Yorlife Kefir Cheesecake

Yorlife Kefir Cheesecake

This Kefir Cheesecake is so simple & delicious!

We know that sometimes you need a little indulgence, something with just the right amount of sweetness to feel just a little naughty!  This no-bake creamy kefir cheesecake is EXACTLY that.  Sweet, creamy and still packed full of gut lovin’ goodness you can make this as one large cheesecake for sharing *ahem* or make in individual Kilner pots for the perfect breakfast/snack/dessert.  This recipe is one that you and all the family can enjoy, for more great recipes that the family can enjoy see here.



   250ml Yorlife Natural Kefir

   450g Low Fat Cream Cheese

   65g Icing Sugar or a sugar free alternative like the amazing Sukrin Natural sweetener

   1 Tbsp Arrowroot starch

   1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

   1 small Cooked Beetroot, peeled.

   200g Digestive biscuits or of you want an really healthy alternative checkout this unreal vegan   hobnob recipe

   4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

   1 Tbsp Honey


We made this is Kilner jars to create individual breakfast treats that morning-you will totally thank you for but the measurements above are also correct for making one full sized cheesecake.

To make the crust; smash the digestive into a crumb mixture0 to do this pop all the biscuits in a sandwich bag and bash out some of that pent up frustration we all secretly have with a  rolling pin until you have a fine crumb mixture.  Add to a mixing bowl with the melted coconut oil and honey and stir through.  Alternately you can make this uber healthy but oh so yummy vegan crumb mix from Nadia’s Kitchen.  Place in either jars or a round shallow cake tin and press down until firm, smooth and flat.

To make the top: Add all the other ingredients to a food processor and mix until smooth- you want to make sure there’s no beetroot lumps.  Pour on top of your crumb mix and pop in the freezer for a couple of hours or the fridge overnight.  Serve with fresh berries, a drizzle of honey or anything else you fancy!


Happy Pancake Day from Yorlife Kefir

Yorlife Kefir Pancakes

After Christmas, Pancake Day has to be one of my favourite holidays.  Ok so it’s not technically a holiday but if I ever become PM you can bet your bottom dollar it would be one of my first acts- that and outlawing celery and making wearing crocs in public an offence but hey that’s not likely anytime soon.  So while we may not get a whole day off to enjoy the fluffy little delights that are pancakes lucky for us they are so quick and easy to whip up you can still enjoy them on Pancake Day and any day really!

And because we not only love pancakes but gut health too we thought you might like to try our kefir pancakes recipe this year!  You may not have thought of using kefir before but let me tell you- it is a GAME CHANGER.  The batter essentially rises itself due to the naturally fermented kefir properties and so your pancakes turn out fluffy and airy with the perfect amount of crispiness on the outside.  Trust us, once you have tried Yorlife pancakes you will not go back!



   1 Pint Plain Kefir- Buy it here

   2 Eggs

   4 tbsp Melted Butter

   2 tbsp Sugar

   450g Plain Flour

   2 tsp Vanilla Extract

   ½ tspn Baking Soda

   2 tsp Baking Powder

   Pinch of Salt

   4-5 tbsn Coking Oil

   Fresh fruit/Icing Sugar/Peanut Butter/Anything you fancy really to finish


To make Yorlife kefir pancakes, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl.  Next warm up the kefir slightly in a pan and add to the egg mixture. Pop in the melted butter and mix everything well.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add them to the kefir and egg mixture. Quickly mix everything to combine, but avoid over mixing. If there are a few lumps left, don’t worry, they will disappear while cooking. Leave it to rest for 5-7 minutes.

The batter should be thick and resemble a consistency of thick yogurt.

Heat a frying with your preferred cooking oil over medium high heat. Place a tablespoon of batter into the pan (or use a fancy sqeezee bottle if you prefer) leaving space between pancakes. Switch the heat to low and cook until golden, turning once*


Serve with fresh fruit, a sprinkle of icing sugar or a drizzle of peanut butter or syrup- really you can finish these however you fancy- the weirder the better in our opinion and please do send us you Kefir pancake creations!!


Happy Pancake Day Kefir lovers! x

*While watching your friends/parents/significant others attempting “The Flip” is generally really entertaining kefir pancakes tend to require a more gentle touch so stick to a skillet for flipping!

Yorlife Kefir Coconut Love Smoothie

Yorlife Kefir Coconut Love Smoothie

In case you missed last week’s blog, January sucks.  It is officially the most depressing month, when summer seems too far away even to contemplate and the closest we get to sun, sea and sangria is longingly scrolling through online holiday brochures which we can’t afford because we spent too much on festive fizz… did I mention this month was a bit depressing?

