Peanut Butter "Pupsicles": Homemade Gourmet Dog Treats Recipe (With Pictures)

Best Homemade Dog Treats for the Dog Days of Summer

Living in Florida, the summers are hotter than hot! Okay, the winters can be hot, too, and the spring and the fall, for that matter! During any hot weather, we have to be especially careful with our furry friends to make sure they keep cool.

Aside from running through sprinklers or a doggie pool, what other options do you have to cool down the family pet? The answer to that question is to cool them down with a cold treat of their own!

Help your best (furry) friend cool off during the dog days of summer (or anytime) with this delicious, nutritious, homemade gourmet frozen treat for dogs—peanut butter popsicles (or pupsicles, as we like to call them).

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

3 hours

3 hours 5 min

6 pupsicles/popsicles


  • 1 medium-sized banana, mashed
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, low fat
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 6 small dog biscuits*

* You can use your favorite brand of dog biscuits. The photos and nutritional information reflect our favorite brand by Old Mother Hubbard, which are the All Natural Classic P-Nuttier treats. I love them because they're made from carrots, oats, peanuts, and apples and include no artificial preservatives. My dog loves them because they taste great (my husband agrees).

Step-by-Step Instructions With Pictures

Slice a banana and place in a medium mixing bowl.


  1. Peel then slice the banana into pieces and place them into a medium mixing bowl. Using a potato masher (or a fork), completely mash the banana pieces until it has a pureed appearance.
  2. Add one cup of plain, low-fat yogurt and 1/4 cup of the creamy peanut butter to the bowl of mashed bananas.
  3. Using a fork, thoroughly mix the banana, yogurt, and peanut butter mixture together, breaking down any remaining banana lumps.
  4. Set out six Dixie Bath Cups. I had only the 5 oz cups, but you can use the smaller 3 oz cups and adjust the fill capacity and number of cups as necessary.
  5. Spoon the mixture equally into the cups. They will be slightly more than half way filled if using the 5 oz cups. The cups will be nearly filled if using the 3 oz cups, and you may be able to use a few extra cups to utilize all of the mixture.
  6. Gently tap the bottom of the cups onto the counter surface several times to level out the top of the mixture and to release any air pockets that may be in the mixture.
  7. Once the cups are filled, take one of the small dog biscuits and push it about halfway into the center of the mixture. I found that you may have to slightly pull it up and push it down a few times so that the mixture completely touches all sides of the biscuit. This will ensure that your "handle" stays put for removal from the cup.
  8. Place the cups in the freezer for three hours. I found that a shelf pocket on the freezer door worked beautifully.
  9. Once completely frozen, remove one from the freezer. Gently squeeze the cup while rotating it to loosen the popsicle from the cup sides. Gently pulling on the biscuit handle, remove the pupsicle from the cup and present it to your dog and watch the tail start wagging.

For Larger Dogs...

If you have a larger dog, you may want to double the recipe and fill the 5 oz cups completely. You may also find that a medium sized dog biscuit works better, too. Experiment with what works for your pup!

Serving Tips!

Because this is a frozen treat that will take a little time for your dog to eat, it will become messy as it melts. Be sure to keep your pup outside while he or she is eating this treat. It will cool them down and save you from some potentially messy clean-up!

The biscuit "handle" allows you to hold the treat easily and with as little mess as possible as your dog licks away. The longer he or she takes to lick it, the longer it will keep him or her cooled off!

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A Pupsicle Is the Perfect Summer Homemade Dog Treat

Pupsicle (or doggy popsicle) is the perfect size for a quick cool-down homemade treat for your dog.

Your Dog Will Love These Pupsicles!

As you can see from the pictures above, these pupsicles are a big hit with my Boston Terrier, Roxy! I hope your pups will enjoy them just as much! Leave me a message if you make them for your dogs and let me know if they liked them, too!

So now the question is: How many licks does it take for your dog to get to the biscuit center of the pupsicle pop? For our dog, Roxy, it took five minutes. For the rest of the world, we may never know!

© 2013 Keely Deuschle

Oneita on August 20, 2020:

Both my doggie and my neighbor's puppy we love these. Thank you for posting this. The doggies love to hook up for a play date and puppy ice cream. Its become an every weekend thing.

