Coconut milk yogurt found in the natural food stores can be spendy, some can have a lot of additives in it and they usually do not come in big containers. After taking a class through school called Whole Foods Cooking I, I decided to start making my own coconut milk yogurt at home. I wouldn’t mind trying raw yogurt with A2 milk from a Jersey cow, but I haven’t found a source yet. For this recipe, I personally go for grass-fed gelatin for the added benefits of collagen, which is great for your joints, skin, hair, nails, and anti-aging, but you can use apple pectin in place of it if you are vegetarian or vegan.
Homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt
2 cans full-fat coconut milk
1.5 tsp. grass-fed gelatin or apple pectin
Yogurt starter (choose one):
One packet (1/8 tsp.) direct-set yogurt starter OR
3 Tbs. of Greek or regular plain yogurt containing live, active cultures OR
3/4th tsp. probiotic powder
Before pouring the coconut milk into your pot, reserve 1/4-1/2 cup. In a separate bowl mix the reserved coconut milk + gelatin + yogurt starter and set aside (I use probiotic powder bc we always have it on hand). Then, pour the rest of the coconut milk into a big pot. Using a digital thermometer, heat the coconut milk to about 180ºF. Stir frequently so as not to let it burn or get a film on the top. Once it reaches 180 degrees, let the milk cool to 110ºF. Then, take all of the contents in the bowl you set aside and add it to the pot. Whisk or stir it in.
Incubate the mixture in sterilized glass mason jars or whatever glass storage container you choose at 108-112ºF for 24 hrs. I place my jars inside my oven with the oven off, but oven light on. Some folks like to wrap a towel around their jars to ensure they stay warm.
After 24 hrs., take your yogurt out and let it set at room temperature. Then, place your yogurt in your refrigerator to halt the culturing process. The yogurt will thicken as it chills, just give it a few hours.
You should get a nice, smooth consistency. Homemade coconut milk yogurt with probiotics, yum!
This handy gadget peaks my interest for yogurt making because you can incubate it at just the right temperature. Baby #2 is coming soon and I’m thinking this would be great to have for baby food.
You can read more about this little gadget here: Euro Cuisine 100 Yogurt Maker
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