*I also had mild success with the Aroy-D full-fat coconut milk and cream but found that it separated a little, which the Whole Foods 365 brand does not do. For this reason, I highly recommend sticking with the Whole Foods brand.
*My go-to probiotic is Renew Life Ultimate Flora 50 billion. However, the company does not confirm whether or not it is vegan. So a good vegan option is Jarrow Probiotic 10 billion, which I tested with the yogurt and it worked well! Keep in mind, one bottle of probiotics can not only be used to make dozens of batches of yogurt, but it can also be taken orally for good digestive health, so it's worth the investment.
*Please make sure your probiotic is high quality and does not contain PREbiotics or the yogurt will not work. The combination I have had the most success with: 2 (414 ml) cans 365 Whole Foods Full-Fat Coconut Milk + 4 Renew Life 50 billion probiotic capsules.
*Method adapted from our 2-Ingredient Coconut Yogurt
*I have not tested this recipe in a yogurt maker or with a yogurt starter/culture. So if you try them this way, let us know how it goes in the comments!
*It’s important that you follow the recommendations of coconut milk brands I mention. Otherwise, we can’t guarantee good results. I believe Whole Foods 365 brand works so well because the flavor and consistency are nearly perfect. It does contain guar gum, which may be why it helps create a smooth texture and prevents separation. Brands that do not contain guar gum are more likely to have some separation.
*If you have separation, that’s OK! Either stir it in, or put it in the refrigerator separated, scoop off the creamy top layer, and discard any liquid.
*If your yogurt takes on weird colors or odd smells, something has gone wrong. This never happened to us, but it can. If this happens, throw it out! It should taste tangy but not spoiled or putrid.
*If you made this recipe with good results and you tried other brands / methods, please leave a rating and share any tips or tricks that might be useful to other readers!
*I have not tested this recipe with any other non-dairy milks and have no further recommendations besides full-fat coconut milk.
*Lastly, if you want to thicken your yogurt even more, place two layers of cheesecloth over a fine mesh strainer set over a large mixing bowl and pour in your yogurt. Then loosely cover the top (with a lid or plastic wrap), and refrigerate / let drain for several hours (draining liquid as needed) until desired thickness is reached!