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 - huntingthealternative.com

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)

Instructions

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Add your starter and syrup and whisk/shake well.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Easiyo Yoghurt maker, Giveaway - huntingthealternative.com

Prize no. 1 – Easiyo Thermos, 1L Tub and Instruction Booklet.

 Easiyo Yoghurt Maker Giveaway - huntingthealternative.com

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!

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53 Responses to Dairy Free Coconut Yoghurt Recipe/Method and Giveaway!

  1. Lori Howlett says:

    I’ve been trying to make coconut yoghurt, but after previous successes, the last two batches didn’t work. In reading your post above I think I put too much probiotic powder in – I had no idea how much so I guessed! lol I figured better more than not enough… :/ Can’t wait to try this recipe out – I usually heat my milk beforehand, so looking forward to this much easier method :)

  2. Lisa says:

    What is the correct amount of pro-biotic capsules to use? I have an easiyo so would make 1 litre at a time. Is it 1 capsule per cup or something like that? Thanks in advance for your help..

    • admin says:

      1/4 teaspoon is a good amount to start with. It’s kinda dependent on the probiotic you use as well.

      I’d start with 1/4 though, at worst the first batch will be a really mild yoghurt :)

  3. Emma Newby says:

    Oooooooooh I’d love to win an easiyo!!!!!! I love yoghurt in Indian cooking, frozen yoghurt and just for eating mmmmmmmm. :)

  4. Katie says:

    I love give aways from my favorite fb/web pages!! Wonder if using the esiyo would make my kids eat homemade yoghurts?!

  5. Fiona says:

    I would love an Easiyo! I remember my parents having one as a child, but as i’m now aware of gluten and dairy allergies in myself and 4 kids, yoghurt has not been on the menu for a long time. I had no idea it was possible to make coconut yoghurt!! Would love to be able to make it :)

  6. Great website. Plenty of useful info here. I’m sending it to a few pals ans additionally sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks to your sweat!

  7. Natasha says:

    I would love to win one of these! Havnt attempted yoghurts as we are dairy and soy free & I wasn’t sure how to do it! This looks quite easy! I’m inspired.

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  9. Debrah Lerma says:

    I make yogurt duifferent ways. I will put plain yogurt in the blender add a little orange juice and some frozen fruit like berries or peaches. It is so good. I also like other fruity yougrt with fresh fruit and granola.

  10. Kelly says:

    I would love to win one of these! I’ve never tried making yoghurt before but have been thinking about giving it a shot lately.

  11. Brittany says:

    I would love to learn how to make my own yogurt, never done it but my kids love the stuff and I would love a healthier and fresher made alertnative.

  12. Brittany says:

    I pinned your recipe looks yummy! Thanks for the giveaway. Also pinning the ice cream!

  13. kelly thompson says:

    i have made it many times and it generally works but once i messed up the method and it still worked and a week later I had everything perfect and i had to throw it out because it did not set…

  14. kelly thompson says:

    i also added them to facebook

  15. Leslie Rigsby says:

    I haven’t made my own yogurt before, but my daughter is studying to be a pastry chef and I thought she would like this.

  16. Wendy Daniels says:

    I love Yogurt mixed with banana and then poured over my oats every morning

  17. Katrina says:

    I love to eat yogurt with nuts and dried fruits. Also yogurt is very tasty with black sweet bread that You can get in eastern European countries and Scandinavian countries

  18. Mick says:

    Have liked Hunting The Alternative on Facebook.

    I didn’t even know you caould make your own yoghurt until today – thx :)

    At home we eat bought yoghurt on our brekky cereal to give a good, healthy start to the day

  19. Katerina says:

    wow, i love yoghurt, i would love to make it myself, i eat if for breakfast with my cereal and for dessert with honey and walnuts

  20. Katerina says:

    I also like you on Facebook, i’m Katerina Catinwhite :)

  21. Ttrockwood says:

    I would love to make my own dairy free yogurts!! I’m lactose intolerant and non dairy yogurts at the market are so much $$$!

  22. Ttrockwood says:

    Liked you on fb (terri)

  23. Kim says:

    I have in-laws who know how to make yoghurt but I’ve never tried it myself. I only make the thick yoghurt (Laben) as it’s so easy. Strain Greek yoghurt overnight in a muslin bag and voila, yummy!

