Sometimes food is more than food. That’s what I call kefir.
It’s cold and raining outside, and I perform one of my usual morning rituals. I throw together a cup of coconut kefir, a spoonful of cocoa powder, a few heaping spoonfuls of coconut flakes, a few cashews, a little stevia and stir it all together with a spoon. I place it in the fridge until my daughter Holli awakes. A little later, she wakes up and stumbles to the kitchen, makes a cup of her favorite tea, grabs the bowl of coconut kefir from the fridge, and off she goes. It’s her favorite way to have kefir, so I make it for her often. It’s not much harder than making a bowl of cereal, and it is Holli’s kefir of choice.
I have seen many people benefit from kefir, and this includes non-dairy kefir. So many people need a dairy-free version, so we created just about every kind of non-dairy kefir we could think of. The only one we tried and didn’t like was hemp milk. It came out with a really strong taste that was off-putting, so we didn’t include it.
Non-dairy kefir is usually thinner than regular kefir
Non-dairy kefir is usually thinner than regular kefir, so it separates into whey and curds since most non-dairy milks have a lot of water in them. Don’t worry, this is ok and doesn’t mean it’s over fermenting. This is just from the water content separating from whatever grains, seeds, or nuts you’re using. It’s still loaded with tons of probiotics and nutrients. When it separates, just shake it up before you use it.
Low in carbohydrates
Most non-dairy kefir milks are low in carbohydrates and don’t contain lactose, the main food source for the minions in (dairy) kefir. The microbes need some type of sugar to consume in order to generate lots of probiotics, so included in each non-dairy recipe is a small amount of sugar since there’s no lactose. No worries, you won’t get this sugar because the millions of microbes will consume the sugar and then make you billions of probiotics. Cool, right?
Here is a list of the non-dairy milk kefirs you can make. Some are on my main site and all of them are on my Biotic Pro membership site. We have a lot to choose from, so pick the ones that most interest you. Remember, nuts and seeds are prebiotics for your bacteria, so it makes it grow like crazy, which is a very good thing.
We also have a water kefir section which is dairy free too!
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16 Dairy-Free Milk Kefirs!
Cashews are ripe with proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starves tumors and stops cancer cells from dividing.Click to learn more
Coconut Kefir is my favorite of all the non-dairy kefirs. Coconuts have many healing properties and I love the taste!Click to learn more
Walnuts contain unique and powerful antioxidants that are available in only a few commonly eaten foods. These include the quinone juglone, the tannin tellimagrandin, and the flavonol morin. Walnuts contain rare antioxidants, help improve reproductive function in men, help with weight control, cancer, and they have heart protective qualities.Click to learn more
Oats are rich in a specific prebiotic fiber called beta-glucan. This particular type of fiber is known to help lower levels of bad cholesterol, feed the good bacteria, and make these good bacteria grow.Click to learn more
In a study done of 200,000 people from Savannah to Shanghai, those who ate peanuts on a regular basis were much less likely to have died of any cause — particularly heart disease — over those who rarely ate nuts.Click to learn more
I love the buttery taste of pine nuts. I also love how much magnesium they contain. One half cup provides nearly half of the daily recommended amount of magnesium. Almost everyone is deficient in this essential nutrient. Magnesium is used in 800 different chemical reactions in the body.Click to learn more
Hazelnuts are full of oil, but there’s no evidence they are fattening. Quite the contrary: people on nut-rich diets often show weight loss. Nuts stimulate your metabolism and make you burn more calories. It also gives you the “fullness factor,” so when you eat them, you feel satisfied.Click to learn more
Consuming one cup of cooked pumpkin would provide well over 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A. It would also include 20% of the daily value for vitamin C, 10% or more for vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese, at least 5% for thiamine, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.Click to learn more
Pistachios are one of the oldest nuts dating back to 6,000 BC. They are one of the few nuts that contain most of the nutrients that are required for all the requirements in the body. Pistachios contain only 160 calories per one ounce, which is much lower than other nuts such as cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and chestnuts.Click to learn more
Pecans may play a role in protecting the nervous system, according to a new animal study published in Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research. This study found that adding pecans to your diet may delay the progression of age-related motor neuron degeneration. This may include diseases like amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.Click to learn more
Sunflowers seeds are a great way to get your vitamin E. A one-quarter cup provides 82% of your daily needs of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and provides protection from free radical damage within the body and also reduces the bad cholesterol in your body.Click to learn more