Making your own yogurt has never been so easy!
We bring you recipes for homemade yogurt in 6 different variants, which are healthier, tastier, but also cheaper than yogurts available in stores.
Try the yogurt maker version, the oven version, or maybe a plant-based coconut treat.
Get inspired and prepare a healthy snack exactly to your taste!
Creamy homemade yogurt without a yogurt maker
Making homemade yogurt is a piece of cake. All you really need is good quality milk, a few spoonfuls of your favorite yogurt and some time to let it sit.
- 2 liters of whole milk, the fresher the better
- ¼ cup heavy cream (optional)
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of white full-fat yogurt with live and active cultures
- Rub an ice cube on the bottom of a heavy pot to prevent burning (or rinse the inside of the pot with cold water).
- Add the milk and cream, if using, and bring to a boil until bubbles form around the edges.
- Stir the milk occasionally while heating.
- Remove the pot from the heat and let cool until the milk is pleasantly warm.
- If you are in a hurry, you can fill the sink with ice water and let the pot of milk cool in an ice bath.
- Stir frequently to cool the milk evenly.
- Transfer 1/2 cup of the warm milk to a small bowl and whisk in the yogurt until smooth.
- Stir the yogurt-milk mixture back into the pot with the remaining warm milk.
- Cover the pot with a large lid.
- Keep the pot warm by wrapping it in a large tea towel.
- Or simply place it on the fridge, which is usually warm and does not get in the way.
- Let the yogurt sit for 6 to 12 hours until thick and sour; the longer it sits, the denser it will become.
- Transfer the pot to the refrigerator and chill for at least another 4 hours; will continue to thicken.
- Enjoy it!
If you want to prepare Greek yogurt , place a colander or sieve over a bowl and line the colander with a thin tea towel. Take the finished yogurt, either before or after it has cooled, pour the yogurt into a colander and let it drain in the refrigerator for 2 to 6 hours . (Watch it, and when it looks thick enough to your liking, transfer it to a jar; if it’s too thick, stir some of the whey back in.) Reserve the remaining whey for smoothies, soups, or lemonades, or marinating poultry.
Vegan Greek yogurt
Try this dairy-free Greek yogurt that’s thick, luxuriously creamy, and perfectly tangy! You don’t need anything special to prepare it and you only need 4 ingredients.
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight in water and drained)
- 2 cans of coconut milk
- ¼ cup tapioca starch
- 3 capsules of high quality probiotics
- Combine the drained cashews, coconut milk and tapioca starch in a blender.
- Blend to a silky smooth consistency
- Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Add to a glass bowl (no metal!) and stir in the probiotic using a wooden, plastic or glass utensil.
- Cover the bowl with a thin cloth and secure it with a rubber band.
- Allow to ferment at room temperature overnight or until desired acidity is reached.
If you prefer a plant-based diet, we have recipes for vegan cookies that your whole family will love!
Homemade yogurt from the oven
Learn how to make homemade yogurt in the oven! You don’t need any special equipment or skills to do this. Plus, it’s simple, delicious, and saves you some money.
- 2 liters of milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
- 2 heaping tablespoons plain yogurt (must contain live active cultures)
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- Stir gelatin into 1/3 cup. cold waters.
- Let it harden.
- Heat the milk to 85 degrees over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and add gelatin, sugar and vanilla.
- Beat well.
- Cool to 55 degrees.
- Add yogurt and mix well with a wire whisk.
- Pour into 2 liter jars (or whatever container you want to use) and screw on the lid.
- Place in the oven near the light.
- Turn on the oven light and close the door.
- Let set for 8 to 10 hours.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
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Coconut yogurt from 2 ingredients
An incredibly simple plant-based yogurt recipe that requires almost nothing. And yet the result is absolutely phenomenal! Try it yourself.
- 400ml can of full fat coconut milk
- 2 capsules of vegan-friendly probiotics (must be capsules, not pills to be crushed)
- maple syrup, stevia, or agave nectar for sweetening
- vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder
- fruit or fruit compote
- Shake the coconut milk well.
- Then open and pour into a clean, sterilized, dry glass jar or bowl.
- You can easily sterilize clean jars by rinsing them thoroughly with boiling water and letting them dry completely.
- Let them cool back to room temperature before adding the ingredients.
- Sometimes the coconut milk separates, so after adding it to the jar, I stir it with a whisk to make it completely smooth.
- Empty your probiotic capsules into the coconut milk and stir with a wooden or plastic spoon, not a metal one, as a metal spoon can react negatively with the probiotics.
- Blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
- Cover the mixture with a thin towel and secure with a rubber band.
- Let the yogurt activate for at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours in a warm place.
- The longer the yogurt rests, the juicier it will be.
- Yogurt is easy to make in warmer conditions (if your house is 23 degrees C and above).
- But in colder conditions, put the yogurt in the oven with the light on (don’t turn on the oven) where it should have the right amount of heat to activate.
- Once the yogurt has reached the right flavor and thickness to your liking (don’t forget to taste with a wooden spoon), cover securely with a lid and refrigerate.
- Cooling will thicken the yogurt even more, almost to the consistency of Greek yogurt (depending on the brand of coconut milk you used)!
- For an even thicker yogurt, line a fine sieve with two layers of cheesecloth and place over the mixing bowl. Pour in the yogurt, then cover loosely with a lid or plastic wrap and let rest overnight or 12+ hours in the fridge.
- It should thicken a bit more.
- Serve yogurt plain or with fruit or fruit compote.
- You can also add a little sweetener or flavoring like maple syrup and/or vanilla extract at this point.
- Store covered in the fridge for several days (up to 7 days).
Homemade yogurt from a yogurt maker
Homemade yogurt made in an electric yogurt maker is not only easy to make, but it’s also better for you and the environment. You can choose the ingredients, type of milk and flavors to suit your palate as much as possible.
- 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt or 1 tablespoon of yogurt cultures
- 1 liter of regular or 2% milk
- Heat the milk over medium-low heat until bubbles form around the edge and steam rises to the surface.
- Remove the pot from the heat and insert the thermometer.
- When the temperature reaches 43-46º C, add yogurt cultures or a spoonful of yogurt to one of the jars.
- Add a little warmed milk and mix well.
- Pour the mixture a little at a time back into the pot and mix well.
- Pour the milk into 8 glasses, cover tightly and place the glasses in the yogurt maker.
- Next, follow your yogurt maker’s instructions.
- It will take 6-10 hours to make the yogurt, depending on the desired acidity and density.
- Once done, let the jars chill in the fridge for a few hours before eating.
- You can keep the yogurt in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Homemade fruit yogurt drink
Yogurts are great, but yogurt drinks with fruit are perhaps even better! Make your own! It’s surprisingly simple and you only need a few ingredients and fresh fruit of your choice.
- 2 cups of milk
- ½ cup homemade yogurt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (optional)
- 1 cup chopped fruit of your choice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium-low until everything is smooth and evenly combined.
- Pour the yogurt drinks into 120 ml beverage containers and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
We can use white yogurt for a sweet treatment . Honey, fruit, raisins, jam, nuts, cocoa, chocolate, ice cream can be used to supplement the selected type of yogurt.
To prepare yogurt with a salty taste, we use chives, green leaves and herbs, cheeses, sausages, and vegetables.
If you want to make a dessert from homemade yogurt, be inspired by our recipes for sweet desserts with yogurt dough .