Fluffy pancakes are a pretty big deal around here, and one of my kids favorite breakfast items. Eaten with some really good maple syrup and sprinkled with a tiny tiny bit of powdered sugar, they are so darn good. Believe me when I say we have made our fair share of pancakes…
Oh my gosh.. YUM! Making pancakes at home is so much easier and less expensive than hauling a family of 7 to IHOP where it’s easy to throw down $60 – $70. Yep, not doing it.
Kefir pancakes are really cute, small little pancakes that are nice and crisp on the outside and unbelievably soft in the inside and made with our favorite fermented beverage: kefir.
Kefir is one of the most fantastic beverages – full of bacteria, supercharged health benefits and has a tangy taste. We add kefir to almost everything – in baking, you can add it to your muffins and breads, including this 2 ingredient sourdough french bread that’s gluten-free and easier to digest.
Because kefir has natural fermented properties, it helps the batter rise on it’s own.
While you can find Kefir in any grocery store… it’s so much better to make your own kefir. You’ll want to find a local raw milk farm in your area (not all states permit the sale of raw milk so check RealMilk.com to see if your area does).
Your local raw milk farm may occasionally have kefir available for the taking – usually customers who use and make kefir daily will have so much excess they may drop it off at the farm for other customers.
Related post: The health benefits of kefir and how to make at home
You simply put the kefir grains in milk and let sit 12-24 hours (depending on the temp in your home). Let that mixture sit anywhere from 12-24 hours, then strain the kefir in a fine mesh strainer (preferably not metal). Place the grains in a new jar and re-cover with milk. Take the strained milk and refrigerate in a jar.
We love this set of 3 mesh strainers we picked up on Amazon and they have worked so well for us this past year.
Kefir grains will grow and grow and multiply each day ~ over time, those grains will grow to the point that you will need to share it with friends.
Or use in any of these recipes:
- Grain Free Kefir Brownies
- Raw Milk Kefir Smoothie
- Sourdough Bread with Raw Milk Kefir
- How to Make Raw Sour Cream
Or, make pancakes with it. Yum yum and yum!
Recipe modified from Gastrosenses