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How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt

My daughter-in-law, Kaitlyn, is handling today’s post while I recover from my appearance on The Today Show yesterday! But I want to say a quick thank you to all of you that have left such nice comments on social media. It was truly a dream come true and it meant so much to have the support of my wonderful blog community. I truly would not be where I am today without all of you!

Kaitlyn writes…   I’ve mentioned in a couple of other posts that I’ve written that my husband, Erik, and I recently did the Whole30 program. We absolutely loved it! One of the rules of Whole30 is that you can’t have any dairy products. I don’t generally eat a lot of dairy so it wasn’t too hard to stay away from it for 30 days. But I did miss having the occasional yogurt parfait! I’ve read about making coconut milk yogurt but just assumed it would be really complicated so I never got around to making it during my Whole 30. Well, this past week I came across a coconut milk yogurt recipe that could not be easier! So I decided to give it a try.

Coconut Milk Yogurt

Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt

Ingredients 

  • (1) 13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • (2) 10 billion CFUs probiotic capsules

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt

Directions 

Pour the whole can of coconut milk into a mason jar.

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt

Pull the probiotic capsules apart and empty the powdered contents into the coconut milk.

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt

Put a lid on the jar and shake to combine the milk and probiotic.

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt

Preheat your oven to 120 degrees, or the lowest temperature it will preheat to. My oven is digital and only goes as low as 170. Turn the oven off. If your oven is similar to mine, prop the door slightly open and let it cool off for a minute.

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt

Turn the oven light on and put the jar of yogurt in the oven. Let the yogurt sit in the oven with the door closed for 18-24 hours.

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt

When you take it out the next day, put it in the fridge to cool for a couple of hours. Then mix with berries and granola for a refreshing treat!

A note about this particular yogurt recipe – it will not reach the thick consistency of typical yogurt. If you would prefer thick yogurt you have a couple of options:

You can make the yogurt with just the coconut cream. Before you open the can of coconut milk, refrigerate it for a couple of hours. When you open the can the cream should be at the top. Scoop that out and save the liquid at the bottom for other recipes.

The other option is t0 use unflavored gelatin as a thickener. Click here for directions on using gelatin from Creative Homemaking.

What is your favorite way to eat yogurt?

Homemade yogurt topped with a mix of granola and fresh berries.

COCONUT MILK YOGURT

Jill Nystul
My daughter-in-law, Kaitlyn, is handling today’s post while I recover from my appearance on The Today Show yesterday! But I want to say a quick thank you to all of you that have left such nice comments on social media. It was truly a dream come true and it meant so much to have the support of my wonderful blog community. I truly would not be where I am today without all of you! Kaitlyn writes… I’ve mentioned in a couple of other posts that I’ve written that my husband, Erik, and I recently did the Whole30 program. We absolutely loved it! One of the rules of Whole30 is that you can’t have any dairy products. I don’t generally eat a lot of dairy so it wasn’t too hard to stay away from it for 30 days. But I did miss having the occasional yogurt parfait! I’ve read about making coconut milk yogurt but just assumed it would be really complicated so I never got around to making it during my Whole 30. Well, this past week I came across a coconut milk yogurt recipe that could not be easier! So I decided to give it a try.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 day
Refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 188 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 13.5 oz Coconut milk Full fat
  • 90 10 billion CFUs probiotic capsules

Instructions
 

  • Pour the whole can of coconut milk into a mason jar.
  • Pull the probiotic capsules apart and empty the powdered contents into the coconut milk.
  • Put a lid on the jar and shake to combine the milk and probiotic.
  • Preheat your oven to 120 degrees, or the lowest temperature it will preheat to.
  • Turn the oven off. Prop the door slightly open and let it cool off for a minute.
  • Turn the oven light on and put the jar of yogurt in the oven. Let the yogurt sit in the oven with the door closed for 18-24 hours.
  • When you take it out the next day, put it in the fridge to cool for a couple of hours.

Notes

Note: This particular yogurt recipe will not result a thick consistency of typical yogurt.

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 18gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 210mgVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 3.2mg


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  • Please clarify something for me.
    I turn the oven on to 120 and when it has reached that temperature, that’s when I turn the oven off and put in the mason jar with the yogurt contents in it and leave it in the turned off oven for 18-24 hours.
    After that period, yogurt will be done and ready to eat after its been refrigerated?
    I have a toaster oven, can I make the yogurt there?
    What about a dehydrator? I have the Excalibur and can definitely set the temperature to 120, what do you think?
    And lastly, what is the shelf life on the coconut yogurt?
    Thank you so much!!!
    Blessings!

    • You got it Christine! It’s ready to eat after just an hour or two in the fridge :-) I don’t think the toaster oven would stay hot enough long enough for this to work, and I’m not sure about a dehydrator. Does it stay warm after you turn it off? Give it a try and let us know how it goes :-) As for the shelf life, I’ve had some in the fridge for a week so far and it’s looking great!

      • You can definitely make coconut yogurt in your dehydrator because you can keep the temperature at 120 until you are ready to turn it down to a lower temperature to keep it warm, I would say 100 degrees or move it to the oven. If you have a timer, it makes it really easy!

  • This is great, I make yogurt for years mixe with a yogurt, can I use it instead of the probiotic capsule and use my yogurt maker. Thanks.

  • I make yogurt with raw goat’s milk, so I wonder if my method is very similar. I use 2 tbsp of plain yogurt from the store for the culture instead of the capsules. I mix together with 2 cups of milk and put in my gas oven that has a pilot light. The pilot light keeps the oven warm enough. I do not turn the oven on. I leave the mixture in the oven for 24 hours. When done, the milk will be thick, but never as thick as store bought. You can use chia seeds (very healthy) to add thickness. Chia seeds will turn into a gel and thicken your yogurt :) I would add the chia seeds to the amount of yogurt you plan to eat about an hour or so before. Hope this helps.

  • Thank you so much! this looks amazing. But like the previous questions can I use almond milk? I don’t like using cans and I make my own almond milk. thanks

  • I don’t really eat yogurt that much due to lactose intolerance. I was able to download the video of Jillees on the today show. I was at work when it was on. Good job.

    • You definitely can Michelle. However, I’ve never found coconut milk in a carton that doesn’t have lots of additives. I think a healthier choice would be to look for canned coconut milk without any BPA in the cans.

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