Lori on June 22, 2019:

I make popsicles all the time but I dot use th dry dog treats. Just bananas honey yogurt and peanut butter. When ever I have overripe bananas I peel them and put in freezer for the next batch, You can also fill and ice tray w beef or chicken stock for you pup,

MARY on July 21, 2015:

Our dog Carter loved this pupsicle, will keep making for him during the hot weather season.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on April 20, 2014:

I never thought to make popsicles or pupsicles before for a dog. I want to do this now for my fiancé's dog. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2014:

Our little Skippy is not much for the outdoors but the other dogs we have had in the past would have loved such a treat! Going to pin this to my dogs board and share on twitter. Your dog certainly looks happy! Thanks for the recipe!

sujaya venkatesh on April 19, 2014:

lucky puppies kd

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 18, 2014:

I will sure make these for my fur babies this summer. (If it ever gets hot this year)...oh, I am sure it will. This is such a cute idea.

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on December 17, 2013:

I hope your pup enjoys it! I think it's a special treat for all year round! What pup can't resist peanut butter :)

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 16, 2013:

This is a great recipe! I'm sure that my dog will love it, especially when he needs to cool down. I'm going to try it soon, even though it's not summer right now!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 22, 2013:

What a great recipe! I can't wait to try it.

georgescifo from India on July 22, 2013:

This is an amazing hub on Dog treats KDeus. Maybe next time I will try it on my doggie. :)

Audrey Howitt from California on July 22, 2013:

Oh I so love this idea!! I have a dog who will just love this!!!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on July 20, 2013:

Hi Euphoria_Wolf! Absolutely! Any human treat can certainly be replaced for a human-friendly version! If you need it a little sweeter, you could always add honey or agave nectar!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on July 20, 2013:

Hi Teresa! Thank you for your comments and for voting, sharing and pinning!! I hope your rat terriers love this as much as Roxy does!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on July 20, 2013:

Hi Rebecca! Thank you for the vote! I think you can definitely replace the bananas. Pumpkin, applesauce (unsweetened), mashed sweet potatoes, anything that is pup-friendly. I noticed you're from Binghamton. I'm originally from just over the PA border - Montrose. :)

Euphoria_Wolf on July 19, 2013:

can't we just not add the dog treats or replace them with some kind of thick cookie or cracker for humans

Teresa Sanderson from Rural Midwest on July 15, 2013:

Great hub! We are dog lovers and have 3 rat terriers who will love this treat! Thanks for the gorgeous photos and step by step instructions. Voted up, pinned and shared!

Rebecca Mayglothling from Binghamton NY on July 14, 2013:

This is wonderful! I definitely voted it up. Do you think we can replace the bananas? My Chihuahua loves bananas but the German Shepherd hates them. Any substitutes allowed?

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on July 12, 2013:

Thank you, Diana, for stopping by and for voting up! It is greatly appreciated!

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on July 12, 2013:

This is a great idea and I can see how much your furry friend loves them. Voted up.

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on July 07, 2013:

Wow! Over 2,000 pins on Pinterest in just over 2 weeks! Thank you, everyone!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 30, 2013:

Brian, thank you for your kind words and for voting up and pinning! I'll bet your dog enjoys these!

Brian Dooling from Connecticut on June 30, 2013:

This is a fantastic idea KDeus! I love the use of the biscuit as the stick . Nice job setting up the hub as well, I like the step by step photo guide. I'm definitely going to have to try these 'Pupsicles' with my dog this summer! voted up and pinned! #happy2years

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 26, 2013:

idigwebsites, I have to admit, that I also tried a little of the pupsicle minus the biscuit! They're a great combination of healthy ingredients that are as good for humans as they are for the pups! I hope you both enjoy them! (I also have to admit that the biscuits we use, my husband enjoys - he's a little strange in his eating habits, anyway!)

idigwebsites from United States on June 26, 2013:

Wow! I'm going to make one for my dog and a version of that meal for myself (of course not with the dog biscuits hehehehe). Thanks for posting! Up and useful.

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 21, 2013:

Today, I asked Roxy if she wanted pupsicle and she started jumping and twirling (her "dance") across the house to the door! Just wanted to share!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 19, 2013:

Hello, Glimmer! I'm so happy to hear you'll be making these for Max this weekend! I had to chuckle today when Roxy, who will usually walk to the pantry for a treat, instead walked to the freezer! I know she's trying to figure out how to open it to get a pupsicle out! Hope Max enjoys!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 19, 2013:

Hi las81071! You're more than welcome! I know Romeo will like these as much as Roxy does! Thank you so much for passing this on to your daughter, too!

