If you want your home to smell like autumn, this recipe is perfect for you! Our cinnamon roll kefir quick bread is moist, caramelized, and not too sweet. Swapping Plain Kefir for buttermilk adds protein and richness without the added fat, sugar, or calories. Top each slice with a vanilla kefir glaze and let the flavors melt together in perfect harmony.
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You 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 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.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of 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.
- 1 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a standard 9"-by-5" loaf pan
- Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside
- In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, egg, kefir, and vanilla
- Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold together gently until ingredients are just combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine coconut sugar and cinnamon. Add the top of batter.
- Transfer the batter into loaf pan and shake the pan to make sure batter is evenly distributed. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Depending on your oven, this could take longer – just be sure to watch the loaf so it doesn’t burn.
- To make the kefir glaze, mix kefir, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon until well combined.
- When the toothpick comes out clean and the top is golden brown, remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
- Add glaze over loaf.
- Remove the loaf from the pan to slice and serve, or cool completely before wrapping in plastic wrap. Store at room temperature. Can be wrapped in aluminum and frozen for up to three months, as well.