That’s right. Catnip gelato. Seriously. And it’s amazing! Yep, this is the same catnip that our cats go bonkers for. Did you know catnip is an herb in the mint family? So this is basically mint-chocolate chip ice cream, really. Not that crazy, is it? Some people drink catnip tea, since although catnip is like crack for cats, it actually has a calming and soothing effect in humans.
Catnip, like other mint plants, grow like crazy, so I had more than enough to dry for Josie’s cat toys as well as this culinary experiment. For a tasty, and original cold treat, try this Catnip Gelato, which I made with the basic banana ice cream recipe, some honey for sweetness and cacao nibs.
(Yield: 2 servings)
- 2 bananas, chopped and frozen
- 1 cup fresh catnip
- 2 tbs cacao nibs
- 2 tbs raw honey (or maple syrup or liquid stevia)
- 1/2 cup almond milk
Directions: In a food processor or Vitamix, combine catnip, honey and almond milk until a smooth paste. Add frozen bananas and mix until soft serve consistency. Stir in cocoa nibs. Enjoy immediately or freeze for a scoopable gelato.
Of course I had to give Josie a little taste. Although she loves herself some catnip, she wasn’t so sure about this gelato.
Speaking of cats, isn’t a stinky litter box just the worst thing ever? Fortunately there are some great cat litter options out there. Check out this guide for the Best Cat Litter for Odor Control.