I love early mornings for their peace and quiet, that is why I wake up hours before my children do. As a result, I have my breakfast long before they do. So I prepare this Healthy Chocolate Kefir Breakfast Smoothie for them at night before I go to bed. Then, I just store in the refrigerator to be pulled out when my children get up in the morning.
Making The Smoothie
I start with my homemade raw milk kefir, which I strain, reserving the kefir grains. These are poured back into the quart jars and covered with fresh milk, to be strained and refreshed the following day. From the two quart jars, I end up with about 3 1/2 cups kefir to pour into into my Vitamix.
Since I make this smoothie for four kids, and I like to do it all in one batch, I fill the Vitamix the rest of the way up to the 8 cup line with raw cow’s milk.
Now I add the rest of the ingredients for my Healthy Chocolate Kefir Smoothie. They are: 1/2 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt, four tablespoons raw honey, one tablespoon baobab powder, a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, and four tablespoons cocoa powder.
Blending the Healthy Chocolate Kefir Smoothie
Because the blender is so full, I slowly turn the machine up to variable 6 or 7. It blends together fine at that speed and keeps it from getting too frothy. I have had it overflow when I’ve taken off the lid and made a huge mess. However, I prefer to blend very carefully so that I can do it all in one batch.
I pour the smoothie into jars like these. My oldest son gets the big jar.
Then, they are topped with small jar lids, and placed in the refrigerator for the night.
My children give them a quick stir, and start their day with good fats and protein! Kids are happy! Mom is happy! The day starts on autopilot. I am able to finish up what I am in the middle of doing, when they come downstairs for the day
Some Benefits Of Ingredients
The foundational ingredient in this Healthy Chocolate Kefir Smoothie is the whole milk kefir. It is a beautiful base because it is creamy, and full of wonderful fat. I make our kefir using raw cows’ milk, so there is usually a lovely layer of cream on the top of the kefir.
Raw milk is not homogenized. That is the process in which the fat in the milk is emulsified and the cream no longer separates. Homogenization makes it difficult for the body to process the fat in the milk. Check out this article.
Kefir is rich in benefits to our bodies and minds. Kefir can contain up to 50 species of probiotics that can actually attach to the lining of our gut and fight pathogens. It can help with allergies and skin issues. It can help with digestive troubles. These benefits make it a great daily addition to our diets.
Raw honey is full of phytonutrients and polyphenols that help with memory and brain function. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. And it’s delicious!
Redmond Real Salt contains many trace minerals including potassium. Potassium in the salt helps the body excrete excess sodium through the kidneys.
Baobab pulp dries inside the thick shell of the baobab fruit, which is then ground into powder. The powder is high in vitamin c, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and antioxidants. Baobab has a very light fruity taste reminiscent of apricot. It is very delicious! I often add it to stevia sweetened Greek yogurt, as well.
Healthy Chocolate Kefir Smoothie
This Healthy Chocolate Kefir Smoothie is great way to get protein and fats into yourself and your children. Try making it the night before for a easy start to your day.
- 3 1/2 cups raw milk kefir
- 4 1/2 cups raw milk
- 4 Tbsp. raw honey
- 1/2 tsp. Redmond's Real Salt
- 4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- 1 Tbsp. Baobab powder
- Pour milk kefir into your blender.
- Pour milk into the blender.
- Add honey, salt, cocoa powder, protein powder, and baobab powder.
- Securely place lid on blender.
- Slowly turn blender up to variable 7, to avoid a mess upon opening lid.
- Blend for about 30 seconds.
- Slowly pour smoothie into glasses.
- This recipe can be halved easily if you don’t need such a big batch. In that case, you would want the liquid to equal 4 cups instead of 8. You could do 2 cups kefir and 2 cups milk and it is still great that way!
If you are in the mood for other sweet and healthy recipes, you may like my Best And Easiest Pumpkin Custard or my Pumpkin Seed Cacao Bark recipe.
Please comment below and tell me how you handle breakfast at your house.
Making kefir is on my bucket list. I would love to try this recipe, but I only have homemade yogurt right now. I am not familiar with kefir. Does it have a similar texture and flavor to yogurt? Would you suggest I try your recipe with yogurt?
Homemade yogurt would work beautifully in this recipe. I have used it as well when I have had extra that needed to be used up. I think kefir has a little more tanginess to it. Depending on the consistency of your yogurt, you may want to add a little more milk if it is too thick. I think kefir is easier to make than yogurt as it ferments completely without heat!
This looks so delicious! I’ve wanted to make kefir for such a long time.. I needed more inspiration!
Kefir has become such a staple at my house. I hope you enjoy it!