Yogurt, the creamy dairy product made from fermented and cultured milk, is widely lauded for its tart flavor, silky texture, and for its probiotic properties. Previously, it was thought that such a distinct taste and mouth feel couldn’t be replicated by plant-based ingredients. However, work into any well-stocked grocery store today and you will see a wide array of vegan yogurts in all different flavors and sizes! There are now even tubular, squeezable plant-based yogurts that will bring you back to your childhood.
One challenge that the vegan yogurt industry is still facing is affordability; sadly, a lot of these innovative, delicious-sounding plant-based options come with a steep price tag. The good news is that you can easily make your own “yogurt” from home for little cost! The fermenting process may seem challenging, but you will come to realize that it is mostly just waiting for the yogurt to get sour. If you don’t know where to start, have no fear! We have prepared the ultimate guide to vegan yogurt-making for you.
We here at Food Monster have filed tirelessly through our recipe archive to find the most creative, comprehensive vegan yogurt recipes out there. Fasten your seatbelt, it’s time to get cultured.
This Coconut Yogurt recipe only requires three ingredients: a young coconut, spices of your choosing, and some probiotic powder! After 2 days of fermenting in the refrigerator, you will have a creamy and healthy yogurt just as tasty and nutritious as the dairy version. Mix in cinnamon or vanilla if you please or keep the yogurt plain so you can use it for savory and sweet purposes.
Raw Coconut Yogurt makes for a perfect start to a breakfast or a light dessert at the end of your meal. Flavor the yogurt with whatever you like, but the addition of raspberries (fresh or frozen) and vanilla bean is ideal if you are in the mood for a sweet treat. This yogurt has all the beneficial bacteria that regular yogurt does, but without the dairy!
If coconut isn’t your jam, give this Banana Buckwheat Yogurt a go! This plant-based yogurt is unbelievably smooth, creamy, light, and delicious- everything you want and have come to expect from the breakfast food. All you have to do is blend up frozen bananas with activated buckwheat and flavorings and you will be enjoying this silky yogurt in no time.
Are you surprised? Cashews are the go-to ingredient for creamy vegan dairy alternatives. This Homemade Cashew Yogurt is made with raw cashews and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. The yogurt works extraordinarily well for dipping fruits in or even as a spread over toast. Plus, it couldn’t be easier to make. All you have to do is blend all 4 ingredients together and voilá! Plant-based yogurt in seconds.
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Once you see how easy it is to make this nut-based, Raw Almond Coconut Yogurt at home, you’ll never buy one from the store again! In this recipe, soaked nuts, water, coconut meat, and probiotics are combined to create a tangy cream. This yogurt is packed with healthy probiotics, fat, proteins, and so much more. Top it with your favorite yogurt fixings and dig in!
The magic of cashews is what gives this Coconut Cashew Yogurt its dreamy, creamy texture. Although it’s not fermented like traditional yogurt, it still has that sweet and tangy flavor that we all know and love. Paired it with crunchy granola and fresh fruit to creat a yogurt parfait is the perfect start to any day!
Anytime you can count a recipe’s ingredients on one hand, you know you can expect a small grocery bill and an easy cooking process. This Probiotic Oat Yogurt (or should we say oatgurt?) only requires 4 ingredients. Oats and young coconut are blended together with good probiotics to create a rich and creamy treat similar to Greek yogurt.
This Cashew Almond Yogurt is phenomenally creamy and made without an ounce of dairy! Start by soaking raw cashews and almonds together overnight. Then, blend them together until creamy with dates for natural sweetness, coconut milk, a pinch of cinnamon, and lemon juice for that tangy flavor. Serve this with homemade granola, muesli, and fresh or dried fruit.
Have we convinced you to quit the store-bought stuff yet? Let us know in the comments which plant-based recipe you are most keen on trying.
Lead image source: Probiotic Oat Yogurt