How To Make Thick Coconut Yogurt And Keep A Continuous Culture Thriving

Learn how to easily make a probiotic rich, thick and creamy Coconut Yogurt and keep a continuous culture going so you never run out! #realfood #healthyfats #fermented #probiotic #dairyfree #yogurt #cultured #coconut


You are going to see a lot of new recipes featuring this rich and creamy coconut yogurt.

I just can’t seem to get enough of this tangy, thick, fermented coconut yogurt. It is full of healthy satiating fats, great gut friendly probiotics and it is completely dairy-free! I love my raw cow’s milk yogurt but having a second creamy fermented yogurt is a lot of fun to work into new and exciting recipes. It’s also extremely easy to keep a continuous culture going so you will always have coconut yogurt on hand.


A bowl full of rich and creamy coconut yogurt is a great source of gut friendly probiotics and healthy fats!


Making Coconut Yogurt With Capsule Probiotics

I’ve tried the capsulated probiotic method for making coconut yogurt and never had great success. The yogurt was always runny and never got the effervescence of the store bought coconut yogurts.

So inevitably I was buying the expensive, tangy, beautiful little glass jars of sparkle-y cultured coconut yogurt from the health food store.

and then it hit me…

I decided to try using the store bought coconut yogurt as a starter. I have had great success using store bought yogurt to culture raw milk so why not coconut milk!


A close look at the thick and creamy texture of this fermented Coconut Yogurt.


Using and Maintaining a Strong Culture

I chose my favorite brand of coconut yogurt (the one with the greatest fermented fizz) and added two tablespoons to two cans of organic guar gum free coconut milk. I mixed it well and let it ferment overnight on the counter with a loosely fitted lid. The next morning I stirred the cultured coconut milk until it was smooth and placed it in the refrigerator where it continued to ferment and thicken. After about 24 hours the yogurt has visible bubbles and had the pleasing effervescence that I was looking for!

I ate that jar of coconut yogurt pretty quickly over the next few days. Before I had eaten it all, I started a new batch the same way I had started the original. The next batch fermented just as well as the first and so did the next few batches after that one. I have no idea how long the continuous starter will last but if it ever fails or wanes in effectiveness I will update you on when and why (if I know).


Try These Recipes That Use Coconut Yogurt


Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Curry Soup –
Dairy-Free, Low-Carb, and Keto Friendly

Two steaming bowls of super creamy Coconut Cauliflower Curry Soup. #keto #lowcarb #dairyfree #nourishing #realfood

Probiotic Coconut Mango Lassi Popsicles

Summer is the season for popsicles. Make them right with probiotic Coconut Yogurt, fresh fruit, and unrefined sweetener! #realfood #fermented #probiotic #mangolassi #dairyfree #coconut #healthyfat #nourishing #wisetraditions #summer #Popsicles #fruit #yogurt

Thick Coconut Yogurt
Prep Time
5 mins
Fermenting Time
2 d

This super culture will be the mother to many batches of thick, creamy, healthy, probiotic coconut yogurt.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Condiments, Ferment, Snack
Cuisine: American, Traditional
Keyword: Culture, Dairy free, Fermented, Starter, Topping, Yogurt
Servings: 1 Quart
Author: Butter For All
  • 2 Cans Organic Coconut Milk -13.5 Ounces each (Guar Gum Free)
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Yogurt (Either store bought or prevous batch)
  1. Mix the coconut milk and coconut yogurt in a quart sized jar.

  2. Add a loose fitting lid and ferment at room temperature overnight.

  3. Stir the yogurt well and refrigerate the jar for at least 24 hours.

  4. Eat the yogurt in smoothies, with fruit, as a topping or dressing and more.

  5. Remember to save 2 tablespoons to start your next batch!

Recipe Notes

There may be a tiny bit of separation at the bottom of the jar. This is normal and you can use the more liquid portion in smoothies or just stir it back in. 

Learn how to easily make a probiotic rich, thick and creamy Coconut Yogurt and keep a continuous culture going so you never run out! #realfood #healthyfats #fermented #probiotic #dairyfree #yogurt #cultured #coconut





    • Hi Amber,

      I may need a longer ferment if your house is cool. It also may have over fermented if your house is warm. You can try refrigerating the yogurt before stirring it as that helps it thicken and sometimes separate if the coconut milk is very thin! If you can send me an email with more details I’ll try to help you troubleshoot. Please include what brand of coconut milk, what brand of coconut yogurt you tried, and how long it fermented. Photos of the yogurt might be helpful too. courtney@butterorall

      Hope to hear from you soon!

  1. jade

    Thank you so much Courtney! I believe you might be the only one with info on how to culture using the previous coconut yogurt batch. I really wanted to find info on how to do this rather than using a probiotic pill. Thank you so much for your post!!!

    Thank you,


  2. jeanette A O'Donnell

    hi I just made my coconut milk.
    how long to I leave it befor adding the yoghurt. the milk is quit thin will 2 tablespoons of yoghurt be enough to make it thick

    • Hi Jeanette!

      I’ve always used canned coconut milk for this recipe but that doesn’t mean it won’t work with homemade coconut milk. If it is very thin, you may end up with more like a probiotic coconut kefir drink. They only way to know is to experiment. I would suggest halving the recipe in case it doesn’t work that way it’s intended.

      Good luck!


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