How to Make Coconut Yogurt
August 13, 2013
Are you lactose intolerant? Do you wish you could enjoy yogurt? Do you miss ice cream and cream? Are you constantly adapting recipes to include non dairy substitutes?
If you enjoy the flavor of coconut, give this a try. Coconut yogurt makes a great substitute for ice cream and cream. It is also a much nicer flavor and texture than the soy yogurt I have previously purchased.
For more than a year I have been making (dairy) yogurt from scratch for the kids and Mr Fresh. It is not difficult to make, and this coconut, dairy free version is based on the same process. You will need a thermometer and an esky (cooler/chilly bin).
If case you are wondering, I know that the following things do NOT work when trying to make coconut yogurt:
I tried numerous (unsuccessful) variations of this coconut yogurt prior to seeing a conversation stream on Facebook via Home Made Produce from a Thermomix fan who used Tapioca Flour to thicken the yogurt. That conversation set me on a new path of experimenting until I ended up with the recipe below.
The Tapioca Flour had no noticeable taste that I could detect but it does give the yogurt a slightly grainy texture. I do not find it to be an unpleasant texture. Overall, i found the slight graininess to be an ok trade off for the lovely creamy coconut flavor. It may be reduced by cutting the quantity of Tapioca Flour – but I like a thick yoghurt.
Tapioca Flour is made from the dried roots of the cassava plant. It is a gluten-free thickening agent. When you source this ingredient seek one without preservatives or additives. It can be sourced online easily, or via some organic stores and delis.
You can find my regular (dairy) home made yogurt recipe here.
It is much cheaper than buying it in the store and contains no additives….The two main reasons that I make it myself.
Ideas to enjoy this recipe:
Have you tried making a dairy free yogurt at home? Have you used a thickening agent different to tapioca flour with good results?
What was it? Please tell me in the comments below.
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