Have you tried making your own nut milks? Walnut milk is delicious and easy to make. I have been trying a lot of different recipe using different nut milks and I am really enjoying them. Kefir is easy and fun to make using nut milk, and is a great dairy free alternative to regular kefir.
I also made chocolate fig kefir pudding out of this walnut kefir. It’s a great way to get kefir into your family. You can also substitute dates for the figs if you like them better. I am a fig girl myself.
My sister gave me some chocolate covered figs for Christmas, and I became addicted to the combination of chocolate and figs.
If you do decided to make kefir using nut milks, there are special considerations that you will have to take when making walnut or any dairy free kefir. Kefir grains will not survive in walnut milk long term. They grow and thrive by eating the lactose out of dairy milk, and since there is no lactose in walnut milk, the grains will need to be refreshed in regular milk once a week or more. Just leave them in a few cups of milk and let them eat the lactose out of the milk by making kefir. Then you can reuse them to make walnut kefir again. The more you do this the more your grains will grow and multiply. It’s the lactose that keeps the bacteria alive and thriving.
Here are the recipes for Walnut Milk Kefir and Chocolate Fig Pudding: