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.
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!
- 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)
- 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).
- Once you are happy with the texture, add your yogurt starter and blend on low to combine.
- Note: Follow the instructions for your brand of yogurt starter. For GI ProStart, I use ⅛ tsp per quart.
- 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.
- 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.
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Are you dairy free? Have you tried making yogurt? I’d love to hear your experience in the comments!
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