Oui Vanilla French Yogurt Copycat Recipe

March 16, 2018Van
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Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 9 hours

Serves: 7 - 5 oz Jars

Oui Yogurt is the new “French Style” yogurt made by Yoplait—and I must say…they did a fantastic job with this recipe.  In a move to get away from their previous life as a maker of “yogurt” filled with questionable ingredients, Yoplait put a lot of effort into developing an authentic yogurt filled with just the good stuff.  The little jars are so cute I have to admit thats what initially caught my attention, but Oui is absolutely amazing.

Vanilla is my favorite, I love the smooth and creamy consistency, it’s slightly tart with a hint of vanilla—absolutely delicious!  The ingredients were right on the label so I just had to figure out the proportions and the culturing time. After a few tries, I was so excited that I was able to recreate it!

I have kept all the Oui jars I’ve purchased so I could make yogurt in them.  I slowly peeled off the sticker labels then put some rubbing alcohol on a towel and rubbed off the rest of the sticker residue.  I also found the cutest lids for them, they are made of silicone & fit the jars perfectly, they are called Blossom eCaps (Size Small), I bought them on Amazon (link here) — I love how it makes my jars look like a cute mushroom!  Give the recipe a try and be sure to post a picture on Facebook or comment here to let me know what you think.

Oui Vanilla French Style Yogurt Copycat RecipeYou can purchase the Blossom Lids here on Amazon

Oui Vanilla French Style Yogurt Copycat Recipe

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Oui Vanilla French Yogurt Copycat Recipe

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 9 hours
  • Serves: 7 - 5 oz Jars

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Ingredients

  • 4¾ Cups Whole Milk
  • ¾ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ⅓ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Plain or Vanilla Oui Yogurt

Method

  • 1)

    Pour 4¾ Cups Whole Milk & ⅓ Cup Granulated Sugar into a saucepan, heat on low until it hits 190°F and hold it around that temperature for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the milk cool to 110°F. Use a kitchen thermometer to monitor the temperatures. You can place your pan into a cold water bath in the sink to help cool it faster. If a film forms on top of the milk, be sure to remove it or it will give your yogurt a stringy texture.

  • 2)

    Place 2 Teaspoons Oui Yogurt into a bowl and add 2 Tablespoons of the cooled milk – mix very well with a whisk, making sure there are no yogurt lumps – this ensures that you’ll end up with smooth yogurt. Pour the yogurt starter and ¾ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract into the saucepan with the milk and stir well.  Avoid scraping the bottom of the pan, there’s usually milk solids stuck to the bottom that can give your yogurt a gritty texture.

  • 3)

    Ladle the mixture into your jars. Seal the jars with lids or cover each jar with homemade foil lids. Place 1 Cup of water into your Instant Pot and place the jars directly in the pot.

  • 4)

    Press the Yogurt button and make sure it’s on the “Normal” setting, set the Instant Pot for 9 hours. After it’s done, give it a taste—if you prefer it more tart, you can incubate the yogurt for a few more hours.

    (This recipe can also be made in any Yogurt Maker)

  • 5)

    Refrigerate the jars for at least 6 hours before serving. Enjoy without stirring.

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80 Comments

  • Katie

    March 26, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Thank you for this!! I also have been saving my Oui jars and thanks for the link to the lids. I originally found your other French yogurt recipe by looking for a Oui copycat and I’m so excited to try this! I already bought the half and half so I’m going to try the other yogurt first but I’ll be back to make this one too! I’m sure both will be great!

    1. Van

      March 26, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Katie, you’ll love the French yogurt made with half and half – anyone that’s made says it’s the best yogurt they’ve ever had. The Qui copycat is great too. I hope you enjoy both of them, thanks for giving my recipes a try 😀

    2. Celine

      April 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      just wanted to let you know that the oui website sells lids for their oui yogurt. you can buy 4 for $3.99. I save my outijars and just purchased the lids. https://www.ouibyyoplait.com/lids/

      1. Van

        April 5, 2018 at 2:31 pm

        How cool, thanks for letting me know Celine.

