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 kinds of milk 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 kinds of milk 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 kefir you can make. 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.
Water Kefir Recipes
Water kefir grains, or we call them kefir crystals, are unlike milk kefir grains as they thrive on sugars and not lactose.The special probiotic yeasts and beneficial bacteria in the water kefir crystals consume the sugar in the sugar water, and they produce probiotics, new enzymes, vitamins, and help repopulate your gut flora. They are dairy free and gluten free despite being called "grains." They look slightly different from milk kefir grains and are translucent. Milk kefir grains, on the other hand, are white. This is a great replacement for soda and contains probiotics too!
16 Dairy-Free Milk Kefirs!
Almonds provide protection against insulin and blood sugar issues and are loaded with magnesium. Magnesium is used by over 300 properties in the body.
Thick Like Yogurt — Nut Kefir
This yogurt uses a special type of nut milk made from cashews and almonds that has protein (pea protein) added to it. This results in a thick curd just like Greek yogurt. The taste is to die for and you'll love the thick curd as you scoop out every delicious bite. Check out the special milk that creates this yummy yogurt.
Cashews are ripe with proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starves tumors and stops cancer cells from dividing.
Coconut Kefir is my favorite of all the non-dairy kefirs. Coconuts have many healing properties and I love the taste!
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.
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.
In a study done with 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.
Pine Nut Kefir
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.
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.
Pumpkin Seed Kefir
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.
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.
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.
Sunflower Seed Kefir
Sunflower seeds are a great way to get your vitamin E. A one-quarter cup provides 82% of your daily requirement 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.