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Peanut Butter Kefir Ice Cream

The Secret According to Kefir Ice Cream

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Peanut Butter Kefir Ice CreamSomebody asked me the other day how I come up with recipes for cultured foods. Many times they come suddenly into my brain.  This will often make me miss my exits while driving on the highway because I am thinking about the specifics of how to make it. Another way they come is through a picture of food or a recipe I see that follows me around playing like a tape in my head, until I give it some attention.

One particular day I had found a recipe on the internet for kefir ice cream that used kefir cheese. It kept bugging me day and night, wondering what it could possibly taste like.

Peanut Butter Kefir Ice CreamSo I made myself some kefir cheese and then proceeded to make some ice cream with a large amount of kefir cheese as the base. Throwing different things in the blender haphazardly, I made up my own flavor. It was hands down the best ice cream I had ever made. It was super creamy and had that mouth feel of ice cream I had so been looking for. I became completely obsessed with kefir ice cream and spread my addiction to my friend Nancy, sharing my recipes and the secret of kefir cheese to make ice cream. She called me a week later and said, “What is going to happen to us if we keep having ice cream every day? We can’t stop eating it.” So, with hopes of keeping this dream alive, I made her a list of all the reasons to eat kefir ice cream every day.

  1. It was sugar free since we used stevia.
  2. It was wonderfully healthy to consume kefir every day.
  3. The endorphins we were creating by being so happy would make the world a better place.
  4. Our children and husbands would think we were the coolest ever.
  5. We could just make it our lunch every day. It would be our secret.

Honestly, I can make kefir ice cream three times a week. I am way past addicted. I am in love.

Hopefully I can spread  this addiction to you.

The secret? Kefir cheese makes the best ice cream!

Peanut Butter Kefir Ice Cream
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You can substitute almond butter, cashew butter, or any nut butter for a great kefir ice cream. I use stevia in place of sugar in the recipe.~Donna
Ingredients
  • 3/4cup Kefir Cheese
  • 1cup peanut buttercreamy or crunchy ( you can also substitute almond butter, macadamia nut butter, or any nut butter for the peanut butter)
  • 1cup Coconut milk full fat- canned is bestor substitute cream
  • 1cup milk
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2cup raw sugar or honeyI like stevia powder or liquid, or a combination of both
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Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender till blended, about one minute.
    Mix all ingredients in a blender till blended, about one minute.
  2. Pour mixture into ice cream freezer and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
    Pour mixture into ice cream freezer and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Serve immediately or place in freezer.
    Serve immediately or place in freezer.
Recipe Notes

I use stevia. I like to use different versions together - such as a liquid and powdered version of stevia. When used together, they seem to work better. For a regular sweetener,  you can use honey, Sucanat, or coconut sugar. Add more or less than 1/4 cup depending on how sweet you like it. Taste it as you are adding the sweetener to see if you need to add more or less.

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32 Responses to "The Secret According to Kefir Ice Cream"
  1. When making my kefir, in one article and instructions from where I got my kefir grains (not from you), I read that it was 1 tablespoon of kefir grains to 1 cup of raw milk, but then in your book it stated 1 tablespoon of kefir grains to 3 cups of raw milk. Not sure which I am suppose to be doing. 3 cups a day is more than I can consume as I am by myself. Please let me know the correct amounts. Thanks. I love your book and your site, have found a lot of good information and recipes that I want to try, and this ice cream one sounds really good.

    • You really need and ice cream freezer to get the right consistency. You can try it without one but I’m afraid it wouldn’t turn out as well.

  2. HI Donna – I’d love to make this recipe but am concerned the freeze temperatures will harm or kill the good bacteria. What are your thoughts?

  3. I am wondering if you can use almond milk, kefir, and coconut sugar or sucanant to make icecream in the icecream maker? Or coconut milk, kefir, and sweetener?I cant do dairy which is sad when it comes to ice cream. Have any other ice cream recipes?

  4. So the last … several…. nights I have made it as sherbet like this:
    3/4 cup kefir cheese, (or however much kefir cheese I get from the 3 cups kefir I made the day before, second-fermented with lemon)
    1/2 cup half and half
    juice of half a lemon
    juice of three clementines
    4 Tbsp demerarra sugar/evaporated cane juice – finely ground
    smidgen of vanilla
    enough whole milk to make three cups

    whisk thoroughly and freeze in the magical ice cream freezer I learned about from you

    Perfect mouth feel – perfect sweetness, perfect.

  5. Hi Donna. Have you or has anyone you know of tried using Lakanto for the sweetener in your ice cream recipes. For me, it’s the only sweetener I’ve found that doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste, and i has a 0 glycemic index.

    Thanks for your help.

  6. I can’t stop eating this. I used a can of coconut cream for the 1 cup cream and 1 cup milk. The best icecream every. It’s already half gone and I only made it yesterday 🙂

  7. wanted Somtging to do w/ kefir but didnt have cream & couldnt wait to make kefir cheese. I thickened up regular kefir w/ Almond butter & some peaches in the blender (belnder is a brilliant Idea!!!!). also used agave instead of stevia . Thanks
    for the inspiration!

  8. Hi Donna,
    This is the BEST ice cream! Thanks so much!
    Can this basic recipe be changed in order to make chocolate ice cream? If so what changes would you use in order to accomplish it?