        1. Annella

          April 23, 2018 at 1:27 pm

          Is sealing the individual yogurt jars necessary for the this recipe? I’m wondering if I could use either plastic or metal canning lids for small mason jars.

          1. Van

            April 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm

            It’s not necessary, but it helps keep water and condensation out of your yogurt. The plastic lids for small mason jars work great, the metal ones can rust.

      2. Thank You SOOOO Much ! Just bought 5 sets of the blue lids !

        June 27, 2018 at 8:06 am

        Thank You SOOOO Much ! I just bought 5 sets of the blue lids !

  • Amanda

    March 29, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Thank you so much! I’m a newbie to yogurt-making, but I LOVE Oui yogurt and this recipe is super exciting to me. I can’t have sugar though…can I just make the recipe as is without the sugar? Should i skip the vanilla too? Also, are the jars a necessity to the texture, or can you make a big batch without jars? I’ll be using an Instant Pot.

    Thank you again!

    1. Van

      March 29, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Hi Amanda, yes you can skip the sugar and the vanilla if you just want to make plain yogurt. The jars do contribute to the great texture of Oui yogurt, but you could make this recipe directly in the pot if you prefer, the yogurt will be thinner from being transferred to other containers. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Norma

    March 30, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Is it necessary to use whole milk? Could 1% or skim be substituted?

    1. Van

      March 31, 2018 at 12:56 am

      Hi Norma, if you want the yogurt to be very similar to Oui yogurt then you should use whole milk, if you don’t mind it being a thinner texture then it’s totaliy fine to substitute it with skim or 1%

      1. Norma

        March 31, 2018 at 7:19 am

        Thank you!

      2. Andi

        May 23, 2018 at 10:41 am

        I’m pre diabetic so I was wondering, do you think I could use agave syrup instead of sugar?

        1. Van

          May 23, 2018 at 7:13 pm

          Hi Andi, yes you can use agave syrup in this recipe, you can omit any sugar all together if you prefer.

  • Erica

    March 31, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Hi,
    I’m so excited to try your recipe. Now I can put all the Oui jars I’ve saved to good use. I did have a question though, are the lids absolutely necessary? Or can I use something like a press and seal instead?

    Thank you!

    1. Van

      April 1, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Erica, press and seal lids would be fine, or you could also make lids from foil as well. I hope you enjoy the recipe 😀

  • Jennifer

    April 3, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been saving my jars also found lids.

    1. Van

      April 4, 2018 at 8:37 am

      I hope you enjoy it Jennifer!

  • Liz

    April 6, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Could I stack 14 jars in the pot? Would you just double thing

    1. Van

      April 6, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Liz, yes you can stack the jars, just double the recipe, but keep the incubation time the same. I hope you enjoy it 😀

  • Sarah

    April 7, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t have a yogurt setting on my insta pot. What other setting could be used? Or other method of incubating? I just discovered Oui and absolutely love it but it’s busting my budget!

    1. Van

      April 10, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Hi Sarah, I’m actually testing a workaround for people who have the Lux model, I’ll find out tomorrow if it’s successful & I’ll let you know.

    2. Van

      April 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

      Hi Sarah, my experiment worked, try this method to keep your yogurt warm when you make yogurt, used the Oui Recipe but this technique for incubating:

      http://foodisafourletterword.com/recipe/instant-pot-lux-yogurt-recipe-without-yogurt-button/

  • Jessica

    April 8, 2018 at 6:50 am

    So excited to try this recipe, but I don’t want to use sugar in it. Could you use the cold start method with the whole milk as long as it’s ultra pasteurized and use liquid stevia in place of sugar?

    1. Van

      April 8, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Hi Jessica, yes you can use ultra pasteurized milk & stevia, I hope you enjoy it 😀

  • Daniela

    April 16, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Is there any way I could make this in a Crock-Pot? I’ve never made yogurt before and I’d like to give it a try before I invest in a yogurt maker or instant pot. This recipe looks absolutely delicious and my toddler and I are big fans of Oui yogurt but I am not a fan of the price.