So anyway before we get even further into this pit of post Christmas despair I think we deserve a little pick me up, yes?  And what better than a smoothie so delicious, so creamy and so tantalizingly tropical tasting that if you close your eyes and lie back you might, might just feel like you’re in paradise.  So here is our gut-boosting, coconut-crazy kefir smoothie recipe just for you! Enjoy gut lovers! x



250ml Yorlife Oiginal Kefir (Mango & Passionfruit work too but you can swap the Cinnamon for Turmeric & lose the vanilla)

1 medium frozen banana

1 heaping teaspoon coconut cream concentrate

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of cinnamon (or Turmeric)

1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil

Stick it all in the blender and blend until smooth, serve in your favourite glass and finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or turmeric.  Sod it, stick in a that novelty straw because hey we’ve gotta do what it takes to make it through January!  Don’t forget to share your Yorlife creations too using the hashtag #yorlifeyorway


You can find some of our other gut-healthy recipes here.


Yorlife, your health x

Yorlife’s Mean Green Kefir Machine Recipe

Ok so hands up who has made New Year’s resolutions in the past and not managed to stick to them? Go on… be honest.  Well you are not alone, according to one grim statistic only 8% of poeple stick to their resolutions.  But let’s face it, January is tough.  It is cold, wet, our purses are significantly thinner and if like me you indulged in one too many mince pies and glasses on prosecco, your waistline probably isn’t.  So add to the mix a grueling diet and exercise regime and it is no wonder that most people spend January looking pretty miserable.  Well here at Yorlife we are all about realistic resolutions and making changes which are easy and can, nae WILL make you feel better.  The best thing you can do?  Start showing your gut some love.

By that we mean making sure you are having a daily dose of probiotics, in the form of our delicious kefir.  But as you are working so hard to create a leaner meaner you this year we thought you might like the recipe for our Super Green Machine kefir smoothie featured on our insta this week. So easy to make, so yummy and so so so good for you.  So don’t beat yourself up if you missed that 6am workout you promised yourself you would do (again) and instead commit to realistic, manageable changes to your lifestyle which can improve your energy levels, digestion and wellbeing.  Heck you might find you feel so good after a week of kefir that that 6am workout isn’t so scary after all… maybe 😉 Happy New Year folks x



   250ml Yorlife Natural Kefir

   2 cups of greens, kale is best

   1 Celery Stick

   1/2 Avocado

   1 Pear

   Juice from half a Lemon

   A good handful of Mint

   A few sprigs of parsley

Stick it all in the blender and blend until smooth, serve in your favourite glass with an extra celery stick if you’re feeling wild!


You can find some of our other gut-healthy recipes here.


Yorlife, your health x

Yorlife Kefir Hot Chocolate Recipe

Yorlife kefir hot chocolate

This time of year is magical isn’t it?  Those crisp fresh mornings when everything is just a little bit sparkly and the promise of Christmas is right round the corner.  The other great thing?  Chocolate.  In every way, shape or form but my favourite…  A steaming mug of hot chocolate accompanied by a good pair of woolly socks and the company of a great book.

Now how about guilt-free hot cocoa?  Sound too good to be true?  Well it’s not.  Our kefir hot chocolate is made with all the good bits and none of the bad so it’s a treat for your taste buds AND your gut health!

Instead of using traditional cocoa powder we recommend using cacao powder or nibs– don’t know the difference?  The fundamental difference between cacao and cocoa is the way they are processed:

  • Cacao powder is often referred to as the ‘raw’ chocolate, as it is processed in low temperatures and never heated above 45°C. This means that all the natural antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients remain intact. Cacao is considered the healthier option.
  • Cocoa powder is very similar to cacao but has been processed at higher temperatures. Cocoa powder still has some great health benefits, but research has shown that once a cocoa has been heated above 70°C, the levels of antioxidant levels are greatly diminished.



1 tspn high quality cacao powder or cacao nibs

250ml Yorlife Natural Kefir

1 pinch Nutmeg powder

1 pinch Cinnamon or Ginger

1 teaspoon raw honey or Agave Syrup (optional)

  1. Add the cacao, spice and honey/agave to a large mug. Add a dash of hot water to blend to a paste.
  2. Warm the kefir on the stove- be careful not to boil the kefir as this could diminish the probiotic benefits, you just want to warm it gently
  3. Once warm add the Yorlife kefir to you mug and stir.
  4. Finish with an extra little sprinkle of nutmeg
  5. Find you favourite cosy corner, curl up with a blanket and enjoy a moment of chocolatey goodness


You can find some of our other gut-healthy recipes here.


