Homemade Coconut Yogurt

Homemade Paleo Coconut Yogurt


Paleo coconut yogurt is an excellent way of adding probiotics and gelatine into your diet. This delicious creamy treat is easy to make yourself, and then you can choose exactly what goes into it, without having to compromise on added sweeteners, thickeners or additives that you’d rather leave out.



This recipe is for an electric yogurt maker, using a thermophilic (heated) yogurt culture. This recipe can also be made in an Easiyo or using the oven light method, but has not been tested using those methods and may thus require tweaking. The yogurt maker comes with 7 cup sized jars, so we use 6 of them for the coconut yogurt and one for the dairy yogurt to keep the heirloom culture perpetuating. 

You will need:


Using a perpetuating heirloom-variety yogurt starter:

Unfortunately a heirloom variety yogurt starter won’t live from batch to batch in coconut cream, as it’s too different from an animal based milk. This means that if you want to use yogurt from your previous batch to start up a new lot of yogurt, it needs to be dairy based (such as cow, goat, buffalo, etc milk).

To work around this problem you can either use a fresh yogurt starter powder each batch (adds to the cost of the yogurt), or you can opt to keep one jar of yogurt made in cow’s milk going as your starter for the next batch as we do in the below recipe.


Makes 6 cup of coconut yogurt (+ 1 cup of dairy yogurt, optional)


Coconut yogurt:

  • 6 cups coconut cream (we use Ayam coconut cream – low fat varieties apparently don’t work)
  • 1/2 tbsp grass-fed gelatine (used to thicken the yogurt – we use Great Lakes red)
  • 1 tbsp yogurt starter (we use Bulgarian heirloom variety) OR 3 heaped tbsp of heirloom starter batch yogurt (below)
  • 2 tbsp cool water


Heirloom starter batch:

  • 1 cup organic milk (cow/goat/buffalo/etc)
  • 1 tsp yogurt starter OR 1 heaped tbsp heirloom yogurt starter batch



For coconut yogurt:

To sterilise the coconut milk, heat it up to 90-95C in a pot and then cool it quickly to 40-45C. (I place the pot in cold water, stirring while keeping an eye on the temperature.) Just before the temperature of the milk hits the desired temperature, mix the gelatine and starter powders into the room temperature water in a small bowl. The temperature is important, as the yogurt starter activates between 40-45C – anything less and it might not get started, anything more and it might kill the culture.

Add gelatine & starter water into the coconut milk and mix thoroughly until the powders have fully dissolved into the coconut cream.

Pour into yogurt maker containers (we use 6/7 jars in our yogurt maker for the coconut yogurt) and let incubate for 10-16 hours. The longer you leave it, the stronger your yogurt will become.

Once yogurt has incubated long enough, transfer jars into the fridge, and let cool down & thicken for at least a few hours, preferably 12 hours. The longer it sits in the fridge, the thicker it will get.

For your next batch, if you’d like the yogurt to be runnier, use less gelatine, or more, if you’d like that really thick Bulgarian yogurt result.



If making a heirloom starter batch:

Sterilise and cool milk down as you did with the coconut milk. When milk is between 40-45C, mix in the yogurt starter, mix thoroughly and pour into the remaining yogurt maker jar. (As this batch is only to keep the culture alive, I don’t add in gelatine.)  Let incubate with coconut yogurt.

When you make the next batch of coconut yogurt, just use 3 tbsp of the heirloom starter batch for the coconut yogurt and 1 tbsp for the new heirloom starter batch to keep the culture going.



  1. Is there a way to make a coconut yogurt without dairy in the starter?

    • You can make your yogurt from a starter powder each time, in which case you don’t have to keep the culture alive in dairy yogurt. I know there are vegan yogurt starters available, that are dairy free. You might like to look into those? xTanja

      • Thank you, I will definitely look for them! :)

  2. Hi tanja how are you….there is a coconut yoghurt on the market in Australia that has no sugar, dairy or nasties in it, the brand is Co Yo , I have googled recipes where you can use this yoghurt as a starter when making your own as it has plant fed probiotic cultures in it and the yoghurt is made with coconut milk, have you heard of this brand at all. Thought you may be interested in checking it out. I do have a recipe somewhere that I downloaded that uses this particular yoghurt as the starter, I will get around to making it soon. Keep up the excellent work. Julie xx

  3. This is extremely interesting- I am on the Virgin diet right now which is dairy free, but I love yogurt, so this post was really exciting to me!

  4. You can also use a couple of your favourite probiotic tablets as your ‘starter culture’ (ie instead of the starter/starter powder/culture powder). This way, you can find a good dairy free probiotic and know the actual cultures you are growing in your yoghurt. Use 2 capsules (or a spoonful) in your first batch, then use the last spoonful of the previous yoghurt to make your next one. If the flavour changes over time, make a fresh batch using the probiotic again. I hope this helps



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