How to make your own probiotic yoghurt

I’d always fancied the idea of making my own yoghurt from home and so when the lovely people at Water For Health offered to send me Progurt’s Yoghurt Incubator I leapt at the chance. I loved the idea of being able to create my own fresh probiotic yoghurt.

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Photo by Gerard Hughes of Natural Mumma Magazine

The benefits of probiotics:

  • Restoring the good bacteria to your gut (especially useful after a course of antibiotics)
  • Improved skin quality
  • Increased immunity
  • Improved digestive health
  • There is evidence to show that it can help with cognitive problems in children

Probiotics are suitable for vegans and anyone with a gluten or lactose intolerance. They are also suitable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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How to make your probiotic yoghurt:

It’s really simple, you take a litre of UHT milk or coconut cream and add a sachet of probiotics. With 1 trillion beneficial bacteria in each sachet, this is where the good stuff is stored! The machine does the rest of the work for you.

I used coconut milk because of the nutritional value. Coconuts are full of fibre and vitamins (such as vitamin C, vitamin E and many of the B vitamins) as well as iron, potassium and calcium. Of course, if you wanted to add nutritional benefits to a UHT based yoghurt you could always add fresh fruit, nuts and seeds when serving.

The instructions tell you to use every bit of the sachet so I was careful to do that. You simply stir the sachet of probiotic into your chosen milk/cream until well combined, before incubating it for 12-24 hours. If you are after a thicker more tangy set yoghurt then you will want to go for 24 hrs, if you prefer a creamier yoghurt then 12 hours is perfect. Making your own probiotic yoghurt is so easy. You switch on the machine so the light at the front comes on, then pour the yoghurt/probiotic mix into the reusable container that is provided. Ensure the lid is tightly sealed and slip the container into the incubator for the desired amount of time. The machine will do all the work for you, gently heating the yoghurt and making the magic happen!

Once the yoghurt is ready you remove it from the incubator and store it in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy it.

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My thoughts:

I left my yoghurt for 6 hours before tasting it. The texture was great and the taste was fabulous. It had a light coconut flavour but it wasn’t too dominant and had a pleasing freshness. I added prebiotic stimulating syrup to my yoghurt which added a sweetness as well as enhancing the health benefits. This yoghurt is also delicious with manuka honey and fresh fruit.

I would thoroughly recommend the Proghurt Yoghurt Incubator to anyone. The yoghurt tasted great and the machine was so simple to use. It is also compact and quiet. If you were planning on making fresh yoghurt each day then the cost of the probiotics would quickly mount up, but I feel that it is worth it for the quantity and quality of product that you end up with. It is also worth remembering that there is a much higher number of colony-forming bacteria in the Progurt yoghurt than in the products you buy from the supermarket. In fact, it contains up to 40 times more good bacteria than other brands! You can leave the machine running overnight so that the whole family can enjoy probiotic yoghurt for breakfast. I certainly felt a lot healthier and more energised after consuming the yoghurt for a week.

As well as this fabulous Progurt Yoghurt Incubator and the accompanying probiotics, Water for Health also stock a fantastic range of supplements and health products.

You can watch me making probiotic yoghurt here: