How To Make Dairy-Free Coconut Yogurt
By now, you’ve probably heard the news that yogurt is incredibly healthy food to have in your diet plan. People are touting the benefits of yogurt everywhere, stating that it’s a must-have for optimal digestive health. And it can be. Yogurt is a great food that is undoubtedly going to offer many excellent benefits.
This said, there is one drawback:
If you struggle with consuming dairy and your stomach often gets upset, you may find that dairy is completely a no-go for you. You eat it, ’re doubled over in pain, and spend the next few hours in the bathroom.
This means yogurt is also a no-go, and you can’t reap the many benefits that yogurt has to offer.
Fortunately, there is a solution. Dairy-Free Coconut yogurt contains all the great benefits of yogurt for your digestive health but doesn’t provide any lactose and is also exceptionally low in sugar.
This means it may be better for your diet overall than plain yogurt.
Let’s look at some key benefits you can expect after adding coconut yogurt to your diet plan.
Improved Energy Levels
The first great benefit you’ll get is improved energy levels. This is because, even though coconut yogurt is very low in carbs, it contains healthy fats that release energy quickly.
These ‘medium-chain triglycerides,’ as they are called, will power you as carbohydrates would, so you’ll feel more like you ate carbs after having them.
This makes this a fantastic snack when low-carb dieting and energy are often at a premium. You can eat this, stick to your diet, and feel more like yourself again.
Because coconut fat will also not spike blood glucose levels at all, you’ll get a steady supply of energy for hours at a time rather than feeling a spike in energy followed quickly by a crash.
Enhanced Heart Health
Let’s talk about heart health. Many people are under the impression that they should avoid all dietary fat to improve their heart health.
Not so! The right fats will improve heart health, positioning you better for success in warding off heart disease. Coconut fat can help to lower cholesterol levels, improve your triglyceride profile, and help keep your heart beating nice and healthy.
As coconut meat is still relatively high in calories, given all the fat it contains, you want to watch your serving size still, but by all means – eat up!
Stronger Immune System
Keeping your immune system in top shape is important for not only functioning at your best on a day-to-day basis but also for being able to fight off disease when it may strike.
Sadly, Many people are not doing all they can for their immune systems; sooner or later, they start to feel burnt out, run-down, and just plain unwell.
And if they do fall ill, they’re likely to notice a super slow recovery process because their body doesn’t have the resources it needs to heal itself at optimal rates.
Improved Gut Health
One of the key benefits of yogurt that many people recognize and the big reason they consume it is that it can help improve and enhance your gut health.
Coconut yogurt is no different – at least when you use this recipe. The recipe we’re about to reveal to you incorporates the all-powerful P3-OM, which will help kick-start the growth of the healthy bacteria in your gut, giving you all the probiotics you need to start seeing optimal results.
Having a healthy gut flora can benefit everything from boosting cognition and concentration to helping with weight loss.
Sadly, many people overlook probiotics in their diet because they’re too concerned with counting calories and macros.
While both are important, we must also look at the micronutrients and micro-organisms we eat to stay on track.
Gut health can alter your well-being and how you feel, but something that you probably also won’t realize until you start improving it.
By taking the steps necessary to enhance your digestive health, you’ll start noticing what a difference it can make.
On top of this, the probiotics paired together with coconut make for a perfect pair because coconut oil on its own can help to kill off some of the harmful microorganisms in the body, and these are often the ones that are working against the healthy probiotics that you’re trying to encourage.
Together, the two ingredients will free your body from all unwanted troublesome bacteria.
Another great benefit that coconut oil brings is a lower overall hunger level. This is because it delivers energy immediately and provides staying power since there is no spike in your blood glucose levels.
So even though dieters may be reluctant to try coconut-based products because they contain higher calories, you need to remember that these calories will ‘last longer’, preventing you from unnecessary snacking later on.
Reducing your hunger should be the goal of almost every dieter because you can have the most perfect diet plan in the world, but if you keep cheating on it because you’re just too hungry, you aren’t going to get very far.
If hunger is a big issue for you, it’s worthwhile to consider a lower carb, higher fat approach as these meal plans typically control hunger much better.
Let’s not forget about the convenience of this delicious yogurt. It only takes about five minutes to prepare and then a day or so to let stand so the fermentation process can get underway, but after that, you have a delicious jar of yogurt that you can eat in seconds.
It makes for a great snack at any point during the day or can also be blended up into your favorite smoothie if you prefer as well.
