This recipe for homemade coconut yoghurt/ CoYo is rich and creamy but it is slightly tangy like dairy yoghurt. It may seem like it is too complicated and time consuming to do yourself but I promise you that it isn’t! Coconut cream and probiotic capsules are the only 2 ingredients in this recipe. It may seem weird that you actually pull the capsules apart and use the powder inside! Although a jar of probiotic capsules is about $20 (NZ), it will make heaps of yoghurt and bought CoYo is $14 for a tiny pottle! This yoghurt is also really good for you because of the good bacteria that you want to have more of in your gut.
I have used Fia Fia and AYAM coconut cream brands since a lot of the others have quite low percentages of coconut kernel extract or pure coconut cream and are bulked out with water and additives/ preservatives. You want a full fat version that doesn’t slosh around when you shake it. If you use the brand AYAM, turn the can upside down and put it in the fridge overnight so that the solid coconut cream separates from the coconut water. In the morning carefully turn the can back upright and pour the coconut water on the top into a glass to drink or to use later in a smoothie.
- 1 can full fat coconut cream (I use Fia Fia or AYAM that are available in NZ)
- 2 capsules of probiotic powder – you can buy any brand from the supermarket/ pharmacy. I used Inner Health Plus brand
- 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
- A clean glass jar – you can re-use any jar but put it through the dishwasher first
- Optional: vanilla extract/ scraped seeds from a vanilla bean pod – I was lucky enough to bring some vanilla bean pods back from Vanuatu that were a lot cheaper than anywhere in NZ!
- Heat the solid coconut cream in a small saucepan over a low heat until it feels warm.
- Take it off the heat and then add the probiotic powder to the warmed coconut cream by pulling the capsules apart and then emptying the contents into the saucepan. Add the sweetener as well if you are using it.
- Mix everything together until thoroughly combined.
- Pour the mixture into the glass jar and put the lid on.
- Put the jar in a warm, sunny place but if this is not possible you can just wrap it in a tea towel or put it in a hot water cupboard. It needs at least 12 hours for the yoghurt making process to work properly.
- It should now have a tangy yoghurty taste and you can put it in the fridge to get thicker.