Kefir breakfast bowl

I’m having a bit of a love affair with kefir these days.

I’m not going to lie – the first time I tried kefir several years ago, it was definitely not love at first bite. It was way too tangy for my liking. But now that my taste buds have adapted to plain Greek yogurt, I found that I really enjoyed kefir when I recently gave it another try.

For those of you who are currently thinking “ke-what?!”, let me back track for a second. Kefir is a fermented milk product that is similar to yogurt, however it’s thinner, slightly fizzy (although there are non-fizzy varieties too), and actually contains even more live cultures than yogurt. The brand I buy has 37 billion good-for-you bacteria in just 100 ml! And like other dairy products, kefir is a good source of protein, B vitamins, and calcium.

I’ve been experimenting with kefir for the past several weeks, and this kefir breakfast bowl is hands down my favourite way to eat it. It’s just like overnight oatmeal, but there is no overnight wait required – this breakfast is ready in seconds!

Kefir breakfast bowl

Kefir breakfast bowl
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Vegetarian and nut free. Gluten free option*.
Yield: 1 serving
  • ⅓ cup quick cooking oats
  • ½ tbsp chia seeds
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup plain 2% kefir
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • Toppings: berries, sliced banana, coconut flakes, granola, hemp seeds, goji berries, nut or seed butter, or any other desired toppings
  1. Mix together the rolled oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. Pour the kefir over top and stir. It will be quite thick already, and it will continue to get thicker as you let it sit. Feel free to add more/less kefir to your liking.
  3. Then stir in the banana and add your desired toppings.
*To make recipe gluten free, use certified GF oats.

Kefir breakfast bowl

Have you ever tried kefir?


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22 Responses to Kefir breakfast bowl

  1. I have never tried it, but I must give it a try, with all its health benefits, I know it would be a better breakfast for me than cereal. You made it look especially yummy too! Thanks for the nudge Chelsea :)

  2. I have tried Kefir – and I used to make my own, until I went away for a few days and was worried I might’ve contaminated everything with botulism. I really want to try kefir ice cream but I can’t find it anywhere! :( :( :(

    • Chelsea

      That’s so awesome that you made your own! I’m always scared of making my own fermented foods for fear of poisoning myself haha.

  3. I haven’t tried kefir, but I’ve been curious to pick it up! I may have to get on that now ;-)

  4. LOVE kefir! I always eat it with cocoa powder and chocolate peppermint amazing grass! :)

  5. I’m currently obsessing over kefir!!! I actually just must an amazing chia pudding with it and I cannot stop eating it!

  6. Adriana Glofcheskie

    I too first picked it up several years ago, and I absolutely could not stomach it. Mind you, I tried to drink it straight up by the glass. After that traumatic experience, I finally decided to give it another chance this winter and found it wasn’t half bad when added in place of almond milk in my smoothies or morning oatmeal. Which brand do you buy? Is it Liberte in the 454mL container?

    • Chelsea

      I’ve bought both the 454 mL Liberte organic kefir (which is more bubbly) and the 1 L Liberte non-organic kind (which isn’t really bubbly) – I like both! But there are also some local brands I’ve seen at health food stores that I really want to try.

  7. I don’t think we have this in Australia- But my mum was raving about it recently because she saw it on Dr.Oz…..she’s a twat sometimes.

    You know what I’m going to say. Add to the list of things to try in T town.

  8. I actually adore kefir, but I know what you mean about it being really strange at first blush. I’ve never tried using it to soak oats before, but it’s definitely going on my list of things to try. Can it be time for breakfast yet?!?!

  9. I have never tried Kefir, i am tempted now though because I have been LOVING oat bowls in the mornings and with the weather getting nicer slowly overnight oats are going to become a staple!

  10. i’ve tried kefir in smoothies – love the idea of making a breakfast bowl with it!

  11. What pretty colors in that breakfast bowl! I have never tried kefir, but I think I shall look for it now.

    • Chelsea

      Thanks! I hope you’re able to find it – it’s not always in conventional grocery stores, so it can sometimes be hard to find.

  12. Kateryna

    I have been eating/drinking kefir since childhood. It is part of traditional Ukrainian diet.
    I try to always have a glass before going to bed.

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