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How to Make Non-Dairy Yogurt

How to Make Non-Dairy Yogurt | Cultures for Health


There are many reasons for choosing to make yogurt using non-dairy milk: a vegan diet, allergies to dairy, or a restricted diet. Regardless of the reason, non-dairy milks can be cultured into yogurt, with some care.


1. Choose a Non-Dairy Milk:

Nearly any non-dairy milk can be cultured, including legume, nut, seed, grain, or coconut milk. While store-bought boxed or canned milk may be used, we recommend using milk with as few additives as possible. Homemade milks culture well and are easy to make. Be sure to check out our collection of recipes for making homemade non-dairy milk.


2. Choose Your Thickeners:

While non-dairy milk will culture without a thickening agent, it usually will not set. To create a spoonable, fairly thick yogurt, you'll need to choose a thickener that meets your dietary needs.


3. Choose a Culture:

To make a completely dairy-free yogurt recipes, our Vegan Yogurt Starter is an excellent choice. If a small amount of dairy is tolerable, other dairy-based yogurt starters may be used, as long as a pasteurized dairy mother culture is maintained


4. Choose a Yogurt Recipe:

Our Cultures for Health team has developed these non-dairy milk yogurt recipes, using our Vegan Yogurt Starter and different thickeners. Choose one of our recipes or create your own combination of non-dairy milk, thickener, and starter culture. 


Keep in Mind Special Considerations When Culturing Non-Dairy Milks

  • Some alternative milks have added calcium. If using Pomona’s Pectin as a thickener, it may be necessary to eliminate the calcium water that's included in the recipe, to avoid over-thick yogurt.
  • Because some alternative milks have less sugar than dairy milk, it can help to add sugar to promote fermentation. Approximately 1½-2 teaspoons sugar per cup of milk is recommended. Rice milk doesn’t need additional sugar.


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