I love browsing the grocery store to find foods I’ve never used before or to just see what new products are out and how company’s are advertising them. In fact, a friend recently joked that instead of meeting up to go shopping at a clothing store, it was more likely we’d meet up to browse the shelves of the grocery store. A few months ago I was in the yogurt section of a local market that I really like and they had yogurt made from coconut milk. But it wasn’t like the other types of coconut yogurt I’d seen — it didn’t have any added sugar or thickeners and its only ingredients were coconut milk and cultures. Oh, and it was $12.99 for an 8-ounce jar (so, $1.62/ounce). I’m sorry, what?
Now, while I love trying new foods and exploring the grocery aisles, I do have a food-related pet peeve and that is companies who make outrageously expensive products that are then touted as being better than the rest and as a result make people feel like it costs a fortune to eat healthfully because you have to use $12.99 coconut yogurt instead of [insert yogurt or milk you’re currently using with your cereal]. Rant over. That said, I’m sure that yogurt was delicious and coconut milk yogurt is a great alternative to dairy yogurt for people who can’t — or don’t want to — eat dairy.
Anyway, I thought that there had to be a way to make coconut yogurt at home that would taste amazing, not have sugar or thickeners added, and not cost a fortune. Turns out there is and it is easier than you would ever expect. Like, stirring-two-ingredients-together easy.
I use Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk because they guarantee that their cans aren’t lined with BPA-containing plastic. As for the probiotic, I’ve tried this with a couple different types and they all worked. But, I’d say the VSL#3 variety works the best and results in the best flavor. Again, try it with whatever type you have available. The Native Forest runs $2.35 for a 13.5 ounce can and VSL#3 runs $0.88 per capsule (and some pharmacies will let you purchase a single capsule). So for 13.5 ounces of really delicious homemade coconut milk yogurt, you’re spending roughly $3.25 ($0.24 per ounce).
It’s worth mentioning that since this stuff is made with full-fat coconut milk, it’s really rich. So, I don’t use it in the same way that I would a cow’s milk yogurt. I use it more like I would sour cream or creme fraiche. I’ll spread it on peanut butter toast with fruit or drizzle it over French toast, pancakes, or crepes. It’s an accessory to a meal, not the main star.
Without further ado, here’s the coconut yogurt recipe. Oh, one more thing — we also have a video tutorial up on our YouTube account if you’re more of a visual learner.