Dog licking ice cream

This one’s a favorite at our house! Mom discovered the recipe for dog ice cream awhile ago when my sister got sick and wouldn’t eat her regular food. Mom tried making her everything just to get her interested, and this was the one thing that Sonja would always eat, no matter how sick her tummy got! It’s yummy and cold and fun to eat. You can eat it right out of the cup, but that can take a bit of practice so I’ve prepared an instructional video to help you learn how to eat it correctly!

Base mix:

Ingredients (for Golden Retriever-size portions!):

1/2 lb very over-ripe bananas (very mushy!)
32 oz plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 skim milk or apple juice
1/4 cup organic honey

Peel the bananas and place the mushy fruit in a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until very smooth. Once smooth, begin drizzling in and incorporating the milk or juice until a slurry is formed. Continue beating on low speed while slowly incorporating the honey and beat until well combined. Adding the yogurt a few tablespoons at a time, continue combining with the hand mixer until all the yogurt has been added and all the ingredients are well-combined. Add in flavor mix (see recipes below!), and beat on high speed, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula to ensure an even mixture, until the the overall product is smooth and uniformly blended.

Flavor mixes:

Merry Berry
Puree fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) until you have enough for one cup.

Melon Melange
Puree fresh melon (honeydew, cantaloupe) until you have enough for one cup.

Peanut Butter Dream
Blend 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, 1/4 cup honey, and 1/4 cup skim milk.

Puree 1/2 lb peeled ripe bananas until smooth. Add an additional two bananas and blend until just combined, so there’s some chunk left to it!

Elvis Presley
Prepare a half-recipe of Peanut Butter Dream and a half-recipe of Bananarama and combine.

Teacher’s Pet
Combine one cup organic applesauce and just a pinch of nutmeg!

Get creative and try your own recipes (and don’t forget to tell us what they are!)

For big dogs (Golden Retriever-sized), you’ll make dixie-cup size portions by using 3.5-4oz disposable plastic condiment cups and lids you can buy at the warehouse store. Spoon the mixture into the condiment cup so that it’s not quite full, and snap the lid in place. Place filled, capped cups in the freezer and let them set up for 24 hours before enjoying. If your dog is well-mannered (like me!),  you can just peel off the lid and serve as is, or you can remove the frozen treat from the cup by popping out by pushing your thumbs against the bottom, and serve from a bowl. Depending on the amount of the flavor mix you make, you could have 24-30 big dog servings.

For bitsy dogs, pour your finished mix into ice cube trays and freeze for 24 hours before removing the ice cream cubes to store in freezer bags.

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