This keto yogurt is so smooth and creamy, you won’t believe it is low carb! Made with just 2 ingredients and completely homemade, you’ll never buy supermarket brands again! 1 gram net carbs per serving.
If you ever had a peek into my fridge throughout my life, there would be a few themes and constants. In my younger years, there would always be bread and orange juice. When I first moved out of home, there were always bagels and hummus. More recently, it is mostly stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables, and some tofu or beans. The one food that has been in my fridge through all of this has been yogurt.
Yogurt is one of a handful of foods I eat almost daily. It’s one of the most versatile foods that are both healthy and delicious. I’d often have some for breakfast, snack on it between meals, and even have some after dinner if I needed a little something before bed. It’s also great to use in recipes too.
Since going keto, I still wanted to keep yogurt as part of my diet, but I had to make a few changes to what I was accustomed to!
Is yogurt keto?
There are several kinds of yogurt on the market that are keto friendly. Unfortunately, even if the yogurt is unsweetened and sugar free, it can still contain significant carbs, as the lactose converts to sugar.
The safest yogurt to buy is coconut milk based and that have no added sugar. However, they are ridiculously expensive and often hard to find! Luckily, you can easily make your own yogurt at home that is much more affordable!
I’ve been meaning to share a keto yogurt recipe for quite some time. Since going to keto, I’ve stopped buying yogurt and simply made my own. It needs just two ingredients and no fancy kitchen gadgets to make!
No sugar and no dairy are needed, but you’d never tell. The texture is thick, smooth, and creamy, and can be even thicker if you want it to! It’s tangy and tart, and tastes exactly like any good yogurt!
I had some friends over for a weekend brunch and served them this yogurt and NO ONE believed me when I said that it was homemade- They thought it was full of dairy!
How do you make keto yogurt?
- Canned coconut milk– Use canned coconut milk with minimal additives or thickeners in them. It must be full fat and NOT from a carton!
- Probiotic pills– You must use probiotic capsules, not pills. The capsules will be opened and the powder will be mixed in the yogurt. Ensure the probiotic pills do not contain any prebiotics in them, or else the yogurt will not turn out as required.
Start by shaking your coconut milk and transferring it into a glass mixing bowl. Whisk the coconut milk very well, until smooth and no clumps remain. Next, open the probiotic pills and pour them into the coconut milk. Gently mix together, until combined.
Now, place a cheesecloth or cloth napkin over the top of the glass bowl and use a rubber band to seal it into place. Let the yogurt sit at room temperature for 24-48 hours, for the yogurt to activate. Taste the yogurt after the time and if you’d prefer it to be more tart, cover it again and let it sit for a further 24 hours.
Finally, transfer the yogurt to the refrigerator for several hours, until chilled.
Tips to make the best low carb yogurt
- If the yogurt separates once it has set, simply mix it together until combined and smooth again.
- For an extra thicker texture, strain your yogurt through a fine-mesh strainer over a mixing bowl and refrigerate for 24 hours. The liquid will seep out and leave you with an extra thick and creamy yogurt.
- Depending on how cool your house is, you may need to let your yogurt sit longer. If you live in a colder climate, aim for 72 hours (3 days) at minimum.
- For a sweeter yogurt, you can add 1-2 drops of liquid stevia or keto maple syrup before refrigerating it.
Storing and freezing coconut milk yogurt
- To store: Yogurt should be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 7 days. It could last longer (depending on the brand you use), but smell it beforehand to make sure it is still edible.
- To freeze: You can freeze the yogurt ONLY if it has been put through a fine mesh strain. Store it in a sealable container for up to 6 months.
What to serve the keto yogurt with
- 1 14 oz can coconut milk full fat
- 2 capsules probiotics * See notes
- Vigorously shake your coconut milk, before pouring it into a glass bowl. Whisk it very well, until smooth.
- Open up your probiotic capsules and pour the contents into the coconut milk. Stir until smooth, before transferring to a glass jar or tube. Cover with a cheesecloth, using a rubber band to bind it.
- Store the jar with the yogurt mixture in it at room temperature, or an area of your home which is warm. Keep it there for at least 24 hours, or up to 72 hours. Taste the yogurt and if it isn't tart enough, leave it out for a further 24 hours.
- Once the yogurt is tart enough, place the jar in the refrigerator until chilled.