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Probiotics! Yogurt's full of them and they're good for your digestion. This is the simplest yogurt recipe ever. Buy a few coconuts and you're 50% there. It's raw, vegan yogurt, folks. Just watch this video and you'll be halfway to healthy digestion.
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3 young coconuts
1 cup fresh coconut water (or just water)
1-2 high quality refrigerated probiotic capsules (Megaflora brand is good)
Toppings (optional): Jam, Granola, Fresh Berries
Let's get Cooking...
Sterilize all your tools, bowls, and blender by boiling them or washing them in very hot water. (no metal anything!)
Open your coconuts, set the water aside, and scoop out the meat with the back of your spoon.
Placed the cleaned meat (no brown husk) in blender and add water a little at a time until it becomes a thick creamy consistency. (side note: the blending heats up the mixture which the probiotics are gonna love)
Add this mixture to a glass bowl, then add in probiotic capsules and mix (we are doing this because the blender has a metal blade.)
Cover your mixture with cheesecloth and a rubber band and place in a cool dark place for 24-48 hours until it is no longer sweet and tastes like sour yogurt.
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- Vegan yogurt can be really delicious. But a lot of the brands that you find in supermarkets have a lot of additives and fillers that you don't actually want in your body. So I'm going to show you how to make a vegan yogurt that's pretty much just made out of coconuts. Let's go make it. A lot of people think of all bacteria as being bad. There are actually a lot of good ones. I'm talking about probiotics, let me show ya. ♫ Have you, trouble with your poo ♫ Inflammation too, what should you do ♫ Life just ain't no fun, with bad digestion ♫ Better get some microscopic inhabitants ♫ Where my germs at, from my gut to butt ♫ Is you feeling that, get your colon goin' bacteria ♫ Don't ignore your flora digestive tract ♫ Don't play yourself, where my germs at ♫ Put the probiotic in the coconut ♫ No more colonics, get regular ♫ Don't poo without it you'll regret that ♫ Where my germs at, from the gut to butt ♫ Is you feelin' that, get your colon goin' bacteria ♫ Don't ignore your flora digestive tract ♫ Don't play yourself, where my germs at ♫ Put the probiotic in the coconut ♫ No more colonics, get regular ♫ So as I was saying, probiotics are super good for you. They boost your digestion, they're good for your immune system, and they help your body better absorb nutrients and vitamins. So that's basically all you need, they're your best friends. Okay, so the most important part about making yogurt, aside from having really great probiotics, is to sterilize all your tools. I'm talking the bowls, the spoons, the blender, your hands, everything should be super clean, hot, soapy water. Get them sterile. The main ingredient for this recipe is coconuts. They're pretty much at every health food store now, and if you don't want to open them yourself you can also ask the store to do it. Sometimes they'll open them for you, and then you can just wrap it up and you can take it home. So the first step is to pour the coconut water out. Which I'm going to reserve all over here in this bowl. Now, let's just get the meat out. Just scoop it out with a spoon. I find if I use the back of the spoon, it helps me to take out a big chunk of it at a time. So these are young coconuts, not that really thick meat that you'll see in older coconuts. That won't really work for this, we're trying to get the creamy consistency from this yogurt. You'll see that some parts are a lot thicker than others, but that's okay. Actually sometimes it will be a little bit pink, that is also okay. They're kind of all a little bit different inside. They're like special little snowflakes. Now, I'm just going to go through and get all the little pieces of husk off, so that they're not going to make it into the blender with the rest of our stuff. This part can get a little bit slimy and tedious, but trust me it's going to be worth it. You're going to have delicious coconut yogurt. We're all done, now all the coconut meat goes in a blender. Okay, so that's all in, now this is going on the blender. Then, I'm just going to add a little bit of the coconut water we took out earlier. I like to just do a bit at a time, because I don't want it to get too thin, probably about a quarter cup. I'm going to blend. This already looks really great actually, but I'm just going to add a little bit more coconut water. The other thing about using the blender, is that it actually heats up the coconut mixture a little bit, to get it prepped for those probiotics. 'Cause they love that room temp or warmer temperature. This looks great, and now I'm going to grab my glass bowl, and my spatula and get this all out. So you can see that it's already starting to look a lot like yogurt, which is kind of crazy because it's just coconut, and coconut water. Now, for the most important part. Where are my germs at though. Oh, here they are. When your getting probiotics, it's really important to get really high quality ones. Often that means getting them in the refrigerated section. Super easy, you're just going to open up the little capsule, and you'll see a little powder, and just sprinkle it on. I like to do two. Now that I've added these in, this is a very important part, we need to be using no metal. So before I used a metal spoon, there was a metal blade in the blender, but now that the probiotics are in there? No metal. Metal-less, no metal. Now we stir. Just make sure if it clumps at all in there, you just want to get it all nice and mixed in. The probiotics are here to party. Now it's just got to sit for a day. So, we're going to prep it for that by throwing some cheesecloth on here, because we want it to still be able to breathe but keep bugs and whatever else could get in there out. What's going to happen, it's going to ferment and the bacteria are going to multiply and at the end you're going to have yogurt with a bunch of really great probiotics in it. That are going to be really great for your stomach, and make you really happy, and you're going to be like, "Laura, thanks." I'm going to go put this in a cool, dark, place. Okay, so it's been about 24 hours, even though I'm still in the same dress. Now I'm just going to give this yogurt a taste. I'm looking for that tart yogurt taste. If it's still sweet, then we have to let it sit for a little bit longer. Oh no, it's yogurt. It's delicious actually. Now I'm just going to bowl it up. You can really put whatever you want on your yogurt. I have berries, some jam, some granola, some toasted coconut. Actually, that looks perfect. Where my germs at? Right here.