How to Make Fresh Coconut Yogurt

How to Make Fresh Coconut Yogurt

Are you on a dairy-free diet? Do you make coconut kefir or enjoy fresh coconut water? If so, I highly recommend saving your coconut meat to make yogurt!  Coconut milk yogurt is a delicious, refreshing way of increasing your probiotic intake.  We enjoy ours topped with fresh berries or gluten-free granola.

How to make fresh coconut yogurt. Yum! // This House of Joy

Now, I KNOW you may be thinking…”Can’t I just buy dairy-free yogurt in the grocery store?” You can…but have you looked at the label? That was the catalyst for me.  Here is the ingredients list for a popular coconut milk yogurt: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT, PECTIN, ALGIN, MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, RICE STARCH, LOCUST BEAN GUM, LIVE CULTURES, GUAR GUM, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, GELLAN GUM, XANTHAN GUM, VITAMIN D2, VITAMIN B12.  I can’t even pronounce some of those ingredients and have to wonder how they are on a person’s digestion.  Many people are avoiding dairy to help with digestion only to be replacing dairy with non-food ingredients.

I assure you that this yogurt is very simple to make and only has 4 ingredients!!  Each time I make coconut kefir, I scoop out the meat and throw it in the freezer.  When I have enough saved up, I make yogurt.  Although we tolerate cultured dairy now, my little one actually prefers coconut milk yogurt!

How to make fresh coconut yogurt.  Yum! // This House of Joy

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Fresh Coconut Yogurt
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Serves: 8-10
  • 5 c. fresh coconut meat
  • 1-2 c coconut water
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • Non-dairy yogurt starter (I use ¼ tsp GI Pro Health Starter)
  1. Place coconut meat, coconut water and raw honey in the blender and blend on high until very smooth. (If you want very thick yogurt, start with only 1 cup of coconut water and add more as needed. Unlike dairy yogurt, this yogurt will not thicken up when cultured. You need to get the texture/thickness just right at this stage).
  2. Once you are happy with the texture, add your yogurt starter and blend on low to combine.
  3. Note: Follow the instructions for your brand of yogurt starter. For GI ProStart, I use ⅛ tsp per quart.
  4. Transfer your mixture to a 2 quart yogurt maker and let it culture for 8-10 hours. It’s done when it’s nice and tart.
  5. Hint: Start your batch before bedtime so that you have extra time in the morning to let it process if you want it more tart.
Supplies Needed:
2 Qt. CapacityYogurt Maker (I use the Yogourmet) with a 64 oz glass container.
High-Powered Blender

 If you are interested in other ways to make coconut yogurt, check out:

Fresh Young Coconut Yogurt

Coconut Yogurt 2.0

Are you dairy free? Have you tried making yogurt? I’d love to hear your experience in the comments!


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  1. Amy Ellsworth :

    I love my coconut yogurt too! I’ve been culturing mine with the coconut kefir water and it comes out great!

    • Are you still doing it on the counter top? If so, can you share how much kefir water you add per quart and how long you let it process? Does it still get effervescent? Mine was getting effervescent with the kefir water and the kids weren’t liking it, so I switched back to yogurt starter…I’d love to do it again if I can avoid that :)

  2. What an excellent recipe! Thank you for sharing with us on AFW. I’m featuring this week.

    Be Well,

  3. This looks amazing!! I can eat dairy, but I love coconut, anyway!

  4. For health reasons my mom recently switched to a dairy free, gluten free, red meat free, sugar free, nightshade free diet so I am always looking for new recipes I can send her way or bookmark for when I see her to help with her diet transition! I had never even heard of cococut yogurt before — fascinating!!! What kind of coconut water do you use here? Are you getting it from the fresh coconut or just buying the bottled kind? Think this would work with agave instead of honey?

    • Hi Vicky! I typically use bottled coconut water for this because I use the fresh coconut water to make kefir….But, I have made the yogurt by pureeing the meat and water of a fresh coconut and doing the same process. Here’s the link to that one: Fresh young coconut yogurt

      So sorry to hear your mom is having health issues! I hope the change in diet brings healing :) I am actually working on a post called Intro to Healing Diets…I hope she’ll be able to check that one out!

      • Thanks for the quick reply! Will have to try making the coconut yogurt with both fresh and bottled coconut water! Excited about trying this out and looking forward to your Intro to Healing post! I’d love to share this in a post of my favorite recipe finds around the web this week – please let me know if I could use the photo (with link back to your post)

  5. I made my coconut yogurt today but the blend is still fibrous. almost gritty. Were my young coconuts not fresh enough or is my blender not powerful enough or should I sieve it somehow? Thanks.


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