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Is Vegan Ice Cream Healthy Food for Your Dog?

Many humans love ice cream, and so do dogs. The two agree that when the temperature is hot, nothing refreshes them as a frosty bowl of ice cream. Despite this, ice cream is not an approved choice.

The first problem is that the bodies of dogs are not designed to digest milk once they have gone through the weaning stage. If you feed them on these foods, you can expect bloating, diarrhea, voting, and gas problems. The high amounts of sugar are also dangerous for their health. The flavors may even be hazardous. That is the reason we recommend alternatives, most of which you can find here, https://www.doghabitat.org/.

Nevertheless, you can also feed them on vegan ice cream too due to its unique components if you take the right care. Here are some the things vegan ice creams are made of and how you should handle them for the sake of you and your four-legged friend.

Almond Milk

Many companies have resorted to using almond milk since it is a highly popular dairy-free variety out there today. If you ask around, you will find that nobody who is a little health conscious uses milk from animals any longer. They prefer almond milk because it has a neutral flavor that has a similar mouth feel to the dairy-based alternative.

However, you may need to avoid commercial almond milk despite its affordability. Some of them contain limited real almonds and are mostly water. A single carton can provide 30% worth of almonds. Others also contain thickeners, such as plenty of sugar, and guar gum. So, take care when you go to the market to avoid counterfeits. 

Soy

Soy is also another common ingredient that was a trend in the 1980s. It was one of the first non-dairy treats, but its demand remains high for the apparent reason. Soy meets the needs of vegans. But one thing. For you to prepare a healthy vegan ice cream using soy, be sure it is organic. Pesticides and GMOs can spoil the party for you if you are not very careful. 

Coconut

If you do some simple homework, you will establish that coconut is another popular base for vegan ice cream. This milk contains about 90% saturated fats. So, if you use it to make your ice cream, you will replace your dog’s saturated fat intake with unsaturated.

In essence, you will reduce the chances of your pet suffering from a wide variety of heart complications. This is the same reason humans are turning to coconut milk in large numbers as well.

Cashew

If you have never seen a creamy and thick ice vegan ice cream, you know how a cashew milk ice cream looks like. Just like with the almond variety, there may be few version of the vegan ice cream within your locality. If you find them on the market, take care to avoid thickeners. Greedy sellers skimp on the nuts to be able to make unrealistic profits. So, natural cashew is an excellent option for you. 

Fruit-based

You can also go for fruit-based ice creams. If you get real sherbets or sorbets, you are good to go. As in the other cases, you should be careful. Here, look out for concentrates. Some sellers will tell you they have used natural flavors or food dyes to make it more appealing and delicious. These terms are obscure and could mean a lot of things. Remember, you do not need any artificial additives. 

Oat

Oat milk is another delicious option, but many people are concerned that it usually comes with added oils and thickeners just as it happens with grains, such as rice. Another concern is that non-organically grown varieties are often sprayed with a chemical known as glyphosate to be able to dry it before the time of harvest. So, work hard to find organically grown oats.

Rice

Rice is another option that many people still use. However, its popularity is dropping quickly due to the fore mentioned drawbacks. Rice milk contains unacceptable levels of arsenic compounds, which can have adverse health effects. Additionally, like other grains, it is low in natural fat, which creates the opportunity to gluttonous traders to add thickeners to create a creamy texture.

Final Thoughts

Vegan ice cream is an excellent option for your dog or yourself. It is much sensitive to the demands of our environment than the traditional options too. However, vegan ice cream is until processed as it uses refined oil. It also leads to the destruction of forest covers.

Besides, a few unscrupulous people are using the wrong processing methods to try to win you, and if you fall into their tricks, your dogs may not like it. That means if you want to go to the vegan ice cream route, you must be extra careful. Thus, when you have no time to do the required due diligence, you should buy readymade, well-processed foods from your store. 

Ice cream sandwiches: the most delicious invention ever

Introduced to the world in the 19th century, ice cream sandwiches brought a whole new variety of joy for the dessert lovers. They opened new ways to the ice cream lovers and were accepted widely all over the world. Ice creams have been the love of every simple person whether young or old and ice cream sandwiches were a nice addition to that. In different countries of the world, ice cream sandwiches have been given very different names which explain their widespread acceptability such as in Australia they are called Giant Sandwich, in Iran, they are known as bread-ice cream, in Israel, they are known by the name Kasata, and similarly by many other names in other countries.

Generally speaking, an ice cream sandwich consists of three layers in which the central layer is of an ice cream flavor of your choice and the two outer layers are of either chocolate filled biscuits or any other material of different ingredients like cookies.

Ingredients for ice cream sandwiches

The recipe for an ice cream sandwich is very simple and they are very easy to make. The procedure is so simple that everyone can make them in their homes or any other place. The ingredients of an ice cream sandwich are as follows:

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: 3 quarters of a cup
  • Flour (all-purpose): 2 and a half cup
  • Salt: 2 teaspoons
  • Baking powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter: 1 cup
  • Brown sugar (light brown): 1 cup
  • White sugar: 3 quarters of a cup
  • 1 large room temperature egg
  • Vanilla extract: 2 teaspoons
  • Ice cream: 4 pints

Procedure for making ice cream sandwich

There are two main steps to make an ice cream sandwich. The first step is to prepare cookie dough and the second step is to add ice cream flavor that you like between the two layers of dough.

