Cinnamon Coconut Water Kefir

Cinnamon Coconut Water Kefir

Cinnamon coconut water kefir is one of the easiest beverages to make for vibrant health. If you’re dealing with low energy, blood sugar issues, excess weight, sugar cravings, and digestive issues, drinking coconut kefir will help you get healthier. This wonderful fermented beverage is rich in beneficial bacteria, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that are crucial for digestive and immune system health.


I love making both raw milk kefir and coconut water kefir. I also like using nut and seed milks like walnut, coconut milk, or pecan to make different types of kefir and they are all delicious!  Coconut water kefir is one of my favorite nutrient-rich beverages because it tastes so refreshing and light. This kefir is perfect for anyone who can’t enjoy milk kefirs.  When I took the Alcat test and found out I couldn’t have dairy for 6 months, I consumed a lot of coconut water and coconut milk kefir and it really helped me feel so much better!


Cinnamon coconut water kefir is easy to make especially if you have access to young Thai coconuts. These coconuts have a white outer shell. If you can’t find young coconuts in your area, you can use high quality raw coconut water to make your kefir. This is the brand I use when I can’t find young coconuts in the store.  Once you get your coconut water, you will ferment it with kefir bacteria cultures to create a bubbly, tangy drink that will help support your digestive system, cut sugar cravings, detoxify your body, support your endocrine system, and strengthen your immune system.


How to Open Young Coconuts


  • Place one of your coconuts on a towel and turn on its side so that the pointed end faces your knife hand. Use the knife to saw the pointed top down until you see the light brown inner husk.


  • Set the coconut up on its flat bottom and use the edge of the knife to poke an opening in the brown husk. Cut open a hole and pour water into a sterilized glass jar. Scoop out the white meat with the back of a large spoon and freeze meat in airtight containers to use in other recipes.


Here are two good videos to show you how to open a coconut. The first video uses a large butter knife to open the coconut. The second video uses a cleaver to open the coconut.  See which method you prefer when you click on the video links.


My recipe today is a simple twist on the basic coconut water kefir recipe. I added a cinnamon stick to the recipe to create a delightful cinnamon flavored coconut water kefir. Ceylon Cinnamon has some fantastic health benefits so adding it to your kefir will create an even more powerful healing drink.

If you want to try some more of my fermented recipes, please check out my yummy pomegranate pineapple water kefir and purple cabbage and apple sauerkraut. Click the links below to see the recipes.


Fermented Purple Cabbage and Apple Sauerkraut


Pomegranate Pineapple Water Kefir


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Cinnamon Coconut Kefir

Cinnamon Coconut Water Kefir

Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Makes 1-quart

4 cups young coconut water—use 3-4 young coconuts or packaged unsweetened coconut water (This is the brand of coconut water I like)

4 tablespoons rehydrated water kefir grains or 1 packet of kefir starter

1-Quart sterilized glass jar with lid

1 Ceylon cinnamon stick (my favorite cinnamon sticks)


1. Pour the room temperature coconut water  into the glass jar. Add the kefir grains and the cinnamon stick. You can also leave the cinnamon stick out and add it during a second ferment if using kefir grains instead of the kefir starter. If using the kefir starter, warm the coconut water to 92 degrees F. and pour into the glass jar. Stir in the kefir starter with a  large spoon, add cinnamon stick,  and cover the jar loosely with the lid.

2. Let coconut water kefir set at room temperature for 24-48 hours. Coconut water kefir is ready when it turns milky white or cloudy, fizzy, and tastes tangy.  After 24 hours, pour a small amount of kefir into a glass and taste. If the kefir is fizzy, milky white or cloudy and you like the taste of the kefir, strain out the kefir grains and cinnamon stick, then place the kefir in the refrigerator for up to 7—14 days. If you didn’t add the cinnamon to the first ferment you can add the cinnamon stick now after you strain out the water kefir grains and do a second ferment for 1 day.

3.  If you are using the water kefir grains, once you strain them out of the coconut water kefir, you need to store the grains in sugar water made with ¼ cup of organic sugar and 1 quart of pure spring water in a covered container until you’re ready to make another batch of coconut water kefir. I usually just use the kefir grains to make another batch of coconut water kefir right away. If you don’t want to do this, the water kefir grains can stay in the refrigerator for several weeks and up to 1 month in the sugar water.

4. If using the kefir starter, you can remove ¼ cup of the coconut kefir and add to another 4 cups of coconut water to make a new batch.


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  1. Hi Shelley,

    I love me some young Thai coconuts 😉 Awesome stuff here. I frequently downed young coconut juice at the beach or had a shake or 2 so I imagine cw kefir is an uber healthy and tasty treat.

    Wonderful share here, thanks!

