Last week I shared with you a simple recipe for making your own homemade kefir which I have been doing for many years. Plain kefir can get rather boring however, and over time I have utilized many different ingredients to help make it more flavorful. Although it is sometimes nice to keep the ingredients simple, I equally enjoy making it a bit more exciting. This Sweet Potato Kefir recipe is hands-down my most favorite of the bunch and despite the fact that I have indulged many times over, I still manage to gulp it down quicker than I’d like to admit!
Although a blended fruit kefir is a great option in theory, fruit is not recommended to eat with kefir since mixing dairy with fruit is one of the main improper food combinations and will undoubtably wreak havoc on your digestion, especially when indulged on regularly. With this in mind, I was on a mission to find a replacement that was equally as sweet and delicious, and I must say that this recipe takes the cake!
This Sweet Potato Kefir recipe will give you a powerful boost of energizing, Ojas-increasing nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and B’s, antioxidants, probiotics, fiber, calcium, protein, and omega 3’s. The cinnamon and ginger add some additional flavor, giving it a bit of a spicy kick and reducing the heaviness of the other ingredients. A small amount of honey is included to increase the natural sweetness of the sweet potato and kefir, making it seem more of a dessert than the nourishing healthy beverage that it is.
Sweet Potato and Flax Seed Kefir Recipe
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- Doshic effect: Vata↓, Pitta↓, Kapha↑*
- Makes: 4 cups
- Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes
- Steam Time: 15 to 20 minutes
- Blend Time: 5 minutes
- Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
*See doshic variations at the bottom of the page to make this dish more Kapha-friendly!
- Knife and cutting board
- Medium sauce pan and steam basket
- High speed blender
- 3 cups homemade Kefir
- 1 medium sweet potato, chopped into small cubes
- 2 to 4 tablespoons freshly ground flax seed*
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon**
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
*If a high speed commercial blender is being used (i.e. Vitamix or Blendtec), the flax seed can remain whole. Otherwise they should be ground-up separately (using a spice grinder or blender) directly before making this recipe.
**The cinnamon can be replaced with 1 teaspoon of plain cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of our Ayurvedic Breakfast Spices for more flavor and health benefits!
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Steaming the Sweet Potato
1. Chop up the sweet potato into small cubes. Keep the skins on to preserve all of the nutrients.
2. In a medium sauce pan add an inch or two of water and then place the steam basket in the pan. Add the sweet potatoes into the steam basket and cover with a lid. Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is completely soft and steamed all the way through.
3. Allow a bit of time for the sweet potato to cool before adding them to the blender, as the heat may kill the vital probiotics in the kefir.
Blending the Kefir Drink
1. Place the kefir, steamed sweet potato (after cooling), freshly ground flax seed, honey (optional), and spices into a high speed blender.
2. Blend these ingredients on high for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the strength of the blender. Ideally you should have a finished result of a smooth and creamy beverage. If chunks of sweet potato remain, keep blending!
3. Enjoy a cup after meals as a healthy desert or between meals as an energizing snack!
Optional Doshic Variations
Vata types should drink this at room temperature or slightly warmer to avoid increasing the coldness of Vata. Other warming, grounding spices can be added as well such as extra cinnamon, fresh ginger, Ayurvedic Breakfast Spices, or nutmeg. Since flax seeds can be overly drying for Vata, 1 to 2 tablespoons should be added rather than the 2 to 4 tablespoons recommended.
This recipe is overall very sweet and cooling for Pitta types. However the cinnamon may be needed to be used sparingly (1/2 to 1 teaspoon) and grated fresh ginger should be used over the dry powder. Cardamom powder (1/4 teaspoon) can be added for a cooling spice if desired. The honey should be replaced with either maple syrup or pitted dates.
This recipe is overall Kapha-increasing due to the cool, heavy, and sticky nature of the ingredients. To make this a bit more Kapha-friendly, one can use a non-dairy homemade Kefir alternative such as almond milk or hemp milk kefir. They can further reduce the amount of kefir to 2 cups and replace the remaining amount with 1 cup of water. The spices can be doubled and more digestive spices can be added such as Ayurvedic Breakfast Spices (1/2 teaspoon) or turmeric (1/8 teaspoon) and/or clove powder (pinch).
Your recipe looks great but I am confused. You say on your site, I quote:
Never take kefir with fruit as this is considered an Improper Food Combination and will lead to further digestive issues and toxic accumulation in the GI tract.
But you are suggesting dates in the recipe for PITA (which I am).
Hi Maria! Thank you for this great question. Yes, this is a confusing topic. However, it has been taught to me by multiple teachers that both dates and raisins are acceptable to blend with other foods, even dairy. There is no specific explanation that I am aware of, but certain foods and herbs sometimes have unique and special actions that cannot be explained through logic.
Ayurveda refers to this as “prabav”.
With this being said however, if you do decide to use dates and this does not agree with your digestion, then I would use the maple syrup over the dates. I personally have used dates in various milk, kefir, and yogurt recipes with no ill effects, but since we are all different, it is important that you listen to your body.
I hope this helps. Thank you again for shedding light on this question that many others may also have. Be well my friend!
Thanks for your quick reply.
I have only just started looking at eating more Ayurvedic so I am (perhaps) over-analysing matters 😉
Anyway, good to know about dates and raisins as I like both very much !
Yes, I was excited to learn of this exception too! Especially when it comes to my oatmeals and porridges:) And don’t worry, Ayurveda has many rules to learn so it is essential to ask questions and analyze. It can definitely get confusing otherwise. Feel free to contact me anytime if any more questions come up!