If you follow a dairy-free lifestyle, for whatever reason, you must get on the coconut kefir bandwagon!
Strange but true, you can make a dairy free version of kefir. If you’re not familiar with kefir, it has a yummy tangy sour quality that’s similar to yogurt. Generally people who have stopped eating dairy agree that the one thing that they really miss is yogurt, and you can use your water kefir grains to make a delicious yogurty drink or you can thicken it to make yogurt using arrowroot/tapioca starch, guar gum, or xanthum gum… but I’ll leave that to another post.
It took me a while to track down a good source for vegan kefir grains in Canada, but Upaya Naturals is now offering them which is just perfect. This is a great site anyway, so check it out! In the US, the Kefir Lady is your go-to. She’ll take good care of you.
Not only is the kefir great for your tummy flora, it’s delicious to drink on its own but even better, it’s the perfect ingredient to use to make coconut cream cheese… and thus, amazing coconut cheesecake! Check out my blog post for Raw Vegan Key Lime Coconut Kefir Cheesecake. I’ll be adding more coconut cheesecake recipes using coconut kefir as I make them.
Coconut Kefir Recipe
- Vegan Water Kefir Grains
- 400 mL of raw coconut milk or 1 can coconut milk (canned coconut milk is not actually raw)
- 2 to 4 tbsp of coconut sugar or maple syrup
- Add ingredients into a glass jar.
- Cover with some sort of cloth like cheese cloth or I actually use my nut milk bag. Secure the bag with an elastic band. Place in a warm place. I like to put it on top of my fridge since the fridge puts out some heat. You want to keep it warm so that the good bacteria can grow.
- Let it sit for 1 to 5 days. The longer you let it sit, the more tangy the liquid will become. To make make cheesecake, I find 4 days is great.
- Once you get the flavour you’re looking for, strain out the kefir grains, secure with a regular lid and keep in the fridge.
- If you’re not making another batch of coconut kefir straight away, rinse your grains and let them dry out until you plan to use them again.