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Making Yogurt Without Milk

For lactose intolerant people, finding a dairy-free yogurt alternative can be helpful. While it possible to make dairy free yogurt, the process is a little different. This is a guide about making yogurt without milk.


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December 2, 2015 Flag

For those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies, you can make their own coconut yogurt for about a fifth the cost of buying it from a health food store, and I think it's a better product.


Total Time: A few minutes prep, and 8-12 hours to set.

Yield: 400 ml yogurt


  • 1 can coconut milk (around 400 ml or 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour (or blitz dried coconut until fine in a blender or food processor)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • dairy free yogurt culture* (can buy online)

*You can use probiotics (not technically yogurt, if you just use probiotics)


  1. If you have not made yogurt at home before, it's really important to keep everything clean and sterile. I suggest if this is your first time, get someone more experienced to help you the first couple of times, and read a few articles by Green Living Australia and Cultures For Health who both sell yogurt cultures online.
  2. You will need a yogurt maker, or something to keep the yogurt warm overnight. Some people swear by a dream pot, or a ceramic pot that's placed in a warmed oven over night (switched off oven). I personally stick to a basic yogurt maker that keeps the yogurt warm overnight by using boiling water (I use the EasiYo maker). Other people use the Thermomix system.
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  4. Place the coconut milk, coconut flour and sugar in a saucepan, stir together thoroughly, preferably with a clean whisk. You just want the ingredients to reach blood temperature, and be mixed and warmed through.
  5. Pour the saucepan mix into the container that the yogurt will be incubating in over night (you may need to experiment with times, I usually leave it over night 8-12 hours).
  6. Add yogurt culture or probiotics if you want to make a probiotic coconut yogurt. Or just use probiotics, but technically that's not yogurt. Screw on lid, and place in yogurt maker.
  7. Leave overnight. The next morning, place the yogurt in the fridge to cool for a few hours and then it's ready to eat.
  8. You can add more, or less coconut flour until you find a consistency you like. Should keep in the fridge for up to a week (can freeze and the culture will still be active).
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December 15, 2011 Flag

For a yogurt alternative, try making a non-dairy pudding (Look it up online. The recipe should only take about 5 minutes). Cool it in fridge, then add a powdered probiotic, blend in about a 1/2 to 1 tsp per cooled pudding batch (or more if you find you like it that way). Mix in and let this set in the fridge a day or two. This can also increase its healthy acidophilus/healthy bacteria count even more and be so much more beneficial than any regular store bought yogurt anyway.

The great part about this pudding idea is you can add fruit purees to the vanilla pudding and make it like fruit-flavored yogurt. Be aware that some probiotics are not helpful as the cultures are dead (either not refrigerated or heated up while processed). Do your research before buying.

By Tess CL. from Seattle

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

Pudding mixes contain dairy, so adding live probiotic culture will make yogurt.

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October 31, 2005 Flag

Does anyone know if it is possible to make yogurt from any kind of milk other than animal or soya? I have tried to make it from rice milk but it didn't work. Any ideas? I cannot have soy or dairy (including goat's milk).

Thank you,
Gillian from UK

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November 1, 20050 found this helpful

This is just an FYI for you and any other readers who make or want to make their own yogurt. Be very careful with every utensil, etc that comes in contact with the yogurt or yogurt container, especially if you are NOT using a commercial or purchased yogurt maker.

About 30 years ago a frend of mine came very close to dying from Chrons disease. That might not be spelled right. They had made their own yogurt for a long time and they are extremely clean people. He was in the hospital for several days before they found out what the problem was AND what it was caused from. And yes, it was caused from homemade yogurt. Thankfully, he did would have been a tragic loss to his wife and babies. He still has to be careful about what he eats and always will. I'm not trying to scare's just a word of caution. Life is a precious gift.

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November 1, 20050 found this helpful

I'd love to know myself how to do this! My son cannot have cow or goat milk either but loves yogurt and cheese.

FYI- I cared for a woman with Chrone's (sp) disease and it seems to be genetic not related to yogurt...

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November 9, 20050 found this helpful

You might be able to use coconut milk or almond milk or rice milk. Do a search how to make yogurt.

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March 4, 20060 found this helpful

You can make it with coconut milk if you put something in there to feed the bacteria, eg. honey or mashed fruit. Make sure you clean and boil everything that comes in contact with the yogurt, you don't want to grow the wrong kind of bacteria. Use only l. acidophilus, l. bulgaricus and l. thermophilus (Yogourmet starteror Custom Probiotics) for culturing, and ferment for 24 hours so they eat up all the sugar. has info on yogurt making and also Chrons disease....

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April 16, 20080 found this helpful

Chrons Disease is not caused from yogurt, it is an Immune disorder.

I know because I nearly died from it too.

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September 6, 2004 Flag

Can anyone tell me how to culture non-dairy yogurt? It is available in some healthfood stores but it is very expensive.

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September 8, 20040 found this helpful

You can make yogurt with soy milk in exactly the same way as you do with dairy milk - either buy a dried ferment to start it or use one teaspoonful of a dairy yogurt in each pot. Once the first batch is made you can continue using a teaspoonful of the last soy yogurt for the next batch. It ferments in the same way and the yogurt is delicious. Add vanilla, sweetening, fruit etc. if wanted, or eat plain or with honey.


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December 29, 20050 found this helpful

I love this idea. I am highly allergic to dairy and soy as well. Any other suggestions? Also, not sure what you mean about purchasing ferment? I guess they will know in the Health Food Stores. Please help! Thanks.

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December 29, 20050 found this helpful

Appreciate the idea as I am allergic to dairy and soy? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful

So if it grows in soy, can it grow in other stuff like nut milks, fruit pruees etc. anything other than soy and milk?

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