Did you catch the NY Times this weekend? Sweet potato ice cream! Yup, it’s a thing. Go figure. Well, it does make sense… I guess. I can’t get past the ‘too close to Thanksgiving, sweet potato/pumpkin pie’ goodness. I need a break. But, since all the holiday recipes have sugar and cream and that mean’s I don’t feed it to my pups, my dog are drooling for some sweet potato treats . So I tweaked the NY Times recipe to make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dogs! Check it out – it’s easy, yummy, nutritious and your dog will love it.
How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dog – DIY Recipe
Bake sweet potatoes until soft – use your own imagination here. Oven, microwave, toaster oven. They’re all good, just don’t season. The trick? Once cooled, remove peel and place the potatoes in a food processor, we use Cuisinart Mini-Prep, and puree. I like to have a little fun, so I played Whip It by Devo while I spanked some goodness into my sweet taters. Add one cup of kefir or yogurt, some turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, molasses and two egg yolks. Put it all in your little mini prep food processor, turn Devo back on and whip it good!
Whipped Stuff, Now What?
Good, you got this far and so now you’re wondering, ‘what in the heck do I do with my mixed sweet potato pudding?’ Well, you can do a couple of things. Because I like to give my dog’s the authentic stuff, I put the sweet potato mix into an ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer instructions. Viola, it’s sweet potato ice cream time! It is so good I can eat it – it’s not sugar sweet like American ice cream. It’s like the Asian flair we pick up at Uijamaya, and I like that. If you don’t have an ice cream maker handy you can pour (or as my Better Whole, e.g. husband, says: ‘plop,’ he’s a classy guy) into ice cube trays, freeze and serve. The texture is different, like a dense ice cube.
Recipe and Stuff To Make Sweet Potato Dog Ice Cream
2 Organic Sweet Potatoes
1C Organic Kefir or Yogurt (non-sugar, no fruit)
1/4tsp Ginger (fresh, grated)
1/4tsp Turmeric (fresh, grated)
2 Egg Yolks (organic, free range, humane certified)
Breaking Down This Sweet Potato Ice Cream Recipe
Sweet potatoes are a powerhouse for dogs, as they are packed with potassium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Molasses have all that sweet potatoes do, so they’re no slouch. Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, ginger and turmeric are wonder supplements, and raw egg yolk is a nutritional powerhouse (include the egg shell in the recipe for calcium benefits). For real ice cream you’ll want to add a nice rich, creamy substance. Milk is not ideal for dogs (or humans) and so substituting kefir is truly ideal! Kefir is the key, based on my experience, to solving the mystery of “what is making my dog throw up!” Well, kefir and a white fish-based diet. I’ll get into that later, after you come down from the sweet potato dog ice cream high you’re currently riding.
Upcoming article: Tips for feeding a dog with a ‘sensitive’ stomach.
Now Go Feed Your Dog Some Sweet Potato Ice Cream!
Seriously, if you’ve made it this far without making this ice cream…shame on you! But since scolding someone, including a child and a dog, has never really done much good, let me try again. Go ahead – make our sweet potato ice cream, your dog will think you’re the bees knees! And, by the way…the knees of bees are pretty great. Still interested in the NY Times human-based sweet potato ice cream recipe? Well, here ya go: NY Times Sweet Potato Ice Cream Recipe!
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!