In the era of questionable quality of dairy, coconut yoghurt comes to the rescue. Making your own is easy, cheaper than shop-bought and much better quality. This yoghurt is very special. Apart from gut healing properties, it may aid appetite suppression and stubborn weight loss. More information below the recipe.
400ml of coconut cream; alternatively use the same amount of coconut milk and 1/2 block of creamed coconut
1 table spoon of maple / date syrup or organic sugar (the sugar will be eaten away in the fermentation process; the yoghurt will not be sweet)
2 capsules of quality multi-strain probiotic or 2 BioGaia Gastrus tablets; for best results use both
Pour the cream or milk into a saucepan and heat up until it’s slightly warm
If you’re using coconut milk instead of cream, stir in creamed coconut; you can do this in a blender (e.g. Nutribullet)
Open the probiotic capsules or crush the Gastrus tables into powder, stir in
Transfer into a jar, close the lid and keep in room temperature for 3 days - do not refrigerate during this time
Transfer to the fridge and enjoy
About the yoghurt:
Coconuts are rich in fibre which acts as a PREbiotic. What it means is that the fibre feeds the PRObiotic organisms, making them multiply. In other words, making yoghurt using a probiotic makes more probiotic. It may also colonise the digestive tract better than probiotic capsules. A sweetener additionally feeds the organisms, providing more fermenting potential. In dairy yoghurt, lactose is the main fermenting sugar but because coconuts are lactose free, additional sweetener makes the process more efficient.
There are various brands of coconut yoghurt on the market but the quality isn’t always good. They may be free of common allergens but the unnecessary additives and synthetic vitamins make it counterproductive, in my view.
This is one example:
Other brands make yoghurt WITH coconut but the main ingredient is soy or rice. Alpro is one such brand - I do not recommend soy that has not been prepared in a traditional way.
This one is good but expensive:
Tapioca and pectin also act as prebiotics - these are not additives. I tried various starches in my recipe but I didn’t like the powdery texture I ended up with.
Why Gastrus from BioGaia
According to cardiologist and author dr William Davis, the two probiotic strains used in the product (Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC PTA 6475 and Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938) have been well researched in terms of:
suppressing appetite and supporting weight loss
increasing collagen, skin thickness and accelerating skin healing
improving hormonal balance in both males and females which has a multitude of benefits
The full article and dr Davis’ his recipe can be found here.