Homemade Vanilla Yogurt

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Use this homemade yogurt plain for general cooking or make it vanilla add zip it up for eating. Serve plain or add fresh fruit or spoonful of jelly/jam to sweeten. Makes great smoothies.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 15 mins
1 quart


  • 3 ¾ cups cold water

  • 1 ⅔ cups nonfat dry milk powder

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt with active cultures

  • cup white sugar (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). Turn off oven when temperature is reached.

  2. Combine water and milk powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the mixture reads 115 degrees F (46 degrees C), 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Stir plain yogurt into the milk-water mixture. Add sugar and vanilla extract. Pour mixture into 2 clean, oven-proof containers. Place in the preheated oven until tart and as thick as heavy cream, about 8 hours. Reheat oven to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C) every 1 to 2 hours, or as needed, to keep yogurt at a temperature of about 115 degrees F (46 degrees C).

  4. Cover yogurt and refrigerate until cooled and thickened to desired consistency, 1 to 3 hours.

Cook's Note:

Sugar can be replaced with any sweetener of your choice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
1g Fat
44g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 285mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 664mg 51%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 940mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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