  24. Renee Ballantyne says:

    I have gotten both my children into yoghurt at a young age and they just love it. I like to watch my 18mth old feed himself, i think he gets more on his clothes than in his gob!

  25. Susie hutchison says:

    We eat yoghurt daily .the dairy free yoghurt at the supermarket is delicious but expensive. I use yoghurt for breakfast, baking , salad dressings and curries. I would love to win one of your prizes . Thanks so much for the recipe which I will share along with your site.

  26. Nury says:

    I don’t like just any yogurt, it has to be real yogurt, therefore the stuff that they sell at regular stores does not really do it for me. BUT, I love plain yogurt, and it has to be the real stuff. I either eat it with brown sugar, and cinnamon on top, or honey and cinnamon on top. I also like using it as substitute for sour cream :)

  27. Nury says:

    I like Hunting The Alternative on Facebook. (io sophia)

  28. Joanne Williams says:

    I love pureed fruit with a tablespoon of yoghurt to make a nice smoothy. Have Liked! Thanks for the comp.

  29. Karlene says:

    I have fruit and yoghurt most mornings for breakfast. I prefer the delicious, creamy types rather than the no-taste-no-fat types.

  30. Karlene says:

    I like Hunting The Alternative on FB

  31. Judi Adams says:

    aside from eating and enjoying natural yoghurt neat, In my superb moussaka and my pizza dough yoghurt cannot be beat !

  32. Judi Adams says:

    liked on FB

  33. alisa says:

    i haven’t made any yogurt before but my mother in law has and it is delicious with spicy indian food!

  34. alisa says:

    i like the hunting the alternative on fb

  35. Joselle Griffin says:

    Awesome recipe! Am always looking for dairy free recipes to add to my collection being lactose intolerant.

  36. Joselle Griffin says:

    Happily followed on fb.

  37. Charlotte says:

    I have never been successful at making yoghurt but had a few messy attempts! Such a great giveaway, we eat a ton of it in my house in all varieties – frozen, as a snack, with meals – the list goes on! Thanks for the great giveaway :) Fingers crossed!!!

  38. Charlotte says:

    I like Hunting The Alternative on Facebook :)

  39. Lauren says:

    On the Dukan diet I make cakes, bread, desserts and dip using low-fat yogurt. I have like FB page and pinned. Thanks :)

  40. Jasmine1485 says:

    I use yoghurt as a savoury – either mixed with a little garlic and salt for dipping rice crackers or vegies, or as a basis for a creamy dip mixed with other sauces and flavourings. I also like to mix it with homemade hommus, it gives it a lovely tang and smooth texture. :)

  41. Jasmine1485 says:

    I’m a fan on FB (Kate Ryan)

  42. Verda says:

    But a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw outstanding style .

  43. Elaine Heller says:

    I love making homemade yogurt in the crock pot, but would prefer this set! ;) At first my kids were grossed out – they didn’t want to try it. Once I put it in a store bought container, they thought it was the best yogurt I ever “bought!”

  44. NaomiW says:

    Alrighty here I am! Very keen to make some coconut yogurt for me and the dairy free lil’ man!

  45. Stathis says:

    Never tried to make my own yogurt! Great article and giveaway! Thank you!

  46. Holly S. says:

    We love yougurt at our house and eat it plain, dressed up in parfaits, or use in in recipes or dips. I have never made my own though. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  47. Holly S. says:

    I like you on FB as Holly Storm-Burge
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  48. Holly S. says:

    I pinned here: http://pinterest.com/pin/275986283386296575/
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  49. julie says:

    I’d love to make this! Any ideas how to convert for a thermomix? I don’t have an easiyo and am new to thermomixing but really want to make this!

    • admin says:

      Hi there :) I haven’t used my TMX for this, mainly because I’d been making it long before I got a TMX lol. However, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t heat the milk to 37 (or 50 and let it come back down to 37 to make sure) then add the Probiotic/starter culture, then incubate it in the tmx, the only issue being that you have to have the timer on for it to continue to heat/maintain heat… So I think you’d be better off using the oven afterwards, heat it in the TMX, gently stir in the probiotic/starter via the TMX, then decant into a jar/container and stick it in the oven with only the light on overnight and wah-la, yoghurt in the morning :)

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