How to Make Coconut Water Kefir

Coconut water kefir is very easy to make in just 2 days. You will need:

Young Thai Coconuts

at least 3 fresh coconuts (the young Thai coconuts at a natural food store or Asian market will do, or better yet, if you live in the tropics, get wild coconuts from your locals farmers market). You can also use pasteurized coconut water drinks that are now popularly found in juice boxes, which are NOT raw, but will be made living upon fermentation.

a cheap, dull, long serrated knife with a sturdy handle (no sharp serrated teeth, as they may break)

a half-gallon or 1 gallon clean glass jar

kefir grains: fresh wet kefir grains (looks like bits of soggy white rice) can be ordered organic and vegan from very cheaply. When your grains arrive, store them in a glass jar in the fridge or use them all to make a batch of kefir immediately.

Place your 3 fresh young Thai coconuts on a sturdy counter. One at a time, take a coconut, hold it down firmly with your hand on its side (so that the pointy end faces your knife hand) and with your serrated knife, saw off the husk at the pointy end until you have a couple square inches of the inner light brown husk showing bare.

Be extra careful, watch your fingers, and avoid slipping from your grip on the coconut. Saw off the top half inch creating a lid that reveals a 1 to 2 inch hold with the white coconut inner meat exposed. Halfway into cutting the lid, rotate the coconut so that the lid faces upward, preventing the inner coconut water from leaking out.


Ginger-Orange Soda Pop (from the Superfood Beauty Elixirs book)

Pour out the coconut water into a sterilized half-gallon or larger glass jar and drop the kefir grains in. Do not tighten a lid over the jar. Keep the air flowing. Wrap a towel over and around the jar and keep in a warm place for 36 to 48 hours. Come back and taste!

The coconut water should have turned cloudy white, having become a probiotic-rich kefir. It should taste somewhat intense, with a little bit of sweetness left and a little bit of vinegar flavor present. If you leave the jar out for a few more days you will create vinegar that is suitable for salad dressings, but too sour for the Superfood Beauty Elixirs I love to make.

Strain the coconut water kefir into a separate glass jar and store it in the fridge or use it immediately with your chosen kefir elixir recipes. Rinse the kefir grains and store them in a small glass jar in the fridge, or use them immediately in another batch of fresh coconut water kefir.

I’ve included my personal 5 favorite coconut kefir elixir recipes in my book, Superfood Beauty Elixirs: Ginger-Orange Soda Pop, Master Cleanse Kefir, Orange Marine Phytoplankton Kefir Slushy Soda, Spicy Ginger Ale, and Vanilla Creme Cider. Mmmm… they are sooo refreshing and hydrating, and are sure to guarantee a BIG smile! 🙂

If you’ve done the Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet and want the upgraded improved version,
you’ll enjoy the Master Cleanse Kefir Recipe – Elixir Style!

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18 comments on “How to Make Coconut Water Kefir

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  3. Because I am allergic to milk, I always drink coconut milk. What I was wondering is if you can use Silk coconut milk to make the kefir? I have kefir berries that were given to me yesterday but they are in whole milk. Can I take them out and put them in my coconut milk to make it? I am so happy to find your site, I really needed this.

    • Jean, I would suggest drinking hemp, almond, pumpkin seed, or any other non-dairy nut/seed mylk in lieu of the other choices on shelves. You can make it yourself ( or buy it at any natural health food store. I wrote an article on how we can “eat like a queen without paying for it” that you may find helpful: I would use coconut water to make coconut water kefir, and not coconut milk.

      There’s a lot you can do to keep your costs down and eat healthfully, in fact I know this to be true no matter how dire financial circumstances are. Put your health as #1 priority and focus on what you want, not what holds you back. The law of attraction is very powerful!

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  4. I have such a mess of dietary problems that sometimes I think I ought to give up on eating all together. I am diabetic, I have gastroparesis, (slow stomach emptying), I have colitis, and I need to lose weight. I truly believe that what I need is an alternative to all the medications and I want to learn how to cure my own problems. I know I can’t go off all my medications at once, But if I could learn how to do these things, I know it would help. I believe our bodies are the best healing tool we have, we just need to know how to jump start the process. My problem is, I am on disability and most health foods, organics, etc. cost so much. So if there are any ideas out there that do not cost an arm and a leg, I want to find them. Thank you so much for your contribution to my health.

  5. i have some water kefir grains that i bought online. in the few weeks i’ve had them every 2-3 days i change the water and do a new batch, while the grains have plumped up, they haven’t seemed to multiply any… should i get some more grains elsewhere? They are fermenting the waters [ fizzy]. they taste awful though. did a batch of coconut water, and its nasty overpowering. [wondering if i should have left it for over a day [1 1.2 day]


    • Sounds like they’re not cooperating! I’d get more kefir grains and try it again. You can get them off eBay very inexpensively and they’ve always worked well for me. You can also try the Body Ecology Diet kefir grains which are high quality and found in natural health food stores. It shouldn’t taste awful – unless you have an aversion to the kefir smell, flavor & taste. Maybe it did need another day… don’t give up – give it another shot!

    • Liese,

      What kind of sugar and water are you using? The best sugars are organic or unrefined and the water should be spring. Try Cultures for Heath, you can find them online, they have great grains. Also, some grains aren’t multipliers and that’s totally okay. The fizz is a great sign that they’re active. Maybe try changing your water or sugar

  6. I just read that coconut water kefir is supposed to be way better for us than kombucha so I’m excited to give your recipe a try! Also, thanks for letting us know that Body Ecology Diet has good kefir grains.

    For those of you living in California, 99 Ranch is the best place to get young coconuts. They are always fresh, delicious and inexpensive!

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