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Probiotic Cashew Yogurt (Greek Style Paleo Yogurt)

Oh dairy free yogurt how I have searched for thee.

Real talk there are NO suitable store bought yogurt alternatives. ALL of the brands I have come across contain a bunch of weird ingredients that have no place in yogurt. It’s one of those things that once you add tapioca starch and xantham gum, locust gum, gella gum… blah blah blah… to my yogurt… I’m just like.. nah, I’ll pass. Coconut milk yogurt is decent. I make it in the SAME EXACT WAY. But I never found it SHAREWORTHY. I might also have crazy expectations from my yogurt. So when I DID eat dairy I always went for FULL FAT, unsweetened Greek Yogurt. The stuff that’s thick as sour cream and tart. So delicious. When I made homemade coconut milk yogurt, it just didn’t hit the mark.

Inspiration Hit

This recipe was actually inspired by a conversation I had at Mark Sisson’s house. I know, that makes me sound so cool. I wish I regularly hung out there, but really I was just there for the Expo West Kick Off party (which yeah, still cool). Well I met A LOT of awesome folks there. Kelly of Spunky Coconut, Cassie of Fed & Fit, Mary the Paleo Chef… and yes Mr. Sisson himself… yup… it a was paleo fangirl heaven!

I also met a of folks from cool brands like KitchFix. Who apparently have a killer granola! Talking granola has us talking paleo yogurt. It reminded me of my theory that cashew cream would make an excellent yogurt because the slow heat of the fermenting process would THICKEN it too. I finally got to test that theory and I was CORRECT. YAHTZEE!

The cashew cream not only gets really nice an thick, it also gets that perfect, tart, kefir/yogurt flavor. Love at first bite. You can even add some gelatin to this bad boy for EXTRA nutrient density and protein but it’s totally optional.

Napoleon… Neapolitan Parfait

Want to here something embarrassing… I totally had this posted on Instagram as Napoleon Parfait… sometimes Mom Brain is real folks. It’s Spring break and my munchkin is wreaking havoc on my sanity. Anywho… parfaits are kind of silly to post an actually recipe for because literally just stacked fruit and yogurt in a jar. BUT since I flavored it all nice I will tell you how I did it so….


VANILLA YOGURT: 1/2 cup cashew milk yogurt + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 tsp sweetener. Mix with fork until smooth.

PINK BERRY YOGURT: 1/2 cup cashew milk yogurt + 4 ripe raspberries. Mix and mash with fork until smooth as possible and pink.

CHOCOLATE YOGURT: 1/2 cup cashew milk yogurt + 1 tbsp cocoa powder (or reishi mushroom cocoa mix) + 1 tsp sweetener. Mix with fork until smooth.

MODIFICATIONS: You can mix some coconut cream into your yogurt for extra fat. You can use Swerve like I did or honey.

TOPPINGS: Pepitas, Macadamia nuts. A variety of berries. Hemp seeds. Sliced almonds. Cacao nibs.


Answers To Common Questions & Troubleshooting

I use Renew Life Ultimate Flora Extra Care Probiotic 50 Billion . You can use any kind of dairy free probiotic you like.

If you can’t find RAW cashews, roasted unsalted will work. Other tree nuts will not work. Cashew butter and water will work to make the cream. Maybe a 2:1 ratio.

Yes, you can make this with coconut milk, but I can’t guarantee it will be as thick.

Yes, you can omit the gelatin, but it will not be as thick.

Yes, you can use your Instant Pot if you prefer.

It will keep in the fridge for a 7-10 days.

It will taste and smell sour like dairy yogurt. If it has a foul smell or is grey or pink then it went bad, probably from un-sterilized materials.

It will be separated when it comes out of the oven, and might separate again in the fridge, just mix thoroughly.

Probiotic Cashew Yogurt (Greek Style Paleo Yogurt)
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  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup filtered water (more for soaking)
  • 2 probiotic capsules
  • 1 tbsp grass fed beef gelatin (you can use psyllium husk to make it vegan)


