Chocolate Coffee Cake

Are you looking for a chocolate coffe cake recipe? Try this easy to follow recipe!

chocolate coffee cake
Ingredients

  • 2 cups cultured buttermilk or 2 cups yogurt or 2 cups whey or
  • 2 cups kefir
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup butter or 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups artificial sweetener (I use sucanat, but regular sugar would work too)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 dash clove
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup nuts, if desired

Instructions

  1. Combine into a large bowl the flour and liquid (buttermilk, yogurt, kefir, etc.) Cover the bowl and soak for 12-24 hrs.
  2. After soaking, the next thing to do is to combine the remaning ingredients. Then pour the mixture into a baking pan, you can cover it with chopped nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Healthy Waffles

Try this easy to follow waffle recipe in your home. It’s wonderful and delicious, you may top it with any syrup that you want!

WafflesIngredients

  • 1 cup kefir (or you can use buttermilk, or milk)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (can sub another kind of oil)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or use agave)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. First to do is to combine all the dry ingredients. Second is to combine the wet ingredients.
  2. Then mix together and scoop the butter and pour into a hot waffle iron.

Enjoy!

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Lemon Ice Cream

You can enjoy this luscious Kefir ice cream with only 3 ingredients. A light and refreshing dessert that is easy to make!

lemon Ice Cream
Ingredients

  • 400 ml kefir or 400 ml milk or plain yogurt
  • 1 large grated zest of lemon
  • 130 g agave syrup or maple syrup or honey

Instructions

  1. First is to melt the sugar before mixing all the ingredients including the sugar.
  2. Then place the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn for about 20 minutes. It will depend on your ice cream maker and the texture that you want.

Enjoy!

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Fluffy Pancakes

Pancakes usually serve during breakfast or dessert. I made it more healthier because I add kefir on it. Try this quick and delicious homemade pancakes!

pancake
Ingredeints

  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk or 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • neutral oil, for frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium size bowl.
  2. Break and lightly beat the eggs into another bowl. Then add the kefir, milk and vanilla extract and whisk them all together.
  3. Next is to combine the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, whisk them together until they are combined.
  4. Meanwhile preheat the griddle over medium heat. Then lightly grease the griddle with the pancake batter.
  5. Cook each side of the pancake and serve it with your favorite toppings like jams or syrup.

Enjoy!

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Cucumber and tomato salad

A refreshing, light salad for the whole family to dig in. A great main dish for vegetarians as well!

cucumber-tomato salad
Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup low-fat plain kefir cultured milk smoothie, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons minced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon mince chives
  • 1 English cucumber (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon blue cheese (feta cheese works too)
  • 3 ripe heirloom tomatoes (about 2 cups)
  • Pinch each of salt, pepper, and chipotle powder

Instructions

  1. Mix together in a small bowl the kefir, onion, sour cream, chives, dill, and seasoning. Cover iit and refregerate overnight.
  2. Then slice into bite-sized the cucumber and tomatoes and place them in a bowl and toss them together. Pour over the dressing into salad and add the blue cheese. Toss and serve.

Enjoy!

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Cold Strawberry Soup

This cold strawberry soup recipe is made of strawberry and kefir, perfect for a summer treat to your family and friends. A delicious soup that is easy to follow here are the steps:

Strawberry Soup
Ingredients

  • ½ cup kefir
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 4 mint leaves, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • ¼ cup almond milk (any milk will do)

Instructions

  1. Heat a sauce pan over medium high heat. Then combine the strawberries and water on the pan and cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. Using your spoon or fork crushed the strawberries and remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool.
  3. When the the strawberry mixture is cool, pour it to a food processor along with milk and kefir then blend until smooth.
  4. Refrigerate the soup for at least 30 minutes before serving and you may garnish it with mint.

Enjoy!

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Kefir Smoothie

Try making this smoothie its a healthy and nutritious snack for the kids to enjoy!

kefir smoothie Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 2 cups kefir
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until fully smooth. Serve cooled.

Enjoy!

