Homemade Yogurt, Part 2: Make it any flavor you want!

In my last post, I explained how to make your own yogurt using just an Instant Pot, a yogurt starter, and milk. If you’ve already attempted to make your own, you probably figured out pretty quickly that you can flavor it any way you want! So far, I’ve only made it as snacks for my kids, but I’ve made several different sweet flavors that they’ve loved. Savory is next on my list to play with.

I like to divide each batch of yogurt and make a variety of flavors. But before dividing it, I sweeten the entire batch with 1/3 cup of sugar. I’ve used coconut sugar and simple white sugar. Both turn out just fine, but you might need a little more if you use coconut sugar. It just depends on your preference. Or you can sweeten it with honey, maple syrup, or any sweetener that you want.

You can divide it at this point however you want. I like to make individual portions so that I can send them to school with my oldest son for snacks and lunches. I originally bought some small Ball jars with plastic lids, but several of those lids cracked within the first use, so I had to find something different. Yogurt jars cost a little more than I wanted to spend, but with a little patient digging and watching, I was able to find some for a good price.

One of the easiest flavors to make, and my oldest son’s favorite, is “fruit on the bottom” yogurt. Pick any fruit you want, dice it up, sprinkle it in the bottom of your jar, and top it with yogurt. So far I’ve done this with blueberries and strawberries, but I can’t wait to try fresh peaches and mangoes!

For a few jars, I made a carrot and apple purée. You can’t taste the carrot, so it’s a sneaky way to get some veggies into the mouths of picky toddlers. I puréed 3 carrots and 1 apple together for this, and I used some of the drained off whey to help it purée. For another batch, I puréed 2 bananas and a heaping cup of fresh spinach. Again, I used some of the drained off whey in it.
You’ll have extra puree, so just freeze it in covered ice cube trays. You can use it later in more yogurt, or in smoothies. I use these trays a lot and really like them!
For another batch, I puréed frozen strawberries with drained off whey. At J’s request, I decided to add some chocolate to this batch. I mixed 1/2 cup of yogurt with 1/2 tbsp cacao.Honestly, I thought it was disgusting and J agreed with me. S & B, however, ate it up. I don’t like chocolate yogurt at places like Yogurt Mountain either though, so I don’t know if it’s just my personal preferences, or if it was truly disgusting. A friend of mine suggested flavoring it with Nutella, so I can’t wait to try that!

Finally, just plain sweetened yogurt is delicious! And it’s even more delicious when frozen. I found these silicone tubes on a Lightning Deal on Amazon and snatched them up.

These are a huge hit with all 3 boys! They’re also ideal for school snacks and lunches (not frozen, of course). The lids screw back on if they don’t finish it all, and they do not leak.

That’s it for now! Get creative, have fun! It’s pretty hard to mess it up!

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