Coconut Kefir Chia Pudding
What is kefir? Kefir is a unique cultured dairy product that’s one of the most probiotic- rich foods on the planet. Its unique name comes from the Turkish work “keif,” which means “good feeling.” Kefir is super beneficial for boosting immunity and is incredible for healing digestive issues such as IBS and leaky gut.
There are two types of kefirs: milk kefir and water kefir. All kefir is made using kefir “grains,” which are a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter. Similar to kombucha, they require sugar in order to allow the good bacteria to grow and the fermentation to take place. However, kefir is very low in sugar, because the live active yeast/bacteria essentially “eats” the large majority of the added sugar during the fermenting process.
This tasty treat is contains high levels of vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate, enzymes and probiotics as well as Omega 3s and fibre from Chia Seeds.
You may also use water kefir as a substitute for traditional milk kefir if you’re a vegan. Water kefir uses crystal or salt-like grains instead of the white, cloudy type and feeds off of sugar instead of lactose.
Recipe: *Serves 1-2
1/2 tin full fat/low fat Coconut Milk
1/2 cup spring water
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 Tbs Coconut Nectar
1tsp vanilla extract/powder
1 tsp maca (optional)
Milk/Water Kefir Starter Kit
Heat the coconut milk and water in a pot over low heat until warm to touch
Remove from heat and whisk in chia seeds, vanilla extract, maca and kefir starter kit
Pour into a sterilised jar and cover with cheese cloth or paper towel and an elastic band
Keep at room temperature for 12 hours and then check for tartness, it should tast similar to Greek yoghurt. If not tart yet, keep it going for another 12-24 hours.
To serve, garnish with berries, coconut flakes, cacao nobs etc.
Can keep in the fridge for up to 5 days