Coconut Milk Kefir Cherry Ice Cream (vegan, paleo, keto & body ecology)Skip to Recipe
Coconut Milk Kefir Cherry Ice Cream (vegan, paleo, keto & body ecology) is the perfect summertime ice cream recipe to cool down & is filled with probiotics. If you are like me trying to be conscious about re-setting your gut health but you still want a yummy treat that can help you cool off. Well, look no further. The other day I was scrolling through the Facebook feed and I saw a raspberry coconut kefir popsicle recipe video by Body Ecology and I couldn’t help but think how genius that is. So I went ahead and created my own ice cream version.
6 Amazing Coconut Kefir Health Benefits
Coconut kefir is one of the best probiotic foods around, and we know probiotics are the special forces of the microbial world. One, in particular, that is specific to kefir alone is called Lactobacillus kefiri, and it helps defend against harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. This bacterial strain, along with the various others handfuls, help modulate the immune system and inhibit many predatory bacteria growth. (3)
Kefir also contains another powerful compound found only in this probiotic drink, an insoluble polysaccharide called kefiran. A 2005 study published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents showed kefiran is antimicrobial, helps fight against candida symptoms and even speeds healing of external wounds. (4)
2. Digestive Aid
Your gut flora or gut microbiome is made up of a complex community of microorganisms that live in your digestive tract, and it’s directly impacted by your diet. Consuming coconut kefir on a regular basis is an excellent way to optimize the health of your personal gut microbiome, which means improved functioning and health of your digestive system.
The probiotics found in coconut kefir are excellent for discouraging constipation and encouraging healthy elimination on a regular basis. The probiotics also help restore your good flora that fights against pathogens and aid against disruptive diarrhea and other gastrointestinal side effects caused by taking antibiotics. (5)
Coconut water kefir is also especially great for digestion due to the lauric acid it naturally contains. Lauric acid converts to monolaurin in the body, which helps protect against gastrointestinal infections, worms, viruses and more. (6)
3. Allergies and Asthma Remedy
Coconut kefir is an excellent way to up your daily probiotic intake and get your allergies and asthma under control. Various forms of allergies and asthma are all linked to internal inflammation and suboptimal gut health. In animal studies conducted at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology’s Natural Medicine Research Center, kefir was shown to reduce inflammatory cells disrupting the lungs and air passages, as well as reduce mucus buildup. (7)
The live microorganisms present in kefir help promote the immune system to naturally suppress allergic reactions and aid in changing the body’s response to the systemic outbreak points for allergies. (8) Many scientists believe allergic reactions result from a lack of good bacteria in the gut. Researchers from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center performed 23 different studies with almost 2,000 people, and in 17 of those studies, test subjects taking probiotics showed improved allergic symptoms and quality of life. (9)
4. Cancer Fighter
Cancer is a serious epidemic impacting our country and the world today. Coconut kefir can play a big role in helping your body fight this nasty disease. Kefir’s healthy bacteria play a large anti-carcinogenic role inside the body, making it a potential cancer-fighting food.
Most cancer studies have involved dairy kefir, but positive outcomes are easily and likely transferable to coconut kefir since the fermentation and resulting good bacteria make kefir of all varieties so amazing. One study (with dairy-based kefir) showed that kefir can slow the growth of early tumors and their enzymatic conversions from non-carcinogenic to carcinogenic. (10) In addition, one in-vitro test conducted at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Canada showed that kefir reduced breast cancer cells by 56 percent (as opposed to yogurt strains that reduced cells by 14 percent). (11)
Coconut kefir can also help fight cancer due to coconut water’s antiviral properties. Research published in 2009 identified not one but three antimicrobial peptides in green coconut water. (12)
The hydration power and high electrolyte content of coconut kefir can also help combat chemotherapy’s common side effects of diarrhea, dehydration and general nutrient depletion. Leading conventional cancer treatment centers even recommend coconut water as part of the management of chemo symptoms. (13) Coconut kefir is an even better choice than coconut water since coconut kefir can replenish the good bacteria that chemotherapy kills, replenish electrolytes and provide hydration.
5. Safe to Consume for Those with Lactose Intolerance
Some might be wondering: Is coconut water dairy? While dairy-based kefirs contain very small amounts of lactose, for some, even small amounts of lactose are problematic. Coconut water kefir contains no dairy or lactose, making it a safe option for those who suffer from the symptoms of lactose intolerance.
6. Provides a Potassium Punch
Coconut water kefir is certainly high in the crucial mineral known as potassium. In fact, a serving of coconut water contains just as much potassium as four bananas. (14) The power level of potassium in coconut kefir is excellent for improving overall bone health, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing heart disease and stroke risk. The potassium in coconut kefir can also help people with inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, and of course, it’s great to consume in order to reverse or prevent low potassium.
Facts sourced directly from https://draxe.com/coconut-kefir/
Coconut Milk Kefir Cherry Ice Cream (vegan, paleo, keto & body ecology) notes:
- You can use any fruits that you desire, I choose to use cherry but I think any berry or even plain would taste amazing!
- Warm 2 cans of coconut milk to 90 degrees in a saucepan
- Add pitted cherries to the blender
- Pour warmed coconut milk into the blender
- Add kefir starter culture packet
- Blend until fully smooth
- Put in a jar with a lid to sit for 8-10 hours to ferment. (71-81 degrees is ideal)
- When fermented whisk in raw monk fruit extract or sweetener of your choice
- Add back into the blend and stream in warmed coconut oil – this will help prevent separation
- Pour the mix into your ice cream maker and let it work its magic
- Enjoy right away to enjoy a creamy ice cream!