One of the blessings of springtime and the lush grass pastures on the homestead, after the does have birthed their kids, is a bountiful supply of rich goat’s milk that can be made into thick, creamy chevre. But really, you can make Chevre Bites any time of the year if you have a source of store-bought chevre logs such as Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods-type grocery near you.
How Healthy is Goat’s Milk?
Goat’s milk contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids that are utilized by your body with ease. It may also help with inflammation, unlike most dairy. In fact, your body can digest goat’s milk in just 20 minutes. It takes 2-3 hours to digest cow’s milk.
Below are some of the health benefits attributed to raw goat milk consumption:
Goat’s milk is less allergenic – It does not contain the complex protein that stimulate allergic reactions to cow’s milk.)
Goat’s milk does not suppress the immune system.
Goat’s milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk (An old statistic showed that goat’s milk will digest in a baby’s stomach in twenty minutes, whereas pasteurized cow’s milk takes eight hours. The difference is in the structure of the milk.)
Goat’s milk has more buffering capacity than over the counter antacids. (The USDA and Prairie View A&M University in Texas have confirmed that goat’s milk has more acid-buffering capacity than cow’s milk, soy infant formula, and nonprescription antacid drugs.)
Goat’s milk alkalinizes the digestive system.
Pg. 148 – “The Maker’s Diet” by Jordan Rubin
Goat’s milk contains twice the healthful medium-chain fatty acids, such as capric and caprylic acids, which are highly antimicrobial. (They actually killed the bacteria used to test for the presence of antibiotics in cow’s milk!)
Goat’s milk does not produce mucus; it does not stimulate a defense response from the human immune system.
Goat’s milk is a rich source of the trace mineral selenium, a necessary nutrient, however, for its immune modulation and antioxidant properties.
Pg 149 – “The Maker’s Diet“
We are blessed to live close enough to a small family homestead where we have a goat share, so that is what we use in spring and summer. The rest of the year I buy Trader Joe’s ‘Silver Goat’ chevre logs (below left). We love helping a small family farmer maintain the diverse rural lifestyle they love and that our country needs more of, plus we get an excellent product.
Hands down, my favorite mid-day power snack is goat chevre, and I am guilty of eating more than my fair share of this wonderful food. Mixed with a bit of *truly raw honey and loads of healing cinnamon, I feel I can totally enjoy my snack without all the guilty feelings. It is also amazing mixed with fresh or dried herbs spread on a baguette.
Today, I decided to get a little more creative. It took about 10 minutes plus toasting the almonds.
Goat Chevre Bites Recipe
- 10-12 oz. of chilled goat cheese aka ‘chevre’ (or TJ’s chevre log) (keep chilled to prevent sticking to your hands)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped a bit finer with a knife
- 1/2 cup lightly toasted almonds (also pecans go nicely)
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar)
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt (optional, it adds minerals and just makes it taste even richer)
1. Mix dried cranberries and toasted almonds and spread them out on a plate.
2. Mix sea salt and cinnamon into the chevre and incorporate thoroughly.
3. Form little 3/4 to 1″ balls of chevre by rolling firmly in the palm of your hand. Press/roll them in your cranberry/nut mixture, and that’s it!
You can put them into some pretty little paper baking liners to serve these melt-in-your-mouth wonders in.
Makes 18-20 depending on how big you roll them.
“And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.” ~Proverbs 27: 27
*Some honey is not truly raw, because it has been highly heated after coming onto the country from China. It has no pollen and may even be mostly high fructose corn syrup. Raw honey is thick and looks like this one. Know your source!
I purchase my cinnamon in bulk at the Bulk Herb Store.
Thanks for reading!