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Since learning about chia seed pudding, and what a quick and easy thickener it can be (and so full of protein!) I've been thinking about chia seed thickened non-dairy yogurt...

I saw this blogpost, about making an instant yogurt w/ chia seeds and nutmilk, and am inspired...

I'm thinking to try this with coconut milk, chia seeds, and a non-dairy probiotic capsule, and put it all in my yogurt maker overnight to see what happens. Or I might make the coconut milk yogurt first, then blend in the chia seeds and let it all solidify/gel in the fridge...(I've made coco-yo multiple times just using a probiotic capsule w/ canned coconut milk and a tiny bit of sugar or other sweetner and it's worked well, as long as I let it sit for a/b 24 hours in a warm place.)

What would you all do? Any other non-dairy ideas/methods of having thick homemade yogurt are welcome!!!

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Ooo--I want to try making chia seed jelly!

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Way too cool! I am going to have to try that out! I already have df yogurt starter! I would love an easy peasy method of making it. Just having to make sure to watch it so I don't grow the bad bugs as well.

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My mom's tried this one from Kathy's Recipe box (I think Kathy is a MDC member) and it was fantastic! We actually found it was better with Wilderness Family Naturals' coconut milk powder (reconstituted) than it was with canned coconut milk. Soooo tasty!
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It totally worked!

I made the coconut milk yogurt using this method, without adding the gelatin. I used one can of coconut milk, full fat. (I used one non-dairy probiotic capsule b/c I don't have the yogurt starter, and it has worked for me in the past, and worked fine this time as well. I don't know how 'safe' it is, I'm kind of wild when I'm experimenting w/ cooking )

After a/b 24 hours of incubating I took the jar of (liquidy) yogurt out of my little yogurt maker, and added 2 TBS chia seeds. I let it sit for an hour, then put it in my blender w/ some vanilla extract, raw honey, and added some frozen strawberries. Then I put it all in the fridge for a few hours to help the gel set a bit more.

SOOOO yummy! You can feel the little seeds, so adding the strawberries (which also have seeds) made it taste more 'normal' to me--you kind of expect seeds in strawberry yogurt, you know? Totally delicious, and from what I'm reading, more nutritious than yogurts I've made in the past! I can't taste any extra chia seed flavor--just yummy cocoyo goodness!

I might add another TBS of chia seedsnext time to make it a little thicker...I'll update when I try it again!

And thanks for posting Kathy's recipe, I'll have to try that sometime too!

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Cool! Thanks for the update! That is the method I always use for making coco-yo as well- to me it has turned out the best of what I had tried. Now, I just need some coco milk!

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That's awesome crunchy_mama! Would you mind sharing your recipe/measurements for your yogurt? I'd love to hear what others have done--I only found one link online about it (posted above) and would love to read more!

Chia seeds are a new favorite here!

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It's been a/b 24 hours since I made the chia-thickened yogurt, and today it has an odd aftertaste (which I noticed when I made the chia seed pudding as well...)

Not sure if it's the chia seeds or perhaps the coconut milk (I used it for both), although I'm thinking the chia seeds as it's a taste I haven't noticed before...

Sorry folks! I don't think it tastes nearly as good after a day has gone by! I'll definitely try Kathy's recipe though...

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