How to Make Vegan Yogurt: A Simple and Delicious Recipe

Are you looking to enjoy the creamy goodness of yogurt while on a vegan diet? Look no further! Making your own vegan yogurt at home is easier than you think. With just a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can create a tasty and nutritious dairy-free alternative that is sure to satisfy your cravings. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of making vegan yogurt from scratch. Get ready to embark on a delicious journey!

Gather Your Ingredients

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients to make your vegan yogurt. Here is a list of what you will need:

  • 1 cup of raw cashews
  • 2 cups of non-dairy milk (such as almond milk or soy milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or other sweetener of your choice
  • 2 probiotic capsules or 1/2 teaspoon of vegan yogurt starter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • A pinch of salt

Soak and Blend the Cashews

The first step in making your vegan yogurt is to soak the cashews. Place the cashews in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once the cashews are done soaking, drain and rinse them.

Next, add the soaked cashews and non-dairy milk to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can add less non-dairy milk. For a thinner consistency, add a bit more.

Add Sweetener and Probiotics

Once the cashews and non-dairy milk are blended, transfer the mixture to a clean glass jar or airtight container. Stir in the maple syrup (or other sweetener), vanilla extract (optional), and a pinch of salt. Mix well to combine.

If you are using probiotic capsules, open them up and pour the powder into the mixture. If you are using a vegan yogurt starter, follow the package instructions for the recommended amount to use. Stir well to ensure that the probiotics are evenly distributed.

Ferment the Yogurt

Now comes the important part – fermenting the yogurt. In order for the yogurt to develop its tangy flavor and creamy texture, it needs time to ferment. Here are two methods you can use:

  1. Yogurt Maker: If you have a yogurt maker, simply pour the mixture into the yogurt jars and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for fermentation time. Generally, it takes around 8-12 hours for the yogurt to ferment.
  2. Oven Method: If you don’t have a yogurt maker, you can use your oven to ferment the yogurt. Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature (usually around 170°F or 75°C). Once preheated, turn off the oven and place the yogurt mixture inside. Let it sit undisturbed for around 6-8 hours or overnight.

Chill and Enjoy

After the fermentation process, your vegan yogurt is almost ready. Give it a taste to see if the flavor and texture meet your preferences. If it needs more tang, you can let it ferment for a few more hours.

Once you are satisfied with the taste, give the yogurt a good stir to achieve a smooth consistency. If desired, you can strain the yogurt through a cheesecloth to make it even creamier.

Troubleshooting Tips:
If your yogurt turned out too thin, try using less non-dairy milk or fermenting it for a longer period of time.
If your yogurt turned out too thick, try using more non-dairy milk or fermenting it for a shorter period of time.
Remember that the flavor will develop and become stronger as the yogurt sits in the fridge, so it’s okay if it tastes slightly milder right after fermentation.
Feel free to get creative with your vegan yogurt by adding fruits, granola, or any other toppings of your choice.

Finally, transfer the yogurt to a clean jar or airtight container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to chill and set. Once chilled, your homemade vegan yogurt is ready to be enjoyed! Serve it on its own, use it as a base for smoothies, or add it to your favorite recipes. The possibilities are endless!

Now that you know the secrets of making delicious vegan yogurt from scratch, you can enjoy this dairy-free delicacy whenever you please. Experiment with different flavors, toppings, and textures to create your own unique variations. So go ahead and give it a try. Your taste buds will thank you!