I don’t like to admit this, but sometimes I can be a little… lazy. Recently I was feeling ambitious and decided I wanted to make some coconut milk kefir at home. I decided on some grains, looked up how to make coconut milk kefir and then I was like awwwwww hell naw.
Sure my guts could use the good probiotic bacteria from the fermentation process that goes into making coconut milk kefir (after all, humans are more bacteria than anything else!), but having to start the grains with *real* dairy milk (gasp!) and then do what seemed like a million other steps, I ain’t got time for that sh*t!
A quick internet search lead me to Averie Cooks where she outlines a shortcut to making yummy coconut milk kefir without all the hassle. Shortcuts are a lazy gal’s BFF.
Here’s all you’ll need:
- full fat coconut milk
- coconut water
- kefir starter
- large mason jar
Pour coconut milk in jar. Next add coconut water, filling almost to the top. Finally add the contents of one package of kefir starter. Cover lightly with cheesecloth and allow to ferment for 18-24 hours (shorter in warm months, longer in cool months). Then give it a stir (with something non-metal, I used a wooden spoon) and place it in the fridge for up to three days. BOOM, coconut milk kefir. So easy, delicious and nutritious without all the complicated steps.
My favourite way to enjoy my coconut milk kefir is to add some berries, hemp hearts and homemade granola for breakfast. It is SO good.
I wanted to experiment and come up with some other ways to use my coconut milk kefir and the most unusual one I came up with was this…
Coconut Milk Kefir Matcha Latte
- 1/2 cup homemade coconut milk kefir
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 tsp matcha
- 1 tsp raw honey (optional, but strongly recommended)
- Other optional add-ins: maca, grass-fed gelatin
Bring a half cup of water to a boil. Meanwhile, mix kefir and all other ingredients in your cup with a whisk. Once water is finished boiling, let it cool slightly and then add to other ingredients (enough to dissolve the gelatin, but not burn the honey and kefir). If you’re not feelin’ the whisk and your mixture is a lightly clumpy, simply add all ingredients together in a blender (hint: lazy gal’s guide to making a flawless matcha latte).
The result is a warm drink that has a sweet and slightly sour taste (in a good way!) that will give you energy (matcha + maca), balance your hormones (maca), fill you with antioxidants (matcha), help your good gut bacteria flourish and aid digestion (kefir), give you some enzymes and nutrients (raw honey), and provide collagen for healthy skin, hair, joints, teeth and nails (gelatin). Oh, AND it’s taste great! Win-win-win 🙂