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Homemade Coconut Cinnamon Yogurt

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cinnamon yogurt dun sideview I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making my own coconut-based yogurt for a long time, but truthfully, whole coconuts intimidate me a little bit. I love yogurt and I will sometimes eat a small container of it if it’s grass-fed and organic, but I would much rather skip the dairy and have coconut yogurt. The problem is that I can’t find a container of coconut-based yogurt that doesn’t also contain a lot of ingredients that I don’t like. Believe me, I’ve looked and I’ve searched and I’ve asked around…

This yogurt is made with only 3 ingredients. But, because it requires cutting open a fresh young coconut, it can be a little intimidating. The finished product is so unbelievably delicious that I want to be able to make it in bulk so now I’m going to research if there’s anywhere to buy fresh coconut meat already out of the shell. The last time I opened a young coconut it was a real mess, so this time I watched a video first so it was much easier.  If anyone knows where to buy fresh young coconut meat, PLEASE let me know, because I’d really like to be able to easily make many servings of this at one time!

In Chinese medicine, we use coconuts to strengthen the body, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding. Coconut kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. Traditional yogurt contains probiotics. Here, I’ve added probiotics to the coconut, blended it together, and let it ferment in the refrigerator for a day or two. By doing this, we get all of the benefits of the coconut and the probiotics. Now, add cinnamon to this and we really do have a powerful and delicious snack.

Cinnamon is one of the best herbs to warm the body. It’s great if you have a cold. If you are nauseous or have diarrhea, go for the cinnamon. It also gives you energy and helps with menstrual pain.

It takes one whole young coconut to make 2 servings of yogurt…

fresh coconut w knife and top cut off and plastic/label still on

Open the coconut (there are great videos on YouTube with step by step instructions) and pour the coconut water into a bowl… fresh coconut water in glass dish

Scrape out the meat… coconut meat going into blender

And put it into a high-speed blender… fresh coconut meat blender

Pour in some of the coconut water and blend until creamy. Then, add cinnamon… cinnamon in hand into coconut yogurt

And probiotics. I used these liquid probiotics… liquid probiotics bottle

Blend again and pour into a few glasses. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for a day or two so that it ferments… cinnamon yogurt 2 glasses undressed

When you are ready to eat it, add your favorite toppings… cinnamon yogurt top close dun

I added blueberries, pomegranate seeds, and coconut flakes… cinnamon yogurt dun close without strawberry dish

Wow, was this delicious! cinnamon yogurt dun side view close

 

Homemade Coconut Cinnamon Yogurt
(serves 2) 

1 fresh young coconut, water and meat extracted and separated
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1-1/2 Tbs liquid probiotics
1/2 cup blueberries
2 Tbs pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Put the coconut meat into a high-speed blender. Pour in about 1/2 cup coconut water. Whiz it up. Add additional coconut water, a little bit at a time until you get the consistency you like in a yogurt. I like my yogurt a little thick, so I didn’t use too much more water than the 1/2 cup. Add the cinnamon and the probiotics and blend again. Pour or spoon the yogurt into 2 glasses or small bowls. Cover and refrigerate for one or two days. When you are ready to eat it, add the blueberries, pomegranate seeds and coconut. This one will make you really proud…

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