the Coconut, in all it’s forms, has become a healthy household staple, with each and every element being put to culinary use. We have coconut water down pat (have you seen the new Green Coconut H20?), are nuts for coconut oil and butter, and now we’re on to the mastery of coconut yogurt. Coconut yogurt is the best non-dairy alternative, in our humble opinion, because it mimics the texture and rich flavor of dairy so well.
Coconut meat is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which are vital for supporting thyroid functioning, and is free of the common allergen found in cow’s dairy called lactose. Coconut yogurt is not only easier to digest for most, but is highly nutritious, helping to boost the metabolism, slim the waist-line, support mood and give skin a glow.
Making coconut yogurt at home is easier than you’d think. We’re keeping the recipe super simple and clean. Unlike many of the store-bought versions, we can avoid the slew of preservatives and additives that are commonly included. In addition, we can keep the sugar content extremely low. Most store-bought brands have tons of added sugar, with even the ‘plain’ flavors containing upwards of 8 grams per serving. Another advantage of culturing coconut yogurt at home is the control of the fermentation process. By fermenting at home, we can amp up the probiotic culture content, making the yogurt even more therapeutic. The more probiotics, the healthier our digestion, the clearer our skin, and the more stable and uplifted our mood.
Don’t be intimidated by trying this recipe yourself – we promise you it is fool proof. All you need is a few ingredients, a jar and a warm place to store it. The rest of the magic happens on its own. Whip up a large batch – this coconut yogurt won’t last long!
Homemade Raw Coconut Yogurt
*coconut meat can be found frozen in health food stores, or it can be scooped out of a fresh, young green coconut
Combine coconut meat, honey, lemon juice and salt into a blender or food processor. Blend on high and slowly add almond milk to thin. Note: you may not need all of the almond milk, so add until you reach a yogurt consistency.
Next, add probiotics to coconut meat mixture and blend on slow until fully mixed in.
Pour into a glass jar or mason jar. Cover with cheesecloth or other breathable fabric and secure with a rubber band or the outside rim of a mason jar lid.
Place in a warm place such as a cabinet, oven or counter top. Leave out for 24 hours to ferment.
It is now ready to enjoy! Top with fresh berries, homemade granola, or superfoods.
Cover and store in refrigerator for later use. Keeps for up to two weeks refrigerated.