Smooth and creamy homemade yogurt made from almond milk. Healthy, packed with good bacterias and easy to make!
- 1 cup (140g) raw almonds
- 3 cups (750ml) filtered water
- 2 and 1/2 cup homemade almond milk
- 1 tsp locust bean gum
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/32 tsp agar agar (see notes)
- 1 yogurt starter (or 2 tbsp non-dairy yogurt) I used half a packet of this starter.
- Optional: 2 tsp maple syrup, seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean (or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract)
- Soak the almonds for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Drain and add to a blender with the 3 cups of water. Blend on high-speed for 30-40 seconds, until smooth.
- Place a nut milk bag over a large glass bowl. Pour the almond milk into the bag and twist to close. Using your hands, squeeze to extract as much almond milk as possible. You should end up with about 2 and 1/2 cup of almond milk.
- Combine the almond milk (2 and 1/2 cups), locust bean gum, xanthan gum, and agar in a medium saucepan. If you want to make a sweetened yogurt, also add the maple syrup and vanilla seeds. Heat over medium heat until it reaches 185°F (85°C), whisking constantly to make sure all the gums are fully dissolved and don’t stay at the bottom. Remove from heat at soon as it reaches 185°F, just before it boils. Transfer to a large glass bowl and let sit for about 20 minutes, or until the temperature reaches 110°F (43°c). This is important, if the milk is too hot it will kill the cultures. Using a thermometer is strongly recommended.
- Once the milk is at the right temperature, stir in the yogurt starter. At this step, the almond milk will have already thickened and may appear gelatinous, don’t worry this is totally normal. Give it a good whisk to break any “lumps”, and make it fully smooth again. Pour into glass jars and close the lid, or use plastic wrap to cover.
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