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This kefir smoothie is tangy, creamy and lightly sweet: the perfect way to use this fermented dairy beverage!

Kefir Smoothie
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Looking for ways to use kefir? Try this Kefir Smoothie! This tangy drink is a great way to get all the benefits in kefir while enjoying a fruity beverage. Blend it up with strawberries, banana and pineapple, and it makes a sweetly sippable puree. Or, substitute any frozen fruit you like, like blueberries, peaches or mango. The sky’s the limit! Here’s how to use kefir in a smoothie.

Benefits of kefir

Kefir is a drink made from fermented milk. It’s similar to Greek yogurt with its tangy flavor, but it has a thinner, drinkable consistency. Here are a few of the potential benefits of kefir (source):

  • It has 30 species of probiotics, bacteria that improve gut health and may aid in digestion.
  • It is high in protein. 1 cup of kefir has 7 grams of protein, or 14% of the daily value.
  • It may have heart health and cholesterol lowering benefits. Read more here.
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Ingredients in a kefir smoothie

Kefir is ideal to add to a smoothie, since you get all the benefits of this probiotic-rich drink while sipping on a fruity smoothie. Using kefir you won’t need to add other liquid like milk or juice, in contrast to our yogurt smoothies which need liquid for blending. Here’s what you’ll need for a kefir smoothie:

  • Banana: All you need is a room temperature banana: no need to freeze in advance!
  • Frozen strawberries and pineapple: Or, substitute any type of frozen fruit you like!
  • Kefir: A hefty amount of kefir means no need for extra liquid
  • Honey or maple syrup: Sweeten this beverage to your tastes with natural sweetener
  • Ice cubes: Ice cubes round out the frothy texture

Flavor variations

This kefir smoothie is delicious with the strawberry pineapple flavor, but there are so many more fruity flavors to try! Here are a few more ideas for blending up fruity variations:

  • Strawberry mango, strawberry blueberry or strawberry peach
  • Mixed berry
  • Raspberry pineapple, raspberry mango or raspberry peach
  • Blueberry mango, blueberry pineapple, or blueberry peach
  • Mango pineapple, mango coconut
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Smoothie storage

You can blend up this kefir smoothie in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Some smoothie recipes last for a few days, but this kefir smoothie is best eaten immediately or within 1 day for best flavor. If it starts to separate while refrigerated, give it a shake before drinking.

More smoothie recipes

And that’s it! We hope you love this kefir smoothie as much as we do. Here are a few more tasty smoothie recipes you might enjoy:

This kefir smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Kefir Smoothie

Kefir Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small or 1 large 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup frozen strawberries*
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • 1 ¼ cup kefir
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, plus more to taste
  • 6 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary and adding a tablespoon or so of water if necessary.
  2. Taste and adjust the sweetness as desired. Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 1 day, shaking if the smoothie separates.

Notes

*Or substitute 2 cups total of the frozen fruit of your choice.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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3 Comments

  1. Roh Shaw says:

    How can I add more protein? Also are there smoothie recipes with less sugar. These smoothies recipes have lots of sugar!

    Also any way you can make a smoothie and add cottage cheese because that has good an amount of protein.






    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      It’s hard to add protein without a lot of calories! You could add cottage cheese but would want sugar to offset the flavor. Nut butters work well, but aren’t super high protein.

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!