Your pup will love these homemade popsicles for dogs with watermelon and coconut milk! Not only are they delicious, but they are fun for your furry friend to eat!
Homemade pupsicles are a cool treat for hot summer days that will soon become one of your dog’s favorite treats. This is the perfect way for your canine companion to cool off when it’s hot out.
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- The Best Things About Dog Popsicles
- Watermelon Treats – Health Benefits
- Recipe Ingredients
- Other Edible Popsicle Sticks for Dogs
- Ingredient Substitutions and Recipe Variations
- Equipment Needed
- How to Make Pupsicles
- Serving Size
- How to Store Watermelon Dog Popsicles
- Can humans eat watermelon popsicles for dogs?
- Great Dog Treat Recipes
- Watermelon Dog Popsicles
The Best Things About Dog Popsicles
Have you ever been enjoying a popsicle, only to have your furry friend beg for one too? When you have a batch of these frozen treats on hand, you can give your dog their own special treat made just for them.
Not only does giving your pet some homemade dog treats make it feel like they are sharing treat time with you, but they are actually good for your pup too. This watermelon popsicle recipe has 3 simple ingredients that are fantastic for your pet’s health.
Since human foods like popsicles are not great for dogs, this is a great way to give them their own little treat that will boost their nutrition.
Watermelon Treats – Health Benefits
Homemade pupsicles are made with natural ingredients that your dog is going to love! There is no added sugar, artificial sweetener, or toxic sugar alcohol (xylitol) in them.
These dairy-free popsicles made with real fruit are a wonderful way to help your dog cool down in the summer heat. Since they are made without ice cream, they are a healthy frozen treat.
Benefits of Watermelon for Dogs
Watermelon has many health benefits for dogs. It has essential vitamins for the immune system including vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. It also has potassium and magnesium which are both great for a dog’s health.
This delicious fruit has high water content (92 percent water) and a low calorie density. The natural sugar in it is better than processed sugar.
One note about watermelon rinds and seeds – they can cause intestinal blockage and should not be fed to dogs.
Benefits of Coconut Milk for Dogs
Coconut milk is great for boosting the nutrition in homemade dog treat recipes. It has healthy fats and essential amino acids that are good for your dog’s skin, fur, and brain.
The entire list of ingredients and the step-by-step directions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. First, I want to share some additional information about the ingredients I used in this dog popsicles recipe.
Here’s a list of what you need, all of which you can find at a grocery store. You must use organic ingredients if you want to make organic dog popsicles.
- Watermelon – The main ingredient of these popsicles and something most dogs love. If you don’t have watermelon, you can freeze watermelon juice, just be aware that it will have more sugar in it.
- Lite Coconut Milk – Makes them creamy without dairy products.
- Dog Dental Sticks – This is what I used as popsicle sticks.
Other Edible Popsicle Sticks for Dogs
If you don’t want to use a dog biscuit for a pupsicle stick, here are some other options:
- Bully Sticks
- Chicken Jerky
- Dog Biscuits
- Dog Friendly Vegetables – Carrots, Green Beans, Parsnips
Ingredient Substitutions and Recipe Variations
There are a few ways you can change this easy recipe:
- Substitute low-fat plain yogurt for coconut milk. Note that the pupsicles will no longer be dairy-free.
- Substitute any dog-safe fruit for watermelon.
- Substitute a cup of coconut water for the coconut milk.
- Add a few fresh mint leaves for a breath-freshening frozen treat.
- If your dog likes savory treats more than sweet ones, make ice cubes with bone broth instead of watermelon.
No matter how you make them, these cold treats are perfect during the dog days of summer.
You probably have most of the kitchen items you need to make these dog ice pops. But just in case, here’s a list of them:
- Measuring Cups
- Mixing Bowl
- Mixing Spoon
- Ice Cube Trays
Instead of an ice cube tray, you can use:
- Silicone mold shaped like dog bones or paws. It may be difficult to get the dog treat to stand up in them. Either lay the treat on top or don’t use it. Oh, and you can put the mold on a sheet pan to keep it level when moving it to the freezer.
- Mini Popsicle Molds – Make sure the popsicle mold is small like for a baby or toddler. You do not want to make large popsicles that are too much for a dog serving.
- Small paper cup like a bathroom cup.
If you don’t have a blender, you can use an immersion blender or food processor to blend the watermelon and coconut milk together.
How to Make Pupsicles
These are the recipe steps and photos of the process for making these watermelon popsicles for dogs. I hope they help you make this healthy pupsicles recipe!
You can scroll down to the bottom of this article for a printable recipe card.
- Remove any seeds from the watermelon and cut it into chunks. You’ll need 1½ cups of seedless watermelon.
- Place the watermelon chunks in a blender.
- Add 2/3 cup of coconut milk to the blender.
- Blend thoroughly, until it has a smoothie consistency.
- Pour mixture into an ice cube tray, filling each cube 3/4 full.
- Place a dog treat down into the middle of each cube.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours, or until frozen solid.
- Remove the frozen dog popsicles from the tray.
How many homemade dog popsicles should you give your dog at once? One is plenty, especially for smaller dogs. Plus, if you use the dental chew stick as I did, the recommended amount is one per day.
Dogs shouldn’t overeat. They should not consume too many calories with dog food and treats. It is important to keep dogs at a healthy weight. For this reason, I suggest giving your spoiled hound only one of these watermelon coconut milk popsicles per day.
How to Store Watermelon Dog Popsicles
Store the popsicles in a freezer-safe container or plastic freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Can humans eat watermelon popsicles for dogs?
Oh yes, they sure can! All the ingredients in these popsicles for dogs are safe for human consumption. But I’m absolutely certain folks won’t like them because of the dog treat popsicle sticks.
To make them for people, use a regular wood or plastic ice pop stick instead of the dog treat.
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Great Dog Treat Recipes
Want to make more treats for your dog? Check out these easy dog treat recipes:
- Air Fryer Dog Treats
- Apple Dog Donuts
- Banana Dog Treats
- Homemade Dog Ice Cream
- Homemade Frozen Dog Treats
- Liver Dog Treats
- Peanut Butter Pupsicles
- Whipped Cream for Dogs
Find lots of healthy dog treat recipes here on Spoiled Hounds.
Want to get some store-bought treats instead of making doggie popsicles? Check out my favorite dog treats on Amazon.
Have some fun and get a watermelon dog toy for your fur baby.
I hope your dog enjoys the popsicles! Give belly rubs from me.
Watermelon Dog Popsicles
- 1½ cups Watermelon without seeds
- 2/3 cup Lite Coconut Milk
- 14 Purina DentaLife Dog Treats
- In a blender, combine watermelon and coconut milk.
- Blend for 1 to 2 minutes or until a smoothie like consistency is reached.
- Pour the mixture into an empty ice cube tray, filling each whole ¾ full.
- Add a dog treat to each cube.
- Freeze a minimum of 4 hours, until frozen solid.
- Remove the popsicles from the ice cube tray and place them in a freezer-safe airtight container or plastic freezer bag. Store the pupsicles in the freezer for up to 4 months.
- Chicken Jerky
- Bully Sticks
- Small Milk-Bone Dog Treats
- Newman’s Own Chicken Snack Sticks for Dogs
- Vegetables – Green Beans, Carrots, or Parsnips
Thank you for sharing you safe food recipes for my two German Shepherd dogs. They loved them!