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Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook alternative, healthy whole food cooking with a focus on gut health, SCD & GAPS diets. Barbs has also been able to overcome her own gut health issues through her journey into alternative eating. Please share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

COCONUT YOGURT MADE WITH AYAM COCONUT CREAM.

By popular demand we’re bringing you another coconut yogurt recipe. It’s dairy free, vegan and Paleo. With so many people choosing coconut yogurt over the dairy variety, we thought we would offer another simple method. This yogurt recipe uses Ayam Coconut cream, which is readily available in supermarkets and Asian grocers. Ayam coconut cream (the green tin) is super thick and creamy to begin with so the result is equally as lovely. Yay no thickener required. This recipe is fast and cheap to make – truly bringing homemade coconut yogurt to the masses!

For other homemade coconut yogurt methods that don’t require any added thickener try these recipes:

Guaranteed perfect coconut yogurt with no added thickener
Coconut yogurt made from frozen coconut chunks
Coconut yogurt made from young drinking coconuts
Date sweetened cashew and coconut yogurt

FEED THE BACTERIA SUGAR!

In traditional dairy milk yogurt the bacteria in starter culture thrive on the sugar content (lactose). Alternative milks naturally have less sugar than dairy milk, so it is necessary to add some sugar with the starter culture to promote fermentation. One teaspoon of sugar or one tablespoon of pasteurised honey is enough to kick start fermentation. Raw honey may have an antibiotic effect and is therefore not suitable for making yogurt.

    Ingredients

    3 – 4 cans of Ayam coconut cream (depending on your yogurt maker capacity)
    1 teaspoon of white sugar or 1 tablespoon of pasteurised honey
    Yogurt starter culture or multi-strain probiotic

    Preparation

    Thoroughly wash or sterilise your yogurt container and whisk with boiling water.

    Method

    1. Open the cans and spoon the coconut cream directly into your yogurt making jar. Note: Depending on the weather and the temperature of your home the coconut cream will vary in consistency. On a hot day, the coconut cream will be runny while in cool weather you will need to spoon it out.
    2. Add the sugar/honey and the amount of yogurt starter culture that your product recommends (probiotic capsule if using) and whisk until well combined.
    3. Put the lid firmly on the glass yogurt jar and place into your yogurt maker. 
    4. Pour water slowly into the base. (The water must not be filled over the ‘tall line’ indicated on the inside wall of the maker). Then place the cover lid on top. 
    5. Use the digital control panel to set the temperature to 38° C, the time to between 12 - 24 hours. (depending on your desired tartness - a longer fermentation will have more friendly bacteria) and then press ‘confirm’ to begin incubation. 
    6. When complete, the yogurt will be warm, runny and separated. Place the jar in the fridge for at least 6 hours to set. 
    7. When chilled, stir to combine the water or for a thicker consistency, pour out some of the fermented coconut water. Don't throw it away though - fermented coconut water will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks in the fridge and is perfect to add to smoothies. 

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