The Best Vegan Yogurt

8.30.2020

This fun, easy vegan yogurt is great on its own, or turned into a parfait with the fruit compote and granola.

Easy vegan yogurt recipe

The first time I tried vegan yogurt, I was blown away. It was super creamy with a bit of tang, yet had NO dairy. How could this be?! I started researching what made yogurt yogurt, and have come up with a great new recipe to share. It’s everything I love about yogurt, without all the sugar and dairy.

Ingredients you’ll need for recipe

This vegan yogurt recipe contains just 6, whole food, plant based ingredients:

  • Cashews: rich in fatty acids that are great for heart health
  • Coconut cream/full-fat coconut milk: lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Fresh lemon juice: aids in digestion, helps improve the quality and appearance of skin
  • Pure maple syrup: darker grades contain more antioxidants than lighter grades
  • Vanilla extract (check out my book, Simple Green Smoothies, for DIY Vanilla Extract!)
  • Sea Salt

If you prefer a more tart yogurt, simply omit the maple syrup. Eat yogurt for the toppings? I’ve got some great options, including a great fruit compote and a superfood granola. You can also top with simple, fresh fruit (berries are a great choice!), or a coconut whipped cream.

Granola and fruit in homemade vegan yogurt recipe

How to Make Vegan Yogurt

In this recipe, all you need is a blender and refrigerator to achieve the best vegan yogurt blend. After soaking the cashews overnight, add all the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Once it is thick and smooth, refrigerate while assembling the desired toppings. This is a fun after-school snack or a great breakfast if using the parfait toppings. It even serves as a great, light dessert if chilled and topped with fruit compote (recipe below). 


While I kept this recipe simple, you can also make vegan yogurt more of a digestive aid by adding in a probiotic. Though gut health is often overlooked, it’s a super important practice. I actually dedicate an entire challenge to learning about and improving gut health in the Rawk the Year community. If you’re looking to boost your yogurt with a probiotic, I recommend using a vegan friendly probiotic brand. Also, make sure the probiotic is a capsule instead of a pill, so you can break it open and stir in the powder. Per the US Library of Medicine guidelines, be sure to speak with your physician about the right probiotic for you.

Best Vegan Yogurt Brands

If you’re not ready to make your own vegan yogurt yet, but still want to try this incredible new concept, I’ve got you covered. Here are some of my fav store bought brands… and you can still make the granola recipe from this post to add with your store bought yogurt! 

  1. Trader Joe’s cultured coconut milk vegan yogurt
  2. Whole Foods 365 Brand almond milk yogurt
  3. So Delicious Oat milk and coconut milk yogurt alternatives
  4. Kite Hill almond milk and coconut milk yogurts 
  5. Forager cashew yogurt
  6. Nancy’s oat milk yogurt

As always, read ingredients to any yogurt brand before buying. Yogurt can contain high amounts of added sugar, as well as thickening agents. Have you ever attempted your own yogurt recipe before? Drop a comment below letting me know how it turned out! 

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Easy vegan yogurt recipe

The Best Vegan Yogurt


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

If you’re looking for a delicious recipe that is plant based, look no further. This fun, easy vegan yogurt is great on its own, or turned into a parfait with the fruit compote and granola.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt

For serving:

  • 1/2 c. Fruit Compote*
  • 1/4 c. Granola, any kind

Instructions

  1. Place pre-soaked cashews, coconut cream/milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt into a blender.
  2. Puree until smooth and creamy. Stop and scrape down sides as needed. If mixture is too thick, add a little more coconut cream/milk or 1-2 tablespoons of water.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving to chill.
  4. If desired, add 1/2 cup of fruit compote (recipe below) + 1/4 cup granola to each serving of yogurt.

Notes

*To make fruit compote: place 2 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries in a bowl with 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Gently toss. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan yogurt, cashew coconut yogurt

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Carrie says:

    If I make a larger batch how long would this be good for in the refrigerator?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      This vegan yogurt recipe would be good in the fridge for up to a week, and longer in the freezer. So when making larger batches, def take advantage of freezing it to get the longest use out of what you made. We love making parfaits with this and taking frozen made-ahead yogurt out to assemble parfaits as needed.

  2. Coco says:

    Okay. This is a recipe I have been looking for, well, for a long time!! As I am getting older, I am finding that my body does not tolerate Greek yogurt or cheese, or basically dairy. I made my own yogurt for a few years, but eventually switched to a lactose free yogurt and milk, but still experience issues with bloating. I love yogurt for the protein and the calcium, but recently thought I’d have to give up the lactose free yogurt, too, and just resign myself to living yogurt free. 🙁 But, today, I came across this awesome recipe! I am going to make it and see how it works with my bloating and digestion. I’ll get back to you! Thank you, Jen!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I’m so glad you found us + this recipe, Coco! Please do make it and come back to let us know how you liked it and how you felt after giving it a try! 🙂

  3. Sam says:

    Hi, are the calories per serving for the compote alone or compote+yoghurt combined?
    Thanks

  4. Ellenkay Riddle says:

    Huh, i see this read as a yogart, yet no probiotics. Am i wrong? I’d retitled the name to whipped topping, although I’m very pleased to see it is high in protein and iron!
    Just my thoughts.
    Thank you for your emails.
    Kay
    In Sarasota, Florida

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Kay. Thank you for your thoughts!

      Jen kept this recipe simple but, you can also make vegan yogurt more of a digestive aid by adding in a probiotic. Though gut health is often overlooked, it’s a super important practice. Jen actually dedicates an entire challenge to learning about and improving gut health in our Rawk the Year community. If you’re looking to boost your yogurt with a probiotic, Jen recommends using a vegan-friendly probiotic brand. Also, make sure the probiotic is a capsule instead of a pill, so you can break it open and stir in the powder. And, per the US Library of Medicine guidelines, be sure to speak with your physician about the right probiotic for you. 🙂

  5. Erin says:

    This is different (and easier) then other vegan yogurt recipes I’ve seen. Just got some coconut milk to try this!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Awesome! Come back after you make some and let us know how it went!

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