Yorlife, your health x

5 Ways to Boost your Immune System

immune system Yorlife kefir
It’s that time of year again when you find yourself sitting on the morning commute and suddenly you’re surrounded by sniffing, sneezing convalescents.  Or your little darlings come home from school with the tell-tale red eyes and dripping nose and you resign yourself to the fact that you too will soon become a barren of the plague.  Or maybe not? 

To help you stay strong against that incessant cough that’s been circulating the office air conditioning we have compiled a list of 5 holistic and natural ways you can boost your immune system this winter.  Unfortunately some bugs are persistent and can break even the strongest immune system, but getting yourself in the best health possible will not only give you a fighting chance of avoiding winter bugs but also improve your ability to recover from any that do slip through.


Recipe, Prebiotic Artichoke Super Soup

Prebiotic Artichoke Soup

Ok so it may be unseasonably warm right now but we all know Autumn is just lulling us all into a false sense of security and before long we are going to be digging out the scarves and (amazing) woolly jumpers.  So here’s a little recipe to get you ready to those chilly days, our Prebiotic Artichoke Super Soup!   A couple of weeks ago we were talking about the importance of prebiotics in your diet as much as probiotics.  Now while many raw foods such as bananas contain prebiotics and are a great inclusion in kefir smoothies we thought you might like to try our gut soothing prebiotic soup with a hint of turmeric, perfect to ease you into those Autumn evenings or to take to work on a soggy afternoon.

Make sure you share a pic of your soup creation and use the hashtag #YorlifeYourway



1 Onion

10g Flour

1 large Jerusalem Artichoke

1 tbs Fresh Lemon Juice

1 tspn Ground Turmeric

1 tbs Butter

50ml Milk

Salt & Pepper (as desired to taste)

100ml Vegetable (or chicken) stock

Yorlife Original Kefir to drizzle on serving

Wash peel and slice the vegetables, squeezing lemon juice over the artichokes to keep their colour. Melt the butter in a saucepan and toss the vegetables in it for about 5 minutes, with the lid on, shaking to prevent them sticking or getting brown.  Pour on cold stock, bring to the boil and simmer gently until all vegetables are soft and tender. Blend your soup, if possible, then add the milk mixed to a smooth paste with flour. Bring to the boil for 5 minutes, stirring continually.  Sprinkle your soup with cracked black pepper and drizzle with Yorlife Original kefir to serve.


For more great recipes which the whole family can enjoy see our child-friendly kefir recipe ideas here.


Enjoy, Yorlife Team x

Recipe, Carrot Cake Kefir Smoothie Bowl

Yorlife Kefir Smoothie Bowl

Kefir smoothie bowls are a fantastic way to start the day, or indeed as a snack throughout the day.  You can chuck just about any ingredients you like in there and they are a great way to ensure you are getting a nutrient packed and filling breakfast (or lunch, snack etc.) full of probiotics to get you ready to take on the day.

Kefir is a natural way to ensure you are getting a good dose of good bacteria to keep your gut flora happy and thriving.  This will improve your digestion, metabolism and support your immune system.  Kefir has also been linked to a more restful nights sleep and better energy levels throughout the day.  Yorlife kefir is great to drink on it’s own in one of our three fab flavours (Original, Blueberry & Elderflower and Mango & Passion Fruit) but it’s also a perfect addition to smoothies which you can create using fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds…well anything you fancy really.

Try our gut loving and filling carrot cake smoothie bowl, a delicious blend of dates, grated carrot and Yorlife (as well as some spices) – it’s the perfect balance of naughty and nice!  It is rich in fibre and the turmeric adds an anti-inflammatory to soothe your tum.  Make sure you share a pic of your creation and use the hashtag #YorlifeYourway


250ml Yorlife Original Kefir

2 Grated Carrots

5 Medula Dated (pitted)

1 tspn Cinnamon or Ginger

1 tspn Turmeric

A small handful of walnuts

A small handful of cacao nibs

Desecrated coconut (to garnish)

Add all to a blender and blend for 1-2 mins until smooth.  Pour into a bowl and garnish with the coconut and some leftover carrot (or anything you like really!)

For more great recipes which the whole family can enjoy see our child-friendly kefir recipe ideas here.

Enjoy, Yorlife Team x

You’ve heard of Probiotics, now what are Prebiotics?

prebiotics and probiotics kefir

So you now know (and are hopefully regularly consuming) the benefits of probiotics especially kefir made with live grains like Yorlife.  But have you ever heard of prebiotics?

