Easy ideas to make delicious kefir drinks
Are you looking for new ways to flavor your kefir?
In this blog post you will find some REALLY EASY ideas to make milk kefir taste better.
Get ready for your kefir getting a serious upgrade!
Kefir is a healthy drink, packed with probiotics, and you can ferment it quite easily at home.
But let’s be honest: most people (I am one of them) aren’t crazy about its taste.
The good news is that there are ways to flavor milk kefir that are very easy and make it really enjoyable.
So if you are looking for a way to spice up your kefir routine, read on for some delicious milk kefir flavor ideas!
Related: How to make soy milk kefir
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Mix with jam
This is how I like to drink my kefir most of the time because in my opinion, it’s one of the easiest way to flavor milk kefir.
Just by adding 1-2 teaspoons of jam to the kefir, you get a perfectly sweet and decent flavored beverage really fast.
Simply add the desired amount of jam to your milk kefir and stir.
You can leave a marbled look or mix throughout for a more uniform flavor and look.
Add some juice
Adding fruit juice is also a great and easy way to give some flavor and natural sweetness to your kefir drinks.
As I like my kefir drinks creamy, I prefer juices that taste strong and sweet on their own, so a little amount is enough.
That’s why my go-to juices for kefir are:
- grapes juice (the purple color looks very pretty mixed with kefir)
- mango juice
- pineapple juice
Just make sure to start with a small amount of juice and add more to taste, as it is easy to make the drink too runny if you add too much juice.
Another way to flavor milk kefir is to blend with some fruit.
You can add fresh or frozen fruits, and also dried fruits.
Just add the desired amount of fruit to your milk kefir and blend.
You may also add some fruit purée or muddle ripe fruit.
The result will be a refreshing drink very similar to drinkable yogurt.
You may experiment for yourself using whatever fruits you have on hand or that sound good to you.
Here are some flavor combinations to get you started:
- Strawberry and banana
- Blueberry (this may need some sweet add-on, like banana, dates or some syrup)
Get inspiration from smoothie recipes
Make kefir smoothies by adapting any smoothie recipe that uses yogurt: just substitute the yogurt for kefir.
Just take into consideration that kefir is runnier that yogurt, so you may need to add less liquid (if any) to your kefir smoothie.
Here are some great recipes in which you may substitute the yogurt for kefir:
You can simply sweeten kefir with granulated sugar: it will dissolve after stirring and letting it sit for a while.
However, it is even easier to sweeten your milk kefir using sweeteners in sauce or syrup form, like simple syrup, dates syrup, maple syrup or condensed milk.
If you are diet conscious, you may want to try one of these healthy sugar alternatives or this homemade sugar-free simple syrup.
Make them pretty
Besides blending some bright colored fruits with the kefir, you can naturally color your drinks using different food powder like matcha (green) butterfly pea tea (blue), purple sweet potato powder, pitaya (bright pink) or curcuma (yellow) to name a few options.
In the picture above this paragraph I adapted my matcha drinkable yogurt recipe and used:
- 1 cup of kefir
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 Tbsp. yacon syrup for decoration (any other sweetener works great if you don’t mind decorating the glass)
Spice it up
Extracts and spices are another great way to flavor milk kefir.
You can add for example some vanilla extract (or homemade vanilla infused honey) or cinnamon.
Make it savory
If you want to go completely out of the box, you can also make a savory version of milk kefir by adding some herbs, garlic, or onion.
This is especially delicious if you are using kefir in cooking recipes.
Here you can get some ideas for dishes that use kefir.
You can also make ayran, salty yogurt drink by adding some salt.
As you’ve seen here, it’s very easy to make milk kefir taste better.
The simplest ideas are adding some fruit juice, jam or sweetening it with honey or syrup.
You may also use kefir as a substitute for yogurt in drinkable yogurt drinks and smoothie.
And if you have too much kefir or is it too sour/strong for your taste to drink it, you can always use it up baking or cooking.