Kefir acai smoothie
Well hello there, it's been a while! I know, I know, I haven't been around here for quite some time now. But I did warn you that I was going to be travelling around New Zealand and that this space was going to be a bit quiet. I admit that perhaps it's been a bit quieter than I would have liked, especially given the fact that I've been back for nearly two whole weeks now. But what can I say, I was so taken by those two little South Pacific islands that I've needed longer than I thought to get back into the swing of life and work here in London. It's hard to come back to winter after three weeks of summer, sunshine and adventure! But I'll tell you more about our trip in separate blog posts, one focusing on the South Island and the other on the North Island, so keep an eye out for those.
I took the pictures for this recipe in January a week or two before our trip. It was one of those rare times when sunlight squeezes itself into our tiny apartment for just a few fleeting moments, so I had to act quick to catch those sparkly rays on camera. Doesn't the sunshine just perfectly complement the colour of this kefir acai smoothie? So, my serving suggestion is to garnish this tasty concoction with bee pollen and to enjoy it with a little side of sunshine, if at all possible!
Now onto the recipe - I've been on a bit of a kefir kick lately, as I was gifted some kefir granules for Christmas. For those of you that aren't familiar with kefir, it's a fermented milk drink that's made by adding some kefir grains to whole milk and letting it ferment at room temperature for about a day. When it's done, the kefir has the consistency of and taste of plain runny yogurt and makes a great and healthy addition to all kinds of things like smoothies and baked goods. For this smoothie, kefir gets blended up with frozen banana, blueberries, some acai powder or puree, hemp seeds and a touch of sweetener. It's fresh and light and is sure to brighten up your day. I hope you enjoy it!
Kefir acai smoothie
This smoothie is a great way to make use of kefir (a tasty fermented milk drink). Blend up all ingredients, top with bee pollen and enjoy with a few rays of sunshine!
- 2 cups | 500 mL kefir
- 1 frozen banana, chopped
- 1/2 cup | 75 g frozen blueberries
- 1-2 tsp acai powder or 100 g acai puree
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts (optional)
- 2 tsp bee pollen, to serve
Place kefir, banana, blueberries, acai powder or puree, honey or maple syrup and hemp hearts in a high speed blender or in the container of an immersion blender. Blend on high until completely smooth. Serve topped with some bee pollen sprinkled on top.