Coconut Water Kefir and Mango Smoothies

Water kefir is a probiotic beverage made with water kefir grains, which are a symbiotic mix of beneficial bacteria and yeast. Water kefir grains are available via mail order and require a simple activation step before they can be used to make homemade water kefir. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to “wake up” the grains. Once activated, water kefir grains can be used to make homemade probiotic drinks, from this simple single fermented kefir water to effervescent double-fermented sodas. In this recipe, we use homemade, electrolyte-packed coconut water to make a single-fermented kefir water, frozen mango and turmeric smoothie for a sunny, tropical start to your day.



Ingredients for servings

    kefir

  • 0.25 cup sugar

  • 4 cup coconut water (Kevita bottled Coconut Mango Kefir Water) room temperature (68–85°F/20–30ºC)

  • 0.25 cup activated water kefir grains

  • smoothie

  • 2 cups mango diced and frozen

  • 0.5 cup orange juice freshly squeezed

  • 1 tsp turmeric

Directions

  • Freeze the mango in an airtight container until frozen solid, at least 24 hours.

  • Combine the sugar and 1/4 cup (59ml) boiling water and stir to dissolve. Pour into a clean glass jar or plastic container. Add the coconut water and stir to combine. Add the activated kefir grains, cover jar or container with cheesecloth or a thin towel and secure with a rubber band. Set aside at room temperature until tangy and slightly effervescent, 24–72 hours depending on the ambient temperature.

  • Strain out the kefir grains through a plastic or stainless steel strainer and reserve for another batch. Pour the kefir water into a blender. Add the frozen mango, orange juice, turmeric and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Notes

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