I absolutely love my yoghurt, but sometimes all that dairy can be a little heavy on the stomach. That’s why I started introducing coconut yoghurt into my diet, and it’s deeeelicious!
It tastes better than normal yoghurt in my opinion and it’s got tonnes of health benefits too - it's high in fibre, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants and can help you absorb your vitamins and minerals more efficiently. Plus this recipe has a probiotic boost. Like any yoghurt, store bought options can sometimes come with a whole lot of hidden stuff like processed sugars, additives and preservatives. That’s the main reason I choose to make my own. And the other reasons? It's fun and super-cheap!
I was actually surprised at just how easy it was too. Here’s the best way to make a nice thick, creamy coconut yoghurt:
- About 800ml coconut cream
- 2 probiotic capsules
- 1 tsp gelatin (you can leave this out if you’re vegetarian, but this is what makes it thick)
- Put 2/3 of the coconut cream to the side and pour the remaining into a small bowl. Then sprinkle your gelatin over the top and set the bowl to the side.
- Next, you’ll want to heat that remaining coconut cream up in a saucepan until its nice and hot (but not boiling!). Then slowly add in the coconut cream and gelatin mixture, carefully stirring it with a hand held whisk until the gelatin has dissolved.
- Once the mixture is well combined, take it off the heat and allow it to cool until its lukewarm. Next, break open those probiotic capsules, sprinkle them onto your mixture and whisk it all together.
- Now you’re almost done! Pour the mixture into a sterilised container of your choosing (I like to use a big mason jar - you can shop them here) and leave it in a warm spot for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, give the mixture another stir as it would have separated a bit, then pop it in the fridge for about another 6 hours to make sure its nice and thick.
- Now it’s time for the best part, you get to eat it! Hooray! Try mixing up flavours by adding some vanilla, chia seeds, cinnamon or fruit. You can add it to your Super Green Smoothies, have as an after-dinner treat or just a sneaky spoonful when no one is looking is the best!
*Recipe adapted from lanavernon.co.nz