May I present? Kefir … my new best friend – from the refrigerated section (Ok, I hear it myself. The last one sounds like an advertisement. ). But seriously, for a couple of weeks now, I am crazy about Kefir. By now, I drink a Kefir smoothie actually every day and I cannot believe myself that I have not tried Kefir previously.
I do not like buttermilk, which is probably why I did not pay any attention to milk drinks before. But then a friend of mine told me that kefir is even allowed in the Paleo diet occasionally (and Paleo otherwise ‘forbids’ all dairy products) because Kefir has beneficial effects on the intestine. That got me curious and I had a closer look at Kefir.
Kefir is prepared by adding so-called Kefir grains to milk. These grains are yeast/bacterial fermentation starter and they ferment the lactose and degrade the casein of the milk. They also form carbonic acid and lactic acid which give Kefir the funny name Milk champagne. Depending on the type of preparation, Kefir can also have a very low (less than 1%) alcohol content. Due to the partially degraded lactose, Kefir can be tolerated by slightly lactose-intolerant people.
Kefir is considered to be very healthy because of its many nutrients. Kefir contains a lot of protein, vitamins, folic acid, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and iodine. With a low fat content, kefir saturates well and the contained probiotics have a positive effect on the intestinal flora. Kefir can soothe a sensitive stomach and strengthens the immune system because it removes bacteria from the intestinal flora.
My new favorite drink is Kefir with caramelized bananas and walnuts. This is not particularly summery, yet especially delicious (and also in summer there are cloudy, rainy days). This Kefir shake is very rich and thick, which is why I always prepare only two small glasses of it. The scent of the bananas caramelizing in coconut oil make the preparation of this drink already worth the effort. The caramelized bananas harmonize well with the creaminess of the Kefir and the walnuts support the dark, sweet aroma. I could drink 10 glasses of this Kefir shake every day, but I am a good girl and leave it at one.
By the way, you can make your own Kefir very easily. You can buy the Kefir grains, for example, via Amazon, and you only have to add some milk to get Kefir in almost no time. Just make sure to use organic milk because the antibiotic residues in common milk can harm the Kefir grains during the fermentation process.
For 2 people:
1 glass of Kefir (I used 3,5% fat, but less will work, too)
a handful of walnuts
1 tbsp coconut oil
a pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp honey
- Peel the bananas and cut them into thick slices. Heat up the coconut oil in a pan and add the banana slices.
- Fry the banana slices from both sides until they turn golden brown. Add the walnuts and cinnamon just before the bananas are too sludgy.
- Pour the banana/walnut mixture with the Kefir and honey into a blender and mix well.
- Serve immediately with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Enjoy and tag me on your results. I am curious how you liked it.