14 Pawsome Frozen Kong Recipes For Your Pup

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If you’re all about keeping your four-legged pal happy and entertained, then frozen Kong recipes are a game changer! Frozen Kongs are not only a great way to treat your dog, they provide mental stimulation and can help relax them too.

But it can be hard to know where to start as there are so many different flavor combinations to try – from the classic peanut butter fillings to new, exciting flavors that your dog will go bananas for.

So here I share tail-wagging frozen Kong recipes, frozen Kong ideas for puppies and plenty of suggested Kong fillers to make frozen treats your pup will love. And don’t worry if you’re not a master chef – these recipes are quick and easy to prepare.


This article is based on research and personal experience as a Vizsla owner. I’m not a qualified dog trainer, Vet or dog behaviourist.


What You Need To Make Frozen Kong Recipes

To get started making these frozen kong recipes, you will need:

  • Kong – they come in several sizes, so make sure you buy based on your dog’s age and size.
  • Mixing bowl
  • Blender – optional for some recipes
  • Kong stand – get creative with how you stand them in the freezer – a mini muffin tray works, as do mugs or egg cartons.
kong classic and kong puppy treat dispensers.

How To Stuff A Frozen Kong

There are no fixed rules for how to stuff a Kong for the freezer. But you basically have two options:

  1. Mix the ingredients together first and spoon the mixture in to the Kong.
  2. Layer the ingredients in the Kong.

Mixing is pretty self explanatory, but if you want to know how to layer a Kong, we explain this method below.

How To Layer Kong Ingredients

If you have a fussy eater, layering is a good way to entice them to start licking the frozen Kong.

Remember you are filling it in the reverse order they will eat it, so put their favorite flavors in at the end. A good way to fill is:

  1. Plug – something to block the hole at the bottom – like peanut butter, cream cheese or a soaked kibble piece.
  2. Base treat – this is the last ingredient they will eat, so make it something they love to keep them going till the end. Fruit pieces are a good option.
  3. Filler – This makes up the “glue” of your Kong treat – examples include yogurt, peanut butter, pumpkin or rice.
  4. Top treats – This is what your pup will first encounter – so vegetable or fruit they like are a good option.
  5. Seal – Top the Kong with a another smear of Peanut butter, cream cheese or broth to top it off.
  6. Treat – sometimes a carrot stick, milk treat or piece of jerky sticking out of the Kong is a good way to get them started – particularly useful for puppies learning how to eat a frozen Kong.
top view of cut colorful vegetables in white bowls.

Considerations When Choosing Frozen Kong Fillings

You can fill a kong with whatever you want, but a good rule of thumb is to include:

  • Base ingredient
  • Treat
  • Healthy food

Base ingredients are things like yogurt, pumpkin puree, applesauce, cottage cheese or banana. They act like glue to hold all the ingredients together.

Treats should be used more sparingly – foods like peanut butter, jerky pieces, ground meat, sardines or cream cheese.

Healthy foods are just that – fresh vegetables and fruits your pup enjoys eating.

Naturally you shouldn’t use any foods your dog has an allergy or intolerance to in your frozen Kong fillers.

fresh fruit in bowls side view.

Easy Frozen Kong Recipes To Try

Here are just a few frozen kong recipes for dogs you can make at home.

I haven’t listed quantities as it will depend on the size of your Kong as well as how many Kongs you fill in one go.

So adjust the quantities as necessary and if you have any left over simply spoon the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze for easy frozen dog treats.

The recipes are super simple to prepare, and better still, many of the recipes are gluten free.

1. PB Banana Classic

  • Mashed banana
  • Peanut butter
  • Natural yogurt or cream cheese

Combine ingredients together in a bowl then spoon into the Kong. Freeze.

2. Strawberry Banana

  • Natural yogurt
  • Cooked Oatmeal
  • Mashed banana
  • Strawberries

Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Spoon in to the Kong and freeze. See the full recipe here.

3. Gut Goodness

  • Kefir
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bananas

Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Spoon in to the Kong and freeze. See the complete recipe here.

4. Fruity Delight

  • Blueberries
  • Apple pieces
  • Apple sauce
  • Peanut butter

Mix the fruits and apple sauce together in a bowl and spoon in to the Kong. Top with a few pieces of fruit and seal with some peanut butter.

You could also layer the ingredients into the Kong – use a small amount of peanut butter or cream cheese to seal the end before layering. Freeze.

5. Fishy Fishy

  • Small can of tuna or sardines
  • Natural yogurt
  • Grated carrot

Combine ingredients together and spoon into the Kong. Freeze overnight.

6. Easy Dinner

  • Dry kibble
  • Low salt chicken broth
  • Broccoli pieces
  • Cream cheese

Soak the kibble in chicken broth until soft then spoon into the Kong. Top with broccoli pieces and seal with a smear of cream cheese. Freeze.

