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Dairy-Free Kefir- Every Kind You Can Imagine

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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.

Dairy Free KefirI 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.

raspberry water kefirWe also have a water kefir section which is dairy free too!

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Water Kefir Recipes

Kefir Soda Recipes

 

16 Dairy-Free Milk Kefirs!

Almond Kefir

Almonds provide protection against insulin and blood sugar issues.

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Cashew Kefir

Cashews are ripe with proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starves tumors and stops cancer cells from dividing.

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Coconut Kefir

Coconut Kefir is my favorite of all the non-dairy kefirs. Coconuts have many healing properties and I love the taste!

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Coconut Kefir with Coconut Meat

This is a thicker version of coconut kefir.

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Walnut Kefir

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.

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Oat Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

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.

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Flax Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

Flax has many benefits, but one of the most talked about is the protection it can provide against cancer.

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Peanut Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

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.

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Rice Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

Two thirds of the world eats rice every day. It’s a wonderful replacement for wheat if you’re allergic; and it contains many vitamins and minerals such as niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fiber, iron, thiamine, and riboflavin.

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Pine Nut Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

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.

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Hazelnut Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

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.

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Pumpkin Seed Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

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.

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Macadamia Nut Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

Macadamia nuts have a good amount of Phosphorus. This plays an important role in the body, including bone and teeth mineralization, metabolism, absorption, and transportation of nutrients. Plus, they’re crazy delicious.

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Pistachio Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

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.

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Pecan Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

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.

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Sunflower Seed Kefir Biotic Pro Exclusive!

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.

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11 Responses to "Dairy-Free Kefir- Every Kind You Can Imagine"
  1. I used to have Kefir Milk every day in a smoothie – and Kombucha too, about 1/2 a cup. This worked very well for me for the 1st year. From then on wards I have never been able to have either again as it made all my food literally go right through me. Have you heard of this before? When I made Kefir Milk I would let it sit on the counter for 2 days before straining and refreshing the grains. The grains were super healthy and I was able to give away batch after batch as there was so much of it. The same with Kombucha. Both of which I miss very much! Any information you could give me would be most helpful. Thanks! Ina

  2. Hi

    Is the kefir starter available to buy anywhere when I live in Australia.
    Can I use any standard kefir starter in non dairy milks so long as I add a bit of sugar?

    • Hi Catherine, I do not believe our Easy Kefir is available in Australia yes, but when it is, you’ll be able to find it here: https://wisechoicesemporium.com.au/

      I’m not sure what you mean by “standard kefir starter” but anything should be fine for non-dairy milk, as long as you add something to keep the starter fed and happy.

  3. Donna, I have a Easy Kefir powder newbie question; hope its ok to post it here? You recommend that with a compromised immune system someone needs to start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of kefir a day. If one packet makes a quart of kefir wouldn’t that be making too much to start out with: would it become overly sour before it could be used up? And would you still reserve 1/4 a cup for the new batch? Could I start with 1/2 packet, 1 pint of milk and still be able to start a new batch when I’m almost through the 1st pint?
    Thanks so much. I ‘ve ordered the Easy Kefir powder and can’t wait to get started, just want to do it right because my body is weak right now and digestion is poor.

    • You need to use the whole packet of Easy Kefir to make a quart, as you can’t tell what in the package is starter or the carrier to keep the bacteria alive. It will last for months and months in your fridge and should be fine and not get to sour by the time you use it.

  4. When making these kefir milks do I need to use milk kefir grains or water kefir grains? Will both work and make different pro or prebiotics?

  5. Hi Donna
    I just wanted to let you know that in New Zealand we have a brand of coconut milk that makes beautifully thick kefir (like stiff whipped cream or ice-cream) every time. It’s an organic brand called TradeAid. I tried other brands when we were travelling in the UK and Europe and was surprised at how thin my kefir was! So if you have any other New Zealand followers, TraidAid coconut milk is the way to go.
    Thanks for your fabulous blog.
    Lynda 🙂

  6. Hi Donna,
    Do you ever experiment with mixing nuts and/or seeds to make milk for kefiring? If so, what are combos you’ve had success with?
    Thank you for all the info and inspiration!

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11 Responses to "Dairy-Free Kefir- Every Kind You Can Imagine"
  1. I used to have Kefir Milk every day in a smoothie – and Kombucha too, about 1/2 a cup. This worked very well for me for the 1st year. From then on wards I have never been able to have either again as it made all my food literally go right through me. Have you heard of this before? When I made Kefir Milk I would let it sit on the counter for 2 days before straining and refreshing the grains. The grains were super healthy and I was able to give away batch after batch as there was so much of it. The same with Kombucha. Both of which I miss very much! Any information you could give me would be most helpful. Thanks! Ina

  2. Hi

    Is the kefir starter available to buy anywhere when I live in Australia.
    Can I use any standard kefir starter in non dairy milks so long as I add a bit of sugar?

    • Hi Catherine, I do not believe our Easy Kefir is available in Australia yes, but when it is, you’ll be able to find it here: https://wisechoicesemporium.com.au/

      I’m not sure what you mean by “standard kefir starter” but anything should be fine for non-dairy milk, as long as you add something to keep the starter fed and happy.

  3. Donna, I have a Easy Kefir powder newbie question; hope its ok to post it here? You recommend that with a compromised immune system someone needs to start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of kefir a day. If one packet makes a quart of kefir wouldn’t that be making too much to start out with: would it become overly sour before it could be used up? And would you still reserve 1/4 a cup for the new batch? Could I start with 1/2 packet, 1 pint of milk and still be able to start a new batch when I’m almost through the 1st pint?
    Thanks so much. I ‘ve ordered the Easy Kefir powder and can’t wait to get started, just want to do it right because my body is weak right now and digestion is poor.

    • You need to use the whole packet of Easy Kefir to make a quart, as you can’t tell what in the package is starter or the carrier to keep the bacteria alive. It will last for months and months in your fridge and should be fine and not get to sour by the time you use it.

  4. When making these kefir milks do I need to use milk kefir grains or water kefir grains? Will both work and make different pro or prebiotics?

  5. Hi Donna
    I just wanted to let you know that in New Zealand we have a brand of coconut milk that makes beautifully thick kefir (like stiff whipped cream or ice-cream) every time. It’s an organic brand called TradeAid. I tried other brands when we were travelling in the UK and Europe and was surprised at how thin my kefir was! So if you have any other New Zealand followers, TraidAid coconut milk is the way to go.
    Thanks for your fabulous blog.
    Lynda 🙂

  6. Hi Donna,
    Do you ever experiment with mixing nuts and/or seeds to make milk for kefiring? If so, what are combos you’ve had success with?
    Thank you for all the info and inspiration!

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