April 13, 2021

Vegan Yogurt

Vegan Yogurt

If you like vegan yogurt but don’t want to spend your money on expensive store-bought plant-based yogurt, I got the perfect solution for you. This vegan yogurt with coconut milk is insanely easy to make. And it’s super delicious and very budget-friendly!

four glass jars of homemade vegan yogurt on a marble counter top with fresh strawberries and blueberries on top and on the side

four glass jars of homemade vegan yogurt on a marble counter top with fresh strawberries and blueberries on top and on the side

Why This Recipe Works

I’ve been making this coconut yogurt so many times and it’s always a hit! Please note that you need an Instant Pot with a yogurt function to make this recipe. 

The recipe is super easy, budget-friendly, and it requires only minimal active hands-on preparation time.

Just remember that while you don’t have to do much, the yogurt takes quite a while to be ready to eat. In total, you need 2 full days. First 24 hours in the Instant Pot and then at least another 24 hours in the fridge.

I had problems finding a vegan yogurt starter in Canada. They all contained skim milk powder. I know that vegan yogurt starters exist, but they aren’t easy to find. So I looked for an easier version that everyone can make. 

I ended up using probiotic capsules for my vegan coconut yogurt, which worked really well. Using probiotics can also be much cheaper than using a vegan yogurt starter. 

The canned coconut milk makes the yogurt super creamy while the agar agar ensures that it will set up nicely. 

What Goes Into This Recipe

The best thing is that you need only three ingredients for this recipe: 

  • Coconut Milk – use full-fat coconut milk. Don’t replace it with light coconut milk as the yogurt will become too thin when using a light version. 
  • Vegan Probiotic Capsules – they should have a total of 50 billion active cells. You can either check your local drug store or pharmacy for vegan probiotic capsules or order them online.
  • Agar Agar – it’s a vegetarian substitute for gelatin. You need agar agar powder for this recipe. It’s also available as flakes. 

How To Make This Recipe 

A step-by-step collage that shows you how to make vegan yogurt in the Instant Pot

A step-by-step collage that shows you how to make vegan yogurt in the Instant Pot

1. Step: Pour two cans of full fat canned coconut milk into your Instant Pot. Make sure to use an Instant Pot with a yogurt function. I used the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart for my coconut yogurt.

2. Step: Carefully open a vegan probiotic capsule and pour its content into the Instant Pot. You should have a total of 50 billion active cells. If you have probiotic capsules with less active cells, just use several capsules to reach 50 billion. Only add the content of the capsule to the coconut milk, not the whole capsule. Also add the agar agar at this point. 

3. Step: Stir with a whisk or spoon until well combined.

4. Step: Press the “Yogurt” button on your Instant Pot and set it to 24 hours using the “+” and “-” buttons. Then let the Instant Pot do its thing.

5. Step: After 24 hours open the Instant Pot. Please note that the yogurt will still be pretty thin and runny. Don’t worry, that’s normal. It will get considerably thicker when it’s cooled down for at least another 24 hours in the fridge.

6. Step: After opening the lid, transfer the coconut yogurt into small glass jars or plastic containers.

7. Step: Store them in the fridge for at least 24 hours. The longer you store the yogurt the thicker it will get.

8. Step: Serve the coconut yogurt with fresh berries or granola.

Recipe Notes:

  • Please make sure you follow the recipe. I hate for you to wait for all this time and then not have a satisfying result. 
  • You need an Instant Pot with a yogurt function for this recipe. I used the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart. It will not work without the yogurt program.
  • You need a total of 50 billion active cells for this homemade vegan yogurt. You can also use the content of several capsules. Just make sure you have a total of 50 billion. 
  • Agar agar powder serves as a thickener for this vegan yogurt. I usually use 1 teaspoon of powdered agar agar. You could replace it with 1 tablespoon of agar agar flakes. 
  • Sometimes the yogurt separates a bit when being stored in the fridge, so stir it with a spoon before eating it. 

