We’re bringing two iconic days (#tacotuesday and #toasttuesday) together with our Pumpkin Pancake Tacos! With fluffy kefir pancakes, caramelized apples, and ginger farmer cheese, this creative fusion is packed with probiotics, prebiotics, and protein. Set all the ingredients on the table and gather the family so they can build their own pumpkin tacos.
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.
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.
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.
Kefir Pumpkin Pancakes
- 1 ½ cups Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 apple (red or green)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup Farmer Cheese
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Kefir Pumpkin Pancakes: In a bowl, mix together the kefir, pumpkin, egg, oil, and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle. Brown on both sides.
- Caramelized Apples: Peel the apple and chop it into small chunks, or any size that you choose. On a baking sheet, add the apples, spices, and maple syrup. Bake until the apples become tender and the maple syrup begins to caramelize.
- Farmer Cheese: Mix together.
- How to Build Pancake Taco: let pancakes cool slightly and place into a taco mold.
- spoon the ginger farmer cheese into the opening of the pancake.
- top the farmer cheese with caramelized apples
- garnish with extra cinnamon and maple syrup (optional)