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Walnut kefir

Walnut Kefir & Chocolate Fig Pudding

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Chocolate kefir fig pudding
Chocolate kefir fig pudding

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:

Walnut Milk Kefir
When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has eight grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy probiotics. If it doesn’t have eight grams of carbohydrates than you can add one teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart. I have placed the recommended amounts for walnut milk in the recipe below. ~Donna
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Walnut milk
Walnut Kefir (if using Live Kefir Grains)
Walnut Kefir (if using Easy Kefir powder packets)
Servings: quart
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Instructions
Walnut Milk
  1. Place water, walnuts and salt in a glass jar. You can cover it with a lid or leave uncovered.
  2. Soak the walnuts for 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Drain them in a colander and rinse them with fresh water.
  4. Place the walnuts and 4 cups of water into a blender and blend on high speed until almonds are incorporated and blended into a smooth consistency.
  5. If you want a thinner consistency, strain this mixture through a nut bag to remove the small pieces. For a thicker consistency, leave the pulp in. It might stick to the kefir grains (if making kefir) but it doesn't hurt them.
  6. Place the milk in a glass jar and use to make kefir or store in the fridge for a week.
Walnut Kefir (if using Live Kefir Grains)
  1. Place Walnut Milk into a glass jar and add 1 tablespoon of kefir grains and date paste.
  2. Place a lid on the jar and let it sit for 16 to 24 hours or until tart or sour tasting. It might separate into whey and curds. This is normal for non-dairy milks.
  3. Strain out kefir grains and place almond kefir in the refrigerator or enjoy immediately. This will last at least a month in the fridge but will continue to get more sour over time. Place the grains in fresh milk to culture again, making sure to add more date paste or sugar and repeat steps 1-4 again.
Walnut Kefir (if using Easy Kefir powder packets)
  1. Add 1 quart of walnut milk to a glass jar.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of date paste or some type of raw sugar (see note below) to the jar.
  3. Mix in 1 packet Easy Kefir with a spoon or whisk or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Place a lid on the jar and let it sit for 16 to 24 hours or until tart or sour tasting. It might separate into whey and curds. This is normal for non-dairy milks.
  5. Place walnut kefir in the refrigerator or enjoy immediately. It should keep for at least a month although it will continue to get more sour and tart.
  6. If you like to make more kefir, take 1/4 cup of this mixture and 3 - 3/4 cups of fresh walnut milk and culture again for 16 -24 hours or until tart. You can do this many many times over or until it stops working and making the milk tart. Then you will need a new Easy Kefir package.
Recipe Notes

Check out this recipe for making Date paste.
If the kefir still tastes sweet after 24 hours add less date paste so it will ferment faster.

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Chocolate Kefir Fig Pudding
Chocolate and figs are a really unique combination and work really well with kefir. The figs mixed with chocolate give this pudding a wonderful flavor. Figs are high in fiber, (which is a prebiotic) and magnesium and other minerals too. Figs make a wonderful holiday pudding. Where did I hear the lyrics "Oh bring us some figgy pudding"?~Donna
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  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for a minute or until creamy like pudding and thoroughly combined.
  2. Place in the refrigerator or serve immediately and garnish with extra walnuts and figs.
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24 Responses to "Walnut Kefir & Chocolate Fig Pudding"
  1. What would the exchange be if I use honey. And you say this needs a feeding of milk once a week or so? Can I use store bought goats milk or does it need to be organic?

  2. Hi Donna this putting sounds real delicious. Can I use the powder starder? for this
    Please reply.
    Thank you.

  3. The British have goofy names for things like recipes. Cocky Leeky soup = Chicken Leek soup. Figgy pudding is another example.

    We love your website and can’t wait to try this recipe.

  4. Your instructions ask for 4 Tablespoons of Kefir grains. I’ve been making Kefir since September, but all I have is MAYBE 1/8 teaspoon of grains. They work, but they never multiply. Am I doing something wrong. Will the recipe work with that amount? I do use raw milk. Does that make a difference?

  5. Sounds awesome. we’re going to try this… so do you use dairy Kefir grains or water Kefir grains? Also, DON’T throw out the walnut pulp! I freeze mine and, and every third batch, I have enough to use in gluten free baking recipes that call for almond butter. It’s fantastic!!!

  6. I don’t use Kefir grains as I am fortunate enough to own Kefir from earlier times. I have no grains so I just pour 20% of my batch and top up with raw milk. I feel very fortunate to hav this and my understanding is that the benifits are amplified even more than grains. Do you know if this is the case. I have searched online for information about my Kefir for a very long time without any luck. I live in Australia and no one here has heard of Kefir without grains and think I’m crazy. But before Kefir grains there was simply beautiful, smooth Kefir starter and this is what I have. I would love to leArn more about my treasured Kefir. Many thanks 🙂

  7. This sounds delicious. On a separate issue, my milk kefir separates just like the picture you have of the walnut kefir. Is that normal? I just mix it with a wooden spoon and strain.
    Thanks and love your site!

    • This is normal but it does mean that you are fermenting a little longer than necessary. You can shorten the time you are fermenting or add more milk or remove the grains. It is still fine to stir it and drink it.

  8. “Piggy pudding?!?” “Figgy pudding. It’s made with figs…and bacon.” The Muppets Christmas with John Denver! 😉

    Can’t wait to try walnut kefir! could you also use different nut milks?

  9. Hi Donna,
    I have not tried making the pudding yet, but I know I will soon. For any of your recipes, can I use honey instead? I am not convince of using Stevia or any other sweetener yet.

    My husband and I are both drinking kefir milk which we love. Today I started my mom and dad (82 and 84 yrs old) on kefir. She is a bit confused about how to make it, but I’m hoping she will get the knack of it.

    Thanks for sharing your story and live events…Martine

  10. You may have heard Bing Crosby sing it in one of his movies. Logically, that would have been “white Christmas”movie, although I don’t recall it was a song in that movie.
    Anyway, I also love dates and figs and will certainly try out this whole recipe!

  11. “Figgy Pudding” is a phrase in the English Christmas carol “We wish You A Merry Christmas”—-
    “Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin (?), good tidings we bring you and a happy N Y.”

    “Oh bring us a figgy pudding, oh bring us a figgy pudding, oh bring us a figgy pudding and bring it right here.” and back to the chorus.

    Now, that’s what my memory came up with, I probably should have googled it, but it’s close. For a movie, it could be in any movie that used Christmas carolers, I would think.

    Thank you for the recipes. I love figs, also.

  12. figgy pudding is part of the “we wish you a merry christmas” song. “so, bring us some figgy pudding x 3, “we won’t go until we get some” la la la.

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