The procedure is as follows:

  • Take a large bowl and add unsweetened cocoa powder in it.
  • Then add 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of salt and all-purpose flour into it.
  • Mix it well and these will act as your dry ingredients for later use.
  • Now take a mixer whether a hand mixer or electric mixer and add unsalted butter into it.
  • After that add brown sugar and white sugar into it and start mixing it.
  • After that add room temperature egg into it and also add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and mix it well.
  • After that take a spoon and start adding the dry ingredients prepared before into the mixer and start mixing.
  • Keep adding the dry ingredients until a consistent mixture is formed.
  • If you are using an electric mixer, mix it for 4 to 5 minutes and if you are using a hand mixer, mix it for a couple of minutes more.
  • Now your dough is prepared, take a sheet of plastic or a slab and place the dough on it.
  • Start grinding using a grinder and make a uniform layer. Then using a knife and a scale, divide the layer into small sized biscuits and you can use a fork to give them special designs on the outer sides.
  • Once the cookie bars are prepared, take the ice cream flavor you like the most and paste it on the cookie and add another layer of cookie on it.
  • Put in the refrigerator overnight and your ice cream sandwiches will be ready. To make them look better and taste better, you can add caramel or other little treats of different colors and make them stick and you will have the best sandwich ever.
  • Another simpler method is to take your favorite cookie bars and your favorite ice cream flavor and put the ice cream between two layers of bars.
  • Refrigerate it overnight and you will get your ice cream sandwiches all nice and cold.

Why do people love ice cream sandwiches?

There are many different reasons as to why people fall in love with these crunchy ice cream sandwiches as soon as they get a taste of them. Some of the reasons are given here:

  • The method of their preparation is so simple that even a layperson can make them.
  • You get to enjoy your favorite ice cream flavors and cookies at the same time.
  • You can eat them in public or anywhere and they won’t take much of your time.
  • They are considered as the best gifts; you can offer them to your loved ones and also you can share them with your colleagues and they will make you popular among them.
  • They act as a rapid source of energy and they are not harmful to your health in any way.
  • You can use them as desserts, lunch or any other you want and they will satisfy your needs.

They are different and more delicious than any other type of sandwiches, cookies or cakes; make them now and get a taste of these heavenly treats… Rock on.

Vegan ice cream: most delicious dairy-free treats

Since the invention of ice cream, it has been loved by everyone no matter their age. But sadly, not everyone gets to experience the joy that ice creams bring because of their preferences or simply a condition such as lactose intolerance. For such kind of people who are vegetarians and who do not use anything other than vegan food, there are now many other options available in the category of ice creams “vegan ice creams”. There are many types of vegan ice creams that have been introduced to the vegan community. All you have to do is to select the one that you like best with the ingredients of your choice and enjoy them. It is even thought that vegan ice creams have more flavors than the regular ice creams. There are many books and magazines available which are the perfect guides of any ice cream flavor in the vegan category.

In this context, we are going to take a look at all the ingredients that you can use to add different flavors to your vegan ice cream.

How to make vegan ice cream?

The first and foremost, use the ingredients that are totally dairy-free and they don’t have any ingredients like eggs and other substances that are derived from animals like yogurt. Following are the ingredients that can be used for preparing vegan ice creams.

Ingredients

  • Full-fat coconut milk: Two cans (13 to 15 ounces)
  • Sweetener (agave syrup, honey, sugar, maple syrup and, and others): Half cup
  • Salt: One-quarter of a teaspoon
  • Cornstarch: Two tablespoons
  • Vanilla extract: One and a half teaspoons

Note: Chocolate chips, nuts, cacao nibs and other ingredients related to these are optional and can be used according to one’s own preference.

Equipment

Equipment used for this is spoons, whisk, measuring cups, spatula, ice cream machine, container (pan or pint container), wax paper, 2-quart saucepan etc.

General instructions to make vegan ice cream

The process is divided into two steps. In the first step a base is formulated and in the second step that base is converted into frozen ice cream.

  • The ice cream machine has a bowl which should be frozen at least 24 hours before making vegan ice cream.
  • The freezer is used to freeze the ice cream machine’s bowl to the required temperature.
  • Take the cans of coconut and milk and shake them well before use because the coconut milk loses its consistency when it has spent a long time on the shelf.
  • Now you need to divide the coconut into 2 parts for later use.
  • Measure half a cup of coconut milk and put it in a separate bowl as this will be used separately.
  • Now, take the remaining coconut milk and pour into the saucepan and into this milk add the sweetener of your choices such as maple syrup, agave syrup or sugar.
  • Add salt into this mixture and fix the mixture for heating until it has dissolved the entire sweetener and salt that was added into it; this will take about 1 to 2 minutes of your time.
  • Now take half a cup of coconut milk that you separated before and add starch into it.
  • Whisking is done to this mixture until the starch has been completely dissolved into the coconut milk, while this process is happening, add cornstarch in parts to the warm coconut milk and keep mixing.
  • Now mix the two parts of coconut milk and this mixture will act as the base. Now, the heat is applied to this base until it is thickened but don’t boil too much so that it doesn’t lose its consistency.
  • After removing the base from heat, vanilla is added into it and stirred continuously to make a uniform mixture.
  • Now the freezing is done by pouring the base into an empty container and refrigerating it.
  • The normal refrigerating time for this base is from 4 hours to 3 days which depends upon your preference.
  • Now, take the ice cream machine and begin the process of churning by added the chilled base into the machine.
  • The churning process is done for about 20 to 30 minutes which depends upon your ice cream machine and any extra ingredients that you want to add in it.
  • Stop the churning process when a thick paste is formed.
  • This is again frozen for more than 4 hours and after that, it will be ready to serve.

Note: During the churning process you can add any extra ingredients like fruits and any other substances that are your favorite.

Enjoy the freshly prepared vegan ice cream which is dairy-free and vegan-friendly and share it with your friends and family.

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