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  2. where do you find kefer?

  3. Carolyn Wilson says:

    Hi Shelley, I Need to find where I can get these ingredients to make for my daughter who is sick and has all the symptoms of digestive issues but her doctors seem to make her worse eveytime she goes. This will not hurt her and I believe it will give her relief from the pain as well. Thank you I will be looking your purchase your book.

  4. Hi Shelley,

    Sounds great, I’m glad there’s an alternative from the Thai coconuts because I’m not sure where id be able to find them..
    Thank you, Best Wishes
    Kind Regards,Jessica.
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  5. Wow, I would love to make this, but the brand you listed on Amazon is $25.00 for 16 ounces!! Not nearly in my budget. Is there a less expensive brand that is just as good that I can use? Thanks!

  6. I have never tried making Kefir… but now I just might have to!! I just started making smoothies to get greens into my diet (why I haven’t been doing this my whole life I don’t know!) so it is time to add another healthful treat! Thank you for the easy to follow instructions. I can get the coconuts so I’m set!
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  7. Appreciate it! Your recipe has been great and easy to make.
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  8. This Cinnamon Coconut Water Kefir sounds delicious and refreshing. I am not going to kid myself–I am not going to bother trying to open coconuts. I don’t even think that I have seen them in my market. I am aware of the benefits of coconuts and cinnamon and am wondering if I could purchase ready-made coconut water?
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  9. Ginger Crespo says:

    Hello! I’ve been making plain water kefir for about 8 months now and always add the flavor to the second fermentation. My question is: adding the cinnamon sticks to the first fermentation does not damage or wear out the kefir grains? I’m just wondering before I try it, because it sounds super delicious!

  10. Hi Shelley,
    what a great combination of ingredients.
    I didn’t know that kefir could grow with other liquids than milk.
    The cinnamon seems to be a great way to flavour it all!

    Thank you for sharing yet another great post!
    Love and Light
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  11. I don’t trust myself to make this homemade, I have killed friendship starter and sourdough starter. Is there a brand of coconut water kefir available that you would recommend?

    • Hi Rachel, The recipe is really easy to make and you shouldn’t have a problem. But I do like this brand of coconut water kefir. You can usually find it at natural and health food stores like Whole Foods Market or Sprouts Farmer’s Market. They also have it at Ralphs and Vons in California.
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  12. I read the recipe twice… no second ferment or am i missing something?
    Can you use milk kefir grains? it’s a one time ferment…

    • Hi Sally, There is no second ferment with this recipe. It’s a one time ferment and you just follow the recipe. I use a small portion of my water kefir grains for only using in this Cinnamon Coconut Water Kefir and any other batches of it that I want to make. You can also just use Kefir starter with the recipe. You can’t use milk kefir grains with coconut water.
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  14. Oooooh la la… Can I drink that?
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  15. Judy Doyle says:

    I’m brand new to fermenting and I love your recipe for cinnamon coconut water kefir. Just made my second batch, got my grains at a Weston Price meeting :). Thank you!

  16. How much do you need to drink per day? i bought some coconut kefir from whole foods and the serving is one tablespoon.

  17. Hello, Could I add this to a smoothie so my girls would have a healthy fun drink in the mornings?

  18. I’ve never made kefir & I’m new to even drinking it, but I’m excited to try. Is there really a difference in cinnamon? I purchase mine from the organic market in my town, but I’m not sure what kind it is. Also can I use almond milk to make kefir? Thanks for your reply & I’m gonna check out your smoothie recipes. Can’t wait to try them.

  19. I thought you had to add organic brown sugar to every batch of water kefir, Am I wrong thinking this?

  20. Thank you for this post. I have been researching water kefirs as dairy anything and I do not get along! Would I need to have separate water kefir grains for coconut water kefir and plain water kefir?

  21. Shelley – not sure I asked that last question just right. Would I need 2 sets of water kefir grains – one for plain water kefir and one for coconut water kefir? or would one set of grains be sufficient for both kinds of water?

  22. Hi there!
    How do I warm up the coconut water to 92 degrees? In a heated pan full of water? And for how long?

  23. Dear friend Please repost link to Amazon Coconut water that you recommended I can’t track it down Thanks Tamayra

  24. Hello! Thank you so much for this recipe! I have made it and this is the 48 hr mark. But there is a white moldy-looking film on the top. I’ll be honest–I didn’t sterilize the container, but it was clean. Is this normal? I tested it yesterday at the 24 hr mark and it tasted ok and already had a slight white film. Please help! I don’t want it to go to waste if it doesn’t have to. Thanks in advance!!

