20 Fantastic Paleo Kombucha Recipes
Post by Lucha: World traveler, culinary student and Media Director at Paleo Flourish Magazine. Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.
If you’ve already caught onto the kombucha craze, I applaud you! But if not, I’ll be the first to admit that just a little more than a week ago, even I had absolutely no idea what this stuff was, or why there is such a fuss over it!
Kombucha is a fermented tea that is slightly fizzy and can be customized with many different fruits and herbal flavorings. I love it because it contains healthy bacteria and yeast cultures that work sort of like probiotics to support a healthy gut. That’s why it’s considered a “functional food” and why the Paleo community comprises some of its biggest fans. The process to make it is pretty straightforward; the only challenge is getting hold of the yeast culture mix (called SCOBY). If you live in the US, you can easily order it online (get this one from Amazon – the cheaper ones often break in the mail) or perhaps even buy it at your neighborhood health food store. If you can get your hands on some, the rest is pretty easy. So go find some SCOBY and then have a look at the myriad ways to make your kombucha taste great! Here is a list of our favorite Paleo kombucha recipes (including instructions on how to make kombucha – Louise has made it before so we definitely know it works well)!
Top 5 Paleo Kombucha Recipes
The Best How-To Guides for Paleo Kombuca
Josh has a thorough and easy-to-follow instructional post on how to make Kombucha at home. His photos also provide a clear picture into the process of making the stuff so if yours looks weird, you can rest assured that it looks the way it’s supposed to. He also provides some good ideas for fruit flavors and mixes to give your kombucha a great taste! Don’t be shocked by the inclusion of regular sugar in the recipe. This may seem very un-Paleo but sugar is necessary to feed the bacteria and they eat pretty much all of it. I’ve even seen kombucha on sugar-detox diet plans so don’t worry, you’re safe! (Thanks to Josh for allowing us to use the above photo from his awesome blog, Slim Palate.)
Here’s another great How-To guide from Sonia, the Healthy Foodie. She makes her kombucha taste great by including cranberries, chai spice, ginger and honey. YUM! She gives very detailed instructions and warns against the one mistake that could make a volcanic kombucha eruption occur in your kitchen. Keep your kombucha (and kitchen ceiling) safe and heed her advice! (Photo credit to Sonia, The Healthy Foodie who contributes regularly with recipes from her great blog!)
Alyssa’s instructions include specific step-by-step photos and tips, with an important list of required equipment and links to purchase the tools in case you don’t have them handy. (Thanks to Alyssa at Everyday Maven for giving us permission to use her photo. Check out her blog for more great recipes!) Our favorite flavored Paleo Kombucha Recipes
Rachel puts it perfectly when she describes kombucha as “an amazing probiotic elixir of life.” She uses pre-made kombucha to make this cold and refreshing strawberry/cucumber drink that can be served solo on a hot day, or as a giant batch in a pitcher, poolside or at a garden party. (The beautiful photo above is reproduced with permission from Rachel of South Beach Primal. Thanks!)
This delish limeade is made without doing a second fermentation (so no wait time) and just mixes unflavored kombucha with some refreshing fruits and a bit of natural sweetener. (Thanks to Lauren, the Mindful Mama for permission to use her photo!)
More Great Paleo Kombucha Recipes
Here’s another great step-by-step guide with links to buy the materials and more recipes for making flavored kombucha.
Perfect if you are apricot-rich (or just a fan); this kombucha recipe is easy, sweet and delicious.
Another great kombucha variation from Hollywood Homestead, this time they use strawberries to add a nice flavor and color.
Here’s a more elaborate kombucha recipe, which is intended for after the first round of fermentation. Hayley makes this creative and delicious kombucha with berries, ginger and spices. YUM!
Another variation from Hayley, this one uses granny smith apples mixed in with a few different spices. To sweeten the end product she uses organic coconut sugar as well.
The Domestic Man presents his version of homemade kombucha with some great recommendations for flavorings in its second fermentation.
If you drink alcohol or know someone who does, try making this mint julep with bourbon and kombucha for a unique and original Paleo cocktail!
Pomegranate is a healthy fruit and a good source of antioxidants. If it’s not in season in your area, opt for some pomegranate juice to mix with your kombucha for a second ferment!
There are a few different ideas here from blogger Steph on mix-and-match kombucha flavorings. I want to try them all!
Some Fun Paleo Kombucha-Derived Goodies
As if kombucha weren’t an already super healthy addition to gummy treats, this recipe uses gelatin (with its own myriad health benefits) to make these chewy, delicious goodies.
Hayley makes her kombucha gummies with only three ingredients and sets them in an adorable bear shaped mold for an awesome and healthy treat.
These kombucha gummies are made with real fruits (strawberries and mango) and made in lego shapes! The kids will go nuts for these!
These popsicles couldn’t be easier to make. Kombucha, some fruits, honey and a freezer are all you need! (Popsicle sticks wouldn’t hurt either.)
No need for an ice cream maker here! This coconut milk and kombucha based fruity ice cream is easy to make and very refreshing on a hot summer day.
Kelly Bejelly uses a pre-made chai kombucha for these floats. She also includes a link with instructions to make your own.