Ice cream for guinea pigs? Yes, you read that right, it’s healthy, delicious, not to mention very easy to make. It’s perfect for a summer treat to cool down as well 🙂
I was eating my own nice cream, aka homemade ice cream made from blending frozen bananas and then adding toppings, in summer because the heatwave was roasting me.
As I nibbled on the cool dessert, Popcorn looked at me curiously from his playpen (we let him out to the living room because it’s much cooler) and then at his half-eaten cucumber. His curiosity turned into hatred when he couldn’t have frozen bananas since there was waaaay too much sugar for a overweight piggy.
I mean, there’s nothing wrong with cucumber, they are a great vegetable to sneak in water for your guinea pigs. But I just thought eating cucumbers almost everyday during the summer is a bit monotonous.
That was when the determination came from.
Let me present to you – a healthy ice cream recipe for guinea pigs. It’s made from only two ingredients. Cauliflower and carrots.
Now now, before you click off, thinking “but are you just going to smush the crunchy-ness away? Turn it into a mysterious meal? Freeze my guinea pig’s teeth?”, let me explain why these two veggies below.
raw, washed and chopped. It might not look like it, but cauliflowers are high in vitamin C, K, B6, Folate, and are low in calcium. They are also rich in minerals as well. Cauliflower will be the base of ” cream”.
again, raw washed and chopped. This adds sweetness to the ice cream, but also providing lots of nutrition for your piggy. For example, Vitamin C, A, K1, B6, and potassium. I chose carrots instead of fruits because it has less sugar, also –
The ice creams’ flavour is carrotmel. ;>
Why should you make this recipe?
- It’s easy to make
- super tasty
- great for guinea pigs with chewing or dental problems
- to cool down your piggy on a hot day
- a natural vitamin c booster
- low in calcium
- super fun to watch them eat this ice cream
- reduce the guilt when your guinea pig stares into your soul as you lick your ice cream with strawberries/other fruits in it
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Can guinea pigs eat ice cream?
If you mean ice cream for humans, of course not! Even if it’s made of plant-based ingredients, foods like oats and sugar will harm your guinea pig, as they are very unhealthy.
However, this ice cream recipe of guinea pigs is specifically created for guinea pigs, so this recipe is healthy, delicious and perfect for guinea pigs.
- Use a high-quality food processor / Blender to ensure the ice cream’s texture is smooth and creamy. You might want to make a double batch for easier mixing. The ones I use are down below – trust me, it’s 100% worth investing into!
- Chop and freeze the veggies ahead of time so when you want to make ice cream for your guinea pigs, all you need to do is take them out of the blend
- if all still doesn’t work and you hate the texture of this ice cream, I suggest switching to a high-quality food processor/blender or blending the veggies into a mush before freezing. To do this, you’ll have to take the ice cream out of the freezer every 5 minutes and stir it until it reaches your desired consistency.
How to store ice cream for guinea pigs
Even though I strongly suggest to serve this ice cream to your guinea pigs immediately, sometimes there might be leftovers, right? So if you really have to, I would recommend you to store them in a small clean airtight container and put it in the fridge for 2 days at most.
Note that the ice cream will be more watery, so I think that freezing the ice cream for about 3-5 minutes before serving again is a good idea.
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Ice Cream for Guinea Pigs – the Perfect treat to Cool Down!Course: dessert, snackCuisine: guinea pig friendlyDifficulty: easy
Ice cream for guinea pigs? Yes, you read that right, it’s healthy, delicious, not to mention very easy to make. Let’s make carrotmel ice cream!
1 cup raw cauliflower, washed, chopped
1/4 cup raw carrots, peeled, washed, chopped
- First, prepare the veggies and chop them roughly to fit in the food processor.
- put the veggies in a freezer friendly bag and freeze until all is frozen.
- Once frozen, add the two ingredients into you food processor/blender. The amount of sweetness depends on the amount of carrots, so adjust accordingly. Note that the more carrots, the less creamy the ice cream will be, and vice versa.
- blend/process until mostly smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides between blends.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of water at a time to smooth the ice cream out in the process if needed.
- once it reaches to your desired consistency, scoop the ice cream out to a bowl and serve!
- for tips, troubleshooting, storage tips and more, scroll up!
- Sweetness depends on carrots, so adjust accordingly.