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Yesterday, not knowing I’d need full-fat yogurt for a recipe I was making today, sparked the need to create a homemade dairy free yogurt recipe. This is a substitute recipe, not actually fermented yogurt. The results? Wow! It is the richest, creamiest yogurt that I have ever had! I used full-fat coconut milk and it was so easy and fast to make. Watch the video!
It turns out that the thickener that I used is excellent for digestive problems! I woke up this morning without any bloating at all. Who knew?! More on that later.
Why Did I Choose to Omit the Culture/Fermentation Step?
The good bacteria that I would get from yogurt, I already get from the probiotic that I take with each meal. So, it wasn’t important to me that I add a culture to get that fermentation going. So, I completely left it out.
Why Should I Consider Omitting Fermented Food?
In addition to the above, I recently realized that those of us with several food allergies, it’s best to omit fermented food. In some, even some good bacteria can cause your body to produce more histamine. So, many people are beginning to avoid fermented food, especially those on a low-histamine diet. Low-histamine diets are good for those whose bodies produce too much histamine, have several food allergies, or other conditions.
Thickener Helping Digestives Issues?
Before I went to bed last night, I had a 6-ounce (3/4 cup) serving of this lovely yogurt, even though it wasn’t chilled yet. It’s that good! Meanwhile, I woke up this morning feeling skinny. I finally figured out that my big tummy had little to do with my weight but that I must have been bloated and didn’t realize it. I only used two ingredients, coconut milk and arrowroot powder. I knew that coconut milk couldn’t be the thing that helped me because I often have coconut chia pudding before bedtime. So, a little research on WebMD turned up the fact that arrowroot helps digestive issues in those with IBS and other conditions. I’m willing to bet that it also would be useful for those with celiac disease when they get glutened.
How Do I Use This Dairy Free Yogurt Substitute?
I plan on using this homemade dairy free yogurt substitute in a casserole dish for creaminess. If your recipe calls for yogurt in a baked recipe it is mostly like for its yeast-like action to help it rise, in addition to fat content if your recipe calls for full-fat yogurt. For baked recipes, without the culture/fermentation step, you will need to add about 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder to say a two-layer cake recipe. This will help in rising.
Not only use this dairy free yogurt substitute to eat plain but add to soup as a garnish, in place of sour cream, in wraps, and more.
Dairy-Free Yogurt Substitute
This gluten free dairy free yogurt substitute recipe makes the creamiest yogurt-like mixture you've ever had.
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch/powder/flour
- Tiny pinch of salt optional
Add the coconut milk and arrowroot powder to a cold small saucepan. Whisk until the arrowroot powder disappears into the milk.
Cook over medium-high heat, whisking frequently to prevent the bottom from sticking to the saucepan. Lower heat to medium if it begins to stick. cook until thick, about 10 more minutes.
Allow the homemade yogurt substitute to cool at room temperature and then store in a glass container covered in the refrigerator. (It will thicken up a little bit more as it cools but not much more.)