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Kefir Pancakes with Cherry and Apricot Topping

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Kefir Pancakes Topped with Cherries and Apricots #KefirCreations

I remember the first time I tried Kefir. I was in a parking lot after just purchasing Lifeway Kefir. I bought it because I read about how good for your digestive health probiotics are and I was having some issues with my stomach. I took a swig and thought, “this tastes like a smoothie!” Then I read the bottle and it all made sense when they called it the “Champagne of Dairy.”

It also soothes my soul to know that there are no pesticides, antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones and that the cows are grass fed and GMO free.

Kefir Pancakes Topped with Cherries and Apricots #KefirCreations

Waking up in the middle of the night after finally being able to get to sleep is never a party. Last year, all I could do was toss and turn in my bed due to intense pain in my chest. After seeing multiple doctors who sent me to get stress tests and echo-cardiograms I finally figured out what my issue was: Acid Reflux.

Can you believe it? Not one doctor that I saw had mentioned this possibility to me. They all thought something was wrong with my heart and that I should have test after test done. I was fine, minus the reflux. I finally made an appointment to see a gastroenterologist all on my own, with no referral. I had an endoscopy and it was true. There was mild reflux. I was prescribed prilosec and I took it for almost a year while trying to wean myself off of it. I read tons of home remedies for reflux and tried them all. Probiotics and kefir were at the top of the list.

Kefir Pancakes Topped with Cherries and Apricots #KefirCreations

The 12 live & active cultures found in kefir are so beneficial to the health of the gut so I started drinking kefir and eating fermented foods in an effort to heal my stomach and lessen the acid reflux I was experiencing. Eventually, I was able to get off prilosec!

Kefir Pancakes Topped with Cherries and Apricots #KefirCreations

Kefir Pancakes Topped with Cherries and Apricots #KefirCreations

Because of my past issues, when #CollectiveBias had a shop for Lifeway Kefir, I immediately jumped at the chance to develop a recipe using the 32oz Low Fat Cultured Milk Smoothies. I created these Kefir Pancakes with Cherry and Apricot Topping as my contribution to #KefirCreations.

Kefir Pancakes Topped with Cherries and Apricots #KefirCreations

Since I try and start my morning with probiotics I decided to combine Kefir and my favorite breakfast food, whole wheat pancakes! It is cherry season so I’m fully stocked up on those little red gems and knew I’d love them on top of this fluffy short stack. I added an apricot to the mix since stone fruits go so well together. These pancakes are perfect for serving to someone you love while they are still cozy in bed, perhaps reading a book. They are really simple to whip together, I promise!

Kefir Pancakes Topped with Cherries and Apricots #KefirCreations


Kefir Pancakes Topped with Cherries and Apricots

These pancakes are made with white whole wheat flour and kefir for the probiotic benefits from the good-for-you bacteria. Lactobacilli and other bacterias are good for your digestive and gut health.

Yield: 6-8 pancakes

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Total Time: 45 min


for cherry apricot topping:
1 cup cherries, pitted and cut in half
1 apricot, sliced
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch

for pancakes:
1 cup white whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons unrefined sugar
2 tsps baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup kefir (I used Lifeway Kefir, Madagascar vanilla)
1 large egg
2 Tablespoons butter, melted


for cherry apricot topping:
In a small saucepan, combine cherries, apricots,  water and arrowroot starch or cornstarch. Heat on medium heat until water turns a bit thicker and becomings filled with cherry and apricot juice.  It will look like a thick syrup. Set aside until pancakes are ready to serve.

for pancakes:
Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Whisk in the kefir and egg. While whisking drizzle the melted butter into the batter and mix until butter is completely incorporated. Be careful not to over mix, some lumps are okay.

Place 1/4 cup pancake batter on top of the griddle to form each pancake. It may help to use a spoon to remove batter from cup.

Once bubbles form, flip with a pancake turner or spatula. Continue until all of the batter is gone.

Top pancakes with cherry apricot topping and serve.

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18 Responses to “Kefir Pancakes with Cherry and Apricot Topping”

  1. #
    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — July 15, 2014 at 9:03 am

    YUM, these pancakes look delicious! I want the whole plate for breakfast right now! 🙂

  2. #
    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — July 15, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I’m not generally a breakfast person, but I could take a stack of these down easy!

  3. #
    christine — July 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

    What a great use of Kefir. I have only been using it for a short time and only in smoothies. Great idea.

  4. #
    Christine at Cook the Story — July 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

    What an awesome way to use Kefir!

  5. #
    Ginny McMeans — July 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    What a great way to get your probiotics! Looks delicious!

  6. #
    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — July 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Excellent use of kefir! The pancakes look fantastic!

  7. #
    The Food Hunter — July 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve never had kefir

  8. #
    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — July 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    These pancakes look wonderful, and that topping is killin me! Looks so so good!

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    Susan — July 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Ooh acid reflux is the worst! I’ve only had kefir frozen before but I’ve been curious about picking it up and using it at home. These pancakes look awesome and how can you say no to that topping?

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — July 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I’ve never had Kefit but I’d definitely give it a whirl in these pancakes! I have a friend with horrible acid reflux so I’m definitely going to recommend she try this! It never hurts! 🙂

    • Samantha Seeley replied on — July 15th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      You can also recommend drinking a shrub (fruit syrup with vinegar) the vinegar is really good for digestion too and totally helped my reflux. I also drink Kombucha for the probiotics.

  11. #
    whiness — July 16, 2014 at 4:45 am

    It looks so delicious! I’m devinitely a pancake lover and just can’t wait to make these ones 🙂

  12. #
    Yum Girl — July 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    We love your Kefir Pancake recipe over here at Yum Goggle and would love for you to submit your fantastic photos to our site! Our policy is that if you take the time to bake and photograph something, we should feature it!

  13. #
    Angie — July 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

    These pancakes look so good! I love the cherry and apricot topping, so good!

  14. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Those pancakes, I want them! The topping is wonderful!

  15. #
    Emily — July 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Kefir pancakes sound amazing!! pinned ;o)

  16. #
    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — July 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    These pancakes looks so beautiful! I can’t even imagine what its like to have to go for test after test just to be diagnosed with acid reflux. I’ve never tried kefir, but I’m glad you found it and so happy you made these pancakes with it. Yea… I’m a sucker for pancakes and cherries.


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