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Blueberry Kefir Chia Pudding

May 6, 2014

This Blueberry Kefir Chia Pudding combines two heart-healthy ingredients, kefir and chia seeds to make a delicious and flavorful dessert or snack recipe! 

I like to think that I know a lot about health foods and trends. I can tell you about the difference between chia, hemp and flax seeds, inform you on lemon water, and tell you how to pronounce quinoa. BUT that doesn’t mean that I am always learning! I was recently chatting with my friend Lee and she casually brought up kefir. I had no idea what it was but in classic Davida fashion, set out to learn everything there was to know about this new-to-me food.

What is kefir?

Kefir is basically a drinkable yogurt. It is a fermented drink, traditionally made using cow’s or goat’s milk. It contains a wide range of probiotic strains that are beneficial for gut health.

You can actually make kefir at home but I have yet to tackle that project. Find it at your local health foods store in the refrigerator section.

You can drink kefir on it’s own, swap out your liquid in smoothies for kefir and/or use kefir as the liquid in chia pudding. I’m excited to keep experimenting with this ingredient!

Blueberry Kefir Chia Pudding

Ingredients in Blueberry Kefir Chia Pudding

  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Kefir
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Chia seeds
  • Toppings of choice: coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chocolate chips etc…

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How to Make Kefir Chia Pudding

Start by blending the blueberries and kefir in a blender until well combined. Mix the blueberry/kefir mix with the almond milk and chia seeds in an airtight container. I love using major jars! Refrigerate for at least 6 hours (or overnight), add your toppings and enjoy!

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Blueberry Kefir Chia Pudding

  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3.5 T chia seeds
  • Toppings of choice: coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chocolate chips etc…

Instructions

  1. Add blueberries and kefir to a blender and blend until well combined.
  2. Add in large container combine blended blueberries with almond milk and chia seeds.
  3. Place in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
  4. Add toppings of choice and serve cold.

Blueberry Kefir Chia Pudding -combine two heart-healthy ingredients, kefir and chia seeds to make this delicious and flavorful dessert or snack recipe!

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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    May 6, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Your menopause buddy cannot stop raving about kefir because Dr.Oz praised it once…and finding it in australia is MIA.

    6 hours and 5 minutes? Maven status right there.

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    Lauren
    May 6, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I have been meaning to try kefir for ages but me and dairy are not good friends. Me and dairy are not the best of friends but my sister raves about it. She said it doesn’t matter if you can’t tolerate dairy very well as the probiotics in it balance it out… Do not know how much truth there is in that… I have seen you can get coconut kefir though, although I cannot find it anywhere in Landan town!

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      Komal
      May 31, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Kefir is over 99% lactose free. The good bacteria and yeast eat up the lactose.

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    May 6, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I have heard of Kefir, knew what it was and I believe they always promote it for the digestion-related qualities but never tried it. Are you telling me I should, because then I will lol….I tend to know a lot about food like you but I rarely chime into diet and food conversations because I can’t stand most people not really know what they are saying and I have little interest in correcting them or guiding them. May sound mean I know but it is easier for me to stay out of it than try to convince people they are wrong most of the time lol.

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    Cat
    May 6, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Haha I think I would have to class myself as a food know-it-all! If I haven’t heard of it, I’m on google in a flash. That said, kefir is a new one for me recently, and I’ve started brewing my own… but it’s freaking me out a bit. I think if I threw some in a pudding like this I’d be able to enjoy it without squirming though!

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    Joanne
    May 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Look at you, learning something new every day!! I’ve actually heard of kefir but have never had it. So, that’s a problem. Must.Fix.ASAP. I so want to lick this pudding bowl clean.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    May 6, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Ya, I think I definitely fall into the food know-it-all category. Although I’ve heard of kefir I’ve never actually tried it!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    May 6, 2014 at 8:26 am

    If you can get a masters degree in food knowledge, sign me up!!! Kefir is a little too tangy for my taste.

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    Lucie@FitSwissChick
    May 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I love Kefir and it’s been wayyyy too long since I had it – not to mention I never thought about putting it into a smoothie.
    Thank you my genius Maven-girl.
    PS. Gramatik is on my iPod forever – I downloaded ALL the albums because of you. Your next playlist is printed – need to start downloading again.

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    May 6, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Kefir eh? Would that be in the yogurt aisle or…. um…. I’m intrigued so I feel like I need to buy some. Help me!! Also–love the teal/green/purple-y-ness of these photos. SPRINGGGGGGGG.

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    Britt@MyOwnBalance
    May 6, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I am far from a food know-it-all! I depend on blogs like yours to inform me! I have heard of kefir but to be honest, it kind of freaks me out. Something about drinkable yogurt makes me want to gag a little. Not sure why since I regularly put yogurt in my smoothies…

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    Lee
    May 6, 2014 at 10:01 am

    That 50mm is doing wonders for your photosssss!!!! Hoorah for keef keef! What flavors do they have up north in Canada? My fav is the cherry or strawbs here in the south.