Prebiotics are the much lesser known uncle of probiotics- you know the one you might forget to invite to the party until you get to the big day and realise it isn’t quite the same without them, yeh that one.  The definition of prebiotics is; a non-digestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines.  Put simply it is not bacteria but rather fibre which feeds the existing bacteria we all have in our guts and creates a nice environment which good bacteria wants to live in so that when you ingest probiotics they can get to work more easily rebalancing your flora.  Got it? Good.

So where can you find these wondrous fibre friends?  Well like probiotics there are a number of different sources.


Certain fruits and vegetables:

Apples, asparagus, bananas, chicory, cold potatoes (I’ll explain that one in a bit), bananas, chicory, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, onions, Pak choi and pulses to name a few.

The reason cold potatoes and the other veggies listed are such excellent sources of prebiotics is that they are all high in resistant starch.  Resistant starch passes through the upper digestive tract without being affected by the acid & heat of our stomachs and through to the large intestine and colon where it stimulates fermentation and the production of short-chain fatty acids like butyrate.  Which, to put it simply, makes a more hospital environment for good bacteria and one which is less favoured by bad bacteria so that when you then take your Yorlife kefir it’s got a head start on filling your gut with the good stuff.  We actually add a small amount of potato starch to our kefir already to help stabilize it so you are off to a good start of your RDA with your daily Yorlife serving.


Prebiotic Supplements:

Supplements such as Prebiotin Prebiotic Fibre Powder can be added to water, smoothies or sprinkled over food as it is almost tasteless (it has a mild sweetness to it which is quite pleasant) and provides a full spectrum prebiotic.  This is a quick and easy way to ensure you are getting the right level of prebiotics but as with any supplements we would never suggest using instead of a balanced and healthy diet full of both pre and probiotics foods and nutrient dense vegetables.

We are going to be posting a couple of great prebiotic rich recipes over the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled for them!


Let us know how kefir has helped you and if you have any other handy hints for beating the dreaded bloat.

Team Yorlife x

Beat the Bloat

beat the bloat, drink kefir to ease digestion

Oh the dreaded bloat.  As a culture us Brit’s are not good at talking about our digestive health, or much other than the weather to be frank.  It would appear that at some point in our childhood it is drummed into us to not discuss our bathroom habits and while that is all very well it seems that as a result there are far too many people suffering digestive discomfort in silence.  Bloating is now endemic in today’s society and I have a sneaking suspicion that modern western diets laden with processed foods and refined sugars have more than a little to do with it.  It is estimated that between 7-10% of the population have IBS in varying degrees of severity, this rate of incidence increases by 1.5 for young women.  Gastrointestinal disorders are frequently linked to poor diet, stress and bad eating habits, all of which are prevalent in our culture today.  I myself used to be regularly plagued by the dreaded uncomfortable fullness associated with bloating as well as the added rotundness of my belly which always seemed to strike exactly when I was planning on wearing anything remotely slinky.  Until I began my love affair with kefir.

Lactose Intolerance

One major cause of bloating is an intolerance to lactose.  Now please, please don’t confuse intolerance’s with allergies, real allergies are actually exceptionally rare affecting just under 2% of the population.  A food allergy will cause a severe and often dangerous reaction normally extremely quickly when consumed as the body’s own immune system goes into attack mode while intolerance’s, though often uncomfortable and unpleasant are likely to be much less severe and generally limited to digestive symptoms such as the dreaded bloat.

If you suffer from an intolerance to lactose you might find a daily dose of kefir very beneficial.  Stick with me here I know drinking a dairy drink sounds counterproductive but the enzymes in kefir actually digest 99% of the lactose in the kefir.  And it doesn’t stop there, those same enzymes when ingested regularly can help your body’s own ability to process lactose.  In a recent study participants reported having little or no symptoms associated with lactose intolerance after drinking kefir. In fact, drinking kefir reduced flatulence frequency by more than half when compared with milk, no more awkward post-latte pumps!

IBS Symptoms

As I mentioned earlier cases of IBS are on the rise.  While IBS is not actually a disease, rather a grouping of symptoms that is not much comfort to anyone who has experienced the excruciating cramps, dashes to the bathroom and uncomfortable bouts of constipation which plague sufferers.  A recent study conducted with participants with varying degrees of severity of IBS whereby they were given probiotics, sufferers reported a significant reduction in the symptoms associated with their IBS.

As well as not feeling the most glamorous bloating can make you feel sluggish and lethargic and with summer upon us you want to feel your best so grab a daily kefir and kiss goodbye to the bloat!

Let us know how kefir has helped you and if you have any other handy hints for beating the dreaded bloat.

Team Yorlife x