Looking for a refreshing and gut-friendly beverage while following a keto diet? Keto Kombucha is a fantastic option that combines the health benefits of kombucha with the low-carb requirements of a ketogenic lifestyle. This homemade version allows you to control the ingredients and flavors, ensuring a delicious and nourishing drink that aligns perfectly with your keto goals. Get ready to brew your own fizzy, probiotic-rich Keto Kombucha!
Recipe: Keto Kombucha
For the kombucha base:
- 8 cups filtered water
- 4-5 bags of black or green tea (avoid flavored varieties)
- 1 cup granulated erythritol (or preferred keto-friendly sweetener)
- 1 kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast)
- 1/2 cup kombucha from a previous batch or store-bought unflavored kombucha (as a starter)
For the second fermentation (optional, for flavoring):
- Fresh or frozen fruits (berries, lemon, ginger, etc.)
- Herbs or spices (mint leaves, cinnamon sticks, etc.)
- Boil the filtered water and remove it from heat. Add the tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool completely.
- In a glass container or fermentation vessel, combine the cooled tea, granulated erythritol, and the kombucha SCOBY. Stir gently to dissolve the sweetener.
- Add the kombucha starter liquid (either from a previous batch or store-bought unflavored kombucha) to the mixture and stir.
- Cover the container with a clean cloth or coffee filter and secure it with a rubber band. This allows air circulation while keeping insects and debris out.
- Place the container in a warm and dark location, away from direct sunlight. Let it ferment for 7-14 days, depending on your taste preferences. The longer you ferment, the more sour the kombucha will become.
- After the initial fermentation period, taste the kombucha. If it has reached your desired level of tartness, it’s ready for the second fermentation. If not, let it ferment for a few more days until it suits your taste.
- (Optional) For the second fermentation, strain the kombucha into sealable bottles, leaving about an inch of headspace. Add your preferred flavorings such as fresh or frozen fruits, herbs, or spices. This is where you can get creative and experiment with different combinations.
- Seal the bottles tightly and let them sit at room temperature for 1-4 days, depending on the desired level of carbonation. Keep a close eye on the bottles, as carbonation can build up quickly.
- Once the desired carbonation is achieved, transfer the bottles to the refrigerator to halt fermentation and chill the kombucha.
- Serve the chilled Keto Kombucha in glasses or pour over ice. Enjoy its refreshing flavors and gut-nourishing benefits!
Nutrition Facts (1 cup serving size):
Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 10mg Total Carbohydrate: 0g
- Dietary Fiber: 0g
- Total Sugars: 0g Protein: 0g