Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Dairy Free Yogurts
The days are lovely with cold nights here in Australia so Winter is on its way.
I decided to briefly change my usual breakfast this week & thought about what I would really like. I felt that a smoothie was not hitting the mark as I looked out at the frost on the lawn!
Up came the idea of making some yogurt which I thought would be lovely on top of some warm oatmeal or chia pudding with some berries, on these cold mornings.
I wanted to make my own yogurt, a dairy free recipe, & discovered that it is actually very easy to do & tastes nice as well.
Here are a couple of recipes you may like to try....... as is often the case, I forgot to take a photo, perhaps next time!
Yogurts made with Nuts:
1 1/2 cups soaked nuts ( macadamias, almonds or hazelnuts are all excellent choices)
1 cup water
2 Tabs pureed dates or a sweetener of choice
1-2 Capsules emptying out the probiotic powder
1 Tab vanilla
Cinnamon is optional... lovely as a final sprinkling on top
Yogurts using Fresh Thai Coconuts:
2 young coconuts ( these are readily available in many of the big Supermarkets)
This amounts to about 2 cups of coconut meat
1/2 cup coconut water
juice of a lime & a lemon
Sweetener of choice ( dates/agave/honey/maple syrup or stevia)
Powder from 2 probiotic capsules
In both recipes, just blend everything together & place in a clean sterilized warm jar only filling it 2/3 full. Heating the jar helps with the initial fermentation process. I then pop a tea towel or cheese cloth over it & place in a warm spot overnight. Taste...... if you want it to have a stronger tartiness, allow a longer period to ferment. If it bubbles up a lot, simply reblend & then keep in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator; it will keep at least 5 or 6 days.
Yogurts of course are especially good for your digestive system, they can be added to smoothies, sauces, dressings or even deserts; a parfait is easy, simply layer fresh fruit with yogurt in a pretty glass & pop some crumble on the top blending together some nuts & dates but keeping the mix chunky....Healthy &Yum!