Coconut Yogurt Recipe

Use this probiotic blend as a dairy-free alternative to yogurt.

From “The Secret Life of Your Microbiome”
August 2018

  • Coconut is full of vitamins, anti-inflammatory properties, and healthy fats such as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).
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  • “The Secret Life of Your Microbiome” by Susan L. Prescott, MD, PhD and by Alan C. Logan, ND with recipes from "The Gut Girl", Marlies Venier, dives into the underexplored key to health: the gut.
    Cover courtesy of New Society Publishers

The Secret Life of Your Microbiome (New Society Publishers, 2017), by Susan L. Prescott, MD, PhD and by Alan C. Logan, ND presents the scientific connection between our bodies and the microbial world and suggests that the health industry not neglect the symbiosis of microbial and human life. The book includes recipes for a healthy microbiome from "The Gut Girl", Marlies Venier, a skilled fermenter, blogger, and certified health coach. The following excerpt is a healthy-gut recipe for coconut yogurt by Venier.

My coconut yogurt is delicious and simple to make — without all the added sugar you'll find in many store-bought varieties. Plus, the strains of bacteria in this recipe are very helpful in balancing the gut flora.


  • 1 package frozen young Thai coconut flesh, defrosted, or the flesh of a fresh Thai coconut
  • 1/2 cup (or more) coconut water to thin out the flesh of the coconut
  • 1/4 tsp. yogurt starter (I use a yogurt starter that contains Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactococcus lactis, and Biftdobacterium lactis)


  1. Add the coconut flesh to a high-speed blender and blend.
  2. Add the coconut water and blend again to thin out the coconut flesh (you want a nice smooth consistency). The blender should warm up the coconut.
  3. Pour the yogurt into a glass bowl or yogurt maker and stir in the yogurt starter.
  4. Cover loosely and store in a warm place or in your yogurt maker for 8 hours.

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Reprinted with permission from The Secret Life of Your Microbiomeby Susan L. Prescott, MD, PhD and by Alan C. Logan, ND and published by the New Society Publishers, 2017.

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