I have never been a huge fan of yogurt, but with its health benefits, I desperately wanted to find a yogurt I could enjoy.
After trying many different brands in the stores, I did find a few I liked, but the amount of sugar in these store-bought brands was slightly alarming. I wanted to control the amount of sugar I was eating in yogurt, so I started experimenting with making my own.
My go-to favorite store-bought flavors are coconut and vanilla bean, so I decided to work with coconut milk to create a yogurt I could use as a base and add a splash of vanilla to. After a few trials, this yogurt proved to be easy to make and so so good.
In this recipe, I don't add any sugar. Instead, I add a spoonful my favorite fruit jam to the bottom to stir in (blueberry pictured below), or a drizzle of maple syrup to the top before eating.
Also, please don't be intimidated by the thought of making homemade yogurt; I promise this recipe is SO easy!
I do need to note I have only tried this recipe with the Whole Foods 365 brand of Full-Fat Coconut Milk. I am not sure how it would work with other brands.
I hope you enjoy this yogurt as much as I do!
Coconut Milk Yogurt
1 14-ounce can full fat coconut milk
2 probiotic capsules (capsules NOT pills)
Shake your coconut milk well. Then open and pour into a clean, dry glass jar or bowl. Whisk if separated.
Empty your probiotic capsules into the yogurt and use a wooden spoon to stir.
Cover the mixture with cheesecloth or a thin, clean dish towel and secure with a rubber band.
Let the yogurt sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours. The longer it rests, the tangier the yogurt will become.
Once the yogurt has reached the right amount of tanginess and thickness for your liking, cover securely with a lid and refrigerate until cold. Refrigerating will also thicken the yogurt even more.
Enjoy the yogurt plain, with fruit, or even some fruit jam (I love mine with wild blueberry jam from Maine). You can also add a bit of sweetener or flavor at this point, such as maple syrup and/or vanilla extract.
Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.You'll know it's gone bad when the smell is off-putting or there is mold.