An Instant Pot Blueberry yogurt recipe. Sweet and delicious easy homemade yogurt recipe with only 4 ingredients using the cold start method.
Did you know you can make yogurt in the Instant Pot? It’s really easy. I have made vanilla Instant Pot yogurt that is flavored with coffee creamer and it was seriously easy and delicious. It’s been a weekly staple. I decided I want to branch out and try some new flavors like blueberry yogurt using dried blueberries.
Using dried blueberries to flavor Instant Pot yogurt
This started as kind of an experiment on how to flavor my yogurt while it was incubating (cooking on low for 8 hours). I bought Trader Joe’s dried wild blueberries. I added a cup of dried blueberries to my milk, yogurt starter and creamer. When it was cooking I was thinking it was not working but the blueberries dropped to the bottom of the pot.
The results were delicious. The blueberries rehydrated and we juicy and spread a mild blueberry flavor throughout the yogurt. I cannot wait to try this with other dried fruits like strawberries and apples. Check out below on how else to flavor your yogurt after making it.
METHODS of making yogurt in your instant pot
There is a few methods on how to make homemade yogurt in your Instant Pot. First being the boil method. You boil the milk to a certain temperature and then add your starter. This method can be used if you do NOT have a yogurt button. It can also be used with milk that is not ultra pasteurized.
The second method is a no boil method using ultra filtered milk and ultra pasteurized milk. Which sounds easier? The no boil method. This is called a cold start yogurt.
There are more popular ways to sweeten your yogurt with this method. One being coffee creamer and the other being sweetened condensed milk. To me coffee creamer seems a bit more appealing and not as sweet. I also like that you can change the flavor of your yogurt by which coffee creamer you are using.
I tend to like cleaner ingredients so I am using Coffee-mate Natural Bliss coffee creamer. Don’t want a sweet yogurt? Skip the coffee creamer or sweetened condensed milk.
Not all Instant Pots have the yogurt button. Make sure yours does before starting this recipe.
WHAT IS A YOGURT STARTER?
Why does this recipe for yogurt call for yogurt? Because yogurt has bacteria in it or active cultures you need them to incubated to make yogurt. Not to worry it’s a good bacteria that eats lactose turning it into lactic acid. This gives yogurt it’s tangy flavor and helps control the consistency of yogurt. Now what can you use as a starter for your yogurt? The answer is simple. Any yogurt from the grocery store that says active cultures on the label.
Once you make yogurt you can save 2 tbsp of your yogurt as a starter. It’s called an heirloom starter and you can freeze it for 30 days.
WHICH MILK TO USE?
If you are not using the boil method the best milk to use is ultra filtered and ultra pasteurized milk. The most common milk available in most grocery stores is Fairlife. The more fat that is in the milk reflects the thickness of the yogurt. This is why you want to use whole milk.
If you use 1% or 2% milk you might just need to strain it for a thicker texture. You can also incubate or cook it longer about 10 hours.
HOW TO FLAVOR YOUR INSTANT POT YOGURT
There are a few ways to flavor your yogurt.
- Coffee Creamer (mix in before cooking)
- Use Extract. Try vanilla or almond (mix in prior to cooking)
- Sugar Free Jello (mix in after chilling)
- Sugar Free Pudding (mix in after chilling)
Toppings for homemade yogurt
- Fresh Fruit
- Maple Syrup
Pour a 1/4 of the amount of milk and whisk in yogurt. Once combined whisk in the remainder of milk, creamer, and dehydrated blueberries. Press the yogurt button on your Instant Pot for 8 hours. Cover with Instant Pot lid (not sealed) or a glass lid or plate. Do not stir. Chill for in Instant Pot liner for 4 hours. Make sure the milk is ultra filtered. You can use a large glass lid from your everyday pot set.
Pour a 1/4 of the amount of milk and whisk in yogurt.
Once combined whisk in the remainder of milk, creamer, and dehydrated blueberries.
Press the yogurt button on your Instant Pot for 8 hours. Cover with Instant Pot lid (not sealed) or a glass lid or plate.
Do not stir. Chill for in Instant Pot liner for 4 hours.
Make sure the milk is ultra filtered.
You can use a large glass lid from your everyday pot set.
WHICH INSTANT POT DO I HAVE?
I have two Instant Pots. The one I used here is the 6 quart duo. It’s perfect for making recipes like this. For making side dishes or smaller portions I love to use my 3 quart. Making mashed potatoes I always do it in my 3 quart with a steamer basket. If you are cooking for a bigger family or like to make a lot of soups I would recommend getting the 8 quart.
Looking for a way to store your Instant Pots? Check out how I use this Instant Pot cart.