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Eight Kefir Ice Creams!

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Lemon Kefir IC

I am pretty sure that owning a frozen ice cream machine has solved 90% of all my problems.

I’m always looking for ways to enjoy my kefir.  I make mine with stevia, and kefir ice cream can be enjoyed anytime – even for breakfast! This is made with kefir and lemons. It is creamy, light, and tart. You can top it with any kind of fruit, but strawberries and blackberries are divine, and I added a few leaves of basil too.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker that sits on the counter, they are a great investment. It will make ice cream in 20-30 minutes. You can pick them up just about anywhere now. All you do is put all the ingredients in a blender, blend, then pour the contents into the ice cream maker. Since I make a lot of kefir ice cream, I indulged in an ice cream maker with a compressor, and now I never have to freeze a bowl. I can just place it in this fancy freezer, turn it on, and have ice cream in 30 to 40 minutes.

My recipes tend to be very simple because I don’t have any more time than the rest of you. Make your own probiotic desserts that you know will be a healthy treat and contain none of the artificial ingredients. Your kids will thank you and beg you to make them more often. My little Holli got up one morning and said, “Mom, I think I really need some of that kefir ice cream because you know it’s good for me.” You know you have hit the jackpot when your kids want your probiotic foods because they’re healthy for them and taste so good. They will remember this for a lifetime. I’m counting on it.

strawberryWhen we were on vacation a few years ago, my older kids found a frozen yogurt store and wanted to stop for a treat. We walked in, and on the wall it said, “Seven Live Active Cultures.” My kids looked at each other and said, “Whatever. Kefir has at least 30 to 56 active cultures.” It made me so proud that they knew that, even though I have drilled it into their brains for the past decade.

Cultured foods are the best and most profound foods to consume. Kefir is what I call fast food because I can throw it in a blender and make a smoothie and also make it into ice cream on a hot summer day. I have to admit I have been having a lot of kefir ice cream these days. It’s easy and really filling, and it makes me feel like I just had a treat. I usually have a bowl of kefir ice cream for lunch with a cup of chai tea. It is a ritual that I enjoy on many days of the week, and it only takes about 5 minutes to make a smoothie and 30 to 40 minutes to freeze, and then I save the leftover for the next day.  I have a lot of kefir ice cream recipes below for you to check out and many more that I need to publish. I think it’s a fun way to have kefir, especially in the summertime!

After making this ice cream my daughter asked me if I could make her some strawberry kefir ice cream, so I made that too, which she claims is now her very favorite. See recipes below.

If what you eat is healthy, you will be too!


Check out eight different ways to have kefir ice cream! 

Lemon Kefir Ice Cream
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I make this sugar free, but you can add any kind of sweetener you'd like.~Donna
Ingredients
  • 1 1/3Cup KefirSecond Fermented with Lemon
  • 1Cup Kefir Cheese
  • 1.5Cup Almond Milk(You can substitute coconut milk or regular milk)
  • 1 lemon( juice and zest)
  • 1tsp lemon extract
  • 2leaves basilFresh
  • 1/4cup Stevia*See note below
Servings: People
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Instructions
Ice Cream
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend for about 1 minute.
    Lemon Kefir Ice Cream
    Place all ingredients in the blender and blend for about 1 minute.
    Lemon Kefir Ice Cream
  2. Taste and see if it's to your liking. You can always add more of your favorite sweetener till it tastes as you like.
    Taste and see if it's to your liking. You can always add more of your favorite sweetener till it tastes as you like.
  3. Pour into ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.
    Pour into ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.
Topping
  1. I like to warm up a couple tablespoons of all fruit jam and pour over the top. Dried fruit works well, too, and so does freshly grated lemon zest.
    I like to warm up a couple tablespoons of all fruit jam and pour over the top. Dried fruit works well, too, and so does freshly grated lemon zest.
Recipe Notes

I use stevia. I like to use different versions together - such as a liquid and powdered version of stevia. When used together they seem to work better. For a regular sweetener, honey, sucanat, or coconut sugar are good choices. Add more or less than 1/4 cup depending on how sweet you like it. Taste it as you are adding the sweetener to see if you need to add more or less.

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24 Responses to "Eight Kefir Ice Creams!"
  1. I made a Roasted Banana Peanut Butter kefir ice cream for my husbands birthday. It was seriously rich and delicious! Kefir and kefir cheese make out of this world ice cream!

  2. Donna, will you please share the details of the name brand and amounts of each of the liquid and dry Stevia combo you prefer. I’ve never liked the results I’ve gotten when using Stevia but I think you must be on to something I don’t know about it. I love everything else you recommend. Would love to try your version of the stevia you use. Thank you.

  3. I haven’t ever tried Keifer. Is there a store brand that I can “try” before I make a batch? Thanks for your help!
    Laura D.

