Probiotic PB & Chocolate Chip Chia Fluff

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Probiotic Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Chia Fluff is a healthy snack with probiotic benefits but still delicious! #probioticsnack #healthydessert

Happy Father’s Day! I wasn’t intentionally going for the longest running recipe name award, but maybe I should submit this one for review? Ha! This recipe may have a long name, but it has a short list of ingredients and is the perfect sweet-yet-healthy snack.

One afternoon I REALLY had a craving for one of my favorite sweet combos, peanut butter and chocolate. You probably already knew this about me based on my other recipes. I was going to reach for my not-so-secret stash of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups, but then I decided to get a little more creative and create a probiotic heathy snack. I’ve been incorporating more gut-balancing foods into my diet lately (as you can tell from this other recent post). I had organic kefir in the fridge, peanut butter in the pantry, and a few other ingredients that I thought would work well. After a little experimentation, I landed on this winning combination that I can’t wait to share with you!

If you’re not familiar with Kefir, let me introduce you.

Kefir, meet snacking friend.

Fellow snacking friend, meet Kefir.

Kefir is similar to yogurt, only a thinner consistency. It’s very tangy and if you buy it plain, it definitely needs some flavor love to really be enjoyed (in my opinion).

I use kefir in and for so many things -- in smoothies as a thickener, creamy agent. I also use it as a base for fruit and granola for a light breakfast (sweetened with a little stevia). I’ve even used it as a base for french onion dip in place of sour cream and honestly, no one was the wiser.

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that is almost completely lactose-free because of the fermenting process which is a real score for lactose-sensitive folks like myself.

You can read more about my obsession with kefir in this post and why I love the probiotic properties so much.

Probiotic PB & Chocolate Chip Chia Fluff is a healthy snack with delicious probiotic benefits! #probioticsnack #healthydessert

I love this snack because it's so sweet, light, and creamy. It was like I was eating something between a cross of yogurt (which I normally never get to enjoy because of the whole lactose-sensitive thing) and a cool-whip based dessert.

What the fluff?

I’m pretty darn familiar with desserts containing the word “fluff” in them, but you may be thinking "what the fluff is a 'fluff'?". As a southern gal, I grew up going to lots of big Sunday lunches and dinners with family and at special church occasions and holidays. I can’t count the number of “Oreo Fluff Pies”, “Pineapple Fluff” desserts with a graham cracker crust, or the one that inspired this recipe, the “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fluff”. They all had in common a cool-whip base that you mixed with another flavor and put over a crust of some sort. When I had the urge to mix together the peanut butter and kefir then throw in chocolate chips, I realized that this was probably subconsciously inspired by those southern "fluff" desserts.

Now, onto how I make this probiotic “dessert-like” healthy snack.

Probiotic PB & Chocolate Chip Chia Fluff is a healthy snack with probiotic benefits but still delicious! #probioticsnack #healthydessert

The Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. ¾ C. kefir
  2. 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  3. 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  4. 6 drops stevia extract OR about 1 tsp. Agave
  5. Handful of chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Measure kefir, stevia, vanilla, and peanut butter in a bowl. Using a fork or small whisk, mix the 2 together until the peanut butter is fully incorporated and you have a nice light tan color.
  2. From there, measure in the chia seeds and chocolate chips, then whisk again. Pour the mixture into your final bowl or jar for eating.
  3. Pop into the fridge for 20 minutes to an hour (if you can wait that long!) so that the chia seeds thicken up the fluff.
  4. When you’re ready to enjoy, I’d suggest pouring a few extra chips and drizzle a bit of peanut butter to make it extra satisfying.
  5. Snack your heart out!
Delicious Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Chia Fluff is a healthy snack with delicious probiotic benefits! #probioticsnack #healthydessert

It will feel like you're eating cake batter or something naughty, but it's oh-so-perfect and good for you!

I’m a firm believer in having small indulgences every day. This probiotic healthy snack is a great way to still get the luxurious satisfaction of peanut butter and chocolate, while watching your daily sugar intake.

If you’re already a fan of kefir and are looking for new ways of using it, try this out. If you’re a regular pb & chocolate lover like me, and want to feel good about enjoying it even more, you’ve gotta give this a try!

Delicious Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Chia Fluff is a healthy snack with probiotic benefits! #probioticsnack #healthydessert

Are you tempted or still unsure of kefir in a dessert-y snack? Comment below and let me know!

Here’s to more sneaky healthy ways of enjoying the perfect flavor marriage of peanut butter and chocolate… Cheers!