This week’s new food discovery is kefir. (Please let me know what the correct way to say it is. Kee-fur?). I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, so I finally decided (since I’ve been adding back in more dairy lately) to do it.
It’s a lot like a thinner version of yogurt, basically the consistency of buttermilk. The nutrition information makes it sound pretty good, especially with the addition of active cultures.
I looked online for some recipes and found that due to its similarity to buttermilk, kefir is great in pancakes. I combined two recipes I found, and came up with this.
Whole wheat kefir pancakes
makes 8 pancakes
1 cup kefir
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon agave nectar
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon flax seed meal
pinch of salt
Whisk all of the liquid ingredients together in a bowl for 20 seconds. In a separate bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix them together for 20 more seconds.
In a medium-low skillet, heat a little butter, oil, or nonstick spray. Drop 1/4 cup of pancake batter down for each cake. When it puffs up and starts to get bubbly, flip it over and cook until it’s brown on both sides.
I ate my pancakes with blueberries and the best pancake combo: 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup and a little pat of butter heated in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Mmmm, pancakes. I think I will add more oats next time.
This week I’m also trying a new bread, made locally. It’s very dense and full of yummy grains.
I love that they grind flour with their own mill.
Apparently I’m on a wheat kick because I also bought this pasta, made in San Francisco.
I’m trying to use the nutritional tip of buying smaller but better quality foods, and with pasta it really does make a difference. This was awesome.
Oh, and one other thing about kefir. It is really delicious in smoothies. I mixed some with a banana and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and it came out very rich and creamy. Can’t wait to try it in some other combinations.