Homemade Almond yogurt :: Probiotic Treat

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. 

Homemade almond yogurt - DIY - Organic - Chia Seeds

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:

  • crockpot
  • wooden/plastic spoon
  • towel
  • 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

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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.

Homemade almond yogurt - DIY - Organic - Chia Seeds - Crockpot - Easy Homemade almond yogurt - DIY - Organic - Chia Seeds - Crockpot - Easy

You can even mix up which milk you use.  Try mixing together almonds, cashews and coconut milk.

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Almond yogurt :: Probiotic Treat

  1. This looks awesome and one of the easiest sounding recipes I’ve found. I want to try it but I’m sensitive to cow’s milk. What (if anything) can I use as a substitute? I realize you need that bacteria but I need a different way of doing that. I did find a vegan yogurt starter but it has rice maltodextrin in it. I want to stay away from that also! Can you give me some pointers? I’d appreciate it so much!

    • Yes! You can buy organic coconut, sheep or almond yogurt at the grocery store to use as your starter. Once you make the first batch, just save a cup to be used as the starter in the next batch of yogurt!

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