Ever since The Coconut Cult‘s vegan yogurt products hit the market, they’ve been—as the name suggests—a cult-fave. Each jar contains 25 billion probiotics per serving, keeping your gut health in check. And with its rich, creamy texture, it can be enjoyed in your morning bowl of oats and smoothies…or, you know, straight out of the jar by the spoonful. Unfortunately, at around $25 a jar, reaping the benefits doesn’t come cheap.
Because of the sky-high price tag, Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker decided to come up with a homemade dupe for the beloved find. And five ingredients later, she has one that’s nearly identical to the brand’s Mangos N’ Cream product—not to mention much more affordable.
To make the Mango Coconut Yogurt, all you need is full-fat organic canned coconut milk, probiotic capsules, ripe mango cubes, orange juice, and vanilla. After creating the yogurt base and stirring in the probiotics with a wooden spoon (metal can cause a negative reaction and harm the probiotics), allow it to activate for 24 to 48 hours in a warm place.
Once it’s tangy and thick to your liking, Shultz recommends putting it in the refrigerator until it’s cold, then adding vanilla and a mango and orange juice purée to sweeten things up. (You can also eat it plain for a take on Coconut Cult’s Original mix.) After it thickens for a few hours, it’s ready to eat and will remain fresh for up to seven days.
A spot-on dupe for a fraction of the cost? It looks like I’ll be making my own yogurt from now on.