Coconut Kefir Cornbread

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*Disclaimer: Lifeway Kefir sent me the kefir used in this post. It was mighty tasty.*

Guys, I've got a loaf in the oven. A super tasty one with some pretty abnormal ingredients. And I've got one word for you: Cornbread.


If you're from the North (where I reside, so no judgment), you might be thinking... "Ew, really? Cornbread? Where are we, insert-least-favorite-southern-state-here?"

And if you're from the South (where I went to school, so again... no judgment), you might be thinking... "Hah! That chick from Chicago think she can make cornbread?"

So basically, from the beginning, I was fighting an uphill battle with this recipe. Then, I decided to swap coconut oil for the butter and plain Lifeway Kefir for the milk. Now I've divided you in a new way: the traditionalists are rolling their eyes. The food bloggers are wondering if it turned into a mess or worked out.

Well, go ahead and clap! This cornbread is incredibly moist and dense, thanks to the Kefir that Lifeway sent me to try out recently. And there is just the slightest added bit of sweetness, thanks to the coconut oil. Moist, dense, slightly sweet cornbread? Let's file that one under #winning.

I do have to warn you, though, there are no chunks of corn. Lawd, how I wanted to dump a little fresh corn in there, because I love the way it surprises you when you bite down and "pop" it. But, alas, it is Wintertime in Chicago, and I didn't want to do the canned corn thing, so I opted to skip it.

You should also know that this recipe is not from scratch. It's a total twist on a "Natural" boxed recipe. That said, it's also an easy thing to make - takes about 3 minutes to mix up and 20  minutes to bake - so it might just be the fastest cornbread you've ever met.

Coconut Kefir Cornbread


  • 1 box Krusteaz Natural Honey Cornbread
  • 2/3 cup Mixture of 90% Lifeway Kefir, 10% water (You can eyeball this. I just filled it almost all the way to the top with kefir and then added some water to thin it out)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (if you are using the cold-pressed oil, microwave it for 30 seconds and stir, then microwave again for 15 if it is still thick)
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir with a spatula until moistened. If you like a bit of variation, just stop here. If you want it to all be the same consistency, stir for longer, until well mixed.
  3. Divide between two greased bread loaf pans. You could also pour into one 8x8 pan, or pour into small muffin tins.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick or fork comes out clean. 
  5. Cut slices to eat. Serve plain, with butter, with jam/jelly/fruit preserves, or with nut butter!


  • If you are making muffins, your cooking time will be more like 14-16min.
  • Feel free to use regular milk instead of the Lifeway Kefir. If you do choose to make this change, omit the water and do the full 2/3 cups milk.
  • Feel free to use vegetable oil/olive oil instead of the coconut oil. Proportions are the same.

And now for that gratefulness we've been working on:
Dear J. K. Rowling,
Thank you for reminding me that there's never just one hero. Instead, there are always lots of people who have to step up and play their card along the way to make life work out. You reminded me that life is a shared burden.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea to use up the kefir that I have in my fridge!


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