An Instant Pot Coconut yogurt recipe. Sweet and delicious easy homemade yogurt recipe with only 3 ingredients using the cold start method, No boiling required.
Once you make yogurt in your Instant Pot you will never want to buy yogurt again. I started out making vanilla yogurt and no I have been experimenting with how to flavor yogurt in the Instant Pot. So far I have successfully made blueberry yogurt and today I am going to teach you how to make coconut flavored yogurt in your Instant Pot.
Essentially each yogurt recipe is based off the same recipe so I encourage you to try new flavors. Also check out at the end of this post other ways to flavor your homemade yogurts.
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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 your Instant Pot does 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. Which milk is ultra filtered and ultra pasteurized? I have found that Fairlife milk works great every time.
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 its 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.
Now I will say I have made yogurt with skim, 1% and 2% milk. The secret is to just add your whole small container of yogurt. 2 tablespoons just doesn’t give it the proper thickness.
If you do use skim, 1% or 2% milk you can strain it strain it for a thicker texture. You can use cheese cloth or buy a yogurt strainer like this one.
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
- 52 fl. oz. of Fairlife Whole Milk Ultra Filtered
- 2 cups (16 oz) of Coffeemate Natural Bliss Coconut Coffee Creamer
- 2 Tbsp of Oui Yogurt (or yogurt with live cultures)
Pour a 1/4 of the amount of milk and whisk in yogurt.
Once combined whisk in the remainder of milk and coconut creamer.
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.