Healthy eating series: Making coconut yoghurt.

img_2900Hi lovely people. Have you ever tried coconut yoghurt? Making your own coconut yoghurt is very simple. It’s more liquid than dairy yoghurt but it is absolutely delicious. Whether you are dairy intolerant or not, it makes an awesome (probiotic) snack or desert, especially with some berries mixed in.Shop bought coconut yoghurt is pricey and has many added ingredients. You can make your own coconut yoghurt with 2-3 ingredients and 800ml will only cost around the $2.50! Here is the way I make it.

You will need:

  • 1 tin coconut milk and 1 tin coconut cream (normal, not low fat) Some people use cream, some use milk, I like one of each.
  • 3 probiotic capsules – if you need to avoid dairy make sure they are dairy free probiotics. I have not read up on what strains are best but if I find out more I will write it here.
  • Tapioca flour (optional)
  • EasiYo kit (can be bought in an Australian supermarket or gumtree)

Method:

  1. Boil your kettle and pour boiling water over your inner EasiYo container to help sterilise, then empty out the water. (In the photo you can see my yoghurt in a glass jar. I use this as an extra container which fits in my EasiYo so I can rotate.) Pour in the two tins of coconut milk and cream. Open the probiotic capsules and sprinkle contents in. Put on the lid and shake. If you want a thicker result add in 2-3 tablespoons of tapioca flour and shake again.
  2. Fill your EasyYo thermos to the line and put in the midsection then your container of coconut yoghurt. Put on thermos lid and forget it for 2 days.
  3. In cold weather I would refill my thermos with boiling water again the next day. I have made a lot of dairy yoghurt in the past and I find coconut yoghurt needs longer.
  4. On day 3 take out your yoghurt and put it in the fridge. It will not go off in a hurry so you can enjoy a bit each day.
  5. At this point start your next batch, adding a bit of this one to that one and then you can use less probiotic capsules.

It is really yum with muesli, berries or on it’s own!

 

My own story: I have eaten dairy my whole life until this year. Earlier this year I did an experiment and went off dairy for 3 weeks. To find out if you are intolerant to dairy you must go off it totally for 3 weeks, then introduce it by eating a little each day for a few days and see if you have any reactions. As soon as I went off it I was surprised that my body literally cooled down! No more heating up at night or hot flushes. When I tried it again after 3 weeks, and anytime since, I heat right up. That made me realise my body is flaring up from dairy, so now I stay off it. At first I was heartbroken about giving up cheese and yoghurt. But then I got to thinking about alternatives and to my joy discovered coconut yoghurt. If you are also dairy intolerant then you will love coconut yoghurt!

 

 

 

 

 

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