  4. Hi Donna! I am getting ready to try the icecream today. Could you please tell me what you use for an icecream maker?Also please let me know what colors you have in your kitchen. I design aprons, and would like to make one for you. Thanks!! Have a great week!God bless!

  5. Hi Donna,
    Just wondering do you use the packets of stevia/erythritol or just plain stevia?
    Thanks for your help!

  6. Hi Donna,

    I don’t have an ice cream maker but I do have a vitamix. Could I make these ice creams recipes using it?

  7. Hi Donna! These all sound so wonderful!! I cannot wait to start making them and trying all the flavors. Would you explain to me exactly what changes happen to pasteurized milk when you culture it into kefir? I was also wondering if cultured veggies remove pesticides in our bodies in general, or is it just from the veggies themselves? Thank you so much. I appreciate you, as well as all of this information so much. Sheila

    • It increases the vitamins and minerals and loads in with enzymes and probiotics. Completely changes the structure of the milk and makes it a much healthier choice.

  8. I’ve been experimenting with Stevia-sweetened ice creams, as I can no longer have sugar or any of the other alternatives. Each time, once it is frozen the ice cream shatters when I try to spoon it out (even when it’s been let stand a while.) It seems very brittle…any suggestions, please?

    • I leave it in the refrigerator overnight or for several hours and it turns back into creamy ice cream. Just watch it till its the perfect texture again.

  9. This looks delicious! I would love to have Kefir grains again. I no longer have a source for raw milk though, so I’m not sure how good the Kefir would be for me using pasteurized milk. I don’t like what pasteurized milk does to my body so I no longer drink it. From time to time I will have almond milk, but it is very rare. Suggestions? Also, do you ever come to the Overland Park or Olathe area for a class? Thanks!!

  10. I have read that probiotics are very inactive at low temperatures. Is there any proof that they would reactivate once inside the body? (Sorry for the bold caps. I can’t seem to change it.)

    • They do become more inactive in colder temperatures, but if you eat this ice cream right away it doesn’t get to those super cold temperatures that makes it become less active.

24 Responses to "Eight Kefir Ice Creams!"
  1. I made a Roasted Banana Peanut Butter kefir ice cream for my husbands birthday. It was seriously rich and delicious! Kefir and kefir cheese make out of this world ice cream!

  2. Donna, will you please share the details of the name brand and amounts of each of the liquid and dry Stevia combo you prefer. I’ve never liked the results I’ve gotten when using Stevia but I think you must be on to something I don’t know about it. I love everything else you recommend. Would love to try your version of the stevia you use. Thank you.

  3. I haven’t ever tried Keifer. Is there a store brand that I can “try” before I make a batch? Thanks for your help!
    Laura D.

  4. Hi Donna! I am getting ready to try the icecream today. Could you please tell me what you use for an icecream maker?Also please let me know what colors you have in your kitchen. I design aprons, and would like to make one for you. Thanks!! Have a great week!God bless!

  5. Hi Donna,
    Just wondering do you use the packets of stevia/erythritol or just plain stevia?
    Thanks for your help!

  6. Hi Donna,

    I don’t have an ice cream maker but I do have a vitamix. Could I make these ice creams recipes using it?

  7. Hi Donna! These all sound so wonderful!! I cannot wait to start making them and trying all the flavors. Would you explain to me exactly what changes happen to pasteurized milk when you culture it into kefir? I was also wondering if cultured veggies remove pesticides in our bodies in general, or is it just from the veggies themselves? Thank you so much. I appreciate you, as well as all of this information so much. Sheila

    • It increases the vitamins and minerals and loads in with enzymes and probiotics. Completely changes the structure of the milk and makes it a much healthier choice.

  8. I’ve been experimenting with Stevia-sweetened ice creams, as I can no longer have sugar or any of the other alternatives. Each time, once it is frozen the ice cream shatters when I try to spoon it out (even when it’s been let stand a while.) It seems very brittle…any suggestions, please?

    • I leave it in the refrigerator overnight or for several hours and it turns back into creamy ice cream. Just watch it till its the perfect texture again.

  9. This looks delicious! I would love to have Kefir grains again. I no longer have a source for raw milk though, so I’m not sure how good the Kefir would be for me using pasteurized milk. I don’t like what pasteurized milk does to my body so I no longer drink it. From time to time I will have almond milk, but it is very rare. Suggestions? Also, do you ever come to the Overland Park or Olathe area for a class? Thanks!!

  10. I have read that probiotics are very inactive at low temperatures. Is there any proof that they would reactivate once inside the body? (Sorry for the bold caps. I can’t seem to change it.)

    • They do become more inactive in colder temperatures, but if you eat this ice cream right away it doesn’t get to those super cold temperatures that makes it become less active.

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