After about a 9 month hiatus, I have started back up with making homemade kefir again. If you are not familiar with kefir, it is a wonderfully, healthy probiotic food! It’s even considered more beneficial than yogurt. I make mine with raw milk and it has the consistency of buttermilk – actually, it can almost have the thickness of yogurt if I let it ferment longer.
I must admit….as much as I love the health benefits of it, my main uses of kefir has been primarily as a skin cleanser (it will give you the softest skin ever!) and a replacement for buttermilk in recipes. We rarely drink it. I’ve made a few kefir smoothies in the past but we either didn’t really care a whole lot for the tangy-ness or I would have to add a TON of sweetener; so it wasn’t anything I made regularly.
I realize that my problem was simply a matter of finding the right ratio of kefir for my taste but I just didn’t take the time to play around with the recipes. I think another part of the issue too was that my homemade kefir itself was a bit too much on the tart side. (This was when I was first started making kefir)
I’ve been making kefir off and on (more off than on) since the summer of 2009. However, this past month I think I finally got my “groove” with it and have gotten the right taste and thickness that I like. Yay! And to top it off….today, I came up with a wonderful Strawberry Kefir Smoothie that my whole family really liked! If you’re in the mood for a chocolate kefir smoothie, try my Peanut Butter/Banana Kefir smoothie recipe.
Jocelyn’s Berry Kefir Smoothie:
8/3/12 – I have better perfected this recipe and updated the ingredients. I’ve also included a version to make it sugar-free!
- 2 cups kefir
- 2 cup raw milk (or more kefir)
- 3 bananas
- 3 cups strawberries (I use 1 bag of organic frozen strawberries from TJ’s)
- 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- handful of raw, unsalted cashews
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup raw honey (or your favorite natural sweetener)
- optional: 1/4 cup raspberries
- Sugar -free version: replace the honey with 1/2 tsp. of stevia
Yields: about 8-9 cups (in my Vitamix blender)
Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth. Adjust ingredients to your liking. I recommend starting with less sweetener then increase as needed. If you like a stronger kefir taste, replace the raw milk with more kefir. If you’re new to kefir and prefer a more mild kefir flavor, you can use half kefir and half milk.
If you don’t have access to raw milk, I would recommend organic, whole pasteurized milk (not homogenized).
Enjoy! I’m now looking forward to expanding my kefir recipe collection.
Do you have a favorite Kefir smoothie recipe?