Chocolate Kefir Smoothies

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chocolate kefir smoothie

We enjoy these every night. It’s a ritual now! They make a great and tasty dessert, but they’re packed with all the benefits of kefir!

The total amount of liquid (4 cups) is a combination of kefir and raw milk, and it is flexible — the more kefir, the more tart the smoothie. You’re aiming to include as much kefir as your family will stand. 😉

Currently, I do 2-1/2 cups of (goat milk) kefir and 1-1/2 cups of raw goat milk. Ours taste a little like frozen yogurt – sweet but with a tang. I’d suggest starting with 2 cups kefir and 2 cups milk if everyone in your family prefers smoothies on the sweet side. The awesome benefits of kefir will still be there for all!

If you don’t have access to kefir, you can use plain yogurt as a substitute. Yogurt with active cultures is very good for you, too!

As far as sweetening, my recipe calls for using raisins or chopped dates. Another fruit to try would be dried figs, as Larisa (from Localvore in Sutherlin, Oregon) suggested here. You can use raw honey, too! If you’re going to use honey, use a mild flavored variety – I tried a dark and richly flavored wildflower honey once in this recipe and the flavor of the honey and the kefir didn’t go well together (for me).

Adding in a handful of local fruit – such as sweet cherries or raspberries – is very nice!

When blended, this mixture fills the entire Vita-Mix wet container (more than 8 cups). Alot of air is incorporated and it really fluffs up. If your blender container cannot hold this quantity, halve the recipe’s ingredients.

  • 4 cups combination of plain kefir and raw milk — I suggest cups kefir and 2 cups milk at first
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons virgin, unrefined coconut oil
  • 3 handfuls (okay, about 1/2 cup packed lightly) of raisins or date pieces
  • 1/2 to 1 cup seasonal fruit, such as sweet cherries or raspberries (optional)
  • 12 ice cubes

Put all ingredients in the Vita-Mix wet container. Secure the 2-part lid. Turn ON, then increase variable speed to 10, and then flip to HIGH. Blend until you no longer hear ice or raisins being chopped up. This will be about 30 seconds, but perhaps longer. Don’t let it go too long or the mixture will begin to heat up – you don’t want that!

Pour into glasses. Optional: dust with cocoa powder and swirl. Enjoy!

If you let the smoothies sit in the glasses for a bit, each will separate out into three layers, which my kids and even my husband think is cool. You’ll want to stir it back up before drinking, though.

This post is part of the Real Food Wednesday blog carnival, this week hosted by Kelly the Kitchen Kop.

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  1. says

    This is something that I’ve never done! haha :o) But we have enjoyed purchased kefir for years. My oldest two boys were raised on it, but its hard to find now around here.
    I may have to investigate this some more, I’d want to use it for things other than smoothies. I have a flat bread recipe that calls for kefir that I have been wanting to try and I know that it makes a substitute for sour cream in dressings, etc.
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  2. Christie says

    Thank you! I will try it with storebought kefir. My youngest loves kefir. I had been buying Nancy’s kefir, but had second thoughts about that brand, considering the agave in the sweetened varieties. I like plain, but the kids won’t drink it. I just bought Helio (?) brand and it seems good, but now that I’m thinking of it, I’m not sure its organic. I really like Nancy’s for that reason, and I think the cows were pasture-fed too. Maybe I should venture into sweetening the plain variety using the ingredients you’ve suggested.

    • says

      Sylvia – Oh, my! Something you’ve never done! You’re killing me! 😉 Yes, I believe you can do all that with it. You can use it for soaking grains or in soaked recipes. If you want to start making it yourself, I could help you get a grain. :)

      Christie – The plain variety would be great in this recipe. My homemade kefir is plain, so I know for a fact that it works great! 😉 You could probably get the whole family drinking the Nancy’s plain if you made it this way. I’m not kidding when I say it is good! Enjoy.

  3. says

    I make fruity kefir smoothies all the time but have never had much success with chocolatey ones. Maybe I’ll try your ratio of cocopowder to kefir and see if it works. Raisins…. very worth a try.
    .-= Alyss´s last blog post… Of Probiotics and Pickles =-.

    • says

      Alyss – Hope you like it! I agree, the fruity-kefir smoothies are delish! Once we started using the raisins/dates instead of honey, these started getting super good! Perhaps that will make the difference for you!

