Easy Banana Blueberry Ice Cube Dog Treat Recipe
I am not opposed to making homemade dog treats for my pups but I’m lazy dog Mom when it come to that.
I won’t make stuff that takes too much effort and prefer to make treats that both you and your dog can eat.
Another “fault” of mine is buying food and then not eating it before it goes bad.
I try not to because I feel bad and it’s bad for my pocket book but it happens.
So there I was with all “brown eyes” of the over-ripe bananas on me. I mean, the flies were starting to circle.
Banana Blueberry Ice Cube Dog Treat Instructions
Making these frozen dog treats in an ice cube tray could not have been easier.
The only thing easier, would have been throwing the bananas in the trash and not making them.
It took only two ingreadients and threee actions.
- Ripe Banana (2-4, depending on the size of your ice cube tray)
- Frozen Blueberries (about a half-cup of blueberries, depending on the size of your ice cube tray).
Step 1: Mash up the bananas in the bowl with a fork
Step 2: Fill the ice cube cups 3/4 full with the pureed banana and top with frozen blueberries (enough to fill the tray just past the top rim)
Step 3: Put the ice cube tray in the freezer
One note is that after filling the ice cube tray with the banana and blueberries, I patted the blueberries down into the goo to help hold them in place.
This is how they turned out. Not bad if I do say so myself.
These ice cube dog treats are great for hot summer days when you want to help your dog cool off.
The treats are also fairly low calorie. I can’t remember exactly how many bananas I used but I do remember calculating how many calories each treat contained at the time I made them.
I think I used two bananas, and I know it was a half cup of blueberries.
Since the ice cube tray had 13 cavities, each treat worked out to be about 20 calories each.
These frozen dog treats are super simple to make and you can keep them in the freezer for a long time if you put the ice cube tray inside a large plastic bag once they’re frozen.
See Also: Healthy Green Smoothie Both You and Your Dog Can Eat (you can also freeze the smoothie into ice cube treats)
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.
Well these sound so delish!
That is a great treat! What a good use of food!
Creative use of what’s on hand…These do sound good for both humans and dogs and definitely super simple
Great way to use up those “senior” bananas. I think we have some of those in the pantry too. 🙂
“senior” bananas…I like that 🙂
Banana and Blueberries are great combo for a DELISH Tasty Ice cubes. Love that you place whole blueberries on top and did not mixed it up with the mashed banana, Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
Ha, ha. That was my touch of “class”.
I love the verbs you use, grab, smash and grab. These are my kind of cooking directions and seriously, I have bananas right now that I need to fight the fruit flies to get so i am going to have happy dogs, thanks to you
Grab, smash, slap is pretty much how it goes when you are lazy and want to get it over fast 🙂 I think I had to fight the fruit flies to get to my bananas too. I hate that they stick around for a while after too hoping they will come back.
grab, mash, slap I mean
You knooooow … you could do this in a yogurt cup, the way Champ’s mom did, and use a cinnamon stick for people to hold onto, or a bully stick for dogs. I shared this on FaceCrack and will share on Twitter. What fun!
They eat the cubes so fast (shew them) that it would be instant access to the bully stick…which is extra sugar and calories. The goal of my treat making is to keep them under 25 calories each, or 50 calories for the Kong Stuffing per 2 TBS serving (that is what it takes to fill a small Kong). The bully stick would make them super cute though.
They actually look pretty yummy. Honey loves bananas and blueberries so I’ll give this a try.
BTW, you can freeze overripe bananas. Just stick the banana in the peel right in your freezer. When you thaw it, it will be dark and disgusting. But it’s perfect for banana bread.
I only use my oven in the winter. And I usually have at least 3 bananas waiting to go into banana bread when the temps are cool enough to bake.
I have tried freezing the bananas before. Just as you said, they ended up dark and disgusting. I thought they were bad (and it was gross) so I threw them away. Good to know that is “normal” and they are safe to eat. My hubby will be glad to know that because he likes banana bread 🙂
Ouh!, if you peel them, than freeze them you can throw a couple in the blender with a smaller portion of your choice of milk it creates a great banana smoothie!!! Of which you could combine with any other fruit, Yummy!!
I tried that before but I don’t like my bananas very ripe….yellow with a tinge of green on them. By the time they would be freezer material they would already be too ripe for my liking 🙂
I peeled them and THEN froze them for the dogs before and that worked though. They weren’t disgusting after 🙂
Actually they look quite artistic as if you slaved over the final presentation! Banana Blueberry Bliss!
Many an overripe banana has found it’s way into dog treats at Casa de Kolchak. I honestly don’t know why I buy more than one banana, ever.
This is perfect for today, because I also have some way overripe bananas on hand and I just don’t feel like making banana bread with them. No blueberries, but I have some other things I could use. But I don’t have any silicone trays (and have no idea why I haven’t bought any yet since I read these great frozen treat ideas all the time). I wonder if they’d pop out of regular trays okay… guess I’ll be finding out.
I love the sounds of this one! Wow!
Great idea! I have a whole bunch of those brown bananas here, too! Guilty of the same thing…not getting to the food in time! I love making frozen treats for my Sibes, and this one will be a favorite I’m sure…(for me, too!) Thanks for sharing!
I am ALL for easy dog treats, too! These look good!
These look delish! I make this same kind of thing for the people here (frozen banana puree with ribbons of chocolate running through it). I’ll have to try your doggy version!
I think they look like blueberry cheesecake and I know we would love them…we aren’t picky when it comes to the state of the banana!
Very nice, nutritional and probably yummy to the pups.
Let’s hear it for the lazy dog moms. ME! If it is simple to make, I like it. Although my daughter does accuse me of preparing more food items for the dogs than her. 🙂 I share a banana every morning with my foster dog. I don’t like the high prices of pet food items, like ice cream. I buy frozen yogurt bars, blueberry and share them with the dogs. I put some peanut butter in an ice cube tray to see how that worked. The dogs loved it! Some dogs will even enjoy a plain ol’ ice cube. It is funny to watch them eat it.
Chester and Gretel LOVE bananas. I could probably even puree pure banana and put it in Kong for Gretel and she would be satisfied. I do have a little fun pretending to cook for them though 🙂 Another idea for you would be to mix peanut butter and plain yogurt to freeze in ice cube trays.
PS I love the name of your blog. Caught my attention!