Easiest DIY Yogurt EVER!

I LOVE homemade yogurt.  It’s so delicious and creamy.  I was reading an article about French yogurt and how it’s made it the serving container so figured I’d give it that a try.

IT was an EPIC Success!  What I love the most is that it’s so fast and easy that I started it at 10:30 at night and had it resting overnight only 35mins later!

What you’ll need:

  • Epicure Steamer or a pot to heat on the stove
  • 4 cups milk, I used 2% (can do more, just takes longer!)
  • 2 Tbsp leftover yogurt from store or last batch
  • Food thermometer (I bought a cheap digital one for $10)
  • Prep bowls or mason jars to culture and store it in

Step 1 – Heat the Milk - I heated my milk to 180degrees in my steamer.  That was 8 minutes on high power.  Feel free to do stovetop too!  The video shows you the small bubbles that start to form around 180F

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Step 2 – Cool the Milk – I set my steamer, lid off, on the counter for approx 20mins.  The room temp will affect how fast it cools down.  Ideal is 110-115degrees F

Step 3 – Add your Culture – Temper the culture by adding a bit of warm milk at a time to your 2tbsp of Yogurt.  Then stir the culture back into your warm milk

Step 4 – Pot it up & let it do it’s thing overnight!  Pour your cultured milk into prep bowls or mason jars if you plan to eat it without straining.  Cover with a tea towel and place them in the oven.  Oven off, oven light on only.  If you plan to strain it for Greek Yogurt, you could also simply pop the lid on the steamer and place it in the oven overnight.

Step 5 – Set   Move the yogurt to the fridge to set for 8hrs.  Eat as is or strain through cheesecloth if you prefer Greek Yogurt!

I ate some with Summer Berry, Blueberries & Tutti Fruity.

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I LOVE my yogurt strained and super thick for making my favorite dessert – Chocolate Mousse.  Here’s what that looks like:

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Sriracha Green Beans

Not spicy, just a mild kick that

  • 1/2 lb Green Beans (4 lg handfuls or 1/2 a Costco Bag)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1001078)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Toss together in a bowl. Spread out on Bake & Roll (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1006111) covered baking sheet (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1006105). Roast at 415 for 15mins

Squeeze on juice of lime. Serve

Triple Chocolate Mousse

I’ve always been a chocoholic.  Not cheap chocolate, not chocolate pudding
or basic chocolate ice cream & not your cheap chocolate bar. The real stuff.
Quality chocolate. Dark, milk, salted rich and amazing chocolate.  And not
just a Dainty piece here and there, like serious chocolate!

In fact, when I had my home before this one built I had custom inspirational
messages & words put on the walls.  This is in my dream kitchen, at the
entrance to the pantry.

So one of the biggest struggles for me in the healthy eating and watching my
weight and trying to lose weight many times in the past was lack of
chocolate. Once I had some I just wanted more and more!

Now I’ve found my new magic chocolate addiction that has the dark deep
chocolate notes, is rich & creamy and actually good for me.

What magic potion is this?!!

Triple Chocolate Mousse

Now up front you need to know this isn’t light and fluffy mousse. It’s a
creamy and thick one. It’s a ‘how can this possibly be good for me?’
texture.

  • 2 cup DIY Greek Yogurt (strained to thick ~ 1 2/3 cups)

    First spoonful!  Instant LOVE!!

    DIY Greek Yogurt
    Click to make it!

  • 2 scoops Cocoa Acai. (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1001119)
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate Truffle (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1001092). Fold in with spatula until we’ll mixed.
  • Add in a pinch of sea salt and splash of vanilla (approx 1/4 tsp ).
  • DIY Greek yogurt is less tart than store bought.  If you don’t have DIY Greek Yogurt add more.
  • Chocolate Truffle. Until it’s your desired sweetness.

 

Gluten Free, Nut Free Black Bean Brownies

  • 3/4 Cup Beans
  • 3/4 Cup Quinoa
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 2 lg Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

Put 7 first ingredients in blender until pulverized to a nice creaminess.

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Put in a bowl, then add last 2 ingredients & mix by hand.

 

 

 

 

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Put in a square steamer or 9 inch square pan.

 

 

 

 

Bake @ 350 Degrees for about 12-15 minutes!

TRY IT IN THE MICROWAVE!… 1/2 the recipe – 1 minute in microwave!

Triple Batch Overnight Quinoa

Oats disagree with my arthritic knee, so I’ve adapted Epicure’s Overnight Oatmeal

Make this portable recipe tonight for an easy, on-the-go morning. Will keep up to 5 days in the fridge (or sooner depending on the expiry date of your dairy).

As a perfectly balanced GFRR Meal:  Top with 1 Tbsp Nut Butter or 2 Tbsp almonds and 1 Cup mixed berries

1 1/2 Cup plain Greek yogurt – here’s the DIY recipe I make

1 Cup 2% Cottage cheese

1 Cup cooked quinoa

1.5 Tbsp chia or flax seed

1 Tbsp Epicure’s Sweet Dip mix.  My fav’s are Summer Berry (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1001096), Coconut Lime (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1001094), or Chocolate Truffle Sweet Dip Mix (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1001092)

OPTIONAL:  3 Berry Boosters

 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, cover, and leave overnight.  Serve with Tutti Fruiti or Cocoa Crunch

Enjoy!

Overnight quinoa Photo 2016-01-12, 9 38 15 AM