Kefir Ice Cream
This Kefir Ice Cream tutorial will walk you through how to make this customizable, healthy treat using plain milk kefir as your ice cream base. No ice cream maker? No problem!
Servings: 4 people
Ice Cream Base:
- 1 cup plain kefir OR coconut milk kefir
- 1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or sugar Sweeten more or less as desired
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Optional, especially if using add-ins
Add-Ins for Fruit Kefir Ice Cream:
- 1 cup frozen or fresh berries
Add-Ins for Peanut Butter Kefir Ice Cream:
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder (See recipe notes for regular peanut butter directions)
- 1 banana (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa or cacao powder (optional)
Add-Ins for Chocolate Chip Kefir Ice Cream:
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon cocoa or cacao powder
Ice Cream Maker Directions:
Recipe time is listed for the ice cream maker option. No churn freezer times may vary depending on the size and shape of the freezer-safe container used.
Peanut Butter Kefir Directions: Peanut butter is thick and dense, and will stop the mixture from developing the needed air bubbles. If you want to use peanut butter for the no churn ice cream, I recommend peanut butter powder. If you'd prefer traditional peanut butter or nut butter, stir the mixture in the freezer every half hour until frozen.
Kefir Ice Cream Troubleshooting:
No Churn Kefir Ice Cream Troubleshooting:
- My ice cream isn't sweet enough: Drizzle a little of whatever sweetener you prefer over the ice cream scoops, and/or top with sweet toppings.
- I want my ice cream to be richer: Try stirring in more fat by adding a little heavy cream to the mixture.
Kefir Ice Cream Recipe Ideas:
- My no churn ice cream falls apart when I scoop it: To help the scoops hold together, stir the mixture (or break up with an ice cream scoop) about 15 minutes before serving. Then, stick it back in the freezer until it's time to serve.
- My ice cream has ice crystals: This can happen if you're using a kefir made with lowfat milk, or if you didn't get a lot of air bubbles in the no churn mixture. Try using a full-fat kefir, mixing until it's frothy, or stir the ice cream every half hour in the freezer while it's hardening, until it's too frozen to stir.
Nutrition information is for a ½ cup serving of the kefir ice cream base. Calculations for the kefir were made using the plain homemade kefir from this site. Recipe add-ins and variations will alter the nutrition information.
- Add toppings: Top your ice cream with toasted coconut flakes, fresh berries, or mini chocolate chips
- Add a ribbon of sweetener: Only add half the sweetener to the blender, and drizzle the rest in over the mixture after it's poured into the container. This works best with thick sweeteners like honey.
- Add unblended mix-ins: Let the ice cream freeze for about an hour. Then, remove it from the freezer, and stir in extras like chopped nuts, diced or small berries, or coconut chips.
Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 82mg | Sugar: 7g