    • Hi Kayla, it sounds like your kefir formed mycodermia aka flowers of kefir which is a fungi skin created by the yeast and bacteria in the kefir that looks like white fuzzy mold. It can sometimes occur if your kefir was fermented at higher temperatures than normal or if you used to many grains for the amount of coconut water used. You can skim the mycodermia off the top of the kefir and then do a smell and small taste. If the kefir smells fine and tastes slightly tangy it should be good. Make sure you don’t ferment for longer than 48 hours. Sometimes especially in hot weather all you need is 24 hours and it is ready to go in the refrigerator. Hope this helps you!
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  25. I’m wondering your opinion on kombucha? Anyone try it?

  26. Do you know of a Cinnamon Coconut Water Kefir sold at stores? I’d like to try it before I attempted to make it. I thought you had a link for it above and I clicked and it didn’t work. I’m a total newbie. I found this site through another. Am I correct that kefir is a probiotic? I’m looking for some good probiotics for my 4 year old. thanks

    • Hi Crystal, there is no cinnamon coconut water kefir that is sold at stores but there are some plain or flavored coconut water kefir brands sold in stores. I like a brand called Kevita. They also make water kefir too that comes in a variety of different flavors. You and your 4 year old may enjoy the blueberry cherry flavor or mango coconut. Coconut water kefir, water kefir and milk kefir are all probiotic-rich beverages. Let me know what you think of Kevita’s fermented beverages if you try them.
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  27. Samir Jamati says:

    It’s interesting what you are mentionning, Coconut water and Cinnamon, I personally use always the cinnamon(to boost immune system) with my coffee adding Coconut Milk unsweetened(to avoid Alzheimer) afterward one cup a day, after that I switch to 3 cups a day Green tea Sencha Japanese Biologic (epgcg)with Honey(antiseptic +); @ hours before eating anything on an empty stomach I prepare in the blender a glass of green tea sencha japanese tea pour it on a mix of fruits (antioxidant), add to it a table spoon Cinnamon, a tablespoon of honey few slices of Ginger, blend at a low to medium speed, pour it in a mug for a good detox and boost immune system and your energy, you don’t feel Hungry for as long 8 hours; I never take flue vaccine, or any medicines, next year I will be 70 years old; as a snack two slices of whole 14 grains I spread on cinnamon place them in the oven at 250/ oF for 5 mins max. to activate the enzymes and slices apples and banana on top of them some honey and savour it…….. I use the right type of vegetables green and many colored ones…ingredients as well as others plants and herbs for seasoning; Did you hear about this plant named Corcorous Olitorious; If you want to exchange ideas or informations;
    A positive comment on your website, congratulation

  28. Hi Shelley! This sounds delicious! Would you be kind enough to share your sources that show that Kefir water is a healing beverage? I did not see any citations in your article. TIA, Jo

    • Thanks Jo! I have been making and eating fermented foods for many years so I know from firsthand experience the healing benefits I have gotten from drinking coconut water kefir. Kefir and other fermented foods have been used by many cultures around the world as a traditional method of preserving foods and their benefits are well documented. There are many sources of information that you can check out to find out more about how they can help support your health. I also think you should check out these two books as well if you want to learn more. Art of Fermentation and Nourishing Traditions.

  29. I bought the kefir grains as you suggested on Amazon. In your recipe, it calls for 4 tablespoons of REHYDRATED kefir grains. How do I go about rehydrating before actually using? Can you please state how to do this?
    How long can I continue to repeat with a new jar of coconut water using same grains?
    Thanks so much, ready to try this out!

  30. Debra Hutchinson says:

    Would really like to try this recipe. Could you tell me how much one should consume a day in order for it to be beneficial?d

    Thank you,

  31. How much coconut kefir drink do u need each day for digestive & immune problems?

  32. What I know is that kefir needs sugar to survive, how does it work here?

  33. I personally love coconut water, I drink it regularly and also include it in my smoothies. It adds a unique flavor which I enjoy. However, coconut water can be on the expensive depending on size and brand. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Hello, Shelley!

    First of all, I absolutely love this blog and how you aim to help busy people (most of us) stay healthy – it’s possible after all!

    Secondly, this superfood drink sounds fantastic! One a day will keep the doctor away, I am sure. I am a huge coconut fan and I’ve never heard of something like this. Thank you!

    I also appreciate your tutorial on opening a young coconut- very useful!

    Keep up the great work,

    P.S., I am going to be shooting you an email..

  35. This looks like a great way to bypass drinking dairy if for some reason kefir / milk products don’t handle so well in your tummy. I’ve heard that sometimes people can handle kefir if they can’t handle milk – because the probiotics in the kefir help out with the digestion and the break down of the lactose. But no matter, you can simply make some coconut water kefir! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I am excited to try this at home!

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