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

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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

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

Thick Coconut Yogurt

Yield: 1 Quart
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Fermenting Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 5 minutes

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


  • 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!


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




Two steaming bowls of delicious Coconut Cauliflower Curry Soup. This delightful dairy-free soup is loaded with healthy fats for a real low-carb and Keto meal. #keto #lowcarb #dairyfree #nourishing #realfood #healthyfats
Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Curry Soup - Dairy-Free, Low-Carb, and Keto Friendly
A plate of frosty Mango Lassi Popsicles is the perfect snack for a summer afternoon! #realfood #fermented #probiotic #mangolassi #dairyfree #coconut #healthyfat #nourishing #wisetraditions #summer #Popsicles #fruit #yogurt
Probiotic Coconut Mango Lassi Popsicles


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Hello Courtney, My two first trials resulted in a lot of separation. I am using a yogurt maker to keep the yogurt at "room temperature" the first 12 hours because it is very cold here otherwise. Do you think the high amount of separation might be a result of the temperature being too high in the yogurt maker? Thank you, Isabelle

Butter For All

Monday 25th of January 2021

Hi Isabelle!

You know, I've also been having a lot of separation with the brand of coconut milk that was working really well for me in the past. I think it ultimately depends on how much coconut meat pulp and cream is in the coconut milk. If you stir it well after fermentation and then refrigerate it, that seems to help a little. But I'll be experimenting with some ideas I have for getting a thicker yogurt. I'll update the post if I find something that works really well. Maybe experiment with a few brands to see if one works better than the other. I have found that even with separation the yogurt make excellent smoothies! I hope you can still enjoy it that way!

Best wishes,



Saturday 9th of January 2021

Hi Courtney,

What is the reason behind using coconut milk without guar gum?

Thanks, love all your recipes!



Saturday 9th of January 2021

@Butter For All, Got it , thank you! I wasn’t sure if there was a scientific reason to avoid it!

Butter For All

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Hi Kelly!

Great question! I personally try to avoid any additives like gums. And I don't often recommend products that have gums because they can be problematic for some people with sensitive digestion. With that said, if you tolerate them, then by all means use your favorite brand of coconut milk to give it a shot!

Thanks so much for the nice feedback, I appreciate it 😊



Sunday 20th of September 2020

WooHoo! Just what i was looking for! Thanks! I bought my GTS Cocoyo yesterday at Natural Grocers and at almost $5 a bottle i wanted a really good Tested recipe for my first coconut yogurt i find your post! ... couldnt be more perfect! ... Trader Joes has organic coconut milk... Thanks Again 😁🙏

Butter For All

Monday 21st of September 2020

Awesome Arlene!

I hope it's successful for you! let me know!



Thursday 14th of May 2020

I can't find any brands of coconut milk that is free of guar gum. What brands do you use/recommend, and where do you find it?

Butter For All

Monday 18th of May 2020

Hi Tw,

We have been getting ours at the health food store, Whole Foods or Natural Grocers. It's the Native Forest brand. Hope that helps!

jeanette A O'Donnell

Saturday 4th of April 2020

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

Butter For All

Saturday 4th of April 2020

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!