Easy Dairy-Free Kefir

Kefir is a probiotic drink and you can make easy dairy-free kefir at home. Traditionally, kefir is made with cow's milk but it can be cultured with nut milk, coconut milk, or goat milk. Cow's milk can be hard to digest and some people are even allergic to it but it is possible to still have kefir without cow's milk.

The typical way to make kefir is to ferment cow's milk with “kefir grains.” This process takes 2-3 days to culture. Kefir grains also need special care to keep them alive and growing. An easy alternative is to use a powdered culture to make kefir. This method will create kefir within 24 hours and you can use a small reserved amount to make future batches. If you purchase a vegan starter culture you can use it with your own homemade nut milk. I made this every week and enjoy a small cup every day.

dairy-free kefir
Cashew Kefir Recipe


  1. First, make a batch of homemade cashew milk.
  2. Pour your homemade milk into a mason jar
  3. Add a packet of kefir starter culture and stir well until completely dissolved.
  4. Cover loosely and sit the jar in a warm place for 12-24 hours.
  5. If your cashew milk looks like it's separating during culturing, just give it a quick stir or a shake. I like using mason jar tops that pour, like these.
  6. After 12-24 hours, the kefir should smell a bit sour like yogurt and it's ready to drink.

Recipe by The Holistic Mama

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