Kefir Brownies are easy to make and taste delicious! Everything is mixed in one bowl and only takes about 10 minutes of prep time. Healthy brownie recipes don’t have to be complicated!
With only 20 minutes of baking time, you can have a healthy dessert option ready, for about 12 people, in under an hour!
I am always looking for ways to use kefir and this Kefir Brownies recipe is a great way to do it. Plus, if you don’t have kefir, yogurt can also be substituted.
What is Kefir?
Kefir is a fermented milk drink developed in the Caucasus Mountains, according to popular belief.
While yogurt is the fermentation of the bacteria in milk, Kefir is a combination of bacteria and yeast fermentations found in milk.
What Does Kefir Taste Like?
Like yogurt, kefir is a cultured milk product with a tart and a slightly sour taste, but the two foods have some differences as well.
Kefir’s flavor is naturally sweet, slightly bubbly, and mild but a bit tangy as well. Kefir also has a higher probiotic count than yogurt.
Benefits of Kefir
According to Medical News Today, drinking Kefir had a positive effect on the blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels in two small study groups.
Kefir also has more probiotic strains than yogurt – think yogurt on steroids!
And, there is more:
- Blood sugar control. In 2015, a small study compared the effects of consuming kefir and conventionally fermented milk on blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
- Lower cholesterol.
- Increased nutrition.
- Improved lactose tolerance.
- Improved stomach health.
- Healing properties.
- Weight control.
The research on kefir is still limited, but a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 2003 found that kefir improves lactose digestion over milk, with reduced or no symptoms of lactose intolerance.
There is some more general research on probiotics showing that they can prevent or treat some digestive problems.
Make Your Own Kefir
Did you know that you can make your own kefir and yogurt?
Be sure to check out How to Make Kefir and watch the video to see just how easy it is to make.
Not interested in making or using kefir? Yogurt can also be used for great results in the Kefir Brownies recipe. Check out How to Make Yogurt.
All you need to make milk kefir are kefir grains.
Oh, and kefir grains aren’t really grains at all. They are little rubbery, cauliflower looking granules that are home to the bacteria and yeast that ferments the kefir.
You can also make coconut kefir, almond kefir, soy kefir and water kefir.
Is Kefir Safe To Consume Daily?
Kefir is safe for most people to consume, and a single serving is full of vitamins and probiotics.
It’s safe to consume daily, and it may help create and maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in multiple systems within the body.
Kefir is extremely safe and has very few side effects.
How to Use Milk Kefir in Recipes
- Substitute it for buttermilk in any recipe.
- Use milk kefir to soak flour or grain overnight, before cooking or baking.
- Replace mayonnaise with kefir in salad dressing recipes.
- Use it as a marinade.
- Kefir Smoothie – Fruit Flavored – Your Choice of Sweetener
- Healhty Kefir Popsicles
Tips for Making Kefir Brownies:
Kefir brownies use coconut flour and you might be wondering why there seems to be less dry ingredients in the following recipe. Well…
Coconut Flour absorbs more liquid than all purpose flour. That is why we use less dry ingredients in comparison to wet ingredients.
Baking with Stevia
Liquid stevia can be difficult to find so I have linked to the brand available from my affiliate partner that works well.
For those of you who use a squeeze bottle without a dropper, there are 10 drops in a stevia dropper. 2 droppers full equals 1/2 tsp.
Tips for Cutting Brownies
- Use a warm blade, wiping it down after every cut.
- Let the brownies cool in the pan until room temperature (~ 2 hours), chill in the fridge or freezer, then cut.
- Use a plastic knife.
- Forgo the entire process and bake in muffin tins. ;)
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- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl - mix well.
- Spread into a greased 8 x 8 baking dish.
Bake for 20 minutes. Test for doneness by gently shaking pan - there should be a little jiggle. You don't want them dry!
- Allow to cool completely before cutting.
- There are 10 drops in a stevia dropper. 2 droppers full equals 1/2 tsp.
- Be sure to preheat the oven as it makes a difference in the texture of these brownies.
- Chocolate chips are optional but delicious!
- A chopped unsweetened baking chocolate bar is also delish!
Have You Made Kefir Brownies?
Leave a comment – I would love to hear how they turned out for you!