I’ve had a few requests for the way I prepare my Coconut Milk Yoghurt, so I took some pics of my current batch to share!
I use this in Smoothies, in recipes (ie; Naan or Lemon Yoghurt Cake) with Muesli/Fruit for Brekkie or I strain it to thicken it and use it instead of Cream Cheese in things like Cream cheese icing, mmmmmmm lol.
Dairy Free Coconut Yoghurt Recipe/Method!
- 2 x 400g tins of coconut cream/milk**
- 1/4 cup of starter yoghurt or alternative (more on this below)
- 1TBSP of Maple Syrup (or raw honey, liquid stevia etc)
- Pour your coconut cream/milk into the container you are going to set your yoghurt in. This can be anything that seals, glass jars, Easiyo tub etc
- Depending on method, you will need to heat your coconut milk/cream to blood temp (37degrees) If you are using an Easiyo there is no need, so long as your milk is at room temp. If you are going to use the oven method as detailed below you will need to heat the milk.
- Add your starter and syrup and whisk/shake well.
- If you are using an Easiyo, you now fill the thermos with boiling water to the top of the baffle, place the yoghurt tub into the thermos and close the lid, put it somewhere out of the way. You can leave it for 6-12 hours depending on how ‘sour’ you want your yoghurt. I generally do it overnight, prep it after the kids have gone to bed and get it out in the morning.
If you don’t have an Easiyo, enter the giveaway below!, You can set your yoghurt in the oven with the light on. No fan, no heat, just the light. Place the jar into the oven, close the door and leave for 8-12 hours.
- Refrigerate and enjoy!
** I use Spiral organic coconut cream/milk as that is what I supply via the co-op and can therefore get cheap! The 2.8L tins have a massive amount of very thick cream on the top, this makes delicious yoghurt!
There are a few things that can affect the outcome of your yoghurt -
Starter; There are a few different options in regards to a starter. You can use 1/4 cup of neutral flavoured commercial yoghurt. We use a lactose free yoghurt, I find that the bacteria eats all the milk proteins and my children, who normally vomit on contact with dairy, suffer no ill effects. You can also use a powdered/granular probiotic, the insides of an inner health capsule, or specific probiotics sold to be used as yoghurt starters from places like Cultures Alive.
Do not be tempted to add more starter yoghurt, you can overcrowd the bacteria, it will result in a watery yoghurt!
Temperature; If you over heat the yoghurt you will kill the bacteria, it needs to maintain temp to culture, but too much heat and it will not work. Too little heat and the bacteria won’t grow, you’ll end up with a very mildly sour coconut cream/milk, don’t chuck it though! it works wonderfully in Dairy Free Butter Chicken or other curries
Using your yoghurt; Depending on the brand of cream/milk you used, sometimes some batches are thinner than others, some have a tendency to split and you will notice that there is yellowish liquid in the bottom of the jar/tub and creamy white yoghurt on the top. The liquid is Whey, and is great for many uses, or you can shake it back into your yoghurt, it will just then have a drinking yoghurt like consistency. I tend to use the creamy yoghurt off the top and when I’m ready to start another batch I shake the whey into the remaining cream and use that.
You can also strain your yoghurt to make it thicker, I personally use a chux and plastic strainer (Though I’m getting some Living Synergy nut milk bags in stock in the next week or so and am looking forward to trialling one of those!) The longer you strain it the thicker the yoghurt will get. I strain mine for lengthy periods when I’m looking for a cream cheese style consistency to use in things like Cream Cheese Icing! If you strain it long enough you can get a cheese like consistency from it.
Don’t throw the Whey out! you can use it in smoothies it has a lovely smooth slightly sour flavour. Or you can use it to soak oats and other grains.
Giveaway is now closed!
To celebrate finally getting the blog underway, I’m going to have a giveaway. There will be 2 prizes, one aimed at those who are unlucky enough not to own an Easiyo and one for those who already have an Easiyo and will now be using it all the more!
Prize no. 1 – Easiyo Thermos, 1L Tub and Instruction Booklet.
Prize no. 2 – Easiyo Spare Tub set. 2 x 1L Tubs and 2 x 250ml Tubs plus a fantastic recipe booklet.
You can get multiple entries into this giveaway.
Entry 1 by commenting on this post, let me know how you use your yoghurt any success/disaster stories etc.
Entry 2 by liking (or already having liked) Hunting The Alternative on Facebook.
Entry 3 by referring someone to the HtA Facebook page and getting them to leave your name on the giveaway post on there.
and Entry 4 by Pinning this recipe (there’s a little Pin It button up the top there! ) and letting me know you have done so.
I’ll leave the giveaway open for a week and draw it next Sunday the 11th of November.
Good Luck! and I hope you enjoy the Yoghurt!