Olive Oil Kefir Doughnuts

Prep your Hanukkah grocery list with this recipe! These light and airy baked olive oil kefir doughnuts are a sweet reminder to celebrate this special season together with delicious food.

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 immunityimprove 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.

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 system.

Servings: 12


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly grease a doughnut pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. Add the kefir, kefir cup, olive oil, egg, and vanilla, and whisk just until the batter is smooth.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared doughnut pan, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the doughnuts are puffed and slightly golden.
  6. Allow the doughnuts to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  7. Carefully lift the doughnuts out of the pan and place on a wire rack.
  8. Pour about 1/4-inch of olive oil into a shallow bowl.
  9. In another bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. When the doughnuts are cool enough to handle, quickly dip both sides in the olive oil, then dip in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Transfer to a serving platter and a continue with the remaining doughnuts.
  11. Serve and enjoy!