Homemade non-dairy yogurt is a great way to offer probiotics for babies. This is a simple, nutritious plant-based yogurt recipe that uses almonds and cashews.
Many commercial yogurts, including plant-based ones, are high in added sugar. Luckily, making your own yogurt at home is easy!
One of the main reasons we enjoy yogurt is because it’s a great source of probiotics. These are good bacteria that feed the gut microbiome and can help promote regularity and overall health.
And this yogurt recipe is a great way to offer nuts to younger children without the risk of choking that can come with raw nuts.
How to make homemade yogurt
This vegan yogurt recipe is super easy and uses just a few ingredients.
Raw nuts do best softened before pureeing them, for the smoothest texture.
The cashews and almonds can be soaked overnight in a bowl of water in the fridge. Alternatively, place them in a saucepan and cover with boiling water 30 minutes before using.
When the nuts are softened, drain and rinse them. Add to your high speed blender or food processor along with 2 cups of water and 1 pitted date for natural sweetener.
Once smooth, strain using a nut milk bag.
Place the strained milk along with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Whisk them together well, and then heat over medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
Continue to whisk often, until your yogurt has thickened, to help with even consistency.
Remove your yogurt from heat and let it cool completely in the saucepan.
Once cooled, whisk again. A film will develop over the top of it as it cools. You can reduce this by placing a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the saucepan while it cools, or just whisk it in once cooled.
Then, you’ll mix in just 2 teaspoons of store-bought non-dairy yogurt that contains live active cultures (probiotics) to help with your homemade culture. Cover the yogurt again.
Then, follow one of these methods to culture your yogurt:
- In the oven: Preheat to 200 F for 15 minutes, and then turn it off and keep the light on. Place your yogurt mixture in the oven for 8-9 hours (remove any plastic wrap you may have used).
- In the Instant Pot: Place the steam rack in your IP and your covered bowl of yogurt on top. Process for 8 hours.
If any film forms on top, just whisk once done to remove any lumps.
Enjoy your homemade yogurt as is, or stir in chopped fruit, vanilla, or other flavoring agents you like.
Find the full printable recipe below:
Homemade Almond Cashew Yogurt
- Oven or Instant Pot
- Nut milk bag
- high speed blender or food processor
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 2 teaspoon non-dairy yogurt
- 1 date, pitted
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- Soak the nuts overnight OR by covering with boiling water and letting sit for 30 minutes until softened.
- Drain and rinse the nuts, then puree with 2 cups of water and date for optional sweetness. Strain using a nut milk bag. If you don't have a nut milk bag, you can use a fine mesh strainer, though note that the nut milk bag will produce a much smoother liquid.
- Place the strained milk and cornstarch or arrowroot powder in a medium saucepan and whisk very well, then heat over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, whisking often, until yogurt has thickened.
- Remove from heat and let cool completely, then whisk again (a film will form on top as the yogurt cools. You can reduce this by placing a piece of plastic wrap over the top to reduce any film, or just whisk it in once cooled.
- Add in prepared non-dairy yogurt to help culture. Then cover and cook using either the oven or Instant Pot.
- For the oven: Preheat oven at 200F for 15 minutes, then turn off the oven and keep the light on. Place the yogurt mixture for 8-9 hours to culture.
- For the Instant Pot: Place steam rack in Instant pot and covered bowl of yogurt on top. Process for 8 hours.
- Whisk to remove any lumps.
- Enjoy as is, or stir in chopped fruit, vanilla, etc.
FAQs about this recipe
Why do you need non-dairy yogurt?
The non-dairy yogurt adds in cultures to create yogurt. You can then reserve 2 teaspoons of this yogurt to make your next batch with.
Alternatively, you can use a probiotic capsule. Just open, pour it in, and stir!
Can you make flavors with this?
Yes, stir in chopped or pureed fruit after making.
Can you use arrowroot starch?
Yes, arrowroot or cornstarch work best to thicken this yogurt. Agar agar can also be used, with varying results. We tried this a few times and couldn’t get it to set as easily as corn or arrowroot starch.
Homemade non-dairy yogurt is a great way to offer probiotics for babies. We hope you’ll enjoy this simple, nutritious plant-based yogurt recipe and experiment with it to make it your own!
Chime In: Have you ever made yogurt at home? What do you like to put in it?
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