Homemade Coconut Yogurt {Vegan, Dairy-Free}

Homemade Coconut Yogurt is a great dairy-free plant-based alternative. Gluten-free, vegan and low carb, this yogurt only uses 2 ingredients!

Homemade Coconut Yogurt is a great dairy-free plant-based alternative. Gluten-free, vegan and low carb! | Vibrant Plate

I can’t tell you how excited I was to make this recipe ever since I first saw a video about it on youtube. There are many, many bloggers writing about it, so I’m just gonna write about my experience making this coconut yogurt.

To say I was skeptical about trying this process out is an understatement. It couldn’t possibly be easy, right? But then again, it does take only 2 ingredients: coconut milk and probiotics.

I had some regular coconut milk in my pantry, and I had some kind of probiotics as well. Might as well try it out, right?

Well, my first experience was a major no-no. As soon as I opened the can, it smelled a bit funny. Like, it was coconut milk, but kind of gross?

Since I had already opened it, I decided I might as well try the recipe out. I took a probiotics capsule, stirred it in the coconut milk, covered the container…. And the next day, it smelled sour, like spoilt milk. I thought I was on the right path, right? Then, the top of the milk started turning pink (??) and I got separation. I was unsure, but I bravely tasted it again.

Oh, hell no. Now, this sure can’t be right! I tossed everything away, there was no way I was eating that. I was sure I did something wrong. And well, it turned out, I did.

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I am not one to give up so easily, so I turned to Google for an answer. I read other people’s experiences and concluded, the capsules may ONLY contain probiotics, and no other enzymes or prebiotics.

I checked our medicine cabinet again, and hidden away found 2 leftover capsules of strong vegan probiotics. I checked the brand online to be sure it contained no prebiotics. All looked good.

So I got myself some really good organic coconut milk. I opened it up and it smelled DELICIOUS. Like freshly opened coconut. Could eat it by the spoon! Perfect! I took a jar and cleaned the shit out of it. Once I was done with it, it sparkled.

I carefully poured in the coconut milk. Stirred. Opened my precious probiotics and added them to the milk. I stirred them in with a clean ceramic spoon. Covered with a clean thin dishtowel. Stored on the countertop, away from sunlight.

I checked it, oh, about every hour. Was it developing? Was it separating? Are there any pink hues? Does it smell sour?

And friends, 24 hours later… PERFECTION. A jar of perfectly tangy, creamy and delicious coconut yogurt without sugars or additives. Completely natural, dairy-free, plant-based. How perfect is that?

I closed the jar with a lid and put in the fridge overnight. When I was ready to use it, it was thick, firm and airy, light and delicious!

So if I could do it, you too can make yourself some natural dairy-free coconut yogurt right at home, with just 2 ingredients and no fancy yogurt maker!

Homemade Coconut Yogurt is a great dairy-free plant-based alternative. Gluten-free, vegan and low carb! | Vibrant Plate

Why make your own coconut yogurt?

First of all, I LOVE coconut yogurt. Out of all the plant-based yogurts I tried, coconut yogurt is the one I like the best. But, for me, finding coconut yogurt is a major task. I have to go out of my way for it, visit specific stores that may or may not stock it.

Yogurt is also healthy, with probiotics cultures, but store-bought often contains additives or sugar, or it just doesn’t taste how I would like it. So I mostly wasn’t even eating yogurt (plant-based or regular due to my allergy).

When you make your own, you can be sure of the ingredients you use, and only use a sweetener if you want to.

Plus, homemade coconut yogurt is simply DELICIOUS! (And healthy. And versatile!)

To make your own coconut yogurt you’ll need strong probiotics and coconut milk. I checked the brand I use and it contains guar gum as a thickener, so you may need to adjust for it.

