Coconut Yogurt

Fiendishly simple, this fluffy coconut cream based “yogurt” uses water kefir (tibicos) as the fermentation agent. It creates a light, fluffy (almost like whipped cream), effervescent texture, and a slightly tangy flavor.

Coconuts are one of Nature’s most abundantly nutritious gifts. The flesh contains lots of vitamins, amino acids, and the fat is a MCT (medium chain triglyceride), easily metabolized by the liver and considered a “good” fat.

Both coconut cream and coconut milk will work fine. Coconut cream will make a slightly thicker finished product. Wondering the difference between coconut milk and coconut cream? It’s mainly the concentration of coconut. They are both made with coconut, water, and guar gum as a thickener (even the organic brands usually add guar gum). Don’t worry; that additive does not affect the fermentation (although other ingredients like preservatives may well do so). My typical advice is look for brands with the fewest ingredients (and ones a 10 year old can pronounce).

Vegan Coconut Yogurt
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Yield: 16 oz
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can (13.5 oz or 400 ml) coconut milk or coconut cream
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) plain (unflavored) water kefir
Instructions
  1. Shake coconut cream well before opening. Stir to mix the "fat cap" into the cream.
  2. Add cream to a quart-size mason jar along with the water kefir.
  3. Close lid tightly on jar.
  4. This should ferment in 2 to 3 days. The volume will increase as the fermentation occurs and creates bubbles.
  5. Store in refrigerator. Lasts up to 2 weeks.
  6. Some settling of water may occur. Prior to serving, rock the closed jar back and forth a few times to reincorporate the mixture.