    1. Van

      April 16, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Daniela, do you know if the Crock-Pot as a setting that stays steady at 110-115F? If there is then you can definitely make this recipe using it.

  • Kirsten

    April 17, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Just made this last night! It was my first venture into homemade yogurt, but it turned out great! Even put a little lemon curd in a couple pots to mimic the Oui Lemon flavor! Now to try your recipe with the half and half 🙂

    1. Van

      April 17, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Awesome Kirsten, isn’t making yogurt at home so satisfying? You’ll love the La Fermière yogurt copycat, it’s divine!

  • Rhonda

    April 20, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Can this be made with a cold start method, and if so, how? I love Oui!!

    1. Van

      April 20, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Rhonda, yes you can do a cold start method. Use Ultra-Pasteurized milk, you’ll still have a heat a small amount of milk, about 1 cup to dissolve the sugar then mix it back with the rest of the milk then add the vanilla and starter.

      1. Rhonda

        April 21, 2018 at 6:24 am

        Thanks, I’m going to try this morning!!

        1. Annella

          April 23, 2018 at 1:23 pm

          Since I want to skip the sugar all together and plan on using ultra pasteurized milk (and plain oui yogurt as the starter) could I skip heating up the milk entirely? I’m not totally sure how the “cold start” method works for an instant pot so any device would be appreciated! Also wondering if using more than 2 teaspoons of starter yogurt would ensure a better finished product?

          1. Van

            April 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm

            Hi Annella, you don’t have to heat it at all if you’re skiping the sugar. Using more starter doesn’t make a better finished product, you can add more if you want, it helps the yogurt taste tarter.

      2. Rhonda

        May 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm

        Hi! I love this plain, but is there a way I could add fruit on the bottom?

        1. Van

          May 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm

          Hi Rhonda, you could add 1 rounded tablespoon of fruit preserves to the bottom of the jars before you incubate them.

          1. Rhonda

            May 6, 2018 at 7:29 pm

            Lovely!! I will try the next time I make it, today’s batch turned out fabulous!!!

  • Janet

    April 20, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Hi! So I’m addicted to oui yogurt. But I have a lux and I can see the link to that method, but my milk isn’t ultra pasteurized. Would I still follow this recipe? Thank you so much!

    1. Janet

      April 20, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      I meant to say that the milk I have is ultra-pasteurized. How could I adjust the oui recipe with the lux method? Thank you

    2. Van

      April 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Janet, if you’re using Ultra Pasteurized milk add the milk, sugar and vanilla to a sauce pan and heat to 115F, be sure to use a thermometer to monitor the temp. Whisk in the yogurt starter very well then pour into the jars. Place your trivet into your Lux model, place the jars on the trivet, since you don’t have a Yogurt Button, set it for Keep Warm for 10 hours (don’t cover the Instant Pot with a lid). Let me know how it turns out for you.

  • Bethany

    April 23, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    When you start the 11 hours in the instant pot, do you have the knob in the venting or sealing position? Or does it matter?

    1. Van

      April 23, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Bethany, it doesn’t matter what position the knob is on because the Instant Pot doesn’t come to pressure when you make yogurt.

  • Sandrine

    April 25, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Can this recipe be made directly in the inner pot? I don’t have any oui jars or yogurt jars

    1. Van

      April 25, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Sandrine, yes you can make this directly in the pot. Hope you enjoy it 😀

  • Daphne

    May 12, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Thank you for the recipe!!! I made it the other day and it was a hit. Mine didn’t turn out very thick. More like regular plain yogurt. Do you have any tips on how to get it thicker? Thank you!

    1. Van

      May 12, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Hi Daphne, are you looking for yogurt that’s more like greek yogurt? You have to strain it to get it that thick. If you just want it slightly thicker here are some ways to do it:

      – Use whole milk, using low fat milk will produce a thin textured yogurt
      – Hold the temperature at 190°F for 20-30 minutes, this will cause more evaporation and make your yogurt much thicker
      – Blend 1/2 Cup dry milk powder into your milk – adding more protein will make your yogurt thicker
      – Use Fairlife brand milk, it’s Ultra-Pasteurized and Ultra-Filtered and has a much higher protein content than regular milk (you can also skip the heating process if you use this milk).

