This recipe for Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats is made with just Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and water! Blend and freeze in cute molds for a delicious, no-bake, anytime dog treat that is healthy and delicious. Note: Always consult with a veterinarian before feeding your pet something they have never tried.
I’m excited for today’s recipe! My posts for 3-Ingredient Dog Treats and 3-Ingredient Dog Birthday Cake are some of the most popular on the site. The below variation is a slight twist on a classic that Phoebe and Puffin (our two dogs, pictured here on Instagram if you’re curious) have been going crazy for. Frozen yogurt is no longer a summer-only treat with this recipe!
As a note to readers, the dog content I prepare for the site is not strictly plant-based or vegan. This is because many common vegan ingredients (such as almond milk yogurt) can be toxic for dogs. If you do not keep yogurt in your house, feel free to substitute an equal amount of pumpkin puree (if your vet approves it).
Benefits of Making Your Own Yogurt Dog Treats in the Freezer
1) They’re ready with just 2 ingredients (not counting water).
2) This goes without saying, but no oven is required to prepare them – just blend and freeze!
3) You can customize these in a variety of shapes and tastes (more on that below).
4) Unlike store bought treats, you know exactly what is in them. You can also customize the ingredients to your dog’s favorite tastes.
The 10% Rule for Dog Diets
Treats should make up no more than 10% of all of the calories your dog consumes each day. Just like people, dogs need to eat a well-rounded, high quality diet to be able to function at their best. Stay tuned for a homemade dog food recipe very soon.
Equipment Needed to Make These Frozen Dog Treats
- A blender (high speed if possible) or a food processor
- Silicone molds (detailed below)
- A freezer!
Where can I buy the molds needed for this recipe?
Click here to shop the molds I used (affiliate link). These were great because they are of course so cute and the silicone material means they were extremely easy to remove once frozen.
Alternatively, you could use any shape ice cube tray you already have on hand. Just keep in mind this will likely impact the number of treats you end up producing. The recipe below includes enough raw material for about 40 small treats (when using the above bone-shaped molds). These clock in at about 20 calories each, which is a lot if you have a smaller dog (I have two large and crazy Golden Retrievers who eat a ton). So, feel free to under fill each little cavity as needed.
Ingredients for Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats
- 1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter (made from just peanuts with no other ingredients)
- 1/2 cup plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup water (plus more as needed)
Wait, is Greek yogurt safe for dogs?
Yes, in moderation (source). Yogurt is high in calcium and protein and can act as a probiotic. However, it does contain lactose, which some dogs can have trouble digesting after puppyhood. Plain (unsweetened) nonfat Greek yogurt has lower levels of lactose than regular yogurt. Foods too high in lactose can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and gas. Furthermore, it’s always important to moderate the amount of fat in your pet’s diet. Too much fat can upset your dog’s stomach and even lead to pancreatitis. It is very important to remember to NEVER feed your dog added sugars like xylitol, which are toxic to canines.
Is peanut butter safe for dogs?
Yes, in moderation (AKC Vet source). Like yogurt, peanut butter is full of protein and healthy fats. A large factor to look out for is a sodium level. Scope out peanut butter brands without any added salt (better yet, feel free to make your own at home in a food processor, blending just peanuts). Xylitol is also a risk with store-bought nut butters so read the label VERY carefully.
How to Make Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats
1. Combine peanut butter, yogurt, and water in a blender. Puree until smooth. Add a bit more water as needed to achieve a pourable texture. It should look like thick peanut butter pudding.
2. Carefully spoon mixture into each individual silicone mold. Scrape off excess as needed to create a flat side on the back of each impression. Freeze until solid, at least one hour.
3. Remove from molds and store in a sealed contained in the fridge. They will keep for at least 6 months.
There is a video linked in the recipe card below demonstrating this entire process as well.
Substitutions for this Recipe
Don’t have Greek yogurt on hand? Sub an equal amount of plain canned pumpkin puree, which is safe (not pumpkin pie filling).
Out of peanut butter? Sub an equal amount of mashed banana. Never use almond butter as this is toxic for dogs.
I hope your pets love this simple frozen yogurt dog treat recipe! Be sure to leave a comment here or on Instagram if you give it a try.Print