We started making our own kefir. And I love, love it! Kris is part of a neighborhood forum and about a year ago a guy posted that he was going to be traveling for the next few months and was wondering if anyone would take his kefir grains and kombucha SCOBY, with an understanding that he’d be able to get a starter when he returns. Well Kris was all about the SCOBY. We’ve been buying Synergy Kombucha from the grocery store for about a year and both really enjoy it, but it’s expensive!!! We don’t really buy it that often because it’s $3 a bottle….but anyway, this post is about kefir (saving kombucha for another time).
When Kris showed me the post about getting a SCOBY and kefir, I was super excited about the SCOBY but just as equally, okay maybe more, excited about the kefir grains. I consume yogurt on a daily basis but lately have been reading a lot about the health benefits of probiotics and kefir has lots more probiotic strains than yogurt. LOTS more. Which means more health benefits for your guts!
Kefir is much easier to make than kombucha, and we’ve been quite successful at making our own kefir and have got creative with our flavors. I did a lot of reading about kefir and mostly got all my information from Phickle and Dom’s Kefir Site. I’d still consider myself a newbie at this whole kefir thing but have really enjoyed making it. The grains multiply like crazy and I’ve been gifting my extras to family, friends, and coworkers like crazy.
My favorite thing to do with kefir so far it to make overnight oats. I got a Bountiful Basket last week and it had a pineapple and young coconut, so I’ve been making pina colada flavored kefir and then using it to make overnight oats. Pina coladas are my favorite tropical drink. When we were in Mexico on our honeymoon, all I did was lay on the beach, read, and drink an unmentionable amount of pina coladas. Seriously, that’s pretty much all I did. And it was wonderful. But since this is real life and I can’t drink pina coladas on the beach all day, every day….sad face…maybe someday…. I can safely call this a healthy pina colada and can have it everyday without any guilt at all.
I use old fashioned oats, chia seeds, pecans, fresh pineapple, and shredded coconut to make the overnight oats. It’s almost like having dessert for breakfast. I literally look forward to having this for breakfast the instant I wake up in the morning. Kefir overnight oats keep me full till lunchtime, no problem, and that is key. I hate when I eat breakfast and then am starving an hour or two later. You could make pina colada overnight oats with store-bought kefir (I’d recommend using plain kefir as some of the flavored ones are loaded with added sugar) or you could use coconut milk if you’re not a fan of kefir. But if you’ve never tried kefir, you really should at least give it a chance. Kefir is becoming a lot more popular and most grocery stores seem to have it stocked in the yogurt section, if not, try a health food store. Anyway, I hope you give kefir a try, or at least making pina colada overnight oats. Enjoy!
- ½ cup kefir (made with whole milk)
- ¼ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp chopped pecans
- 1 Tbsp shredded coconut
- 2 Tbsp fresh pineapple, finely chopped
- Mix all ingredients together and stir well.
- Place mixture in the fridge overnight.
- Remove from the fridge in the morning, top with additional pineapple, coconut, and pecans if desired.