Can you make almond milk yogurt?
If you are looking for a great dairy-free yogurt recipe…look no further! We have a delicious homemade almond milk yogurt recipe that is protein rich and a wonderful snack or breakfast.
For another amazing dairy free breakfast option, check out our Coconut Dream Smoothie.
On with the yogurt! See below for our video, or transcribed recipe!
- 1 Almond Milk Yogurt Recipe
- 2 The Method for Making Our Dairy Free Yogurt!
- 3 FAQ: Making Homemade Almond Milk Yogurt
Almond Milk Yogurt Recipe
- 2 C Almond Milk: Check out our homemade recipe. Or use a store bought brand that is 100% almond milk with no added ingredients. We like Califa or New Barn unsweetened organic almond milk. If you’ve ever wondered how to make almond milk yogurt with store bought almond milk, this is also the recipe for you. 🙂
- 1/3 C Yogurt Starter: Yogurt starter can be either a homemade version like the one we found at Kreation Juicery or in the dairy section there are several almond yogurts, look for the ones without sugar or additives. Kite Hill now makes a wonderful almond yogurt that you could use for your starter. OR you can purchase a powdered dairy-free yogurt starter, (however we did not have as much luck with the yogurt firming up as we did with the homemade or store-bought yogurt starters)
- 1 Tbl honey
- 2-3 Tbl whole chia seeds
- 4 C Glass baking dish or small crock pot
- 1 Qt pot
- Glass jars for storing
If using a yogurt maker simply follow their instructions
The Method for Making Our Dairy Free Yogurt!
Heat 2 C fresh almond milk. Bring to a gentle boil.
Let boil for 15 SECONDS. (*Note* Once you place the milk on the stove and bring it to a boil, small bubbles form, this is not a huge rolling boil, that is when you start timing the 15 seconds. )
Remove ½ C of warm milk into a small bowl, and set aside. Pour the remaining almond milk into a glass baking dish, and let cool for 10 minutes or until it’s warm to the touch.
Add 1/3 C yogurt starter to the small bowl of room temperature almond milk. If too hot it will kill off the good bacteria. Whisk this mixture into the larger milk container.
Next whisk in 1 Tbl honey.
Oven method: Place covered glass container into a warm oven that is set at it’s lowest temperature: 150-170 works great, or place yogurt into a crock pot on medium/low. Let incubate for 12 hours. The longer the incubation time, the greater the culture. Yogurt firms up after it’s been in the refrigerator.
Once the 12 hours are done, stir in 2-3 tablespoons of whole chia seeds.
Chia seeds are a great thickener as well as other added nutritional benefits.
Pour into smaller glass containers and refrigerate.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before eating so yogurt can thicken.
Serve as a great dairy free snack with fresh cut up fruit, with our granola, added to smoothies, or eat as is!
There are other great alternatives to dairy free yogurt as well!
FAQ: Making Homemade Almond Milk Yogurt
Over time we’ve collected some great feedback and questions with our recipe. Here are some of our responses and answers! 🙂
Q: Can you use probiotics as your starter for the yogurt?
CGK Answer: Yes, you can use probiotics as your starter, however, we found it doesn’t come out as thick or creamy.
Q: What is a “mother?”
CGK Answer: The term “mother” is when you use a bit of yogurt from a yogurt that’s already started, that bit is the “new starter” or the “mother” that starts your yogurt.
Q: Can you use chia seeds as the “mother?”
CGK Answer: Unfortunately you cannot use chia, as it needs to be a healthy bacteria to start the culturing process.
Q: Can you add the chia before you put it in the oven/yogurt maker?
CGK Answer: You can add the Chia to the yogurt maker, but found we liked adding it at the end best for the consistency.