Claudia Mitchell on June 19, 2013:

Well my dog Max will be getting some treats this weekend. What a great homemade treat and easy to follow recipe. Love Roxy in the pics too!

las81071 on June 19, 2013:

My Romeo will love this. I saw this at perfect timing as it is hotter than the sun out there in Tampa.My oldest daughter is a baker and she has been having these ideas of including pet treats that are fun and healthy so I will share this with her also. Thanks for the info

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 18, 2013:

Aw, thank you, Ladydeonne! I hope that Yogi and Gypsie enjoy the pupsicles as much as Roxy did! I'd love to hear if they liked them!

Deonne Anderson from Florence, SC on June 18, 2013:


Can't wait to make Peanut ButterPupsicles for my dogs, Yogi and Gypsie. Will give them a try on Saturday. They both love peanut butter. Your Roxy is beautiful and lucky to have such an innovative and creative Mom. Thanks for sharing.

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 18, 2013:

Hi rose-the-planner! Thank you so very much for your kind words! They were very easy to make and I was surprised how fast they froze, too. I have a special love for Boston Terriers - Roxy is my second one. My first one was named Yoda and he was appropriately named a Boston Terror because he got into absolutely everything! But they are very beautiful pups! Thanks again!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 18, 2013:

Hi pinto2011, thank you for commenting! I think one of these treats will certainly make your friend's dog your friend, too! Thanks for stopping by to comment here!

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 18, 2013:

This is an awesome article! These Peanut Butter Pupsicles look amazing and not very complicated. I especially love the visuals you have provided for easier instructions. What a gorgeous doggy! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 18, 2013:

Hi emilybee! Thank you! I really hope that your fiance's dog loves them just as much as Roxy does! Let me know how she likes them!

Subhas from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2013:

Hi KDeus! I can certainly feel the animal lover's caring instinct in you through this article. Certainly, I am going to feed this recipe to my friend's dog who always bark on me and I will make friendship with him.

emilybee on June 18, 2013:

These are awesome!!! I'm going to make them for my fiancés little dog. She eats everything and loves treats. She eats them so quickly so I don't think these would melt too much before she gets it all ;)

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 18, 2013:

Vespawoolf, Thank you for your kind words! I hope your friend's dog enjoys them! Roxy doesn't like the doggie pools or even to be sprayed down a little with water, so I had to come up with something that would help her cool a little while we were outside. The funny thing was the more she licked, the more she realized there was a "cookie" and then she kept licking faster to get to the treat! Let me know how the pup liked it!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 18, 2013:

What an entertaining and well-laid-out Hub! We don't have a dog right now, but I plan to make these for my friend's dog. Dogs enjoy ice cream so it's great to have a healthier alternative. I love the photos of Roxy...too cute. Thanks! Voted up and shared.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 17, 2013:

Thank you!!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 17, 2013:

Hi epbooks! I'm so happy that you found this helpful! I have to admit that I've never tried Frosty Paws, but I'm glad that this recipe is a good alternative to the store bought options! I hope your fur kids enjoy it!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 17, 2013:

This is awesome. I buy Frosty Paws for my fur kids, but I'd much rather make the treats myself. I am always cautious with recipes for dogs, because some foods can be toxic, but I'm happy the ones you have listed are totally fine for dogs. I've bookmarked it and may even make it today. Thanks so much- I love this idea. Voted up!

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 17, 2013:

Thank you, Eddie! Wow! I just looked up Caucasian Shepherd as I wasn't familiar with them and they are gorgeous dogs! I can understand why yours stays hot all the time! I hope this will be a nice treat to help cool him down just a little bit! Drop me a line if you try it and let me know if he liked it!

Eddie Dagstanyan from California on June 16, 2013:

This is a great hub. One of my dogs is a Caucasian Shepherd and he's hot ALL the time. Looks like these pupsicles might do the trick. Thank you! Voted up and useful.

Keely Deuschle (author) from Florida on June 16, 2013:

I thought our dog would try to eat it whole, but with my daughter holding it, she just kept licking. He might surprise you, but if not, at least he'll get an ice cold treat! Maybe have a plate or bowl ready just in case he doesn't want to lick :) Let me know what he does and if he likes it! :)

Sunny River from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality on June 16, 2013:

Cool. I'm going to have to try this! My question is, what do you do for a dog that's not going to lick it? If I know Eddie, he's going to try to eat it whole.

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