Coconut Kefir

Coconut Kefir is a fermented beverage made from coconut water and a water kefir starter. The water kefir starter contains a combination of bacteria and yeast that promotes healthy digestion and an array of other health benefits. I like to drink it first thing in the morning to get my body ready for the day.

I understand you might be hesitant to try coconut water spiked with yeast and bacteria. It doesn’t sound pleasant, but it actually is! The health benefits are so abundant you’ll be amazed by how you feel—and how yummy it tastes (although it may take a few days for your palate to adjust).

Benefits of Coconut Kefir:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Soothes digestive issues
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Balances gut bacteria
  • Protects against infections
  • May help reduce the risk of cancer

Impressive, right?

Of course, you can buy kefir, but most store-bought varieties are made with dairy. Dairy can further aggravate digestive issues and cause discomfort in those who are lactose or dairy intolerant. Plus, this recipe is so simple to make you might as well whip up a fresh batch and control the quality of your kefir. Ready to give it a try?

Coconut Kefir

Ingredients:

Equipment:

  • Strainer
  • Saucepan
  • Kitchen thermometer (optional)
  • Blender
  • Glass container with a tight-fitting lid

Directions:

Strain the coconut water into a saucepan.

  1. Heat to 92° F (31-32° C). Be careful not to overheat it. If you don’t have a thermometer, use your finger to check the temperature. It should feel neutral to the touch, not hot or cold.
  2. Pour the warm coconut water into a blender. Add the kefir starter packet.
  3. Blend for a few seconds just to mix the ingredients.
  4. Pour into a glass container and top with a tight-fitting lid.
  5. Store at room temperature, ideally 70-75° F for 3 days.
  6. Chill and drink. Stays fresh for about 3 weeks.

I can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe. Once you try it, send me an email and tell me all about your experience! 

Reference: Authority Nutrition