Recipe: Kefir-Soaked Muffins

Soaking the flour in kefir gives it a bit of tang, breaks down the fiber present in the grain, and even lends a bit of lift due to the naturally present yeasts in kefir. Use the simple base recipe to create a multitude of variations. Add fresh or dried fruit, tossed in flour so they don’t sink, and gently mix into the batter. Or add nuts or chocolate chips for something special.


  • 3 cups whole-grain flour
  • 2 cups milk kefir
  • 2/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp. melted butter


  1. The night before baking the muffins, combine the flour and kefir in a large bowl. Cover and let rest at room temperature for 12-24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Mix all other ingredients into flour-kefir mixture. Mix just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into muffin cups that have been buttered or lined with paper liners.
  5. Place in preheated oven and bake 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean when inserted into center of a muffin.