For the last couple months, I have been trying to find a non-dairy alternative to yogurt. I just love my yogurt! I usually take some yogurt to work to eat for breakfast #2, and I was missing it so bad!
I first found Lexie’s post on making homemade almond milk yogurt. You start by making the almond milk by soaking the almonds and blending them. I don’t have a Vitamix, so I think this step was a lot more painful than it needed to be. I did make almond milk, but I think I didn’t get the same amount that someone would have using a high speed blender. So, the resulting yogurt was pretty watered down. I do like the yogurt – I have been continuing to make it – but it just isn’t the same.
I made this with a half gallon container of So Delicious coconut milk, and a container of plain coconut yogurt.
Dairy Free Yogurt in the Crockpot
1/2 gallon coconut milk
2 tbsp agar agar powder
8 oz nondairy yogurt
Combine the milk and the agar agar in a 4 quart crock pot. Turn on low. Let cook for 2 1/2 hours.
After 2 1/2 hours, whisk the mixture, put the lid back on the crockpot, and UNPLUG the crockpot. Let it sit for 3 hours.
After 3 hours, take 1 cup of the milk/agar mixture, and whisk in 8 oz of the yogurt. Whisk well, and add back to the crockpot. Place the lid on the crockpot, and surround the crockpot with towels to insulate it.
Let sit overnight, or 8-10 hours. In the morning, remove from the crockpot, place in jars or containers, and place in the fridge to cool.
I still think my non-dairy yogurt is a work in progress. I find I have to add some sort of sweetener to it. (honey, agave or maple syrup) I can’t eat it plain, like I could eat regular yogurt. But usually when I eat yogurt, I add fruit and nuts to it anyways!
I did try this with a half gallon of vanilla unsweetened almond milk and my homemade almond yogurt, but it did not turn out. I am going to continue to work on it though!
30 Day Dumbbell Challenge!
I decided to join Halle’s 30 day dumbbell challenge!
Back in March, I joined an 8 week bootcamp. It was very intense, and while I did gain some muscle tone, I don’t think it was emotionally healthy for me. I fell into a depression towards the end of the bootcamp. It was tough for me to continue the workouts, and the negative thoughts filled my mind like – “I’m not good enough and I can’t do this”. I thought, at the time, it was just me making excuses on why I didn’t want to work out. But, I think I also pushed myself too hard and the workouts were just too intense for me. Ever since then, I have kind of fallen off the work out wagon a little — I still work out 3-4 times a week, but my strength training has been struggling.
That is why I was so excited about Halle’s program. It is FREE, and focuses on strength training! I think this is something I can handle, and I am excited to see what changes are in store me during these workouts!
Come and check it out — click here to view the program! You can join at any time, and just do one workout a day. And, did I mention it is free?? Who’s with me???
Happy Monday! Have a great day!