Finding Paleo alternatives for everyday items makes the transition to a Paleo lifestyle much easier and it also makes you realise how much better homemade versions are compared to the mass produced alternatives. Not to mention being much cheaper. Being able to create an easy Paleo yogurt was something which I found really useful and I now incorporate into my meal plans all the time.
I have simply replaced the usual dairy component with coconut cream to create a very easy Paleo yogurt option. It works really well as a snack or a dessert and you can use the base recipe to create any flavour that you want or it can be used simply as a plain yogurt. You could even add it to a smoothie. I love cherries so used them for this recipe but you could use any fruit you wish – berries or even banana would work well. You can use fresh or frozen; if using frozen then make sure they have defrosted otherwise it will turn out more like ice cream than yogurt.
I like to serve my easy Paleo yogurt with the grain-free granola from my book (but it would also work well with my recipe on the blog for Banana, Date and Walnut Granola) and a drizzle of organic maple syrup but it is also tasty with fresh fruit or a handful of nuts and seeds. Once the Paleo yogurt has been prepared it is best enjoyed straight away. This recipe will make about 3 portions (depending on size) so you can amend the quantities if needed.
I have recently upgraded my blender to a high speed option by Froothie. I use it for all my sauces, smoothies and even making cakes and treats and you can really tell the difference in consistency and flavours. Of course, you can also use a hand held blender for mixing.
Easy Paleo Yogurt
Yogurt is essentially milk that has been fermented by strains of lactic acid producing bacteria. This is the “good bacteria” which we always hear about and is what makes yogurt a good source of probiotics. Take a look at my blog on supplements for more information on the importance of including probiotics in your diet. The traditional method of making yogurt is to ferment overnight by using a low heat and a bacterial starter.
The problem that I found is that I like to have quick and easy snacks that I can make on a daily basis. This easy Paleo yogurt recipe has therefore been adapted to create a bit of shortcut for those of us who like to keep things quick and simple. I have cut out the fermenting part of the process so the recipe essentially creates a quick whipped coconut cream which can be flavoured and used in place of yogurt. To make up for the lack of fermentation I add some powder from probiotic capsules but you could add some coconut kafir if you have this available. You don’t even need to add this element at all but it is a good addition for your gut health.
This recipe requires that you use coconut cream. You can either buy this separately (most supermarkets will have this as will Asian stores and is what I used) or just use the thick coconut cream which forms at the top of a can of coconut milk. You will often find that coconut milk naturally separates into solid and liquid sections whilst it is in the tin but you can also get tins where it is purely liquid. This is all down to temperature. To make this recipe using coconut milk you will need to put about three tins of coconut milk into the fridge the night before.
If using coconut milk then try to find a brand which does not use any stabilisers, thickeners or additives. This can be very difficult to find in the supermarkets but Perfectly Paleo (I love this online-store) has a couple of really good options which I frequently use. I personally like the packs of Aroy-D coconut milk that they stock as it just contains coconut and water.
PIN THE RECIPE FOR LATER:
Servings: 3 servings
- 750ml coconut cream
- 100g cherries pitted and defrosted if using frozen
- ½ lemon, juice only
- 1 tbsp honey (optional)
- 4 probiotic capsules, powder only (optional)
- Place the coconut cream into a blender keeping any thinner liquid than may be at the bottom of the carton to one side.
- Add the cherries, lemon juice and probiotic powder (if using) and blitz together for a few seconds.
- Taste and add the honey as desired if you would like to sweeten.
- Add some of the thinner liquid from the coconut milk if you need to thin the yogurt.
- Serve with granola or fruit and enjoy as a quick and easy breakfast or snack.
** If you do not have a high speed blender then a hand whisk or immersion blender will be fine.
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