Help your dog to cool off AND freshen their breath with these easy, 4-ingredient blueberry mint pupsicles. These homemade frozen dog treats are healthy, refreshing, and perfect for the dog days of summer.
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My post about how to make super easy frozen dog treats with only three ingredients has recently become very popular.
I want to share another easy dog pupsicle recipe, so you and your pooch have options. This one also freshens your dog’s breath, which is definitely a huge benefit.
I originally planned to post this recipe a couple years ago. I wasn’t able to do it before that summer ended.
Last summer, I didn’t want to post it until I was able to take better photos. Which never happened.
The treats are even on an old Hercules plate from McDonalds in the pictures. Do you remember those Disney plates? Am I the only one who still has them?
But, I finally decided to just share this frozen dog treat recipe as is. Hercules plate and all.
It’s more important to spend quality time with our fur babies, treat them to something special (and nutritious), and help them beat the summer heat.
This blueberry mint pupsicle recipe has only four simple ingredients - fresh blueberries, plain greek yogurt, fresh mint, and honey.
There is absolutely no added sugar or artificial sweeteners and each ingredient provides its own health benefits for dogs.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals. They’ve been shown to improve the health of humans and animals in multiple studies.
According to “Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?” on American Kennel Club’s site, “Antioxidants, like those in blueberries, help fight free radicals, which are responsible for cellular and molecular damage in dogs and humans. As an added bonus, studies show that adding antioxidants to a dog’s diet reduces the effects of brain aging, which is great if you have a senior dog.”
To keep these DIY frozen blueberry dog treats free of any added sugars or sweeteners, it’s important to use PLAIN greek yogurt.
Some added sweeteners, like xylitol, are toxic for dogs. Please check the ingredients in your yogurt before feeding it to your dog. I also recommend to do this with peanut butter in my other dog treat recipes - Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats and Pumpkin PB Dog Treats.
Greek yogurt is high in protein, calcium, and probiotics, which are all beneficial to dogs' diets.
According to “Can Dogs Eat Mint? Benefits and Risks” on Masterclass.com, “Dogs can safely eat one or two fresh, plain mint leaves per day. However, feeding your dog mint leaves in excess may upset their digestive system”.
After learning this (it was posted this year), I reduced the amount of fresh mint in this frozen dog treat recipe, just to be safe.
My dogs didn’t have a problem with the original amount of mint (shown in the photos), but they also didn’t eat these treats every day or in excess.
One species of mint plant, English pennyroyal, is toxic to dogs and humans. If you do not know the species of your mint leaves, please do not use them.
English pennyroyal (mentha pulegium) is a non-culinary mint that humans don’t consume, so the fresh mint leaves at the grocery store are usually safe.
There are health benefits of mint (that isn’t English pennyroyal) for dogs. These include being rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, essential minerals, and antioxidants that protect against free radical damage and cell oxidation.
In small amounts, mint may aid in digestion and help relieve nausea.
It also freshens a dog’s bad breath.
Honey is also full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that dogs need.
According to American Kennel Club, “Raw honey should not be fed to puppies or dogs with compromised immune systems, as it may contain the presence of botulism spores. Honey should not be given to diabetic or obese dogs.”
Dairy-Free Frozen Dog Treats
These blueberry mint pupsicles can easily be made dairy free by using water or unsweetened coconut milk instead of plain greek yogurt.
According to “Can Dogs Have Coconut Milk? Benefits of Coconut Milk for Dogs” on Masterclass.com, coconut milk can boost a dog’s immune system, freshen their breath, and improve their skin and coat texture.
How to Make Pupsicles
It’s incredibly easy to make frozen treats for your dog.
In this recipe, you can puree all the ingredients together in a food processor or blender to make a pureed mixture (the magenta treats in the photos).
Or just combine all the ingredients together in a bowl while they're still whole (the white treats in the photos). I do recommend chopping the mint before mixing though.
It is easier to get the pureed mixture into silicone molds or ice cube trays. It also ensures a more even distribution of the ingredients.
I have these Pet Paw Print Silicone Molds for Homemade Dog Treats. They’re great! I love that I can put them in the dishwasher. Every treat pops out easily.
But, I wish I bought these Jumbo Puppy Dog Paw and Bone Molds.
This frozen dog treat recipe makes 16 paw print-shaped treats. My trays only allow for 12 treats to be frozen at a time.
Yes, I could have just bought another set of the paw print molds. But, the one that includes paw print molds and bone molds would have allowed me to make different, fun shapes for my dogs from the beginning.
Tips for the BEST Blueberry Mint Pupsicles
These are the same as in Super Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Only Three Ingredients.
Make sure there is space in your freezer where these frozen treats can lay flat while they freeze.
If you can only freeze one mold or ice cube tray at a time, store the rest of the unfrozen mixture in the fridge until you are able to freeze them.
You can transfer already frozen treats to a freezer storage bag to have a free mold or tray to freeze more dog treats.
Place a baking sheet or large plate under any silicone molds or trays while transporting the homemade treats to the freezer.
They can be a bit flimsy, so we don’t want to drop them and make a mess. I’m sure your dog would love it if you do though.
How to Store and Serve Frozen Treats for Dogs
I recommend serving these dog popsicles outside or on a hard, nonporous floor.
My Emma ran off with her treat to eat it on the carpet… in various places. She loved to carry her food around with her and hide it in the bed or her favorite corner.
These treats can be a little messy once they start to melt some because of the heat of a dog’s mouth. Especially if the dog takes their time to eat them, like my baby. We had purple spots on the carpet.😆
If you made these blueberry mint pupsicles, I'd love to hear about it below. I also love to see photos of the recipes you make. Tag or mention @lovemischka on Pinterest, FB, Insta, or TikTok.
Simple Blueberry Mint Frozen Dog Treats
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt plain
- 1 cup Blueberries fresh
- 1/2 cup Mint chopped
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- Place silicone molds or ice cube trays on a baking sheet or a large plate (for easier transport to the freezer later). Set aside.
- Wash and chop mint.
- Puree the mint, blueberries, greek yogurt, and honey in a food processor or blender. If you don’t have a food processor or blender, mix the four ingredients together in a mixing bowl until completely combined.
- Spoon the mixture into the silicone molds or ice cube trays.
- Place the molds/trays in the freezer on a flat surface (using the baking sheet or plate underneath to walk to the freezer).
- Freeze until solid, which is about four hours.
- Pop each frozen treat out of the molds.
- Treat your dog and store the rest in a freezer bag or freezer-safe airtight container in the freezer.