Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

raw coconut yogurt

RAW & ADDITIVE FREE COCONUT YOGURT

If you enjoy the benefits of raw food, then you’ll love this method of making coconut yogurt completely from scratch. It’s simply the best way to ensure you have 100% additive-free coconut cream. Nothing compares, quite frankly! Making coconut yogurt from the flesh of fresh young coconuts gives you the added benefit of naturally occurring enzymes that are usually destroyed or altered when exposed to heat during factory processing – I promise you will taste the difference.

You can easily make it at home by buying whole, young drinking coconuts. Don’t let opening a whole coconut daunt you! Watch our demonstration video below - you don't need any special equipment and it becomes easier with practise. But note, don’t get brown coconuts; the matured flesh is too dry for blending into a smooth, yummy, yogurty consistency.

NO THICKENER REQUIRED

Bonus!  Homemade coconut cream does not require an added thickener. Our method produces guaranteed thick and fluffy coconut yogurt every time.   

STARTER CULTURE

Unlike traditional dairy milk fermentation, there are no specific strains of bacteria required for making coconut yogurt. Basically, any combination of species, from either a yogurt starter culture or a probiotic capsule or powder will repopulate in coconut if the conditions are right. The only three things needed are food (a little bit of sugar), warmth and time.

You can buy Yogourmet non-dairy starter culture here. 

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FERMENTATION TIME

Fermentation time impacts both the amount of probiotics in your coconut yogurt and the taste. Your coconut yogurt should have a sharp, tangy taste. The longer you ferment your coconut milk the more time the bacteria have to eat the sugar and the more tart it will become.

We recommend up to 24-hour fermentation for our canned coconut yogurt methods, however raw coconut yogurt, is less predictable. After several spoilt batches, I now always ferment for a shorter time. I find 12-15-hours consistently produces perfect, coconut yogurt. 

FEED THE BACTERIA SUGAR

In dairy based yogurt production, bacteria in the starter culture eat the milk’s natural sugars, (lactose) during fermentation. Coconut flesh and water, don’t have as much natural sugar available to feed the bacteria and ensure the culturing process will take place. The starter culture (or probiotic) must have plenty to feed on to ensure the culturing process continues for the full duration of the fermentation. One teaspoon of sugar or one tablespoon of pasteurised honey is enough to kick start fermentation. Raw honey may have an antibiotic effect and is therefore not suitable for making yogurt.

OPENING A DRINKING COCONUT

If you haven’t opened a fresh coconut before you are probably wondering how to? This video will demonstrate just how easy it is to do at home without special tools.

PREPARATION

It is recommended that you sterilise your yogurt making jar and utensils beforehand. I have always found it is enough to wash in hot soapy water, then rinse in boiling water. 

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homemade coconut yogurt made from drinking coconuts

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