This is a very valuable benefit in a world where most people are all about convenience when it comes to their diet plan and rarely has time to do anything cooking-related.
Improved Skin, Hair, and Nail Health
While our main focus should always be on getting our insides working and feeling great, most of us do, to some extent, also want to ensure that we are keeping our external appearance up to our standards.
The great news about this coconut yogurt is that all the ingredients are perfect for improving skin, nail, and hair health. Your complexion improves after you begin eating this – your skin has a more radiant glow, and you’ll likely notice your hair suffers from less breakage and has more moisture and movement.
Your nails will no longer be brittle or weak, and you may even help to fend off premature signs of aging such as wrinkles or fine line development.
What you eat does have a huge impact on your outward appearance, so, despite all the make-up or skincare regimes in the world, it’s still best to work on an inside-out basis.
So all of this said, let’s now talk about this recipe.
The Ingredient Line-Up
Below are the powerful components that make up this recipe.
The first ingredient in your coconut yogurt recipe is coconut meat. This will provide the bulk of the recipe and what brings in that delicious flavor you’re looking for.
You’ll want pure coconut meat with nothing else added when shopping for coconut meat. You don’t want any extra preservatives or sugar as these are not going to provide benefits to your body.
Coconut meat can usually be purchased at most major grocery stores. However, it can also be found in specialty stores if your local grocer doesn’t carry it.
We recommend using young Thai coconut meat as it has the best flavor for this recipe. However, you are free to use whichever coconut meat you prefer.
Next up, we have coconut water. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, which can help keep the body in proper balance while also ensuring that you are maintaining optimal blood pressure levels.
Coconut water is great for detoxification, so it may help remove waste from the body.
It’ll help contribute light flavor to this recipe while providing the liquid to thin it down.
Again, try and get plain coconut water that is not sweetened. Coconut water naturally contains some sugar, which is fine, but avoid one that contains added sugar you don’t want.
You’ll also be using filtered water for the coconut water. This water will help to thin out the mixture further, helping give it that yogurt consistency. Coconut meat doesn’t have a smooth texture, so the added water, when blended, will help break the coconut meat down and make it more palatable, like yogurt.
We recommend filtered water for this purpose so there are no unwanted additives; however, if you prefer, you can also use spring or mineral water if that’s all you have on hand.
Now comes the star of the show, the probiotics. You’ll need to get a healthy dose of probiotics into the mixture to create the fermentation process, which is what essentially turns this into yogurt, so to speak.
Otherwise, you have a coconut mixture on your hands. The probiotics are what will transform that coconut and then provide many of the benefits that we’ve talked about here today.
P3-OM works great since you can open the capsule and dump the contents into the yogurt. Then mix away, and you are set.
So now that you know the ingredients, let’s get to the recipe. This recipe should not be customized until after the fermentation process is complete.
If, at that point, you want to add berries, cinnamon, or other healthy options to the recipe, you are free to do so, but for the fermentation process to occur properly, you need to use only these ingredients in the beginning.
Coconut Yogurt Recipe
Combine 1 cup of coconut meat with ¼ cup of coconut water.
Place this mixture in a blender and then blend up until nearly smooth. You may need to push the coconut mixture down a few times in the blender and keep blending.
To this mixture, add one cup of filtered water. Blend once more until as smooth as possible.
Once you have this mixture, open up 5-10 capsules of P3-OM and blend this into the mixture. Stir until well combined, and you are ready for fermentation.
Place this mixture in a jar, leaving at least a few inches of room for ‘growth’. This mixture will expand as the fermentation process begins to occur, so you need to ensure that you’re not crowding it.
Cover this mixture with either a cheesecloth or a towel if you don’t have one, and let it sit for about 24 hours. If you are in a hot climate, you may not need to let it sit as long, or if you are in a cooler climate, it may need a bit more time for the fermentation process to be complete.
Once the fermentation process is complete, there should be little bubbles formed in the yogurt, which should have a tart taste and smell. This is comparable to what real yogurt smells (when added sugars haven’t sweetened it).
Once it’s ready, store it in the fridge until you eat it, and then serve it with your choice of added flavor mix-ins.
Eat this a few times per week, and you are all set to start noticing great benefits to your health.
This yogurt will keep at least a few days, so you can make a big batch ahead of time and store it in the fridge throughout the week.
Breaking away from the box regarding regular yogurt is a wise plan as most yogurt varieties are filled with sugar and additives. By making your own, you know exactly what’s going into it and can control it. This way, you know you’re getting nothing but health-boosting properties.