Homemade Coconut Milk Kefir

by HEAB on October 7, 2009

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More fun with the HeatDish:

Coconut Milk Kefir

Coconut Milk Kefir

Using Averie’s super simple recipe, I made my own coconut milk kefir.  So exciting. Thanks Averie!  The Costco HeatDish helped speed up the fermentation process, but it’s totally not necessary.  Although my kefir smelled pretty sour after fermenting overnight, I think it tastes delicious. So much coconut flavor, and I love how the coconut water sweetened it without any added sugars.

Yesterday, I used the kefir to make my morning smoothie along with another new ingredient.

POM Nectarine and POM Kiwi Juice

POM Nectarine and POM Kiwi Juice

The folks at POM Wonderful sent me their 2 newest juice flavors which I immediately froze into POM cubes for smoothies.

POM Nectarine cubes. 2 of them went straight into my belly. :)

POM Nectarine cubes. 2 of them went straight into my belly.

Then 2 more went into my smoothie:

Coconut POM Smoothie

Coconut POM Smoothie

I love the POM Nectarine cubes. The juice itself is much sweeter than the plain POM, and it makes for some great popsicles. :) It also added a nice fruity vibe to my smoothie. Into the Vita-Mix went:

  • 1 cup coconut milk kefir
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds soaked overnight in the kefir
  • 1 scoop chocolate Sun Warrior rice protein powder
  • 2 POM Nectarine cubes
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Although giving up dairy (for the most part) has done wonders for me, I do miss Greek yogurt. So, this morning’s breakfast was an attempt at a yogurt mess. Again, I soaked 2 TBSP chia seeds in 1 cup of coconut milk kefir overnight.  After my yoga class this morning, I blended it with 1 TBSP vanilla Jay Robb rice protein, a handful of ice cubes, and some guar and xanthan gums.  I then topped my yogurt with a chopped apple, cinnamon, and a spoonful of Deb’s homemade pecan nut butter.

Look like yogurt...

Looks like yogurt...

The consistency turned out great, thick and creamy.  However, the taste was a bit off.  Too gooey – not sure if was the chia seeds or the gums.  This one needs a little work. The pecan butter helped. :)

Have you hugged a carb yet this month?

Love me some kabocha.

Love me some kabocha.