This homemade coconut yogurt is easy, healthy, vegan and made with just two ingredients: canned coconut milk and probiotics. In 24 to 48 hours, you’ll have a rich, creamy and tangy yogurt with very little effort. Enjoy straight out of the jar or mix it up with any kind of fruit for an amazing flavor combination.
This idea isn’t mine … it’s been done before. But I’m posting here because I’ve been making yogurt these days instead of buying it. Buying something in a can and making a small batch of something feels better than buying something with an expiration date right now. There’s less chance for waste, forgetting about it, or having to chuck anything right now—which really hurts my head.
How to make this recipe
Let’s get into it … if you have a can of full-fat coconut milk and some probiotic capsules + a sanitized glass jar with a lid, you’re good to go! Making this vegan homemade coconut yogurt isn’t hard, although there is a bit of some wait time.
Start with a good, high-quality probiotic
I use a broad-spectrum, vegan probiotic with at least 50 billion CFU. You can use something that has more or less than that: it just may lessen or increase the culture time.
Use full-fat canned coconut milk
I use full-fat, canned coconut milk. You can try a reduced or lite canned coconut milk, but the end result will not be as thick and creamy. Transfer to a bowl, whisk to smoothen, then add in your probiotic powder. Some bloggers advise to use a non-metal utensil like a silicone whisk, but I have had no issue with using metal. What does matter is that it’s sterilized and super clean!
Transfer to a sterilized jar. Cover with cheesecloth (you want it to be able to breathe, so only 2 thin layers or so). Tie it off and put it to the side.
Then you wait.
I just put mine on a countertop or a warm spot, taste test with a clean spoon after 24 hours and repeat after 12 hours up to 48 hours for that tang to develop. Some methods recommend placing into an oven on a tray with only the oven light on to culture. I’ve tried this too, and both ways work for me.
When your yogurt tastes tangy (within 48 hours), remove the cheesecloth and place into the refrigerator to firm up.
Because it will be quite liquidy at first.
But a chill will transform your yogurt into a thick and lush texture like this!
How to enjoy your vegan coconut yogurt
You can enjoy plain, or add in whatever you want, like:
jam or preserves
muesli or granola
Enjoy this yogurt as you would with prepared yogurt either of these recipes!
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Homemade Coconut Yogurt
- Total Time: 48 hours
- Yield: 2 servings
- Diet: Vegan
Easy homemade vegan coconut yogurt! Made with just two ingredients: probiotic powder and full-fat canned coconut milk. You’ll have delicious vegan coconut yogurt in 24-48 hours.
- one can full-fat coconut milk
- the powder from a broad spectrum + vegan probiotic (preferrably 50+ billion CFU)
- Place the canned coconut milk into a bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Add in the probiotic powder and whisk again.
- Transfer to a sterilized glass jar. Cover loosely with a thin layer or two of cheesecloth. Secure at top.
- Place on a countertop or warm spot for 24 hours.
- Test with a clean spoon. If it’s not tangy, replace cheesecloth and test again after 12 more hours and up to 48 hours.
- Once desired tanginess is reached, cover and place into refrigerator to thicken up.
- Serve plain or with suggested toppings in this post.
- Culturing Time: 48 hours
- Category: Snack
- Method: Cultured
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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David Weiner says
Is it possible to use lower-fat coconut milk? Full-fat is like 25-30% fat and I may need my cardiologist to approve!!
Hey David, it’s worth a try … the end result just may be a little thinner. If you try with good results, please let me know!
Hi, have you tried by using a tablespoon of store bought coconut yoghurt with probiotics ? I’ve done so with lactose yoghurt & was successful but want to try coconut yoghurt
No I haven’t … if you try with good results, I’d love to know!
Hi, it doesn’t stAte how many probiotics capsules ?
Lisa, you’ll want around 50 billion CFUs for this. Take a look at your probiotic bottle and check the count per capsule.
Can I use homemade coconut milk in this recipe? Instead of store bought coconut milk can?
Razieh, as long as the fat content is high, it should be fine. I hope it turns out great for you!