You are definitely going to want a second helping of our Cake Batter Chia Pudding. It’s light, fluffy, and incredibly yummy. Start by stirring chia seeds and kefir in a bowl and gradually add dates, almond butter, and oats. Refrigerate for about 3-4 hours. Scoop the cooled mixture into a high-powered blender then add cacao nibs, vanilla extract, and a splash of vanilla kefir. (Tip: for a thicker pudding, pour in more kefir.) Once the blend is creamy and smooth, refrigerate in a sealed container until chilled. Serve your pudding cups with Coconut Whipped Kefir, a cloud-like concoction of kefir, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, then sprinkle chia seeds and cacao nibs on top. This may be a sweet treat, but chia seeds are surprising superfood. They have protein, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and prebiotic fiber to fuel the 12 live and active probiotic cultures in our kefir. You’re going to love it, just pudding it out there.
Your Gut Matters
Eating habits also play a role in mental health. Research has shown that probiotic-rich foods decrease anxiety and boost the mood. That makes kefir a great wellbeing tool because it contains 12 live and probiotic cultures. Psychiatrist James Greenblatt explained that “‘the gut is really your second brain. There are more neurons in the GI tract than anywhere else except the brain.’” As research continues to develop, it’s becoming more and more apparent that there is a link between the gut and the brain. What was once suspected as one-way communication (brain to gut) is now understood to be more of a two-way system. Thus, the health of our gut may directly impact the health of our minds.
- 6 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup Madagascar Vanilla Lowfat Kefir
- 6-8 medjool dates, pitted+ well-chopped
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 1/2 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
Coconut Whipped Kefir
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight (cream rises to the top)
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 4 tbsp Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Stir chia seeds with the milk in a bowl and add the dates, almond butter, and oats. Cover and place in the fridge for at 3-4 hours.
- Scoop the mixture in your blender with the cacao nibs, vanilla, add a splash of kefir and blend until fully smooth and creamy. Add more kefir as needed to keep the pudding thick.
- Refrigerate in a sealed container until chilled. The probiotic mixture will thicken a bit more as it sits.
Coconut Whipped Kefir:
- Open the can of coconut milk and scrape off the solid white layer and place in a mixing bowl and beat with maple syrup, kefir, and vanilla extract. Chill until ready to use and whisk before serving.
- Top the chia seed pudding with the coconut whipped kefir and a sprinkling of cacao.