Homemade Vegan Yogurt

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It can be hard to find unsweetened plant-based yogurt out there in the world, so I make my own. I used to be intimidated by yogurt making, and thought it required fancy equipment. Turns out it is so ridiculously easy and simple.

Yogurt is a staple of my breakfasts, so I bought myself a yogurt maker and make a batch every week. I got the cheap one ($20), and it works great. I love the little portion-sized jars. Yogurt maker is just a fancy word for a covered thing you put jars of yogurt into that keeps them warm overnight.euro_cuisine_yogurt_maker_ym80I use the vegan starter culture (small packets of powder) from Cultures for Health. It costs $9 for 4 batches, and I can stretch it by using a jar from a previous batch as a starter (which usually works well once and then after that it is a little too weak), so one $9 order of starter online gets me about 8 weeks worth of yogurt. I’ve had very consistent results with soy milk. Cultures for Health claims that this starter works well with other kinds of plant-based milk too, but I’ve never tried it.cfh_vegan_starterculture_highres_front_1


Ingredients

  • 1 quart (box) of unsweetened, plain soymilk
  • 1 packet of vegan yogurt starter from culturesforhealth.com OR one jar of yogurt from the previous batch.
  • Yogurt maker

Instructions

  1. Pour the milk into a pot, and heat it slowly until it is a little bit warmer than room temperature, but not too hot to touch. The precise temperature isn’t too important, but you don’t want it so hot that it kills the culture. Similar to yeast.
  2. Stir in the little packet of starter.
  3. Pour the milk into the small jars.
  4. Put the small jars in the yogurt maker, jar lids off, for about 8 hours.
  5. Put the lids on the jars and transfer them to the refrigerator. It takes a few more hours for them to firm up completely.
  6. That’s it. Enjoy!

I enjoy my homemade yogurt with fruit and nuts. It works great for overnight oatmeal.

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  6. Kristie Clark

    So do you eat a cup for your protein in the morning? How do you measure it thanks!?

     
    • I use 4oz, either added to my oats or mixed in the night before as overnight oatmeal. That’s half a protein serving, so for the rest of my protein I use nuts and seeds.

       
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  11. isabel fernandez

    Hi Katie! Can you please recommend a soy milk brand for making yogurt?

     
  12. Thanks for sharing this! As you know, unsweetened vegan yogurt is nearly impossible to find. This (and your entire blog) is really helpful! I’m starting Monday, so I really appreciate all the great meal ideas. Thank you for sharing your journey and recipes!

     
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  14. What is the shelf life in fridge?

     
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  17. How is the consistency? Do you feel like you need to add Pomona’s Pectin or something similar to t thicken?
    I recently tried a cashew milk yogurt and enjoyed it a lot but it was $7 for 24 ounces! I’m trying to find something that would be a little more cost effective.

     
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  19. Hi Katie, did you try making yogurt with Coconut milk (not the can the carton with 60 calories) or with almond milk? Do you to add a thickner on top of the culture?

     
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