Your homemade kefir can be used in place of yogurt to make a variety of smoothies. Here are a few kefir smoothie recipes you can use for a start. You may have to add water or remove the amount of liquid to your smoothie depending on how thick your kefir is.
1. Strawberry and Banana Surprise Smoothie
- Take 1 large banana and cut it into 4 pieces
- Add 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- Add 1 cut of plain kefir
- Add sweetener of choice for a sweeter taste
- Blend ingredients until smooth using a blender, then pour into glass
The flavors on this smoothie blend well together, especially when using unflavored or plain kefir. The tartness of the flavors is controlled by using bananas that are your choice of ripeness. Under-ripe bananas are more tart in flavor than ripe ones. Keep in mind however, that kefir is naturally tart to begin with so if you prefer a little sweetness the ripe route is the way to go. Honey, sugar, or stevia can also be included to increase the sweetness of this smoothie.
2. Tropical Blend with Blueberry Smoothie
- Take 1 orange and run it through your juicer
- Add 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- Add 1 mango
- Add 1/2 cup of vanilla flavored kefir
- Blend the whole works until smooth textured
The concept of blending orange, mango and blueberry flavors with vanilla brings to mind childhood memories of visiting an ice cream shop and stacking scoops of differently flavored ice creams to get a variety of unique flavors. These flavors compliment each other nicely. Adding a sweetener makes this smoothie uniquely yours.
3. The Black and Blue Smoothie
- Take 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- Add 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blackberries that have been juiced to remove the seeds
- Add 3/4 cup plain kefir
- Blend until smooth
This smoothie can be mixed with honey or cinnamon to create a unique taste. Experimenting with the flavors until you get it just the way you want it, helps a lot. It also helps if you use large, ripe blueberries as they are sweeter in flavor and better compliment the somewhat less sweet blackberries.
4. Berry Much Fun Smoothie
- Take 1 cup of plain, unflavored kefir
- Add 1 cup of mixed berries, your choice
- Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey
- Blend the ingredients on high for a couple minutes and you’re done
With this smoothie, picking out your berries is your contribution to uniqueness. Select your berries from your own personal favorites…basically anything that ends with the word ‘berry’ will do. Adding the honey is more or less optional as the sweetness of the smoothie depends on personal taste, but the honey does add a nice thickness to the smoothie.
5. Majestic Fruit Smoothie
- Take 2 bananas and cut them into 4 pieces each
- Add 1 cup plain or raspberry flavored kefir
- Add 2 cups of orange juice
- Add 1/4 cup of raspberries
- Blend until smooth
This smoothie gives you some fun choices along with your flavors. You can use unflavored or raspberry flavored kefir and mix it all up with or without the actual raspberries, depending on which type of kefir you’re using. These combined flavors are refreshing, healthy, and flavorful and they give you a perfectly delightful smoothie.
6. Avocado Meets Ginger Smoothie
- Take 1 ripe avocado and core it
- Add 2 cups plain kefir
- Add 1 teaspoon ginger
- Add 4 fresh mint leaves
- Blend together
As you may guess, the mint added to this recipe creates a nice coolness to the flavors while the ginger needs to be measured carefully as it tends to be quite strong. The three unique flavors should all be about equal in strength so they don’t overpower the senses.
7. Raspberry/Maple Smoothie
- Take 1 cup buttermilk
- Add 1 cup of plain kefir
- Add 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- Add 1 splash of maple syrup
- Blend together until smooth
This unique recipe combines the tartness of buttermilk and plain kefir with the sweetness of maple syrup while the spark of raspberry flavoring just makes it all work. This smoothie will remind those of us with a country up-bringing, of outdoor living, sugar shacks, and going raspberry picking in the woods.
8. Hot Pink Sensation Smoothie
- Take 1 large mango, peel it, and chop it (about 1 cup)
- Add 1 cup plain kefir
- Add 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
- Blend until smooth
For the mango lovers out there, this mango and blackberry smoothie gets its name from its color, of course, and it really is a sensation with the combination of sweet, tart and sour. The sweetener of your choice, such as sugar, honey or stevia can be added if more sweetness is desired.