The Best Kefir Recipes: Healthy and Nutritious Smoothies, Dips, and Soups!

These kefir recipes can help you include the health benefits of kefir probiotics in your diet.

kefir recipes

Kefir is most commonly consumed as a beverage. However, it is both nutritious and delicious when used in preparing raw foods and traditional cooked dishes. Kefir can be substituted for milk or cream in most recipes. Try it in scrambled eggs or in making mashed potatoes.

Here a few kefir recipes to get you started in adding kefir to your diet:

Kefir Smoothie

A kefir drink is about the easiest and most delicious way to enjoy kefir. A kefir smoothie makes a super quick and incredibly nutritious on-the-go breakfast.

Simply put in your blender a cup of kefir, a cup of fruit (fresh or frozen), a sweetener such as agave nectar, honey, stevia or sugar, a dash or two of cinnamon, blend and enjoy!

Here is another kefir smoothie:

Kefir Smoothie with Banana and Pumpkin

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1 medium banana
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processors, process until smooth...enjoy.

Kefir Dip

(This recipe come from my kefir-enthusiast friend, April)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1 packet powdered ranch dressing

Whisk all the ingredients together, cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving. Serve as a dip with raw vegetables or crackers.

Pumpkin Soup with Kefir

This recipe has an old and very earthy flavor, reminiscent of a long ago time. Serve this with a loaf of homemade bread for a wonderful, nutritious and filling simple dinner.
  • ½ regular pumpkin (rind removed) or butternut squash (rind removed) or 1 large can of 100% unflavored pumpkin puree
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 quarts of chicken stock or broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of dried sage
  • ½ teaspoon of ginger
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 quart of thick kefir (If you want it thicker, adding a paste of flour and melted butter will do it.)
  • Salt and/or pepper to taste

1. In a blender or food processor, chop the pumpkin and vegetables into small bits.

2. Put the olive oil into the pot— heat and dump all the vegetables in it.

3. Cook and stir for about 20 minutes.

4. Pour in the chicken broth.

5. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 40 minutes.

6. Turn off the heat and let it set for 20 minutes to cool.

7. In portions, put the soup back into the blender or processor and puree.

8. Put the puree back into the pot and add/blend in the kefir, reheat slightly.

9. Serve. To garnish, add a little nutmeg and sage.

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Enjoy!

Pancakes with Kefir

(From Jennifer, a kefir enthusiast who says these pancakes are the BEST!)

  • 1 ¾ cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of kefir

Mix dry ingredients together and then blend in eggs and the kefir. Stir until moistened. Mixture will be clumpy. Cook on a griddle at 350º F.

Hungry for more? Here's another link for a kefir recipe: Make nutritious and delicious kefir ice cream!

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