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Raw Coconut Almond Yogurt Recipe for Weight Loss

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Raw Cultured Coconut Yogurt

Hopefully by now you’ve all heard about the benefits of probiotics (the word literally means pro-life). I am a huge fan of probiotics and recommend that everyone get them in some form daily. This could be in supplement form (see my list of recommended brands at the bottom of this post) or in the form of cultured foods like this delicious Coconut Yogurt!

Probiotics are essential for improving immune system function, digestive issues, absorption of nutrients, increased energy levels, allergies, liver function, quality of hair, skin & nails, and also help to promote a nice flat belly!

“Probiotics help white blood cells fight disease, they control putrefactive bacteria in the intestines, they provide important nutrients for building the blood, they assist in digestion, they protect the intestinal mucosa, they prevent diarrhea and constipation, and contribute to bowel elimination. They also manufacture important B vitamins and are the most abundant source of Vitamin B-12.” – Donna Gates, The Body Ecology Diet

If you have ever taken antibiotics, had digestive issues like constipation, diarrhea or IBS, skin issues of any kind, if you are always tired after meals, have frequent cravings for sugar/starches, or get frequent yeast infections or allergies, then probiotics are a MUST! You can read more about the health benefits of probiotics in this article published by Harvard Medical School.

Making your own cultured foods is a great way to get an abundance of wonderful probiotics into your diet! This Coconut Yogurt is delicious as is or added to smoothies, sauces, or salad dressings! You can watch the original video on how to make this recipe here or see my variation below.

Raw Cultured Coconut Yogurt

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of raw unheated Almonds (soaked for 24 hours in pure water)
  • 1 ½ cups of fresh coconut meat (scraped from the inside of young Thai Coconuts, click here for a video tutorial on how to open a coconut)
  • the water from 1 young Thai Coconut
  • 1/2 Tbs probiotic powder (or the contents of 3 probiotic capsules)

The beauty of this recipe is that the quantities do NOT have to be exact!! I usually just eyeball everything and it always turns out beautifully!

First, soak your raw almonds in water for 24 hours. Soaking the nuts is crucial as this will activate the dormant enzymes and release the nutrients.

Add soaked almonds, young coconut meat, coconut water from 1 coconut, and probiotics to blender and blend until smooth in a high speed blender (I use a VitaMix

).

Next, using a fine mesh strainer, strain the liquid into a glass bowl. I hold my strainer in one hand and use a spatula in the other to stir and sift the mixture through. This will remove any excess fibers and almond skins and will help you achieve a nice creamy texture.

Cover your glass bowl with a paper towel or clean dish towel and let sit at least 3-4 hours. This will allow the probiotics to start to proliferate and break down the yogurt. The longer you let it sit, the more tangy and sour it will be.

Raw Vanilla Almond Coconut Yogurt garnished with cacao nibs and mint

I usually double this recipe and let sit overnight for about 12 hours. This way I have a large batch of tangy yogurt that will last about 5 days in the fridge. Keep in mind, the culture will continue to culture in the fridge.

You’ll want to keep about 2 tablespoons of the original mixture as a starter to add to the next batch. This will produce an even more active culture in a shorter amount of time. You will not need to use probiotic powder if you are using a small amount from the previous batch. Once the your culture is ready, you have three options:

  1. Sweet: You can add some fresh lemon juice, vanilla seeds and vanilla stevia to taste. This is will be the most delicious, probiotic rich, vanilla yogurt you’ve ever had!! It’s great on it’s own, added to smoothies, or made into a pudding by blending with fruit(s) of your choice.
  2. Savory: Use the mixture as a base for creamy sauces, homemade ranch dip, or as a replacement for sour cream. You can also use it as a replacement for nuts in raw pate and dip recipes like this one.
  3. Plain: This recipe is also delicious as is!

You can enjoy 1 to 2 cups of coconut yogurt each day 🙂 This is such a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to make probiotics a part of your daily routine. The health, beauty and weight loss benefits are endless!!

Recommended Probiotic Supplements:

  • I like Dr. Ohhira and Renew Life brand probiotics. They can be purchased through iherb.com, feel free to use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order + free shipping on orders of $20 or more!!.
  • VSL#3 is the STRONGEST probiotic I’ve ever found. If you have digestive issues, skin issues, IBS, etc. It works like magic. It is expensive, but it’s worth it. You can purchase VSL#3 online through Amazon.

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39 Responses to “Raw Coconut Almond Yogurt Recipe for Weight Loss”

  1. Kibby February 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Wonderful! I made a coconut yogurt (by accident) about a month ago and was hooked. I usually eat what I have prepped in fridge, but forgot about it and when I opened container it was tangy and I said “I made coconut yogurt! Brilliant!” I like your recipe and will try it this week. Thanks! Your awesome!

  2. Anonymous February 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    do you make your own baba ganoush?

  3. Sam February 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    A) This looks absolutely amazing for oh so many reasons!

    B) I am a little confused about the proper food combining for young and old coconuts. Do they properly combine with nuts??

  4. Anonymous February 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    I’m not sure if I can get these coconuts in Ohio, but going to look for them next trip to the store. I have recommended your site to all of the ladies in my young women’s hysterectomy support group here on FB. Love ya Linda!

  5. Anonymous February 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    I’ve never tried to make it, do you have a recipe?

  6. Bry February 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I lovelove your recipes pleasepleaseplease keep them coming! this would be good with chlorella for a dinner!!
    Can you do it with Just almond milk cuz no organic thai coconuts here:/

    • Linda February 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

      Hi Bry, yes you can make yogurt just using raw soaked almonds and filtered water. The method is the same 🙂

      • Kaori April 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

        Hi, Linda – How much filtered water should I use if I just want to make almond yogurt? Thanks!

