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The Best Instant Pot Vegan Yogurt Recipes

Jason Hughes
Published by Jason Hughes
Fact checked by Markus Oliver, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: May 24, 2022

When thinking about vegan recipes, many would be surprised to hear that yogurt is one of the best ways to combine delicious flavors, all without compromising your diet by including dairy. Normally, yogurt making is a long process and often depends on luck - especially the dependency on the climate and its ability to set.

In this article, we will go over some delicious and easy recipes to make in your instant pot, taking the guesswork of the entire process and limiting the number of ingredients to speed the process and ease the pocketbook.

The trick to making the best yogurt is to properly make the yogurt base and keep it at a consistent 100F temperature for 8-36 hours while it ferments, depending on the ingredients. While you may not necessarily need an instant pot, many households have opted to invest in this affordable product which helps keep the temperature consistent with the click of a button. You can also use your oven or pressure cooker as well. Just remember your results and adjustments may vary.

Why Make Instant Pot Vegan Yogurt

Perhaps one of the arduous concerns of making yogurt is the time that it takes to set. Normally, yogurt is made in the oven, or with the help of a professional commercial kitchen, but this makes the setting unpredictable and dependent on luck. The recipes within the article contained are made to go in your instant pot, which makes the best yogurt without variability. Furthermore, making it in your instant pot saves you time, ideal for time-based diets such as intermittent fasting.

How to Make Vegan Yogurt Without Starter

The yogurt-making process includes adding live cultures to milk to let it curdle and turn into the yogurt we know and love. Without this bacteria or "starter" your yogurt would stay in its liquid or whipped form. Unless you happen to have easy access to these live cultures (and know how to properly use them), it can ruin the yogurt process or even make you sick.

Luckily, all you require is 1/4 of a cup of yogurt, as it contains all the cultures you need for your next batch. Remember to save the same amount when making your next recipe, so you can continue the cycle. The gift keeps on giving!

Benefits of Vegan Yogurt

Vegan yogurt has all the benefits of diary-based yogurt, with the added benefit of knowing exactly what goes into it and the reduced bloating and potential maladies that come with regular dairy milk. Fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein are some of the best building blocks that your body can intake - chief of all-vegan yogurt benefits would be probiotics.

Yogurt is one of the best and easily accessible ways to add probiotics to your diet, healing your digestive tract and restoring/ maintaining gut health.

How To Make Vegan Yogurt In Instant Pot: 5 Delicious Recipes

The trick to making the best yogurt is to properly make the yogurt base and keep it at a consistent 100F temperature for 8-36 hours while it ferments, depending on the ingredients. While you may not necessarily need an instant pot, many households have opted to invest in this affordable product which helps keep the temperature consistent with the click of a button. You can also use your oven or pressure cooker as well. Just remember your results and adjustments may vary.

Vegan Almond Milk Yogurt Recipe

If you love almond milk, this creamy 2-ingredient recipe is easy to follow, gluten-free, and even keto-friendly. Like all recipes, most of your instant pots should have a "yogurt" setting, equipped with a manual on how to create the yogurt base. All you need for this recipe is almond milk and some leftover almond yogurt that you have from your other batch or grocery store. Add strawberries, walnuts, and honey for a delicious snack.

Vegan Oat Milk Yogurt Recipe

Oat milk yogurt bases are usually recommended to be made at home, as most of the oat milk at the store has been stripped of its nutrients to produce en masse. This easy recipe requires water, rolled oats, and leftover yogurt from your homemade or bought batches and can be easily made in your instant pot. Oats are high in fiber and protein, making this a great post-workout or breakfast recipe. Add raspberries, hemp seeds, and nuts for increased healthy fats and minerals.

Vegan Soy Milk Yogurt Recipe

Yes, there is a recipe for soy milk lovers as well. An important thing to remember is when buying your first batch to use for your homemade culture, look for products that contain only soybeans and water, no thickeners, gums, or additives (sweetener is fine). Soy yogurt is less heavy than its other counterparts, so mix sweet fruits and fatty fruits, such as strawberries, bananas, pineapple, and even coconut yogurt.

Vegan Coconut Milk Yogurt Recipe

Coconut milk is extremely rich and contains more fattiness than the other recipes listed, which makes it the creamiest and most indulgent flavor of all the choices. Coconut yogurt often does not need any garnishments, as it is ideally mixed with other bases to create a wonderful mixture. Be careful not to consume too much coconut yogurt, as it may contain a lot of saturated fat, making it a less than healthy option. Add some acidity, such as honey and citrus fruits to pair with its deliciously smooth texture.

Vegan Cashew Milk Yogurt Recipe

Cashew milk has recently risen in popularity and is one of the fastest-growing milk substitutes. Cashews are light and tangy, which creates a unique yogurt flavor that is similar to Greek style. Add blackberries, jam, and hearty cereals to complete the flavor palette of this delicious recipe.

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FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about making vegan yogurt:

What is the highest fat plant-based milk?

Coconut milk is the fattiest plant-based milk, as it contains MCTs which are great for heart and cholesterol health. Coconut milk is usually fortified with many vitamins missing from vegan diets as well, such as vitamins B12, A, and D.

Where do I get a yogurt starter?

A yogurt starter is not usually easily found in local grocery stores and is often needed to collect from neighbors or order online. It can also be dangerous to set your own live culture as it can make you sick if done wrong. Luckily, you can just use leftover yogurt from another batch to achieve the same result.

Does vegan yogurt contain probiotics?

Probiotics are created from the fermentation process of turning milk into yogurt. The added live cultures added from previous batches to vegan yogurt also help in the fermentation process, having the bacteria break down the sugars into probiotics. Vegan yogurt does not contain fewer probiotics than its dairy counterpart.

 


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