Homemade Coconut Yogurt is a great dairy-free plant-based alternative. Gluten-free, vegan and low carb! | Vibrant Plate

Homemade Coconut Yogurt {Vegan, Dairy-Free}

Homemade Coconut Yogurt {Vegan, Dairy-Free}

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Homemade Coconut Yogurt is a great dairy-free plant-based alternative. Gluten-free, vegan, low carb and very easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 probiotic capsules

Instructions

  1. Open your coconut milk can and scoop out the solid cream. Depending how thick you like your yogurt, add more or none of the coconut water.
  2. Place coconut milk in a clean jar or glass container. Stir the milk to combine, then take your probiotic capsules, open them up and add the contents to the milk (discard the leftover capsule).
  3. With a clean ceramic spoon, stir in the probiotics. Do not use a metal spoon. Cover the jar with a clean cheese cloth or thin dishtowel, tighten with an elastic band and leave to sit on the counter for 24-48 hours (depending how warm your house is). Keep away from direct sunlight.
  4. Our coconut yogurt was ready in about 24 hours. You can give it a taste during the process, to make sure when your yogurt is done - look for the distinctive tangy yogurt taste.
  5. Once done, place a lid on your container and place the yogurt in fridge for a couple of hours to thicken and firm. Keep refrigerated and consume in a couple of days.

Notes

* we used organic coconut milk with guar gum as thickener and Waya Forte probiotics that contain up to about 10 billion colonies, so 20 billion in total.

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 100 g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171.5 Total Fat: 17.7g Saturated Fat: 15.7g Sodium: 10.2mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 0.8g Sugar: 3.8g Protein: 1.4g
Nutrition data is automatically calculated using Nutritionix and may not be accurate.

We’re answering your questions!

Why you shouldn’t use metal utensils when making coconut yogurt

  • We recommend using ceramic, wooden or plastic utensils when stirring in your probiotics, as metal utensil may affect the probiotics in a negative way and your coconut yogurt may not develop. Stirring or whisking the coconut milk with a metal whisk before adding probiotics is fine.

My coconut milk looks funny (lumpy, sour). Should I add probiotics?

  • No! If your coconut milk is off, adding probiotics will not result in coconut yogurt, and you’ll only end up wasting probiotics. Your coconut milk should always be creamy, not lumpy, white and smell deliciously of coconuts. If you would not eat the coconut milk out of the can, you should not attempt making coconut yogurt.

 

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22 Comment

  1. Hannah says: Reply

    If it’s even half as tasty as it is beautiful, then you’ve got a real winner on your hands! I do love coconut yogurt and it’s so expensive to buy. Making your own just makes good sense.

    1. It surprised us how well it turned out! We really love to make as much of our own food as possible, since it much less processed this way. And on top of that, you can also save a lot of money, especially on these healthy products which do tend to be more on the pricey side.

  2. sue says: Reply

    Where can you get Waya Forte Probiotics? the brand i have has prebiotic fiber…
    thanks
    sue

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      Hello Sue, Waya Forte Probiotics are available in Slovenia, Europe. If you are from USA, I recommend trying the brand: Whole Foods 365, or brands that have guar gum in the coconut milk.

      It’s been pointed out the answer makes no sense, and you’re right! We appologize, as we read your comment wrong and thought you’re asking about the coconut milk. As regards to the probiotics, we still recommend seeking probiotics that have no PREbiotics, and use capsules, not pills. Sadly we cannot recommend a specific brand outside of our country, but others have recommended Renew Life Ultimate Flora 50 billion or Jarrow Probiotic 10 billion.

  3. That pink stuff was bacteria! You’re lucky you barely tasted it. The can of coconut
    milk was probably old & it might have had a micro leak that let the bacteria in.
    Room temperature fermentation can be risky in the summer, especially without
    A/C, but others make it in yogurt makers, crock pots, & Instant Pots successfully, so there are options. The Coconut Milk has Guar Gum a thickener/stabilizer so you don’t need a stabilizer like pectin, or gelatin (Hear! Hear!). Make certain the Probiotics are within expiration date, even shelf stable ones lose their oomph at some point! I do thank you for this recipe!

