Homemade almond milk yogurt is a delicious way to get a dose of probiotics. It’s a healthy dairy-free probiotic alternative for smoothies, breakfasts, and desserts.
Why make almond milk yogurt?
I make a lot of dairy-free yogurts. This is in part because there are a few people in my family with dairy allergies. However, I also love the flavor and culinary usefulness of homemade almond milk yogurt.
Here are a few reasons why I make milk yogurt:
- I love to make almond milk. However, it only lasts 2-3 days in the fridge. Turning it into yogurt means that it will last for a week or two!
- While we’re not a completely vegan family, we do try to limit the amount of dairy we consume. Almond milk yogurt is the mildest and naturally sweet-tasting dairy-free yogurt option.
- I love it as a healthy dessert topping. I just add a bit of vanilla or cinnamon, and it’s perfect for serving with apple cobbler or pumpkin pie.
- My kids love a glass full of homemade almond milk yogurt with a few wild strawberries in as an afterschool snack!
Other Dairy-Free Yogurt Options
There are quite a few dairy-free yogurt options. And I make most of them pretty regularly. The trick is to buy a good dairy-free culture.
Almond milk yogurt is one of my favorites. I typically enjoy it as a yogurt drink rather than a thickened yogurt.
Here are a few other types of dairy-free yogurts that you can make at home:
- Coconut cream yogurt: Naturally thick and sweet, coconut milk yogurt is delicious dolloped into soups or curries. It’s also pretty delicious in smoothies and desserts.
- Soy milk yogurt: Soy milk makes the most “dairy-like” yogurt. The flavor is mild, and it naturally thickens. However, it can be hard to find preservative-free soy milk in the store.
- Cashew yogurt: Thick cashew cream can be cultured, giving it a cheese-like flavor. It’s probably the best dairy-free cream cheese substitute.
Homemade Almond Milk Thickeners
Homemade almond milk yogurt won’t naturally thicken like yogurt. So I usually enjoy my almond milk yogurt as a probiotic beverage. However, it is possible to add thickeners for a more yogurt-like consistency.
Here are a few options for thickening almond milk yogurt:
- Chia seeds: Chia seeds are my favorite thickener. Perfect for a prebiotic boost! They are easy to use and add fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. The only trick is they don’t make a really thick yogurt. More of a bubble tea-like drink.
- To add chia seeds, stir 1 Tbsp of chia seeds or ground chia directly into 1 cup of yogurt. Don’t scale up the recipe or the chia seeds will clump at the bottom of the container. Just make several 1-cup jars of chia-thickened yogurt.
- Tapioca starch: Tapioca isn’t my favorite thickener, as it tends to separate. It also doesn’t do much for the flavor of the yogurt.
- Dissolve 4 Tbsp of tapioca starch in a small amount of water before adding to 4 cups of warm almond milk.
- Agar-agar powder: I haven’t personally tried agar, but I have a friend who loves it.
- Whisk 1 tsp agar-agar powder directly into the warm milk.
- Xantham gum: While xantham gum can be used to thicken almond milk, it also has a tendency to clump and separate.
- Whisk 1 tsp xantham gum into the milk.
- Pectin: Pectin will set a very firm yogurt. It’s probably the best option for a thick yogurt.
- Use Pomona’s Universal Pectin and follow the directions on the package.
Homemade Almond Milk Yogurt
Homemade almond milk yogurt is a delicious and dairy-free probiotic drink. See the section above for five ways to thicken almond milk yogurt.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Yogurt
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Healthy
- Diet: Vegan
- 4 cups of nut milk (see notes)
- 4 Tbsp of yogurt with live culture (or a pack of vegan yogurt culture)
- Slowly heat the almond milk to 110 F (40 C), whisking occasionally to keep the milk from scalding on the bottom of the pot. At this point you may want to mix in a thickener. See the section below for more details on how to thicken your yogurt.
- Pour the milk into the culturing containers and stir culture into the milk.
- Maintain at around 105F (40 C) for at least 4 hours. If you like a sour yogurt then you can leave it for up to 24 hours.
- You cannot make yogurt with nut milks that have preservatives. The goal of preservatives is to prevent bacterial growth. So either use homemade almond milk or nut milk labeled as Preservative Free. Even if it’s organic, if it doesn’t say Preservative Free, then it could contain natural preservatives.
- This recipe works for all sorts of nut milks, including hazelnut milk or hemp milk. It would also work with oat milk!
- You can use a yogurt maker to make several small jars of yogurt. Personally, I use a folding fermentation box so that I can make a large volume of yogurt at once. However, there are ways to make yogurt without a yogurt maker.
- To make chocolate almond milk yogurt, add 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder to the hot almond milk before adding the culture. Stir in your favorite sweetener after culturing, or eat it with sliced bananas for a naturally sweet treat.
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