Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Yes... I actually did it. I made maple bacon ice cream... and I actually liked it. At first I was up in the air on whether or not I liked it, but I found myself coming back for one more bite. Then one more. And one more. It's not something I would have on a daily basis as my standard "go-to" dessert. But, it is something I can share with my four-legged friends and feel ok about.

I am all about making food for my animals, but I am also realistic. I have to make food for myself. Let's face it, it's better to hit two birds with one stone. When I saw this dairy-free maple bacon ice cream recipe on Apron Strings, I had to give it a try.
 



Two of the ingredients in this recipe are considered "super foods": Coconut and maple syrup.

  • Coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. That is a lot of "anti". Because of this, it can protect your canine against illness and help speed the healing process. You can read more about it here. (and all the other amazing health benefits.)
  •  Maple syrup is rich in Manganese, zinc and natural antioxidants. It also has a lower Glycemic Index than regular sugar which means it will be absorbed into your body at a slower rate. You're less likely to get that sugar high. But let's face it, sugar is sugar and it's not entirely good for dogs. They should only have it occasionally. Artificial sweeteners are poisonous to dogs, so skip that all together. I would suggest only giving your dog an ice cube sized portion of this ice cream every once in awhile. 
** Notes: The recipe does call for a bit of sugar. I omitted the sugar and just used the maple syrup. The ice cream tasted very sweet and I am wondering if it might be better with a bit less maple syrup? This recipe also has eggs in it. I did see an egg free recipe as well that I want to try (compare and contrast on texture and flavor).

This is the first time I have tried to make a coconut milk based ice cream. I plan on experimenting with some other flavors in the near future... probably not with bacon (I'm kind of over it...I'm sure my dog would like more bacon added... to everything.). Roasted peach? Or an Apple Cobbler flavor?

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