vanilla bean homemade yogurt recipe

Homemade Vanilla Bean Yogurt Recipe

Here's an easy recipe for homemade vanilla bean yogurt without a yogurt maker. 
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Prep Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 quart organic whole milk, 4 cups
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or vanilla beans scrapped from 1 pod
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 yogurt starter packet, or 1/4 cup yogurt with active cultures


  • Bring the milk to a boil (180 degrees).
  • Remove pot from the heat and add in the sugar, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla extract.
  • Let the milk cool until luke warm (112 degrees). Stir in the yogurt starter, mixing well.
  • Pour yogurt into 4 individual jars.
  • Set the jars in a warm spot for about 7 hours, or overnight, to cultivate and set (time depends on desired firmness). Here are some ideas of how to keep the yogurt at the right temp: set in your oven with just the oven light on, set in a crockpot (turned off) covered with a towel by a sunny window, or use a heating pad on low.
  • After the yogurt is set, place yogurt in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before eating.
  • Serve with preserves, granola, or by itself... it's that good!
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