Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Blueberry Coconut Yoghurt

A few weeks ago I was in our local Huckleberry Farm and there was a rep there for CoYo. It's a relatively new product on the market, and it's a dairy free yoghurt made from coconut milk. The rep was there handing out tasters and my youngest and I made quick work and scored a taste of all of the different flavours. Very delicious! I decided to buy a tub as a treat for the kids, and a treat it will remain because although it is very tasty and I think it's a fantastic product, at $14.50 a tub it is a little on the pricey side for us to enjoy as a regular part of our daily food intake.

As I have become inclined to do (my inner cheapskate makes me curious!), I decided that it must be easy enough to make a similar product for less. Although the final product I came up with isn't quite as smooth and creamy as the original CoYo (largely because of the added chia seeds which give it a slight grainy texture), it has still been popular with the kids, and has a thick yoghurt consistency. I added probiotics to give the health benefits of real yoghurt, and used ground chia seeds to thicken it. Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, soy-free, and free of refined sugar, this is a great alternative to amp up your breakfast, or have with a fresh fruit salad for a refreshing summer dessert.

The little bit of sweetener makes the good bacteria from the probiotics very happy which is fantastic for your gut health. You can leave the probiotics out and just make a delicious dessert straight away without having to rest the yoghurt if you prefer. The chia seeds act as a natural thickener, and boost give an added boost of omega 3 and protein to the yoghurt. The blueberries give you a healthy serving of antioxidants.

Blueberry Coconut Yoghurt
Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, soy-free, free of refined sugar

1 270ml can of coconut milk (about a cup and a half)
1 tbsp ground chia seeds (use a coffee grinder to grind them - you can use them whole if you don't have a grinder, it will just create more of a crunch)
1/2 tsp honey or maple syrup (or 1/8 tsp stevia)
1/2 cup frozen (or fresh) blueberries
3 probiotic capsules

1. Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until well combined.
2. Heat gently over a low heat in a small pot until just warm
3. Pour yoghurt into a bowl, cover and leave to sit for 24 hours in a warm, bright spot.
4. Once a slight tanginess has developed, keep in an airtight container in the fridge