Probiotic PB & Chocolate Chip Chia Fluff
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.
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.
- ¾ C. kefir
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
- 6 drops stevia extract OR about 1 tsp. Agave
- Handful of chocolate chips
- 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.
- From there, measure in the chia seeds and chocolate chips, then whisk again. Pour the mixture into your final bowl or jar for eating.
- 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.
- 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.
- Snack your heart out!
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!
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!