    Arlyne

  9. This looks great! I was wondering what you would substitute for the one cup of PB, if you wanted to make something like plain vanilla icecream, or peppermint or something that wasn’t a nut butter icecream?

    • Yes it does. You can soften it a bit on the counter if it gets to hard or put it in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

  10. i use stevia w/kefir a LOT. after it’s kefir, it’ll hold it bacteria.. honey is a strong antibacterial, too.. and i use it w/kefir too!

  11. Stevia is a very strong anti bacterial and anti viral. do you still feel like you get the benefits of the healthy bacteria?

    • Where are you getting this information that stevia is anti bacterial ? I have seen it mentioned in a few places but there never seems to be any research behind it. If it is anti bacterial what microbial makeup does it have? Kefir is extremely powerful and parts of the strains of bacteria makeup of kefir cannot be killed by antibiotics.

      • I was at a talk by a man who has been researcing and working with stevia for decades and he mentioned it. If you gargle with stevia in a bit of water it will take a sore throat away almost instantly.
        I did a quick google and this came up.
        http://ijib.classicrus.com/IJIB/Arch/2008/1036.pdf

        I love your website and enthusiasm! I am planning to give your cookbook to a friend as a thank you gift:)

        • Thanks for sharing. I will have to read up on this. I still seem to receive benefits after I have this kefir ice cream. I can tell when I haven’t had kefir. I start to get an ache in my knee and blood pressure will go up slightly. Seems to still work for me with the stevia but always like more info on things. Thanks!

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32 Responses to "The Secret According to Kefir Ice Cream"
  1. When making my kefir, in one article and instructions from where I got my kefir grains (not from you), I read that it was 1 tablespoon of kefir grains to 1 cup of raw milk, but then in your book it stated 1 tablespoon of kefir grains to 3 cups of raw milk. Not sure which I am suppose to be doing. 3 cups a day is more than I can consume as I am by myself. Please let me know the correct amounts. Thanks. I love your book and your site, have found a lot of good information and recipes that I want to try, and this ice cream one sounds really good.

    • You really need and ice cream freezer to get the right consistency. You can try it without one but I’m afraid it wouldn’t turn out as well.

  2. HI Donna – I’d love to make this recipe but am concerned the freeze temperatures will harm or kill the good bacteria. What are your thoughts?

  3. I am wondering if you can use almond milk, kefir, and coconut sugar or sucanant to make icecream in the icecream maker? Or coconut milk, kefir, and sweetener?I cant do dairy which is sad when it comes to ice cream. Have any other ice cream recipes?

  4. So the last … several…. nights I have made it as sherbet like this:
    3/4 cup kefir cheese, (or however much kefir cheese I get from the 3 cups kefir I made the day before, second-fermented with lemon)
    1/2 cup half and half
    juice of half a lemon
    juice of three clementines
    4 Tbsp demerarra sugar/evaporated cane juice – finely ground
    smidgen of vanilla
    enough whole milk to make three cups

    whisk thoroughly and freeze in the magical ice cream freezer I learned about from you

    Perfect mouth feel – perfect sweetness, perfect.

  5. Hi Donna. Have you or has anyone you know of tried using Lakanto for the sweetener in your ice cream recipes. For me, it’s the only sweetener I’ve found that doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste, and i has a 0 glycemic index.

    Thanks for your help.

  6. I can’t stop eating this. I used a can of coconut cream for the 1 cup cream and 1 cup milk. The best icecream every. It’s already half gone and I only made it yesterday 🙂

  7. wanted Somtging to do w/ kefir but didnt have cream & couldnt wait to make kefir cheese. I thickened up regular kefir w/ Almond butter & some peaches in the blender (belnder is a brilliant Idea!!!!). also used agave instead of stevia . Thanks
    for the inspiration!

  8. Hi Donna,
    This is the BEST ice cream! Thanks so much!
    Can this basic recipe be changed in order to make chocolate ice cream? If so what changes would you use in order to accomplish it?

    Arlyne

  9. This looks great! I was wondering what you would substitute for the one cup of PB, if you wanted to make something like plain vanilla icecream, or peppermint or something that wasn’t a nut butter icecream?

    • Yes it does. You can soften it a bit on the counter if it gets to hard or put it in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

  10. i use stevia w/kefir a LOT. after it’s kefir, it’ll hold it bacteria.. honey is a strong antibacterial, too.. and i use it w/kefir too!

  11. Stevia is a very strong anti bacterial and anti viral. do you still feel like you get the benefits of the healthy bacteria?

    • Where are you getting this information that stevia is anti bacterial ? I have seen it mentioned in a few places but there never seems to be any research behind it. If it is anti bacterial what microbial makeup does it have? Kefir is extremely powerful and parts of the strains of bacteria makeup of kefir cannot be killed by antibiotics.

      • I was at a talk by a man who has been researcing and working with stevia for decades and he mentioned it. If you gargle with stevia in a bit of water it will take a sore throat away almost instantly.
        I did a quick google and this came up.
        http://ijib.classicrus.com/IJIB/Arch/2008/1036.pdf

        I love your website and enthusiasm! I am planning to give your cookbook to a friend as a thank you gift:)

        • Thanks for sharing. I will have to read up on this. I still seem to receive benefits after I have this kefir ice cream. I can tell when I haven’t had kefir. I start to get an ache in my knee and blood pressure will go up slightly. Seems to still work for me with the stevia but always like more info on things. Thanks!

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