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Kefir Banana Bread

Banana bread is a type of bread that is moist, sweet cake like bread. Try making this delicious whole grain banana bread with milk kefir. Simply follow these steps:

2Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/3 C. Sugar
  • 1/2 C. Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 C. Kefir (or sour cream/buttermilk/yogurt)
  • 1 1/4 C. Bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2 C. Flour
  • 3/4 C. Nuts, chopped

Instructions:

  1. If 24 to 12 hrs prior in making the bread, mix together the flour and kefir so that flour will soak the kefir.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300°F.
  3. Then combine together in a large bowl the banana, butter, vanilla, eggs, sugar and nuts.
  4. Next is add the flour into the bowl then add the baking soda and baking powder, mix just until they are blended.
  5. Pour the mixture into (9×5-unch) greased bread pan.
  6. Bake for approximately 1-1/2 hrs or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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Why I Adore Kefir and just what Are Kefir Grains?

It is said that Kefir is origin from a mountain called Caucasian also know as the former USSR. Throughout the ages it has been a very famous healthy drink in Russia, Eastern Europe and some other countries.

Here are some of the question I bet you really want to know:

  • What are Kefir Grains?
  • What is Kefir?
  • What are the benefits in drinking it?
  • How is kefir different than yogurt? Which is better?
  • How do I make kefir?

What are Kefir Grains?

kefir grains

First of all you might be wondering why “What are kefir grains?” is in the top. It’s because if you want to understand what kefir is, you should understand how the grains is use to produce kefir. According to YourKefirSource.com - Everything You Need To Know About Kefir by Giselle, kefir grains are the mixture of bacteria and yeasts are living on a substance that are made up of a variety of dairy elements.

Kefir grains look like a cauliflower and has a gelatinous texture. The only way to create kefir grains is using natural method called fertile and it cannot be manufactured.

There are some group on Facebook such as:

I’ve personally interact with Giselle of YourKefirSource in Facebook, the group is very active and knowledgeable.

Ok, let’s go back to kefir grains. There isn’t enough details to explain and tell the origin about kefir, but one of the most famous story is from the book of Bible, the food that fall down from heaven called manna that the Israelites was wandering in the desert for 40 years which is lead by Moses.

What is Kefir?

Milk kefir

Kefir is a kind of drink that is originally made from kefir grains and milk, but since there was a new method using water that why there are basically 2 kinds of kefir: Milk Kefir and Water Kefir.

What are the benefits in drinking it?

Kefir has so many kind of benefits but some of them are still haven’t been proven. I’ve read a blog ~ BenefitsOfKefir.com by Sandra, that drinking kefir can cure diseases, helps improve health and best of all no side effect!

Here are some of the following diseases that can be treat:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Allergies
  • Migraine
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcer
  • Diarrhea
  • Colitis
  • Reflux

Here are some of the great health effect that kefir can bring in:

  • Immune system
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Produce natural antibiotics
  • Blood circulation
  • Strengthen the kidneys
  • Regulate cholesterol level
  • Regulate metabolism

Some references I found :

How is kefir different than yogurt? Which is better?

First of all, yogurt and kefir taste almost the same and both of them are cultured milk products. Based on a research kefir has more vitamins and nutrients compare to yogurt.

Yogurt only offer for in our intestines good bacteria, while kefir focus on symbiotic type of natural occurring beneficial kind of bacteria and yeast!

I’m not very clear about this topic so if you have time try reading the following:

How do I make kefir?

Well, I just follow the video.

 

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Apple Cider

Flavored with water kefir and apple gives a delicous taste of apple cider. You can enjoy your very own apple cider at the comfort of your home by following these simple steps:

apple ciderIngredients

  • 3-1/2 cups water kefir
  • 1 teaspoon Sucanat or sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 apple (sweet or sweet-tart), diced, OR 1/4 cup apple juice

Instructions

  1. Remove the water kefir grains on your water kefir in the first fermentation. Then pour into a quart-size of jar the water kefir along with the apple chunks or juice.
  2. Then slowly pour the water kefir and apple chunks into a quart-size airtight bottle. Add the sugar if your water kefir is not sweet enough.
  3. Shake the bottle and leave the bottle tightly capped for 2-5 days or until desired.
  4. Then carefully open the bottle and strain the apples and serve it chilled.

Tip: Refregerate to preserve the freshness.

Enjoy!

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