Homemade Dairy-Free Yogurt Drinks

Do your kids keep asking for those yogurt drinks at the store but find yourself saying “no” because dairy isn’t something they can have? I’ve got you covered with these Dairy-Free Homemade Yogurt Drinks! Watch how easy they are to make.

Thanks to coconut milk, we can reconstruct the delicious texture and creaminess of yogurt drinks without the help of dairy! Coconut milk has a very creamy texture and pleasant taste that makes up for the lack of tanginess from yogurt.

Dairy-Free Yogurt Drinks Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this drinkable yogurt happen:

  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk, chilled
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped fruit

I encourage using any of your favorite fruits; some of our top choices are strawberries, blueberries, mango, and kiwi! Almond milk can be replaced with your favorite non-dairy milk of choice.

image: two glass jars of yogurt drinks with colorful straws. Pile of strawberries and blueberries in front of the glasses.

How to Make Yogurt Drinks Dairy-Free

Coconut milk in the can tends to separate over time; for this recipe, we want it to be cohesive and thick. To make this happen, blend the coconut milk liquid and solids until smooth. Pour it into an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.

Blend
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium-low until everything is smooth and evenly combined.

Chill
Pour yogurt drinks in 4-ounce drink containers and refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving.

Kids love them because it’s “yogurt” they can sip through a straw, and I love them because they’re paleo-friendly, low in added sugar, and easy whip up in a blender

Packing Yogurt Drinks in the Lunchbox

We’ve packed smoothies for lunch, but can you do the same with yogurt drinks? Yes!  

Place a thermos container in the freezer and chill for 2 hours to overnight. Before packing the smoothie into a lunch bag, pour the yogurt drink into the thermos. Pack into the lunch bag along with a freezer pack. 

Other Dairy-Free Recipes Kids Love

Want to recreate more popular recipes into healthier, dairy-free versions? Check out the recipes below: 

Dairy Free Homemade Yogurt Drinks

This dairy-free yogurt recipe uses coconut milk, honey, and fruit to make a delicious, creamy beverage everyone can enjoy.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) canned coconut milk, chilled
  • 2 cups (475 ml) unsweetened vanilla almond milk*
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1 cup (145 g) chopped fruit

Instructions

  1. Prior to opening the coconut milk can, shake well. Open the can, blend in a blender if there is separation and pour back into the can or a glass. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. You need the coconut milk to thicken. Tip: use frozen fruit if you want to skip refrigeration of coconut milk.
  2. When ready to make the drinks, place all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium-low until everything is smooth and evenly combined.
  3. Pour yogurt drinks in 4-ounce (120 ml) drink containers and refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving.

Notes

You can use any dairy milk alternative. I typically use unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Sweetened milks will add additional sugar to the recipe.
The maple syrup or honey is completely optional and the need to use it will depend on taste, almond milk used, and what type of fruit you select for the recipe. Some fruits are naturally sweeter. You can skip refrigeration by using frozen fruit.

About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!

11 thoughts on “Homemade Dairy-Free Yogurt Drinks”

  1. Misty says:

    What can you use in place of coconut milk as I am allergic to coconut

    1. MOMables says:

      This recipe will work with any non-dairy milk but note that the yogurt might be a little thinner in texture.

  2. Alexiana says:

    Simple and healthy!

  3. Jami says:

    How long do they last in the fridge? Is it just a day? Thanks

    1. MOMables says:

      A day or two since separation will occur -thus the need to give it a quick shake.

  4. Shawna says:

    just curious, can you freeze these for later use? Or how long can they stay refrigerated after you make them? I have 1 son who would drink them so I’m wondering if the 4 servings could be kept in the fridge to last 4 days. Thanks!!

    1. MOMables says:

      I would say a day or two in the fridge since separation occurs. I would suggest to halve the recipe. enjoy!

  5. Liann says:

    is the coconut milk the boxed kind or the cans?

  6. murphy says:

    I’m sure it tastes great either way, but do you mean 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut milk or a cup (235 ml)?

    1. MOMables says:

      My apologies. 120ml or 1/2 cup.

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