I love to make my own dairy-free yogurt (after many years of unknowingly eating dairy-based yogurt I was reacting to) and skipping the sweeteners too because today's Simple Sugar-Free Coconut Yogurt:
I also like recommending to clients to make their own coconut yogurt because store bought brands often have chicory root or inulin in their formulas. These fibres (prebiotics) are fantastic
in a healthy gut/microbiome to fuel beneficial bacteria. Though, in a gut with SIBO or dysbiosis, it can wreak havoc.
If it does, that's a sign you may want to do some SIBO testing and start our 12-Week Gut Restore Program to get to the bottom of you digestive troubles. This recipe uses tapioca starch to thicken it, and it tends to be tolerated well by the gut in those with IBS.
For the probiotics in this yogurt recipe, I use the ones that come in our 12-Week Gut Restore Program. These, as well as the whole supplement kit for the 12 weeks can be shipped directly to your door if you live in North America.
Please email us to place your order. Our formula is specifically geared to support digestive health in those with chronic IBS.
Otherwise, any practitioner quality brand would work well, too. Please make sure they are gluten-free, and contain the following: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactisand Streptococcus thermophilus.
If you want to skip the probiotic capsule/powder, you can use 4 T of your last batch of homemade yogurt, or from a store bought, non-dairy tub of yogurt.
I recommend using tapioca starch to thicken the coconut yogurt. It's easy to find and produces a reliable result. I absolutely love the consistency of mine when using this starch.
You can also make this thicker by using coconut cream or just the thick part of the coconut milk (top layer) of the can. You can get the most out of your canned coconut milk by opening the lid and placing in the fridge overnight. Don't discard the watery part of the milk, you can use that in smoothies or soups!
One final option for making Greek-style yogurt is to make tapioca-thickened yogurt and then strain it through cheesecloth overnight. This also produces a fairly sweet and rich yogurt, though nicely thick.
If your body is changing at a rapid pace and you aren't sure what's causing your sleepless nights, restless legs, chronic hunger, and bloating/water retention - please don't feel alone. You aren't. There is a plethora of information out there and I'd be happy to share everything I know with you! It will take adjustments, accountability and dedication to change, but know that you can do
If I can recover from PTSD, addiction, depression and a stubborn 30 years of IBS, I like to believe that anyone can, too.
From my dairy-free kitchen to yours,
Cassandra Hope, RHN
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