  4. says

    Ok, alright, you got me. I think I just might have to try this tonight after dinner. I’m definitely going to err on the sweet side, though!

    Smoothie maker is packed somewhere…I hope a food processor will do. :/
    .-= Mindy´s last blog post… "Not my child" Monday =-.

    • says

      Mindy – Yay! I really think you’ll like it. I hope so, anyway! The food processor should do, though I’ve never done ice in one. Better halve or quarter the recipe and maybe add a bit more raisins just to be sure it is sweet enough for you. :) Please let me know how you like it, even tonight. I’ll be on pins and needles until!

  5. says

    I tried it!

    My food processor had a really hard time processing the raisins, so it was pretty tart. But it smelled so deliciously chocolaty! I think that next time I will have to use honey, I’m sure that’ll make a huge difference.

    My 6-year-old really liked it, too! Keep up the great recipes, Wardee. :)
    .-= Mindy´s last blog post… "Not my child" Monday =-.

    • says

      MIndy – Oh, bummer! I didn’t think about the raisins causing you trouble, but of course, they would! I’m glad your 6yo liked it and hopefully, with the honey, you will too. Thanks for trying!

    • annie says

      I know this comment was made a long time ago (I’ll bet you’ve already found your smoothie maker!), but it might help others to know that the raisins would be processed much easier if you soak them first (dates, too). That goes for blenders as well as food processors. :)

  6. says

    Sounds great….I’m becoming a frequent visitor as we just started gluten free cooking for the sake of my son who has Down Syndrome and a lot of gut issues. Your recipes all look great and I look forward to trying them!
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  7. says

    Christie, Helios kefir is most definitely organic. Also, you might consider trying our kefir (Lifeway Foods). We also have organic varieties and we sweeten all our flavored kefirs with organic cane juice. But yeah, adding your own sweeteners is a great idea too. A lot of people like having it with some honey or Stevia or shaved chocolate or almost anything else you can think of! So get creative.

  8. says

    We’ll have to try this out tonight, sounds yummy! I’ve always used ripe bananas to sweeten our kefir fruit smoothies, and that works great too! I never thought to add any coconut oil, though I’ve always added high-lignan flax seed oil. I’ll have to start adding the coconut oil too, starting tonight. Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Stevie says

    I do a similar smoothie and we do love it….we have just discovered that we love one with chocolate and frozen cherries! I sweeten with stevia. Also good when I don’t want to get the Vita-Mix out is….kefir, chocolate, cherry juice concentrate, and stevia. Blend with an immersion blender…Yummy!

  10. Rachel says

    I just tried this with frozen blackberries instead of ice because we don’t have any. I let my husband taste it. He has told me that he didn’t like things with yeast in it. He liked this. He actually didn’t know that it was kefir. I just started making the kefir last week. HeHe! I like being sneaky.

  11. Rachel says

    I made the kefir smoothie again tonight with honey, fresh cherries, and chocolate. This time I told my husband what was in there and he went back for seconds. Thank you! I really have been trying to find something that he really likes that is fermented.
    Any ideas about how to get him off artificially sweetened drinks like Crystal Light?

  12. annie says

    I make a smoothie similar to this, too. It has homemade cow’s milk kefir, 1-1/2 frozen bananas (instead of ice), some dark chocolate (either from a fair-trade, high-cocoa bar or chocolate chips), and a little vanilla extract. I love the idea of adding a little cocoa powder and CHERRIES! I have some local cherries in my freezer right now, so guess what I’m about to make for my afternoon snack… Y-U-M!

    My husband doesn’t like kefir, but he LOVES these smoothies! Haha!

    Thanks for posting this recipe! 😀

  13. Robyn says

    Our 5 year old decides every day what flavor we should make. We always add Tera’s Whey (vanilla or chocolate), which is already sweetened with stevia. She usually adds a couple of frozen strawberries, even to the chocolate whey. We mix it with an immersion blender in Ball jars (she loves to see the white kefir gradually turn to a pretty pink. We even added a section of an orange plus the rind. All this with only about 3/4 c of kefir. No need to add extra milk.

  14. LINDA says

    I will have to give this recipe a try. I have been making my own Kefir (milk) as well as water kefir/almond and coconut. Kombucha is a definite with continuous brew. The milk kefir introduced me back into the dairy world, using milk kefir grains and organic milk. Thank you for the recipes. I look forward to looking over your website as well.
    Sincerely in health and wellness for His service, Linda

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