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19 December 2011


I love to modify recipies to suit my preferences.  My sons and I are lactose intolerant and I wanted to make a dairy free and soy free yoghurt that we could enjoy.  I experimented with many different types and proportions of dairy free milks and found this one to work the best.   My youngest who is nearly 2 goes crazy over this yoghurt and whenever I open the fridge he cries out for his "yoyu" (he can't say yoghurt yet)

The culture I get from Green Living Australia is dairy free. When it was originally created it was made from a dairy base but over the years of being cultured they claim that there would only be a miniscule amount of dairy left, if any at all.  If you have an allergy to dairy you are probably best to get a soy culture just to be safe.

Let me know how you go with this


I have modified this recipe from the following soy yoghurt recipe:

**To fit into a 1L ‘Easiyo’ yoghurt canister (that subsequently fits into an ‘Easiyo’ thermos).

2 cups of rice milk (I have used a few different organic brands – all worked well)
2 cups of coconut milk (I use the tinned“Trident” brand)
1/4 cup of cornflour
1 teaspoon agar powder
(you can just use cornflour if you don’t have agar powder.  Use a slightly heaped 1/3 cup cornflour if not using agar as well)
At least one tablespoon of sweetener (optional – I don’t use this)
Yoghurt starter (I have used the Green Living Australia culture  - Y450B)

1. Heat in a saucepan until boiling 2 cups of coconut milk together with 1/2 cup of the rice milk. Remove from heat.

2.  Whilst you are waiting for this to boil, whisk together in another saucepan 2/3 cup of the cold rice milk with the cornflour and agar powder.   Whisk well until it is all dissolved.   

3.  Whisk into the milk/cornflour/agar mixture 1 and 1/3 cups of the  hot coconut/rice milk until it is smooth, with no lumps.  

4. Cook this in a saucepan, stirring constantly but not vigorously, until it is thickened and glossy.

5. Whisk the milk/cornflour/agar mixture into the remaining hot coconut/rice milk then add the remaining cold rice milk.  Whisk to remove any lumps (to remove any remaining lumps I have used a fine sieve to strain the mixture).

7. Using a candy thermometer wait until the milk cools to 42 degrees Celsius.

8. When the milk is at 42 degrees Celsius whisk in the starter then pour everything into the 1L yoghurt canister and prepare the thermos.

(Whisk in the yogurt culture, which has been whisked to a smooth paste with about 1/4 cup of the warm milk (important!) Whisk well to distribute the culture (if you do not mix it well, you may have a grainy yogurt). Pour the yoghurt into your container, cover and incubate for 10-12 hours.

***** To prepare the 'easiyo' thermos, fill with boiling hot water to just UNDER the red baton (If you’ve ever made cow’s milk easiyo yoghurt from the sachets it will tell you to add boiling hot water to the top of the red baton and then submerge the cold inoculated milk in the hot water.  Your batch of yoghurt will be warm and therefore will not need as much hot water in the thermos.  Having the warm milk submerged in the boiling hot water could destroy some of the cultures.

9. Refrigerate immediately for about 12 hours before eating-- this is part of the incubation process and helps develop flavour. The yogurt will keep for about a week.


Have you tried raw milk kefir and allowing it to progress to a yoghurt consistency? - using raw milk ensures all the beneficial enzymes are still intact (not killed by pasteurisation - the cause of a lot of lactose intolerance) & using the kefir grains digests the lactose in the milk - I have read that a lot of people who consider themselves lactose intolerant do quite well with kefir.
Hi Helena,

Lovely to hear from you. I apologise for not replying sooner but as I am new to the world of blogging I only just realised you had left a comment.

I have read a bit about kefir and how to make it, however my aim was to make a non dairy yoghurt as I really do consider dairy to be non essential in our diet. Do you know if you can use kefir grains instead of a powdered yoghurt culture/starter?

Take care
Yes you can use kefir grains - in fact they are better than the powdered starters.

I started making kefir using the Body Ecology kefir starter, but I find it much easier to make using kefir grains & they grow really well in my kitchen :)

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