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HOMEMADE PROBIOTIC COCONUT YOGURT

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I love this recipe.  It makes a super thick, creamy, probiotic-rich vegan yogurt using just 2 simple ingredients.  Homemade yogurt is free from unwanted additives and is much cheaper than store-bought, too!

Ingredients for 1.5 cups of yogurt:

  • one 14-oz (400mL) can organic coconut cream OR 2 cans of full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight

  • high-quality probiotic capsules including multiple strains, adding to a total of 80 to 100 billion units (for example, 2 x 50 billion capsules)

Optional add-ins:

  • stevia or raw honey to taste

  • 1/2 to 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

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Directions:

  1. If using coconut milk, scrape off firm coconut cream from the top without mixing with water underneath. The water can be reserved for smoothies or cooking as desired.

  2. Put coconut cream in a glass bowl and allow to reach room temperature.

  3. Crack open probiotic capsules and mix into the coconut cream using a non-metal spoon. Stir until smooth.

  4. Cover with a cheesecloth or thin tea towel and allow to sit at room temp for 24 to 48 hours. The yogurt should be tangy but not discoloured or “funky”.

  5. Add-in optional sweetener and/or vanilla and refrigerate before serving.

This homemade coconut yogurt can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 to 7 days.

“Matchacado” Coconut Yogurt (yogurt mixed with matcha and topped with avocado)

“Matchacado” Coconut Yogurt (yogurt mixed with matcha and topped with avocado)

Side Note:

You can top this yogurt with whatever your heart desires.  But I’ve also used it as a base for a variety of BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL & BOOSTED (protein & micronutrients) sweet & savoury yogurts!

Coconut Yogurt with Blue Majik Spirulina

Coconut Yogurt with Blue Majik Spirulina

Consider mixing in:

  • pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean

  • applesauce or fruit purée

  • mashed avocado

  • pumpkin or sweet potato purée & pumpkin pie spice

  • other vegetable purée (eg. carrot & spices for “carrot cake” yogurt)

  • combined fruit & vegetable purée (eg. mango & spinach for “green smoothie” yogurt)

  • cacao powder

  • nut or seed butter

  • beetroot crystals (pink)

  • chlorella or blue spirulina

  • matcha

  • turmeric and/or chai spices

  • hot sauce, spices and/or herbs for savoury yogurt

  • adaptogens such a maca or chaga

  • collagen peptides or protein powder

“Pumpkin Pie” Coconut Yogurt Toast

“Pumpkin Pie” Coconut Yogurt Toast