Easy Homemade Coconut Yogurt

I have these amazing probiotic supplements…the problem is, I never take them! Using them to make dairy free yogurt is an easier (and tastier) way for me to keep my flora thriving. Many folks are experimenting with dairy free yogurt, unfortunately, buying individual containers can make a pretty big dent in your grocery bill. Making dairy free yogurt at home can save money and keep pesky additives and sugars out.

Plus, I had no idea it was so easy to make – if you can mix a few things together and let it sit on your counter, you can make coconut yogurt! I was inspired by Minimalist Baker’s straightforward instructions – thanks Dana!  Once I got the hang of making it, I started to experiment with spices and flavors and found the most delicious and healing treat – I hope you enjoy!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic, full fat coconut milk – I love Whole Foods 365 brand – such a creamy texture! Stay away from grainy coconut milk as it will not make a smooth textured yogurt.
  • 2 probiotic capsules – I use Jarrow Formulas, but any high quality capsule would work.
  • 1 TBSP Gaia Golden Milk Powder – I really like this blend because it has ashwagandha – such a powerful adaptogenic herb that can reduce cortisol levels and balance thyroid hormones. You could also make your mix of spices with turmeric, cardamom, black pepper and date paste/honey.

Directions:

  1. If coconut milk has separated in the can, blend it for a minute on medium speed to make a smooth, creamy consistency.  
  2. Pour it in a glass container (can be any glass container, as long as it can be covered with a cloth)
  3. Empty probiotic capsules into your coconut milk and combine with a wooden spoon. The metals in silverware can disrupt the bacteria – so stick with a good ol’ wooden spoon.
  4. Cover the mixture with a clean dish towel and secure with rubber band or string.  
  5. Just leave it on the counter for 48 hours! It does need to be a fairly warm place, in Austin we usually don’t have too much trouble keeping it warm on the counter. But if it is winter, I recommend keeping it insulated with a towel. If it is too cool, it won’t activate properly.  
  6. After 48 hours, yogurt will still look a little runny but should be tasty and tangy. Now you can add the golden milk mixture or desired spices and stir with a wooden spoon.
  7. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. The yogurt will continue to thicken in the fridge.  Then, voila – you’ve got a batch of delicious coconut milk yogurt!  If it’s not quite thick enough for you, you can add a small amount of chia seeds/agar powder to get it just right for you.  

I like to double this recipe so our family of 4 yogurt eaters can have an abundant weekly supply.

P.S. it still tastes great plain with no added spices or flavors.  Your kids will love adding their own toppings 🙂  Enjoy!

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Jen Massman
Hi! I'm Jen - a Canadian gal living here in Austin with my husband and two kids. We love being outdoors in the sunshine or in the water, so living in Austin is a dream - a little less dreamy when it's 110 degrees out :-/. But really, I love to start every weekend with a morning on the greenbelt and a stop at Flitch coffee. Since childhood, I've had a up and down relationship with food and consequently, spent years in poor health. Therefore, I learned to cook. I had to get off my college canned soup diet and actually learn how to hold a paring knife. I began to work in kitchens and restaurants and loved experimenting with new recipes and healing ingredients. Crowding out the junk in my diet with powerful, whole foods started my journey toward good health. Without these lifestyle changes and the support of a healthy community, I'm sure I would be seriously ill and most certainly would be without my children. After seeing how food and lifestyle changed my own life, I wanted to share it with others. This led me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which deepened my understanding and gratitude for healing foods and a balanced lifestyle. Now, I am launching Pio Wellness - a holistic health counseling program where individuals and families can build a community around sustainable wellness. St. Pio spent a large part of his life in ill heath, but said to "pray, hope and not worry" and I try to follow his advice. I am so passionate about helping busy families eat well, eat intuitively and not worry. I offer individual counseling and cooking support as well as group support for cleanses, elimination diets and so much more. Find me on instagram @pio.wellness - I'd love to hear from you, xo