5 benefits of homemade natural yogurt (and a recipe)

Homemade natural yogurt is one of the favourite foods in our family. Next to homemade bread.

Just can't get enough!
Just can’t get enough!

Here are 5 reasons. There’s a recipe at the end of this post.

1. It’s cheap.  A teeny tub of commercial fruit yogurt costs around RM1.60. We’d probably get just 6-7 tablespoons out of it. Compare this to 1 litre of natural yogurt we can make for RM3.00, using 12 tablespoons of milk powder from an economical jumbo pack, 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt, and filtered water.

2. It’s healthy.  Eating natural yogurt means we get all the benefits of yogurt without the processed sugars. It’s an immunity booster, a rich source of calcium and protein, and doesn’t have the tendency to increase our mucus as cow’s milk does. Our kids don’t consume cow’s milk daily, but they have 2 cups of natural yogurt everyday.

Over the past 3 years since we started consuming natural yogurt, we’ve rarely had coughs and colds. When we do, we use natural remedies (homemade yogurt included) and don’t resort to medication or antibiotics at all. The live bacterial cultures in yogurt replenish the intestines with helpful bacteria. Check this site for more details. I love that our family heals so easily, the natural way!

3. It’s versatile.   Natural yogurt can be combined with a wide variety of fruit and seeds for a power packed breakfast, tea time snack or dessert. We’ve enjoyed yogurt with bananas, mangoes, papayas, oranges, apples, kiwi fruit, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit, dried cranberries and raisins. Sometimes drizzled with honey. Sometimes sprinkled with flaxseed (another great immune booster). Sometimes in a smoothie. Sometimes just plain, unsweetened.

Natural yogurt with dried cranberries, ground flaxseed, honey
Natural yogurt with dried cranberries, ground flaxseed, honey
Natural yogurt with apples, raisins, honey
Natural yogurt with apples, raisins, honey
Natural yogurt with mango, papaya, honey
Natural yogurt with mango, papaya, honey

Combine 2 cups natural yogurt with 1 clove chopped raw garlic and half a tablespoon of honey for a fantastic immunity boost whenever you feel a sore throat coming on. And gargle 3 times daily with salt water. Works wonders for us!

Natural yogurt with chopped garlic, honey
Natural yogurt with chopped garlic, honey

4. It’s yummy!   Homemade natural yogurt, flavoured to your taste, is as scrumptious as it is healthy. Avoid the processed sugars in other yogurts and enjoy all its benefits! After all these years of consuming natural yogurt, I find sweetened, store bought yogurt very difficult to swallow.

5. It’s easy to make.  Given the volume our family consumes, I have 2 EasiYo yogurt makers so I can whip up 2 litres every other day, instead of having to make a litre every day. It’s as easy as ABC and takes up no more than 3 minutes.

Here’s how we make natural yogurt using a yogurt maker, milk powder, and a natural yogurt starter. I’ve read that you can make your own starter but haven’t tried it, yet!

EasiYo is the only yogurt maker I know that can be purchased locally (selected VitaCare pharmacies), so that’s what we use. It comes as an internal yogurt jar and an external flask. Check out their site and some reviews.

Homemade Natural Yogurt Recipe

Put a kettle of water on to boil.

Meanwhile, add 12 tablespoons of milk powder (we use Fernleaf) to an EasiYo yogurt jar (cleaned and rinsed with filtered water). Full cream, please.


Add 1 heaped tablespoon natural yogurt. We use Nestle’s Full Cream Natural Yogurt.


Fill the jar half full with filtered water (at room temperature).


Whisk the contents. Vigorously. I like this whisk because it gets right to the bottom and sides of the jar.


Fill the jar up to the indicated line with filtered water. Whisk ’em contents again like you’re a woman gone mad. Then screw the lid on.


Fill the external flask with boiling water, to the top of the red insert.


Place the yogurt jar inside.


Cover, and leave for minimum 15 hours. (I usually leave mine for 24 hours and it sets really nicely by then.)


So easy! Consider investing in a yogurt maker, start making yogurt, and see your family’s health change for the better.

I am not affiliated in anyway to EasiYo or any products mentioned in this post. Just sharing the goodness!



  • Stacey
    July 5, 2013 4:14 pm

    This may be appalling, but I never in a million years would have thought to make yogurt! That is so cool! I may have to try that some time!

  • Alison
    July 6, 2013 4:53 pm

    Okay, I’m officially hungry now after looking at those pictures. And it’s really easy to make this yogurt. I’m definitely going to give it a try!
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  • Jin Ai
    July 6, 2013 5:43 pm

    All the best! Making yogurt has saved me a ton of money! Well, almost 🙂

  • Jin Ai
    July 6, 2013 5:45 pm

    Have fun! Being the duffer that I am in the kitchen, it’s rewarding just knowing I can make something as easily as that, ha.

  • Alison
    July 7, 2013 3:43 pm

    I love yogurt, and I love that both my kids do too.
    We buy it though, but this is a great idea, to make our own, thanks for sharing!
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  • rebecca at thisfineday
    July 8, 2013 4:30 am

    I had no idea there were yogurt makers! I’ve seen recipes and it usually involves putting the yogurt to set in the oven with it off to get the yogurt to turn into yogurt and I felt there was too much room for error. I’ll have to look into getting one of these magical yogurt makers now. It sounds awesome! Thanks for the post and thanks for popping in to say hi over at my blog 🙂
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  • Jin Ai
    July 8, 2013 8:50 am

    You’re welcome 🙂

  • Jin Ai
    July 8, 2013 9:11 am

    Hi Rebecca, nice to see you here! I actually used to make yogurt the traditional way, leaving milk and some culture in it overnight but there was too much room for error. Sometimes the yogurt turned out well, sometimes it didn’t. I finally gave up and got these. No regrets, never a jar wasted.

  • Grace
    May 27, 2015 4:58 pm

    Would it be possible to make the yogurt with fruits in it instead of adding fruits to the natural yogurt?

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