Coconut Greek yogurt is a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional dairy yogurt. It is thick and creamy, with a slightly sweet and tangy flavor.
This coconut yogurt is full of natural flavors, it’s perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dessert, mixed with some fresh fruit.
In this article, I will share a simple recipe for coconut Greek yogurt that you can make. Making coconut yogurt at home is not only very satisfying but also much healthier and cheaper than store bought coconut yogurt.
- 1 can of coconut milk (coconut cream will also work)
- 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
Coconut Greek Yogurt Recipe
Pour the coconut milk or coconut cream into a saucepan and heat it on medium heat. Stir occasionally until it starts to simmer.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer the coconut milk for about 15-20 minutes, or until it thickens and reduces by about half.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
Stir in the honey or maple syrup and fresh lemon juice, whisking continuously with a wooden spoon.
Once the mixture is fully combined, transfer it to a glass jar or container with a lid.
Cover the container with a cheesecloth or towel and let it sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours. This will allow the yogurt to ferment and thicken.
Once the yogurt has thickened, store it in the fridge for a few hours before serving.
Serve the coconut yogurt with some sliced fresh fruit and dash or maple syrup.
What are the best canned coconut milk brands?
My personal favorite canned coconut milk brands are the following:
Thai Kitchen: Thai Kitchen is a popular brand of coconut milk that is known for its rich and creamy texture. It is made from high-quality coconuts and is free from preservatives and additives.
Aroy-D: Aroy-D is another popular brand of coconut milk that is widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine. It is made from fresh coconuts and has a rich and smooth texture that is perfect for curries, soups, and desserts.
Native Forest: Native Forest is a popular brand of organic coconut milk that is known for its rich and creamy texture. It is made from sustainably harvested coconuts and is free from preservatives and additives. It is a great option for those who prefer organic and environmentally conscious products.
- Use full-fat coconut milk for a creamier texture.
- Make sure the yogurt is at room temperature before combining it with the coconut milk mixture.
- The longer you let the yogurt sit at room temperature, the tangier and thicker it will become.
Benefits of Coconut Greek Yogurt
Coconut yogurt is a healthy and delicious treat that provides a number of health benefits. Here are some of the benefits of this creamy yogurt:
Rich in nutrients: Coconut cream is a good source of protein, calcium, and healthy fats.
Gut health: The probiotics in the yogurt can help improve digestion and boost the immune system.
Weight management: Greek yogurt is low in calories and can help with weight loss.
Dairy-free: This non dairy yogurt is a great option for those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy.
Versatile: Coconut Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes, such as smoothies, dips, and dressings.
Coconut yogurt alternatives
If you’re looking for alternatives to coconut Greek yogurt, there are a few options you can consider:
Almond Milk Yogurt: Almond milk yogurt is a great dairy-free alternative to traditional yogurt. It has a similar texture and taste to Greek yogurt, and is also high in protein and calcium.
To make almond milk yogurt, simply blend almonds and water in a high-speed blender, strain the mixture, and mix it with a probiotic powder. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours to ferment and thicken.
Soy Yogurt: Soy yogurt is another dairy-free alternative to Greek yogurt. It has a creamy texture and a mild flavor that can be easily flavored with fruits, honey, or other sweeteners.
To make soy yogurt, simply heat soy milk in a saucepan until it reaches 110-115°F, add a probiotic powder, and stir well. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 6-12 hours to ferment and thicken.
Cashew Yogurt: Cashew yogurt is another delicious and creamy dairy-free alternative to Greek yogurt. It has a slightly nutty flavor and a smooth texture that makes it perfect for dips and dressings.
To make cashew yogurt, simply soak cashews in water for a few hours or overnight, drain the water, and blend the cashews with fresh water and a probiotic powder. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours to ferment and thicken.