What dog doesn’t love to eat treats? We bet your pup gets the zoomies when they hear the word “treat” and that they would be thrilled if you made your own at home with some simple dog-friendly ingredients. When you make homemade dog treats, you have the opportunity to customize the ingredients so that your dog gets to eat better quality treats without unhealthy additives or fillers. Check out this tasty, no sugar added, no bake dog treat popsicle recipe that you can make for your furry friend.
This recipe is super easy, has simple ingredients, and humans can even eat one as a snack if you want to!
If your dog has allergies or other dietary sensitivities, then this is an excellent no-bake dog treat recipe for you to try.
Below the recipe, we will go into further detail about each ingredient and how it supports your dog’s overall health and well-being. We will also provide ingredient alternatives to support dietary needs.
No matter if it is winter, spring, summer or fall… our furry doggo friends will want to get their paws on these pupsicles!
Yogurt & Banana Pupsicle: No-Bake Dog Treat
Yields: 18 pupsicles
Prep: 15 minutes
Freeze time: 5 hours
Recipe tools needed:
- Blender or food processor
- Glass measuring cup or similar
- Bowl (if using a blender)
- Silicone molds or ice cube trays
- Cutting board
- Baking tray, plate, or serving tray
Recipe ingredients for no bake dog treat popsicle:
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of plain unsweetened Greek yogurt (see note)
- 1/4 cup sliced blueberries (see note)
- 1/4 cup sliced strawberries (see note)
Recipe instructions for no bake dog treat popsicle:
- Place silicone molds on a cookie sheet or baking tray and set aside.
- Using a cutting board and knife, chop the strawberries and blueberries. Place them in a glass measuring cup and add enough to equal ½ cup of chopped berries. Set aside.
- Add 1 cup of yogurt and 1 banana to your food processor or blender.
- Pulse until smooth. Using a spatula, scrape the sides of the food processor bowl or blender. Pulse again to make sure the banana and yogurt are mixed together well, and the consistency isn’t lumpy.
- Add the ½ cup of chopped berries to the food processor. Pulse once, briefly, just to incorporate the berries into the mixture. If using a blender, add the banana & yogurt mixture into a bowl with the chopped berries and gently mix them together with a spatula.
- Make sure the silicone molds are on a baking tray or similar. This stabilizes the silicone molds so you can easily transfer them to the freezer.
- Using a spoon, add the mixture to the silicone molds. This should fill 3 silicone paw print molds without any mixture left over. Depending on the molds or ice cube trays that you’re using, you may have some mixture left over.
- Place in the freezer for 5 hours or overnight. Check to be sure the treats are frozen before removing the molds. Once frozen solid, these tasty no-bake dog treats will easily pop up out of the silicone molds.
- Store in an airtight container in the freezer. Give one to your dog so they can be the official taste tester!
Recipe notes and alternative options:
- For a non-dairy option, you can substitute the Greek yogurt for plain, unflavored oat yogurt. Another option would be to use goat yogurt, some dogs who can’t tolerate cow yogurt are able to easily digest goat milk products.
- Be sure that you use plain, unflavored yogurt. Don’t choose one that has added sugar or flavors.
- If you want to leave out the yogurt entirely, you can just blend the banana with a small amount of water or coconut milk. If doing this, use 2 bananas and enough liquid to make a pourable mixture.
- The berries are optional but add nutritional benefits. If you choose to include the berries, you can either use fresh strawberries and blueberries or frozen ones. If using frozen, take them out to thaw ahead of time so that it’s easier to slice them.
These no-bake dog treats are great for anytime, but you can also keep them on hand during the summer months. When it’s hot outside, giving your dog a frozen treat can help them cool down and stay hydrated.
All the ingredients listed above are considered dog-friendly and safe for your dog to consume. As always, feed treats to your dog in moderation and speak with your vet before introducing new foods into your dog’s diet.
Bananas, blueberries, and strawberries do contain naturally occurring sugar. Even though they are a healthy snack for your pup, it’s best to not overdo it. Read on to learn the nutritional benefits of feeding bananas and berries to your dog.
Why are bananas good for dogs?
Bananas are a good choice for the base ingredient of a no-bake dog treat because they are low in calories. Most dogs will love the taste of bananas and they will benefit from the vitamins and nutrients that bananas provide.
Bananas are high in Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin 6, Biotin, and Fiber. Just like in humans, these vitamins and minerals are necessary and beneficial for your dog’s health.
Potassium and Magnesium are both minerals needed for proper electrolyte balance and are necessary nutrients that support your dog’s muscle, heart, and nerve health.
Vitamin C is essential for your dog’s immune system and even the health of their bones, cartilage, and teeth.
Your dog will benefit from the Vitamin B6 in bananas because this vitamin supports nervous system health. Bananas provide Biotin which is great for your dog’s skin, hair, and nail health.
The fiber that bananas offer can help to regulate your dog’s digestive system and promote healthy stools.
Just like humans, dogs can have food allergies and food intolerances. If you’ve never given your dog a banana before, start out by giving your dog a small amount to ensure that your dog doesn’t have a sensitivity or allergy to bananas.
Are strawberries and blueberries healthy and safe for my dog to consume?
Berries can be a healthy snack for your dog. Strawberries are packed with nutrients like antioxidants, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Potassium, and Vitamin C. They are also low in calories, and they support hydration because they have a high water content.
Omega-3 is beneficial for your dog’s skin, nail, and coat health. The antioxidant content of strawberries will support your dog’s immune system and the anti-inflammatory properties of strawberries can benefit your dog’s joint health, heart health, and overall wellness.
Strawberries can be a great snack to share with your pup. Be sure to cut the strawberries into bite-sized pieces before offering them to your dog.
You may have heard that blueberries are considered a superfood. Like strawberries, blueberries are also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries are a great source of fiber, and they are a great snack to support hydration because of their high water content.
Besides adding them to the recipe we provided, you can also sprinkle them on your dog’s food, as a dog food topper, or feed them individually to your dog as a snack or training treat.
Since berries are such a healthy snack and some of the best fruits that dogs can eat, you might just eat some along with your dog too!