Homemade Vegan Frozen Yogurt
First of all, let me make this really easy for you. If you have an ice cream maker, like this Cuisianart one I have, you can just buy vegan yogurt (coconut, almond, soy, rice, whatever your pleasure is) and put it into your ice cream maker and that's frozen yogurt. So let's start there.
Of course, that's not where we stop. I've recently fallen in love with making soy yogurt in my Instant Pot. Part of the "I have used my Instant Pot every day since purchasing it just before Thanksgiving," situation.
I've used two different methods now, and I like them both, so they are here on my post about Instapot Soy Yogurt.
So I had a quart of yogurt (made using the second method- with probiotics) that I had strained some, but was still fairly thin, and I had added some maple syrup and vanilla to taste. The kids liked it, but were kind of unsure, "Do we drink this? Use a spoon?" I put a little on my daughter's oatmeal and she like that. Very creamy.
Anyway, there was still a full quart to use up, and the kids had just had to turn down cow's milk ice cream at a birthday party this weekend, so I got out the ice cream maker and blended up the quart of homemade vanilla yogurt with one can of sweetened condensed coconut milk. Then I just poured it in the ice cream maker and set it and forget it for about 20 minutes. It was so creamy and sweet. Sweeter than most homemade, which made it especially treat-like for the kids. I might try with unsweetened homemade next time and make it strawberry or another flavor. I'm looking forward to experimenting more.
1 quart soy or soy and coconut blend yogurt (recipe above, or store bought unsweetened soy yogurt)
1 can Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Blend ingredients in blender to fully incorporate, and then pour into ice cream maker for about 20 minutes, until thick consistency reached.
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