After dinner, we’re gonna get chip-faced with our Chocolate Chip Cookie Frozen Kefir! Cool off with this chilly, chocolaty, decadent delight. Made with Lifeway Kefir, rolled oats, almond butter, and decadent dark chocolate chips, this treat is rich and creamy and oh so dreamy. It’s better than store-bought ice cream because when you make homemade frozen kefir with Lifeway, you’re boosting your dessert with a hefty dose of probiotics, protein, calcium, and vitamin D.
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school-age years. In addition, kefir made from whole fat milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is also a great source of all these nutrients, just in a different format for all the cheese lovers out there.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.Prep Time: 8-14 hours Servings: 5-6
- 2 cups Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- 1/3 cup rolled or quick oats
- 3 tbsp. cashew or almond butter
- 3 tbsp. dark or semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. raw cacao powder (or regular unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup, honey, or raw agave nectar
- reserve on the side: 1/2 cup additional Lifeway Kefir
- Garnishes: additional mini chocolate chips, whipped cream or coconut cream, or, you can even add 1 of your favorite chocolate chip cookies, broken and crumbled on top or cut in half and placed on each side
- Add all the ingredients for the base (except the reserved kefir) into a blender, and blend until fully incorporated. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
- Once completely frozen, put the ice cubes into the blender, and add the additional 1/2 cup Lifeway Kefir and blend everything together until a thick frozen kefir consistency is reached. Scoop into a freezer friendly ice cream container and freeze for another 4+ hours
- Serve by scooping into cream dishes and serve with garnishes of choice.