Today we have a very interesting recipe brought to you by our friend, Louise, who blogs over at Loula Natural. She has written an amazingly comprehensive book on kefir and kombucha called Culture Your Life.
Today, she shares a recipe from that book! This is a recipe I have read about in her book, but was a bit scared to try! They look kind of like dog treats but they are surprisingly delicious! My daughter loved the cinnamon sugar version and I loved the sugary chili version. Give it a go and make some SCOBY Snacks!!! I am serious…these are great!!
Making Kombucha is simple and cheap. The health benefits of consuming Kombucha are numerous.
So how come we are not as excited about consuming the SCOBY?
Have you even ever tasted your SCOBY? It tastes the same as the Kombucha you are drinking!
Here’s a surprise- my kids absolutely love them!
Sandor Katz first gave me the idea to make them into the snacks I am sharing with you today.
He prefers to rinse out his SCOBY’s but I think the tang of the Kombucha lends well to the other flavours and seems a shame to rinse it out. If you like chewing gum or hard fruit gums- these have a similar texture.
However you can also make them savoury and they become a vegan meat jerky equivalent! By dehydrating them like this recipe suggests, you are retaining the powerful probiotic benefits too. Plus if you make as much Kombucha as I do there are only so many SCOBY’s you can give away!
Featured in Culture Your Life
- Kombucha SCOBY (sliced with a ceramic knife into squares- you may want to pull them apart so that they are about 0.5cm thick)
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (ground)
- 1 tbs coconut sugar
- Mix the cinnamon and sugar together (taste).
- Pick up a square of SCOBY and dust both sides with the sugar and cinnamon
- Place on your dehydrator sheet
- Dehydrate at 100 degrees F for between 6-12 hours (you may want to turn them mid way)
- Store in an airtight container and they will last for ages- although if you are like my kids they will be gone in seconds!
- Marinade in coconut aminos (or soy sauce), garlic, ginger and coconut sugar for a teriyaki SCOBY snack
- Marinade in fresh apple and carrot juice before powdering with coconut sugar
- Mix with some tabasco or chili flakes and coconut sugar for a hot sweet and sour hit!
What do you think? Are you going to give it a try?
For more interesting fermented recipes, check out her book, Culture Your Life. It contains 45 recipes that will help improve your digestive health, boost your immune system, stimulate hormonal balance, increase energy and more!!