FAQs:

Where Can I Find Vegan Probiotics? 

Many drug stores carry vegan probiotics. However, not all probiotic capsules you find in the drug store are vegan. The cultures used for these priobiotics are usually grown on dairy products.

When searching for a vegan probiotic, make sure to pick a brand that is labeled “vegan” and not just “non-dairy”. “Non-dairy” does only mean that this products does not contain any dairy. It doesn’t tell you much about the process of making these probiotic capsules. It could still involve dairy.

Here’s a helpful list of vegan probiotic capsules. You could also order them online.

Where Can I Find Agar Agar? 

I usually buy it online on Amazon or at our local Asian market, where it’s really cheap. I’ve also seen it a natural food stores, but it’s much more expensive there. 

You might also want to check the baking aisle at your local grocery store. 

How Long Does The Yogurt Last?

Stored in airtight containers or single glass jars in the refrigerator, the vegan yogurt lasts up to 10 days. 

My Yogurt Has the Smell and Aftertaste of Past Meals. What Can I Do? 

Make sure to clean the inner pot of your instant pot with hot water before making your yogurt. I typically only cook savory meals in there and leftover aromas carry over easily.

When I made my first Instant Pot yogurt it smelled and tasted like curry so badly I had to throw it away. So frustrating!

I now got a separate sealing ring that I use for sweet recipes and yogurt. If you make a lot of savory recipes in your Instant Pot, I suggest you do the same.

two glass jars of homemade vegan yogurt on a marble counter top with fresh strawberries and blueberries on top and on the side

two glass jars of homemade vegan yogurt on a marble counter top with fresh strawberries and blueberries on top and on the side

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I Love To Hear From You!

I hope you like this vegan yogurt as much as we do around here.

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Sina 

four glass jars of homemade vegan yogurt on a marble counter top with fresh strawberries and blueberries on top and on the side

Vegan Yogurt

If you like vegan yogurt but don’t want to spend your money on store-bought yogurt, I got the perfect solution for you. This vegan yogurt with coconut milk is insanely easy to make. And it’s super delicious and very budget-friendly!

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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 19 hrs

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 376kcal

Author: Sina

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour two cans of full fat canned coconut milk into your instant pot. Make sure to use an Instant Pot with a yogurt function. I used the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart for my coconut yogurt.

  • Carefully open a vegan probiotic capsule and pour its content into the Instant Pot. You should have a total of 50 billion active cells. If you have probiotic capsules with less active cells, just use several capsules to reach 50 billion. Only add the content of the capsule to the coconut milk, not the whole capsule. Also add the agar agar at this point. 

  •  Stir with a whisk or spoon until well combined.

  • Press the “Yogurt” button on your Instant Pot and set it to 24 hours using the “+” and “-” buttons. Then let the Instant Pot do its thing.

  • After 24 hours open the Instant Pot. Please note that the yogurt will still be pretty thin and runny. Don’t worry, that’s normal. It will get considerably thicker when it’s cooled for at least another 24 hours in the fridge.

  • After opening the lid, transfer the coconut yogurt into small glass jars or plastic containers.

  • Store them in the fridge for at least 24 hours. The longer you store the yogurt the thicker it will get.

  • Serve the coconut yogurt with fresh berries or granola.

Notes

  • Please make sure you follow the recipe. I hate for you to wait for all this time and then not have a satisfying result. 
  • You need an Instant Pot with a yogurt function for this recipe. I used the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart. It will not work without the yogurt program.
  • You need a total of 50 billion active cells for this homemade vegan yogurt. You can also use the content of several capsules. Just make sure you have a total of 50 billion. 
  • Agar agar powder serves as a thickener for this vegan yogurt. I usually use 1 teaspoon of powdered agar agar. You could replace it with 1 tablespoon of agar agar flakes. 
  • Sometimes the yogurt separates a bit when being stored in the fridge, so stir it with a spoon before eating it. 

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 420mg | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 6.3mg

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