Last summer, when I traveled to Ethiopia twice, I relied heavily on probiotics to help prevent me from getting food poisoning. Because I was traveling, I brought probiotic capsules since bringing yogurt or Kefir across the globe was impossible. I had never tried Kefir before so when I was given the opportunity to try Lifeway Kefir Lowfat Cultured Milk Smoothies, I was very excited. I am always looking for alternatives to probiotic capsules and a smoothie is right up my alley!
I headed to Winn-Dixie to pick up a bottle or two of Lifeway Kefir Lowfat Cultured Milk Smoothies. They were a bit difficult to find. In fact, I had to ask the dairy manager for help! So when you go to purchase them, make sure you look on the top shelf of the dairy case as I show in my picture.
I purchased two different types of Lifeway Kefir Lowfat Milk Smoothies because I really wanted to try both of them out and I couldn’t choose between the two! I purchased Plain and Strawberry. The Lifeway Kefir Plain Smoothie is tart. It doesn’t have any sweetness to it. This smoothie would be awesome to add to fruit smoothies or maybe to add a little honey to! The Lifeway Kefir Strawberry Smoothie has a perfect amount of sweetness. In fact, my 21 month old son loved drinking it!
Lifeway Kefir is a smooth, tart, refreshing cousin of yogurt, often thought of as the “Champagne of Dairy.” Kefir originated in Eastern Europe over 2000 years ago. Kefir’s probiotic cultures have long been enhancing feelings of well-being. Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health. It is Gluten Free, 99% Lactose Free and contains No Artificial Sweeteners and is rich in Calcium. Lifeway also only uses milk that comes from cows that are not treated with pesticides, antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones. The cows are grass fed and GMO free.
I wanted to create a recipe using my Lifeway Kefir Strawberry Smoothie. I had read that kefir makes an excellent replacement for sour cream or buttermilk. So I decided to create a pancake recipe with the kefir smoothie since we love buttermilk pancakes!
Strawberry Kefir Pancakes
½ cup white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup Lifeway Kefir Lowfat Milk Strawberry Smoothie
1/2 tablespoon canola oil
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2) Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
3) In a small bowl, mix Kefir, oil, egg and vanilla extract.
4) Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients. Mix. Do not overmix.
5) In a pre-heated griddle melt a little butter. Pour 1/4 – 1/3 cup of batter onto center of griddle.
6) Once you see bubbles and a firm dry edge, flip the pancake.
7) Continue cooking for approximately 30-60 seconds. Keep an eye on it the bottom of the pancake. It will finish cooking quickly.
The finished product was a perfectly sweet pancake with hints of strawberry that was light and fluffy. I topped my pancakes with a few frozen berries that I had thawed and a little powdered sugar. Hubby topped his with loads of syrup since he loves his syrup. And my son ate his pancake without any toppings. I made some very small silver dollar sized pancakes and froze them to give to my son as a quick snack or breakfast. They froze really well and thawed really well too!
Have you tried Lifeway Kefir Lowfat Milk Smoothies? I would love to hear your thoughts! For more information on Lifeway Kefir products AND to sign up for coupons, including a $1/2 Kefir 32 oz coupon, go HERE.