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      Thanks MaryAnn! Yes, there are many factors that can influence the outcome when you ferment the yogurt at home. Thanks for your valuable input.

  4. C.C. Barton says: Reply

    Can you use Evaporated Coconut Milk?

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      We have not tested the recipe with Evaporated Coconut Milk so sadly cannot say.

  5. cori says: Reply

    Can I use a plastic storage container?

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      Thanks for your question, Cori. We have not tested the recipe using a plastic storage container and recommend using glass if you can.

  6. I’m a little confused, you remove the coconut fat from the top and do what with it? to make this yogurt you just use the milk part? Please help! thank you….

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      Thanks for your question, Robin! You do not remove the coconut fat from the top, you scoop it out of the tin and use it in the recipe 🙂 We like out yogurt thick, so we used all the solid part of the coconut milk, but you can use the whole can (fat + water), depending how thick you like your yogurt.

    2. Nellie Ramachandran says: Reply

      Hi Kristina and Mitja, can I use coconut milk from a carton that has guar gum in it? The coconut milk in cans in Australian supermarket are very thick. Not sure which one I should use. Thank you in advance.

      1. Kristina says: Reply

        Hello Nellie, your coconut milk should be really thick, not runny, so we recommend using the canned one.

  7. Candice says: Reply

    Hi. Can you put a link where to get the probiotic capsules from please? Thanks

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      Hello Candice, that depends on where you live! Try asking at your local pharmacy. If you are from the USA, we recommend trying the brand “Whole Foods 365”, or brands that have guar gum in the coconut milk.

      It’s been pointed out the answer makes no sense, and you’re right! We appologize, as we read your comment wrong and thought you’re asking about the coconut milk. As regards to the probiotics, we still recommend seeking probiotics that have no PREbiotics, and use capsules, not pills. Sadly we cannot recommend a specific brand outside of our country, but others have recommended Renew Life Ultimate Flora 50 billion or Jarrow Probiotic 10 billion.

  8. Alex says: Reply

    Hi! How many millimeters are in your can of coconut milk? Thanks in advance!

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      The can holds net 400 mililiters (about 1 3/4 cup)

  9. Sarah says: Reply

    Two of your responses do not make sense. The questions are about the probiotic, but your responses say: try using “Whole Foods 365”, or brands that have guar gum in the coconut milk. Two very different things. Can you clarify?
    I used Trader Joe’s coconut milk (no guar gum), and one of many “Whole Foods 365” probiotics (there are several). I wasn’t sure about how the “billion CFU’s” translated, so used 4 capsules, totaling 20 billion CFU’s (no prebiotics), but have no idea how that compares to what you used. I used the whole can, completely combining the solids and the “milk”. It’s been just over 24 hours, and I have a little bit of separation. I’ll be checking it frequently over the next several hours. Anxious to see how it turns out!!

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      Thanks for your comment Sarah! I do see there has been a bit of a mix up in our answers.
      The “Whole Foods 365, or brands that have guar gum in the coconut milk” applies to the use of coconut milk, as you correctly guessed (our bad, sorry!)
      As regards to the probiotics, we still recommend seeking probiotics that have no PREbiotics, and use capsules, not pills. Sadly we cannot recommend a specific brand outside of our country, but others have recommended Renew Life Ultimate Flora 50 billion or Jarrow Probiotic 10 billion.

  10. Sarah Short says: Reply

    Great clarification Kristina, thank you. Sadly, my first attempt seems to have resulted in really good coconut milk with a lot of probiotics… I used Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Milk (nothing else in it), and Whole Foods Daily Probiotic (no prebiotics). But those only have 5 billion CFU’s each, and I used 6 (30B). I really want to make this work (LOVE coconut yogurt, but not the high sugars), so may take it out of the fridge and add another 20B CFU’s. If that fails, I’ll try the Whole Foods coconut milk with guar gum and see if that makes the difference (with 50B CFU’s). I’ll keep you posted!
    Thanks so much for responding and engaging!

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      Thanks for your feedback, Sarah!

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