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How to Make Coconut Kefir

Updated on July 2, 2013
Sauerkraut, kefir and coconut milk kefir can all be made using live kefir grains.
Sauerkraut, kefir and coconut milk kefir can all be made using live kefir grains. | Source

Kefir grains are a community of beneficial probiotic bacteria and yeasts used to create a yogurt-like drink known as kefir. The health benefits of drinking kefir include lower cholesterol, stimulating healthy digestion and boosting the immune system. Typically, kefir is cultured in milk. However, vegans can enjoy the health benefits of kefir by culturing their grains in coconut milk. Live kefir grains will culture batch after batch of coconut milk, just as they would milk. However, the grains will no longer multiply once switched to coconut milk.

What You Need

Coconut milk

Live milk kefir grains

1 quart glass jar

Wooden spoon

Paper towel



Step 1

Select the coconut milk you would like to use for culturing. Make sure the milk doesn't contain additives or sweeteners.

Step 2

Measure out 2 tablespoons of milk kefir grains. Place the grains into a 1 quart glass jar.

Step 3

Pour the coconut milk over the grains until the jar is about half full. Use a wooden spoon to stir the coconut milk and kefir grains together.

Step 4

Loosely cover the jar with the lid, or secure a paper towel over the jar opening with a rubberband.

Step 5

Set the jar in a dark location at room temperature. Let the coconut milk culture for 12 hours. Check to see if your kefir drink has reached the desired consistency and taste. If not, you can culture your coconut milk for up to 24 hours.

Step 6

Use a fine meshed colander to drain the milk from the kefir grains. Store your cultured coconut milk in the refrigerator. Use the kefir grains to start a new batch.


Use water kefir grains if you don't want to use grains that have been cultured in milk.

Do not use metal utensils for culturing. Use wood or plastic.


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