I've successfully made homemade kefir, and I've already finished half the quart. I sweetened it with monk fruit, which I learned about from my experience with Bob's Red Mill's vegan protein powder, it doesn't have any calories and tastes exactly like sugar, from what I can tell, you might be able to notice a difference, but I would doubt it.
This is so simple to make. I could've planned it a little better, but I made it at about 1:00 pm, checked it before bed and them put it in the fridge around 8:30 in the morning. Mine is made with almond milk so it's not super thick like you'd expect kefir to be, but it is a little tart and definitely sweet. On this one I put aside about 1/3 cup for my next starter. It recommends you save 1/4 cup at the end of your batch, but I separated it early on because I may not want it to all be strawberry flavored.
This is super simple to make. I used a starter kit from Cultures for Health. I've seen people use plain old probiotics to start yogurt, like this one from Minimalist Baker. I haven't done it, but it definitely looks like it's worth a shot.
Here's what you'll need
1 quart or 4 cups almond milk - I used Califa Unsweetened
1/3 cup monk fruit sweetener
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
Kefir starter - I used Cultures for Health
Coffee filter or cheesecloth + rubber band
Quart sized container - I used these, which turned out to be a good choice, because I can save my next starter in the smaller size.
Mix your kefir starter with almond milk
Place cheesecloth or coffee filter over the top secured with a rubber band. Leave 12-18 hours. Mine was there for about 20 1/2 hours and it was fine. Ideally, it should be at about 75° while it's culturing.
Remove cheesecloth and set aside 1/4 cup of plain kefir mix to use for your next batch and store in the fridge
Blend kefir with strawberries and monk fruit
Strain pulp through sieve and wash your original container if you're going to use it again
Store in fridge for up to 3 weeks
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I'm funny in the way where I'm a little embarrassed to bring my camera everywhere. But every time I do bring it I'm glad I did. I went out hiking with a friend and got some pictures that I'm more than excited to upload to my Society6 page (there are a bunch more on there, plus all of these). A lot of these pictures were just plants in someone's front yard along the way. You can kind of see the house in the background of some of these. One of the other lucky finds on this trip was a man driving an old, vintage car up the mountains. It was pretty sweet to see how proud he was of his car.
One more thing, I edited most of these the past few days while watching Maarten Scrader's YouTube channel, which I am newly obsessed with. I'm sure if you're looking for some new ideas you'll find something good in there.