Vanilla Kefir Ice Cream

Vanilla Kefir Ice Cream

A simple homemade ice cream using kefir instead of milk for a tangy, creamy treat! (What is kefir?)


6 cups


2 cups kefir* (may substitute plain yogurt)
2/3 cup sugar**
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. In a 4-cup measuring cup (or medium bowl) stir together the kefir and sugar, until sugar is dissolved.

2. Stir in the cream and vanilla. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker bowl and churn until thick and creamy! Enjoy fresh as a "soft serve" consistency, or freeze for later.

Vanilla Kefir Ice Cream

Additional Notes: 

*For an even creamier, softer ice cream, you can strain your kefir. Line a strainer with a couple layers of cheesecloth, pour kefir in, and allow the clear whey to drip out until kefir is thick, like Greek yogurt. Use 2 cups of the thick kefir.

This recipe makes really good ice cream whether or not you strain the kefir! I don't bother with straining since it's an extra step.

**I haven't experimented (yet) with using healthier sweetener options, so you can try things like honey, sucanat, etc. at your own risk! ;) Just be forewarned that changing the sweetener could cause the ice cream to be very hard when frozen (at least, that's the most common problem we've had in our experiments!). :)

Vanilla Kefir Ice Cream

Preparation Time: 

30 minutes (start to finish)

Tammy's Review: 

This is a very simple, basic vanilla ice cream. I'm almost embarrassed to call it  my "recipe" because it feels too simple! However, the ice cream is very tasty and I loved the tangy kefir flavor! This is a great way to use your homemade kefir for a cool summer dessert!

Vanilla Kefir Ice Cream


I just tried this and it was a big hit! This will be a favorite in our house, I'm sure!


I tried this the first time with half-and-half instead of cream......because I didn't have cream. And boy, did it get HARD in the freezer. It was still delicious, but we had to wait for it to soften up each time. :-) I'll be trying it again with real cream.


I have made this twice now and the second time I made it with 3/4 cup of sugar. The tart taste of the kefir was a bit strong with 1/2 cup sugar, but it was still yummy! The texture is just wonderful and I love the the recipe is so easy. The texture is just the same as ice cream from the store and I love having another way to use kefir.


I had kefir coming out of my ears! So, I decided to try this. Wonderful flavor...

My only problem was that the cheapest, Rival Ice Cream Maker that I bought for about $25 will probably only last one or two more goes. I told my husband we had to drive to Cantril, Iowa to go to the Dutchman's Store and by a hand crank ice cream maker there. Uh, it is almost $200 and about 12 hours away... :o(


I just made this this morning! So good! I can actually take the kefir this way. :) I found your site a while ago when I first got my kefir grains. You have great ideas for this stuff. My kids and husband are not all that fond of kefir, but maybe they can eat it this way!

I give it a 10! Good stuff!


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