coconut yogurt (scd & ibd friendly)

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Seattle, WA

This coconut yogurt is easy, delicious, dairy-free, and a great way to get healthy probiotics! No yucky additives. This is actually *easier* to make than dairy yogurt! I often quadruple the recipe & incubate 4 two-cup canning jars, at one time, inside my 8 qt. Instant Pot Duo with yogurt function.

serves 2
prep time 15 Min
cook time 18 Hr
method Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot

Ingredients For coconut yogurt (scd & ibd friendly)

  • 1 can
    trader joe’s coconut cream, or coconut milk, no additives
  • 1 tsp
    unflavored gelatin, i prefer great lakes or vital proteins brands grass fed pasture raised beef gelatin (optional ingredient)
  • 1-2 tsp
    honey (optional ingredient)
  • 1/8 tsp
    g.i. prohealth prostart yogurt starter, or other scd legal yogurt starter with l. bulgaricus, l. acidophilus, & s. thermophilus, but no bifidus/bifido

How To Make coconut yogurt (scd & ibd friendly)

  • One can of Trader Joe’s coconut cream emptied into saucepan, on low heat.
    Empty coconut cream or coconut milk into a saucepan & warm over low heat. You will want to heat until very warm to the touch, but NOT hot. If it is hot, it will kill the yogurt starter. It is better to under heat than over heat.
  • Measuring 1 teaspoon of gelatin to whisk in.
    The gelatin is optional, but will give you a thicker yogurt. If using, slowly add while whisking vigorously, until all dissolved. Note: Coconut milk has more water than coconut cream. You may want to add slightly more gelatin if using coconut milk & you prefer a thicker consistency. Feel free to increase or decrease gelatin slightly to get the consistency you like. If you want a cream cheese like consistency, drain & discard the liquid from the coconut cream, adding only the solids, and use a full teaspoon of gelatin.
  • Adding 1 teaspoon of honey to the saucepan.
    The honey is also optional, but recommended. Coconut cream/milk does not have much food for the yogurt cultures to use, so adding honey gives them extra food to consume, resulting in more tart yogurt with a higher probiotic count. However, it will still work without the honey. If using, whisk the honey in, until well combined.
  • 4
    For adding the yogurt starter, I like to add the G.I. ProHealth ProStart powder, to a bowl with about a 1/2 cup of the liquid from the pot, and then whisk this vigorously until most of the lumps are gone. Then add it all back into the rest of the pot, and mix it all well. For subsequent batches of yogurt, it does work to use 1 tsp. of the previous batch of yogurt as your starter instead. A couple caveats to this: It helps if the previous batch is very fresh still. Also, if you are strictly following the SCD suggestion to stay away from bifidus/bifido strains early on in healing, you should be aware that this method has more of a risk of a wild bifidus/bifido strain from the environment getting introduced & taking over your yogurt at some point. BTVC book recommends using fresh SCD legal, factory tested yogurt starter for each and every batch, instead of using some from your previous batch as starter. The G.I. ProHealth ProStart yogurt starter keeps well if you place the bottle in a sealed zip lock (additional protection against moisture), then place in the freezer when not using.
  • Canning jar with yogurt, lid placed on loosely, sitting in the liner of an Instant Pot, getting ready to incubate.
    Next you will be incubating the yogurt. Here are some options: A) Pour into a 2 cup canning jar, and place the lid on loosely. Place on the dry bottom of the insert of an Instant Pot with yogurt function, and set to incubate on normal anywhere from 8-24 hours. I prefer at least 18 hours, especially if I added any honey. B) Use another yogurt maker, or anything that will keep the yogurt at a temperature between 108-116°F (42.2-46.6°C) while incubating. Some people use a heating pad set on low to keep the container warm. C) Some people report success with pouring into an insulated thermos/mug, sealing well, and relying on the residual heat to allow it to incubate for 8 hours. I would probably not add much or any honey if using this method, since your incubation time is limited to how long the thermos retains the heat.
  • Jar of yogurt finished incubating, with layer of more clear liquid on the bottom, that needs to be stirred back in, before refrigerating.
    Once done incubating, there will be a more clear colored liquid that has settled at the bottom. Stir this back in well, then place in the fridge. The yogurt will thicken up once cooled.
  • Bowl with coconut yogurt, blueberries & half a banana.
    Enjoy! I particularly love this with a bowl of frozen blueberries & a banana (one that has ripened to have brown spots on the peel, if you are on the SCD.) [Edit: I have since found it’s even better when the blueberries are heated to be warm, like a cobbler, and the banana is frozen, which kinda mimics ice-cream. It’s a lovely combination with the different temperatures, textures & it brings out the flavor of the blueberries more.] When I make it the cream-cheese consistency, I like to add herbs & use it like a soft cheese spread/dip.