Well, it's official! These chocolate kefir smoothies are our nighttime, after-dinner ritual!
It's all the benefits of kefir wrapped into a great and tasty little package — so what's not to love?
The ratio of kefir to raw milk is flexible. The more kefir, the more tartness. You're aiming to include as much kefir as your family will stand. 😉
Currently, we like 2-1/2 cups of goat milk kefir with 1-1/2 cups of raw goat milk. It tastes like frozen yogurt — sweet but with a tang. Yummy!
If your family prefers smoothies on the sweet side, I recommend starting with 2 cups of kefir to 2 cups of milk. The awesome benefits of kefir will still be there for all to enjoy.
If you don't have access to kefir, you can use plain yogurt as a substitute. Yogurt with active cultures is very good for you, too!
As far as sweetening, my recipe calls for using raisins or chopped dates. As Larisa suggested here, dried figs sound delicious as well. If you fancy adding some raw honey, use a mild-flavored variety. I tried a dark, richly-flavored wildflower honey once and didn't think the kefir flavor meshed with it at all. 😉 Feel free to experiment.
Add in a handful of local fruit, like sweet cherries or raspberries, for an added flavor boost.
When blended, this mixture fills the entire Vitamix wet container to a volume of more than 8 cups. It really fluffs up as air is incorporated. If this exceeds your blender's capacity, halve the ingredients.
Chocolate Kefir Smoothie
- 4 cups plain kefir + raw milk (adjust ratios as desired — 2 cups kefir and 2 cups milk works well at first!)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons virgin, unrefined coconut oil
- 3 handfuls (about 1/2 cup packed lightly) of raisins or date pieces
- 1/2 to 1 cup seasonal fruit, such as sweet cherries or raspberries (optional)
- 12 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in the Vitamix wet container. Secure the 2-part lid. Turn ON, then increase variable speed to 10, and then flip to HIGH. Blend until you no longer hear ice or raisins being chopped up. This will be about 30 seconds, but perhaps longer. Don't let it go too long or the mixture will begin to heat up.
Pour into glasses. Optional: dust with cocoa powder and swirl. Enjoy!
If you let the smoothies sit in the glasses for a bit, each will separate out into three layers, which my kids and even my husband think is cool. You'll want to stir it back up before drinking, though.
What's your favorite yummy way to get your family to eat kefir?
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