Making your own yogurt is intimidating at first, but it is actually very simple. You mix the ingredients together, and then let it sit and ferment.
When I started reading what was in yogurt, even organic yogurt, I wanted to make my own homemade yogurt that was free of antibiotics, added hormones, natural flavors (which aren’t so natural), and GMO’s.
Below is a recipe of my favorite and easy to make almond chia seed probiotic yogurt!
What you need:
- wooden/plastic spoon
- 1/2 cup organic store bought yogurt (Used as your starter only the first time you make yogurt.)
- 4 cups milk (I reccomend homemade almond milk, click here for benefits of almond milk)
- 4-6 tablespoons of chia seeds
Prep time: 30 minutes / Total time: 15+ hours
STEP 1: Make your own homemade almond milk. You can also use store bought milk, almond milk or coconut milk if you wish, but I encourage your to read the label to ensure it is high quality organic milk. I prefer to use unpasteurized organic raw almonds.
STEP 2: Pour 4 cups of almond milk into a sterile crockpot. Turn crockpot on low for 2 to 2.5 hours. The milk should be slightly bubbling and warm, but never have come to a full boil.
STEP 3: Turn off crockpot. Let it sit with the lid on for 2 hours. The milk should cool down, but still be warm.
STEP 4: After the crockpot has been sitting for 2 hours and the milk has cooled, it is time to use your “starter”. Using a plastic/wooden utensil, measure out 1/2 cup of your warm milk mixture into a bowl. Mix with your “starter”, which is the 1/2 cup organic store bought yogurt. Let sit for 3-5 minutes.
Side note: After you have made yogurt once, save the last 1/2 cup and use that as your starter for the next batch. Some people have used the same strand of probiotics from their first batch of yogurt years ago.)
STEP 5: Pour the mixture from the bowl back in your crockpot, and place the lid on. Wrap a towel around the bowl in your crockpot. Place in your oven (turned off) for 10 hours.
STEP 6: After 10 hours, taste the yogurt mixture. If it is runny, you can continue to let it sit for a few more hours. If it you leave it out too long, it will get a tad more sour, but is still fine to eat. Place the yogurt in the fridge where it will firm up a little more. This is when I typically add 4-6 tablespoons of chia seeds. Chia seeds are wonderful to add to your diet as well and it also thickens up your yogurt.
Step 7: Serve plain or with topped with fresh fruit, local honey, and cinnamon. This will last for about 3 days.
You can even mix up which milk you use. Try mixing together almonds, cashews and coconut milk.
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