        • Linda April 27, 2012 at 8:39 am #

          you don’t use regular water, the recipe calls for the water from 1 young Thai Coconut 🙂

          • Kaori April 27, 2012 at 11:32 am #

            Yeah, I was just hoping I could use water bc I am allergic to coconuts (which stinks!).

          • Linda April 30, 2012 at 10:54 am #

            you could try, but you still need to use the coconut meat so I don’t think it would help 🙁

  7. Elysia February 8, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Wow this gets me excited! I was wondering difference in coconuts (brown with skin all on) if they are ok? Also was curious if you can use a liquid probiotic? I’m assuming yes but not sure if it’s ok. And last I wanted to know your thought on The Body Ecology Diet? I recently read the book from the library and I like the food combining but not sure with everything they recommend. Thanks for the posts!

    • Linda February 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

      The brown coconuts are mature and the “meat” is extremely hard and tough. There is no way you could scoop it out so you must use the young Thai coconuts that have the large white husks as pictured. You can find them either at your local health food store or at the Asian market 🙂

      • JustyLau April 11, 2012 at 11:13 am #

        Hey linda, today we made this recipe! Thank you for all the help, just to let you know, my girlfriend and I used the tougher brown coconuts instead of the thai variety and it worked out just fine 🙂 there is a quite easy method to getting the meat out. You just need to use a knife to crack it open and then cut a little section out in the shape of an A and once u have that piece out, the rest comes out of the outer shell quite easily. Then it is a simple process of cutting off any of the remaining skin with a knife. Pop it into the blender and it gets chopped up no worries. Hope this helps anyone who cant find thai coconuts. Justin and Laura

        • Linda April 11, 2012 at 11:30 am #

          AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the tip!!

  8. Julie February 8, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    Hi Linda….LOVE your blog, recipes, ideas, inspiration!!!
    Just curious as to where one might find a “young thai coconut”. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one in my small town of Fenton, MI. Is this something Whole Foods might carry?
    Thanks for your help 🙂
    Julie

    • Linda February 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

      Hi Julie,
      You can find them either at your local health food store or at the Asian market 🙂

  9. Yadsia @ShopCookMake February 8, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    How refreshing! I wish I could find some coconuts

    • Linda February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

      Yadsia, aren’t you in FL now? There should be TONS of coconuts there!! You can find them either at your local health food store or at the Asian market 🙂

  10. Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I love making my own baba ganoush! i had to learn because I crave it so often and didnt want to keep having to buy it from my local middle eastern restaurant lol

  11. Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    recipe please!! can you email it to me?

  12. Anonymous February 10, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Can you use regular coconuts? im not sure i can find these around me=[

  13. Anonymous February 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    I have tried making baba g, but I always screw it up with the eggplant roasting. I just buy it. 🙂

  14. Anonymous February 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    should this sit out on the counter or in the fridge? also, do you get a lot of left over pulp or did my blender not do a good job? recommendations on what to do with the left over coconut-almond pulp?

  15. heather February 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Linda, this might be a stupid question, but are probiotics vegan? My cousin is vegan and I would love to make this for her.

    • Linda April 11, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      yes! they are friendly bacteria which live in our digestive system! 🙂

  16. Claudia April 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    HI!Is the coconut meat that you refer to be substituted for the shredded coconut package you find at the health food stores?

    • Linda April 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      yes, you can use the shredded coconut meat from the grocery store. Just note that the texture will not be as smooth but it will work just fine! 🙂

  17. Lauren June 3, 2012 at 4:03 am #

    This recipe looks great! I’d like to make raw coconut yogurt but as I live in the Netherlands, there aren’t any young Thai coconuts here. Does anyone know what I can use to make another version of raw coconut yogurt?

  18. Jeanne @soultravelers3 June 19, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Love this! We’re in tropical Asia to immerse my child in her Mandarin, so we have plenty of coconuts, so I want to try this. I love it that it is raw as most yogurt recipes are cooked.

    Can one make this with Kefir or whey as the starter? I make LOTS of lacto-fermented food with my whey ( I make my own goat milk kefir, goat cheese, salsa, kvass, etc) and always use whey.

    Can I do it just with the coconut and leave out the almonds? ( Coconut is ridiculously cheap here and they crack it for you…but organic almonds are imported so not so cheap).

    Thanks so much!
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  19. Rachael July 9, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Hi,

    I was wondering if you can use any probiotic in making this yogurt, or if needs to be something that is specifically designed as a yogurt starter?
    I have some probiotics in my fridge and want to know if I can use them up in this recipe.

    Thanks!

    • Linda July 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

      The only thing I have experience with are the probiotics I linked to in the article. There are probably other things you can use, I just haven’t tried them! 🙂

  20. sarena April 15, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I always use Dr Ohiras professional formula probiotics and think they are the strongest on the market. Have you ever used them?

    • Linda April 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      I’ve used them as a supplement and think all of Dr. Ohira’s products are great but I’ve heard they don’t work very well in recipes like this.

  21. S May 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Love the look of the recipe! But i must have done something wrong and it ended up being really clunk, so much so that I couldn’t extract any liquid from it which was quite disappointing. I used the brown coconuts but from what I’ve read in the comments that should not have changed the consistency…any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  22. Rae January 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Will this thicken like normal yogurt or stay a bit runny? I made some last night but it’s still runny this morning.

    • Linda January 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      It should thicken but might be a little runnier than store bought yogurt. If it’s still liquid, let it sit a bit longer and it should thicken up!

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