicone baking pans, or popsicle molds made for humans or dogs. You can use 1-cup-sized popsicle molds designed for dogs, or improvise with what you have on hand. You might want to tailor the exact measurements in the recipes around what equipment you use, but the proportions will be the same. 

Frequently asked questions

Why won’t my popsicles release from the mold?

If you’re using a traditional popsicle mold, you might find that your frozen pops stick to the sides. Running them under warm water for a few seconds should defrost them a little, allowing them to pop out. You could also try defrosting them in the refrigerator for a few minutes until they soften, but we don’t recommend letting them melt and refreeze too many times or the quality will suffer.

How can I make dog popsicles? 

You’ll need to blend some dog-friendly ingredients and pour them into something you can use for a popsicle mold. Let them freeze for at least an hour, or more depending on the recipe, and voila, you have frozen treats to feed your pup. You might want to start with generic recipes, like our berry banana blast pops, and then work your way into your own creations.  

What are some healthy ingredients I can include?

Blueberries, bananas, peanut butter, and oats are some common ingredients for making freeze pops for dogs. Always buy unsweetened products such as yogurt and applesauce because added sugar and sweeteners like xylitol  are harmful to pups. Practically any dog-safe ingredient can be blended into a popsicle, so feel free to get creative with your flavors.