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Gileswithachainsaw Mon 14-Mar-16 09:24:05

Does anyone know if it's possible to DIY dairy free yogurt.

I usually buy alpro but would love to make the kids their own. with a bit less sugar.

what recipes/methods do you use?

and what does it taste like

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 14-Mar-16 11:23:16


dreamingofsun Mon 14-Mar-16 15:41:39

I make mine with milk and a starter yogurt. and a little bit of milk powder using the Lakeland machine. its very easy, no added sugar and not bitter.....but its made of milk so doesn't fit your spec

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Mon 14-Mar-16 15:45:10

i think the issue with non dairy is that the yoghurt bacteria need lactose to work on to make the milk into yoghurt, so a true non dairy yoghurt is basically impossible

but having said that I was reading the other day about coconut milk yoghurt, but there was faffing with gelatine (or veggie equiv) to thicken

I'll have a rummage through my history and see if I can find it.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Mon 14-Mar-16 15:50:55

Here's the link

lots of comments say it's runny without the gelling agent, she seems to gloss over that though imo!

whois Mon 14-Mar-16 17:27:56

Water kaffir might work?

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 14-Mar-16 19:10:57

wow that's certainly one to try. don't have a yogurt maker maybe an airing cupboard might work

Quogwinkle Tue 15-Mar-16 06:00:27

Some ideas on this website might help go dairy free. I'm sure Rose Elliot had a recipe in one of her books for making dairy free yogurt which used the culture from live authenticity to start it off but then continued with culture from the soya or whatever yogurt for subsequent batches. I used to have a yogurt maker but found a thermos flask worked better and made bigger batches smile

Quogwinkle Tue 15-Mar-16 06:01:37

Dairy yogurt, not autheticity ....

Maplessglobe Tue 15-Mar-16 06:08:48

I'm trying this currently to wean myself off my expensive coyo habit.

First batch was very runny so I'm going to use agar flakes in the next lot. I'll use some coyo as a starter.

Coyo lists tapioca starch on the ingredients as a thickener but other than that it's just coconut milk and vegan yoghurt cultures so you definitely don't need lactose but it's challenging to get it right without.

I'll let you know if I have any success!

Maplessglobe Fri 18-Mar-16 08:52:50

Ok so... Success!
I used 2 teaspoons of agar flakes as a thickener in 1L of coconut milk which I simmered for a few minutes in a saucepan. Left it to cool for around 10 mins then added to 250g coyo.
Popped the whole thing in the Lakeland yoghurt maker with the glass jars for 24 hours and it's turned out great.
I buy coconut milk in bulk from amazon- works out less than £2 a litre and the coyo was £3 on offer. Agar flakes about £10 for 250g which will last about 20-30 batches.

So that's £5 for 1.25 L. Considering I normally pay that much for 400g coyo that's a bit better, even factoring in the electricity. Hopefully in future I can use 250g of my own yoghurt starter...

Anyone else any luck?

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 19-Mar-16 09:35:31

that sounds fab...i might do some coconut yog later....but with milk and cocnut milk.

Are you using the canned stuff or the milk replacement stuff??

itsonlysubterfuge Sat 19-Mar-16 10:13:32

Here is a recipe I saw for Coconut Yogurt, and it's raw vegan. Might be a bit too much faffing though.

Coconut Yogurt

mnpeasantry Sat 19-Mar-16 10:21:14

I made coconut milk yoghurt. To be honest it took an age and I wasn't hugely keen on the result. If you have to avoid dairy it's probably worthwhile otherwise homemade natural yoghurt is delicious!

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