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Cherry Peppermint Popsicles + Coconut Kefir Herb Dip

 

As not everyone can get the amazing Yogalicious Kefir Ice Cream I wrote about last week, here is a solution. Make your own. Enjoy this guest post!

Guest Post by Tara Kelly

I’ve been culturing raw milk kefir for a year now.  Kefir is a fermented milk, water, or coconut milk beverage that contains an amazing amount of beneficial bacteria and probiotics.  It is really easy to make and has so many uses, everything from smoothies to salad dressings.

I also have a deep love for all things coconut.  Coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut milk, dried coconut- you get the idea.  I decided to combine my love of kefir and coconut milk.

Start with one can of Thai Kitchen Organic whole coconut milk (Ed note: or make your own).  Shake the can before opening it and then scrape the contents into a quart jar.  Add two tablespoons of milk kefir grains.

I used mine straight out of my milk kefir.  For those of you who are using coconut milk as a dairy free option you may be concerned about using milk kefir grains.  If you are lactose intolerant, the amount of dairy imparted through the milk kefir grains is not usually enough to cause an issue.  However, if you have a true dairy allergy or intolerance, Julie from Cultures for Health suggests using water kefir grains that are truly dairy free.

Once you’ve added the kefir grains to the coconut milk, put a kitchen cloth or napkin over the top with a rubber band.  Set this aside in a non-drafty place in your kitchen, preferably in a warm spot.  Let this sit for 24 hours.  After this time strain the grains out and refrigerate the coconut kefir.  After a day in the fridge it will set quite thick.  It should have a slight tangy flavor, like plain yogurt.  Now you are ready to create amazing goodies with your coconut kefir!

Here are some of my favourites!

Cherry Peppermint Popsicles

by Guest Author

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: None

Ingredients (2 cups)

  • 1 can’s worth coconut kefir (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup frozen pitted cherries
  • A couple sprigs of fresh peppermint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey

Instructions

Blend together all ingredients and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze and enjoy!

Coconut kefir is so versatile that it also lends itself well to a savory dish.  My herb garden came in handy again with a healthy dose of basil and chives.

Coconut Kefir Herb Dip

by Guest Author

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: None

Ingredients (About 2 cups)

  • 1 can coconut kefir (2 cups)
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • Handful fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 1 avocado (optional)
  • sea salt to taste
  • couple of pressed garlic cloves, fresh basil, chives and sea salt to taste.

Instructions

Process everything together until smooth

Serve with veggies, or as a sandwich spread

 

Don’t fret if you are not ready to make your own kefir. You can buy it from any health food store. You’ll find the ready made variety in the fridge section near the dairy.

Question of The Day: I use yogurt, kefir or non-dairy milk + lemon or cider vinegar to replace buttermilk and/or sourcream in recipes. What is your fave way to use yogurt and kefir (whether you use vegan or dairy versions is no problem here)?

Tara Kelly lives in Idaho with her husband and three kids.  She strives to maintain a real foods, traditional diet with an emphasis on local pastured meats, raw milk, fermented foods, local seasonal produce, and healthy fats.  All this keeps her VERY busy in the kitchen!

 

24 Responses to “Cherry Peppermint Popsicles + Coconut Kefir Herb Dip”

  1. Tara said…
    Thank you for having me as a guest blogger. I love visiting your blog for so many fresh ideas and information! I hope this post will inspire your readers to try their hand at coconut (or any kind of) kefir.
  2. Hello Veggie said…
    Thanks for the shout out to the vegan option! I'm not down for the raw milk but I'm glad to have it shown that this can be a healthy plant based recipe as well. Props. Jenns
  3. Jo said…
    Thanks for the tutorial and the recipes. However, Tara lives in the U.S., so one of her tips doesn't work for Ontario residents. Coconut kefir and yogurt are **not** available in Ontario, alas. Believe me, I've looked! So we DO have to make our own!
    • Tara said…
      I've never actually bought pre-made kefir! ;) The price usually scares me off, plus I feel that the end product is much more beneficial when made at home. So it may be a good thing that it's not available since it's so pricey in the stores. Much more economical to make yourself. Once you do it a few times it will become so easy and routine.
  4. sarah said…
    Thanks for the wonderful idea. I'm pregnant, and have been reading about the benefits of probiotics to wee ones in prevention of future food allergies. This is a wonderful way to load up on the good bugs.
  5. Jody said…
    Thanks for the info Tara. Just wondering does anyone know where in Canada you could get the Kefir grains?
    • Tara said…
      Hi Jody, I'm not sure where you could buy kefir grains in Canada, though I'm sure they are available if you check around. Cultures for Health will ship to Canada.
      • Jody said…
        Thanks Tara - I'll see what I can find.
  6. Metta said…
    I'm so excited about this! My mouth is salivating just looking at the pictures.
  7. Laurie said…
    What do you do with the grains after they have been strained out? Can they be reused? Once you've used milk kefir grains for coconut kefir can they be used with milk again and vice-versa? Can you tell I'm really interested in this process? Thanks.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Yes yes yes... reuse!
    • Tara said…
      I bought my original milk kefir grains more than a year ago. They continue to grow as I reuse them in raw milk. I always keep a back up in my fridge in case something happens to the ones I'm using. I usually just take the extra grains and use those in the coconut milk. I'm not sure how long they will last or how fast they will multiple if only using coconut milk. That would be an interesting experiment.
  8. mama said…
    I'm so excited to try this. I recently bought some water kefir grains on etsy.……http://www.etsy.com/listing/53964822/water-kefir-grains-a-whole-heaping-half?ref=em. they are growing like crazy. I will be trying this very soon!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      oooh! great link. Thank you for sharing that.
    • Tara said…
      I have some water kefir brewing right now. It's a new combo of unrefined natural sugar (which water kefir needs to brew. The sugar is consumed by the grains), molasses, a wee bit of fresh ginger and fresh lime juice. It's bubbly fizzy and smelling good!
  9. massybird said…
    Have you tried making yogurt using almond milk?
  10. Erin said…
    I made my own kefir ice cream, so yummy, using store-bought kefir: 1 container kefir 1/4 tsp salt (+/-) 1/3 Cup dates (I just throw in a handful until it feels like the right amount) 1 tsp vanilla 1 Tbsp Coconut oil (if desired) 1 dash cinnamon (if desired, goes well with the cacao...) 2 tbl raw cacao (if desired) or make it fruity with berries, or whatever add-ins you like. Blend in the vitamix. Put it in the fridge for a few hours to make sure it's cold and then run it in your ice cream maker. Alternatively, freeze it in ice cube trays then run the ice cubes in your vitamix to result in a creamy treat! Put your ice cream in a container and keep it in the freezer!

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