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    christina
    May 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

    somehow i’ve never tried kefir but i always stare at it at whole foods like i’m going to buy it. it’s really fun to say too.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    May 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

    confession time – you are not alone trying to be know it all…i do that all the time, sometimes even at restaurants when they have exotic menus. kefir is something i keep seeing on the internet and stores but havent tried it myself..need to change that.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    May 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Yes and Yes :mrgreen: My mom’s actually been making her own kefir at home for -years- now, so I know all about the magic drink. I tend to avoid her version because the fermentation process kin of skeeves me out, but I do love the store-bought kind. Never tried it in puddings or smoothies though!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    May 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I’ve never tried kefir before but this chia pudding is making me want to try it out! This looks very flavorful and delicious!

    I’m definitely not a food know-it-all! lol

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    May 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

    What an awesome recipe! I’ve not heard of Kiefer, but I have heard of drinkable yogurt. I want a master degree in food too! Where do we sign up? Or maybe we need to start our own program!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    May 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I’d never heard of kefir either. Learn something new everyday. 🙂 This looks delicious!!

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    Mary Frances
    May 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    What? I don’t know what you are talking about … know it alls, what is that? Just kidding 🙂 I’ve tried kefir because it is supposed to help digestive issues (??) but yeah, its pretty new to me too! What a great use of it! This is one gorgeous dessert … or breakfast, because I take dessert for breakfast.

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    Kim
    May 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I’m the opposite of a food know-it all – food idiot would better describe me. So, nope, I haven’t tried kefir. The pudding looks really good though.

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    Amanda
    May 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I have yet to try Kefir but one of my co-worker raves about it. I think she makes her own actually…?

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    Selena @ thenutritiouskitchen.com
    May 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Oooo I have never tried kefir before! And you are giving me a great excuse to get some on my next market run! And confession: I def didn’t know what kefir was until like a month ago? There’s always so many new health fads popping up, it can be hard to stay up to date! Pinning this kefir deliciousness for sure!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    May 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    You know I’m a big lover of kefir! It seriously does magical things for my digestive system.

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    Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers
    May 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve heard of and seen it, but I’ve never tried it. I generally prefer to eat my food. 😉

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    May 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Okeeee wait. I’ve never tried kefir. Can we still be besties?!! I already know the answer to that. Regardless, I want to faceplant into this beautiful blueberry concoction!!!

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    Emily
    May 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I haven’t tried kefir yet. And I like knowing everything as well. I’ll fake it then look it up later on the sly. My husband, on the other hand, is never afraid to ask any question of anyone. Sometimes he’ll ask me something random while he’s sitting at his computer, and that’s the only time I’m like, “you’re right there! Just google it!”

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    May 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hehehe you are too funny… I am so with you, if you find a Masters program for foodies, please let me know!!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    May 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

    hehehe, I’m totally the same way about food knowledge! I did know what kefir was, but I think you have me beat on the distinctions/benefits of chia vs flax vs. hemp 😉 I love the tanginess of kefir though, so I know this pudding must be awesome!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    May 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve sorta known what kefir is, but I’ve always been intimidated to try it. I don’t know why though, because I’m obviously a yogurt freak. I’m drooling over this chia pudding already, so I’d probably be a fan!!

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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    May 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve yet to try kefir, but I hear all sorts of delicious things, including that it pairs incredibly well with granola.

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    Cassie
    May 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Can you believe I’ve never had kefir? But my grandparents have because they are trendier than me. I’m just scared of it I think. Same with miso. But I loveeeee chia pudding so maybe I need to buy a bottle!

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    Francesca
    May 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Love frozen kefir! Great recipe 🙂

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    Buying Chia Seeds
    May 30, 2014 at 12:57 am

    whoa, thanks very much for posting this! It is going to help when I buy Chia Seeds at the grocery store! Awesome!

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    Makenzie
    August 6, 2015 at 10:57 am

    If you aren’t familiar with Kombucha…you need to look into that gut-friendly drink also. I actually prefer it over kefir!

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    Billy
    July 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    This looks so great. I love the idea of chia pudding – I’ve had it before but never with kefir, so I think that is something i’m definitely going to try and get my hands on. Rather, make with my own bare hands! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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    karen wylie
    June 17, 2019 at 6:41 am

    I have been making my own Kefir for over a year now and have just discovered the delights of chia. I had some soaking in milk overnight and decided I’d try adding them to some Kefir and blueberries in a kind of smoothie. Then thought I’d look to see if that was a thing or if I’d just invented it haha. It’s definitely more of a pudding than a smoothie. I love how chia works and I’m annoyed I’ve only found out now but better late than never. I’m looking forward with interest to check out what other interesting things I can find in your blog. If I missed out on chia this long, what else am I missing…..

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