Milk Kefir Recipes

Milk Kefir – Let’s do flavours!!

Unlike store bought options that lack in real flavour and are usually packed full of sugar, thickeners plus other ingredients, these homemade versions will give you full control over what you add.

We like to add flavours right away after the first fermentation, by blending in fruit or vegetables or other ingredients to make one of our favourite smoothies. The first fermentation is done when your milk kefir grains are added to milk and cultured for approx 24 hours. Once you strain out your kefir grains with a plastic strainer and pour the kefir into a jar the milk kefir is then ready to consume as is OR add some of the flavours listed below:

Raspberry & Apple Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1L milk kefir
  • 2 apples (we prefer granny smith)
  • 120g frozen raspberries
  • 5 tbsp porridge oats
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or enjoy immediately.

Blueberry Milk Kefir:

  • 1L milk kefir
  • 5 tbsp. fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2-3 tbsp. brown sugar, or sweetener of choice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or enjoy immediately.

Strawberry Milk Kefir:

  • 1L milk kefir
  • 5 tbsp. fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2-3 tbsp. brown sugar, or sweetener of choice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or enjoy immediately.

Strawberry-Banana:

  • 1L milk kefir
  • 5 tbsp. fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or enjoy immediately.

Peanut Butter-Banana:

  • 1L milk kefir
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or enjoy immediately.

Peachy-Ginger:

  • 1L milk kefir
  • 1 fresh peach
  • A pinch of dried ginger powder or slice of fresh ginger

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or enjoy immediately.

Green Super-food Smoothie:

  • 1L milk kefir
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 apple
  • 3/4 avacado
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 handful kale
  • 1 small handful cilantro or parsley

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or enjoy immediately.

Chocolate Banana:

  • 1L milk kefir
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 80-100g cacao powder (adjust to your liking)
  • 1 ripe banana, preferably frozen

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or enjoy immediately.

NOTE:  By flavouring kefir as outlined above, you can avoid contaminating your kefir grains. In particular ingredients like ginger can significantly affect your grains.

These recipes should only serve as a guide and are a reflection of what works for us. Feel free to adjust the quantity of ingredients used until they reache the desired taste! After a while you are likely to find your own way and methods which is the beauty (and fun!) of working with live cultures.

TIP: Add an additional 50ml water or extra milk if you find the mixture is too thick for your liking!

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