Get a taste of the orchard for breakfast in the comfort of your own kitchen! Our Kefir Apple Pancakes are a light and fluffy pancake recipe you can make time and time again, no buttermilk needed! With a delicious apple flavor that you know and love, warming spices, and simple ingredients, these kefir pancakes come together in no time. Feel free to add a smear of apple butter or applesauce on top for the final touch!
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 unique 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 that are a source of fiber that are naturally found in a variety of plant foods[b]. 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. Lifeway Oat contains both prebiotics and probiotics for optimal gut and brain health.Servings: 3 to 4
- 1 cup Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (for lighter pancakes, mix ½ cup all-purpose flour with ½ cup whole wheat)
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 apple, grated
- optional garnish: apple butter or applesauce
- Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Crack the egg into a medium sized bowl and whisk until fully incorporated and frothy.
- Add in the applesauce, kefir and butter and whisk well. Add liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir until just combined.
- Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. When up to temperature, lightly coat with cooking spray.
- Drop ¼ cup dollops of batter onto the hot pan and sprinkle with grated apples. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles form and pop, then flip. Continue cooking until golden brown on the bottom, about 2-3 more minutes.
- Continue with the rest of the batter until all pancakes are complete. Top with syrup, more grated apples or toppings of your choice. A smear of apple butter or applesauce on top is also delish!