7. Layered Veggie Heaven

  • Puree pumpkin
  • Broccoli pieces
  • Zucchini pieces
  • Carrot pieces

Line the inside of the Kong with pureed pumpkin, alternate layers of vegetable pieces with pumpkin puree until full. Seal with pumpkin and freeze.

8. Poorly Pup

  • Cooked chicken (shredded or ground)
  • Cooked rice
  • Chicken broth

Combine rice and chicken and spoon into Kong. Pour a small amount of low salt chicken broth over the top. Freeze.

9. Low Carb

  • Cottage cheese
  • Cucumber pieces

Layer cottage cheese and cucumber pieces into Kong. Freeze.

10. Give Thanks

  • Puree pumpkin
  • Cooked ground turkey
  • Carrot pieces
  • Peas

Position some ground turkey over the bottom hole then alternate the turkey, carrot and peas with mashed pumpkin until full. Freeze.

Frozen Kong Ideas For Puppies

Puppies don’t always know how to eat treats served in a frozen Kong.

So start by lining the Kong with a tasty treat (like peanut butter, applesauce or pumpkin) and letting them lick the Kong.

Then once they get the hang of it, start adding more ingredients into the Kong.

Be careful not to overfill it when getting started as it can be difficult for them to get through. A loosely packed Kong is better for puppies.

Sometimes positioning a piece of jerky, a milk treat or even a carrot stick into the top of the Kong can encourage them to get started.

Here are some frozen Kong recipes for puppies to try (although your adult dog will likely love them too)!

11. Baby Banana

  • Mashed banana
  • Applesauce
  • Milk treat (optional)
  • Peanut butter

Combine mashed banana and applesauce to make a thick paste. Seal the end of the Kong with peanut butter, add the banana mixture loosely (don’t pack in).

Pop a milk treat in (so it is sticking out the top) and seal around the treat with more peanut butter.

12. Summer Delight

  • Watermelon
  • Mango
  • Natural Yogurt

Cut watermelon and mango into largish pieces. Layer in the Kong with natural yogurt. Freeze.

13. PB Heaven

  • Cottage cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Beef jerky

Line the Kong with peanut butter, then fill with cottage cheese and small pieces of beef jerky. Freeze.

14. Super Strawberry

  • Strawberry pieces
  • Yogurt

Blend the strawberries and yogurt together in a blender. Scoop the filling into your Puppy Kong. Freeze. See the full recipe here.

More Frozen Kong Fillers For Dogs

Once you get the hang of it, you can mix and match most pantry and fridge ingredients in your dog’s Kong for endless variety.

Foods that dogs often like include:

  • Apple
  • Applesauce
  • Avocado
  • Baby food
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Broth
  • Carrots
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Eggs
  • Ground beef
  • Jerky
  • Kefir
  • Kibble
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pear
  • Pumpkin
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tuna
  • Watermelon
  • Wet dog food
  • Yogurt (natural or Greek)

Ingredients To Avoid

There are some foods and ingredients you should not use in the Kong as they are toxic to dogs. These include:

  • Artificial sweeteners like xylitol
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit seeds – apple seeds, apricot pits, cherry pits
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Raisins

Tips For Making Frozen Kong Treats

If your dog is not interested, try sticking a treat out of the Kong to get them started – things like a carrot stick, piece of jerky, small bully stick can all them tempt them.

The more compact you make the fillings, the harder it is for your dog to eat. So loose fill the Kong for puppies, pack tighter for experienced dogs and heavy chewers.

Always supervise your dog when giving them frozen Kong treats.

To stop any leakage, cover the bottom hole with a small amount peanut butter, cream cheese or kibble. Or place a piece of tape over the opening and remove once frozen.

Put any left over mixture into an ice cube tray to serve as simple frozen dog treats.

Finally, I recommend you serve the frozen Kong treat to your dog in an easy to clean space or outside as they can get messy as they thaw.

Frozen Kong Recipe FAQS

How Long Should A Frozen Kong Last?

How long a Frozen Kong lasts will depend on your dog, but generally they last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

What Are The Benefits Of A Frozen Kong?

Frozen Kongs keep your dog occupied, provide a long lasting healthy treat, mental stimulation, and add variety to their food regime.

Before You Go

I hope you found these frozen kong ideas helpful and you enjoy making these treats for your dog!

If your dog likes frozen treats, try these super quick and easy frozen strawberry treats or these healthy kefir peanut butter treats or even more DIY frozen treats for dogs here.

For dogs with wheat sensitivities, see these healthy gluten free dog treat recipes or find even more homemade dog treat recipes here.

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Rachel

Rachel is the founder of It's a Vizsla. She is a Hungarian Vizsla owner and general dog enthusiast! She loves to research and share practical tips to help other vizsla owners care for their dogs.

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