Every time I run a session of downdog kitchen camp, I am inspired to try and share something new and delicious. All of the recipes I use are super simple so that kids (and grown-ups) can put a meal together quickly. Everything we prepare is made using fresh and unprocessed ingredients and infused with a whole lot of love. Kids in the kitchen make magic!!
Banana Ice-Cream with Cacao
(for two servings)
2 ripe bananas, frozen and sliced
Add frozen bananas to the food processor and blend. Occasionally scrape down the sides and continue to blend for approximately 3-5 minutes or until smooth and creamy (it will eventually turn into the consistency of ice-cream). It's a good idea to take the bananas out of the freezer a few minutes before making the ice-cream to speed up preparation time. Be patient as we discovered that sometimes it takes a little longer.
For a chocolate variation, add 1-2 tbsp cacao powder. (You can find "real" cacao powder online or in many stores. It is made from cacao beans, contains antioxidants, magnesium and iron, and is a healthy alternative to over-processed "cocoa" traditionally used for baking).
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Sweet Lemon Mint Tea
4 large lemons
A few tablespoons of honey (to taste)
Make a pot of fresh mint tea using a handful of mint and 4 cups boiling water. Let tea steep for at least 10 minutes (or much longer for a more intense flavor).
Mix the juice of 4 lemons with a 1/4 cup of water and honey (or your favorite alternative sweetener). Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until honey is dissolved. Turn off heat and let the lemon syrup stand for a few minutes.
When the mint tea and lemon syrup have cooled, strain the mint tea and pour into a pitcher with the sweet lemon syrup. Add water to taste and serve with festive mint ice cubes (prepared by placing mint leaves and water into an old-fashioned ice cube tray).