  • Submerge cashews in water add salt and soak for at least 4 hours.
  • Heat your oven to 100F. If you can't set it to 100, pre-heat to lowest temp and turn off when it reaches 100F. Do not open.
  • Drain and rinse cashews. Place the cashews in the bowl of your blender.
  • Add in filtered water. Blend until smooth.
  • Open the two probiotic capsules into the blender, add in the gelatin. Blend again until smooth.
  • Transfer the mix to a sterilized quart sized mason jar.
  • You can sterilize your jar by boiling it in water. Make sure to let it cool before adding in the yogurt.
  • Place jar, without lid in the oven. Turn on the oven light.
  • You may culture it as little at 12 hours, but I like the full 24 hours for a nice tart yogurt.
  • The sealed oven with the light will stay about 105F, perfect temperature to ferment the mix
  • After (12 to) 24 hours, remove the yogurt from the oven, stir well.
  • Cover it and let it chill in the fridge for a few hours.
  • Now it's ready to enjoy. It will be nice and thick. If you find it too thick or clumpy, use a spatula and dump it out into your blender and give it a whirl, it will smooth right out. At this point you can mix in some coconut cream if you want to add more fat to your yogurt.
  • Otherwise, put it back in the jar and store in the fridge.
  • Perfect for smoothies, granola, parfaits, healthy baking etc!






Savory Yogurt Inspiration! Spiced Carrots with cashew yogurt, crispy sage and hemp hearts! 

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37 Thoughts to “Probiotic Cashew Yogurt (Greek Style Paleo Yogurt)”

  1. Wow! What a brilliant idea! I've made almond milk and coconut milk yogurt, but never cashew milk yogurt, I can't wait to try this! YUM! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend! xoxo
    1. Thanks! Yes, I have done coconut and almond too... this by far is the most like the real thing. xo
  2. Such a lovely, creamy idea! My toddler is really into yogurt right now and it would be nice to change up the yogurt medium for variety of nutrients! Thank you!
    1. Mine too! Jack eats this right up with a little honey :)
  3. I think this a brilliant recipe, I can't believe how easy it is to make yoghurt as it has always been something that I've avoided. Thanks so much for sharing xx
  4. Ugh I just LOVE yogurt so much! Thank you for creating a Greek, non-dairy version!!
  5. You are a genius! Making this immediately. I've never really liked coconut milk yogurt but am SO excited to try this!!
  6. I love this idea! I make coconut yogurt but def need to try your version. Gorgeous pics!
  7. That's so awesome - never thought to make yogurt out of cashew milk! But what a brilliant idea.
    1. thank you! I love cashew milk :)
  8. I have never made yogurt before. Cashew yogurt sounds amazing. Such a great idea!
  9. Cashew yogurt sounds awesome! I bet my youngest one would gobble this up, especially with those beautiful berries on top.
  10. This is perfect, I just got into making cashew cream so this is definitely my next step!
  11. So much goodness! Totally going to make this for lunch one day next week!
  12. I love yogurt and this paleo greek yogurt looks so delicious and simple to make. Lovely !
  13. You had me at probiotic!! Your photos are so gorgeous and I've never made cashew yoghurt before.
  14. Oh my gosh, I love that this isn't coconut so I can try it! Such a pretty parfait, too!!
  15. This looks amazing and those layers look killer! So gorgeous!
  16. YESSS! is that yogurt on roasted carrots at the end? It all looks so delicious, I'll try this in my IP!
  17. This looks so lovely for a breakfast treat, thanks for sharing!
  18. What a great Spring snack. I love it.
  19. It sure is! Those carrots were amazing!
  20. There is nothing better than a spectacular yogurt - and this is a great one. I'm so glad you turned this into a parfait. It makes it even more beautiful and amazing. Great job!
  21. Amy
    I've never made cashew yogurt, love it!!!
  22. What a genius recipe I love it. Great way of getting some much needed collagen in too. Love your creativity <3
  23. CRISTINA. These pictures, I'm dying. Drooling. EVERYTHING. I've searched high and low for amazing dairy-free yogurts too and I bet nothing compares to homemade...yet I've still never made it. Can't wait to try this one!!
    1. Thank you Dana! It was so fun to photograph... and EAT! Make it, so easy, very little hands on time AND it's sooooooooo good! xo
  24. Genius! Sign me up for the cashew yogurt. I agree that coconut yogurt on the grocery shelves is grossssss.
  25. Nichole
    This looks like a fun recipe, but I think it should be noted that if using the "Renew Life Ultimate Flora Extra Care Probiotic 50 Billion" product, it isn't vegan.
    1. The recipe isn't vegan because it also uses grass fed beef gelatin! However, that can be omitted and if you're vegan, use whatever probiotic you like... then you can make it vegan.
  26. Amber
    This looks awesome!! I have been trying to find a paleo Greek yogurt substitute recipe!! What would you suggest the serving size to be or how many servings will this recipe make? Thank you so so much!
    1. It makes a quart (3 cups) I think a good serving size is 3/4 cup. Which would be 4 servings from the jar. The macros on that are: Cals 245, Fat 18, Carbs 12, Prot 8.9
      1. Amber
        Thank you so so much!! Soaking my cashews now :) can't wait to try this!!

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