      1. Daphne

        May 14, 2018 at 11:22 am

        Thank you for the tips!

        1. Van

          May 14, 2018 at 4:47 pm

          You’re welcome Daphne!

  • Jennifer

    May 17, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I tried this last night, and it was a success! I tasted this morning before I put it in the fridge and went to work, and I’m anxious to get home and see how well it firms up. I’ll have more fresh blueberries than I know what to do with in a few weeks, so I’ll be making plenty of preserves to go with my new yogurt obsession.

    Honestly, as yogurt as my daughter and I eat, making it at home will save money in the long run. I figured up that between the two of us we eat at least $700 of yogurt a year. 🙂

    1. Van

      May 17, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for trying out the recipe! It definitely firms up a lot more after sitting the the refrigerator, I think the best texture is after 1 day of refrigeration. It’s a huge money saver making yogurt at home, and I think it tastes so much better as well. Blueberry preserves will be amazing with the yogurt!

  • Bryan

    June 12, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Is the heating of the milk to 190 degrees necessary? What exact does heating do for the yogurt?

    1. Van

      June 12, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Bryan, yes it is necessary. It denatures a protein in the milk which allows it to thicken when you add yogurt cultures, with out this step you’d have liquid yogurt – it also helps evaporate the milk which will produce a thicker yogurt.

  • Kim

    June 19, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I love Oui yogurt because it’s not tangy like other yogurts. Will 11 hours make it to tart? Or should I reduce the time in the IP?

    Thanks for your help

    1. Van

      June 19, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Kim, as long as you use Oui yogurt as your starter it won’t be tart. I actually done 20 hours with Oui and it still wasn’t tart.

      1. Kim

        June 20, 2018 at 8:17 am

        I have one more question. Do you quick release the pressure or let it depressurize naturally? It’s in the instant pot now. Just wondering. Thanks for all your help.

        1. Van

          June 20, 2018 at 8:25 am

          Hi Kim, when you make yogurt the Instant Pot doesn’t get pressurized, so there is no pressure to release. The temperature only goes to a max of 115F.

  • Helen

    June 19, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Is there a way to make this recipe using 2% milk?

    1. Van

      June 20, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Hi Helen, yes you can make it with 2% milk, but the yogurt texture will be much thinner than the original Oui yogurt.

  • Karen

    June 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Hi!! I just got an instant pot and was inspired to try oui after seeing everyone reusing the jars to make homemade yogurt. Usually yogurt is too tart but I absolutely love the strawberry oui!! Can I use that as a starter instead of vanilla oui or is it better to just add fruit on the bottom of the jars? Thanks in advance for the input!!

    1. Karen

      June 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Oops. I just saw your strawberry oui recipe. Thanks again!!

    2. Van

      June 24, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Karen, glad you found the Strawberry one 😀 – this Vanilla Recipe is slightly thicker in texture, you should try this one sometime too

  • patti

    June 27, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning/Afternoon ! Question…
    Do you pasteurize half and half using the same temps as for pasteurizing milk ? I guess I should ask if you can pasteurize half and half ?
    Thank You
    I’m making your recipe today !

    1. Van

      June 27, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Hi Patti, yes you can pasteurize Half and Half using the same temps as you would for milk. Around 180°F-190°F works well and just let it cool to 115°F before adding the yogurt starter. Hope you enjoy it 😀

  • Karen Bryan

    July 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Hi! Thanks for sharing this recipe!! I am currently making it and the timer is almost done but I pulled a jar out at 9 hours then at 10 just so I could see how the tartness varies with the time. On the 10 hour one, I noticed a lot of watery fluid accumulated in the jar (oui jar with blue lid sold by Yoplait) and was wondering if this is normal. Should I drain it? Thanks in advance for any input. 🙂

    1. Van

      July 2, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Hi Karen, yes it’s normal. Anytime you incubate in the jars, it’s normal that a little fluid might accumulate in the jars, I usually just pour it out before placing the jars in the refrigerator.

      1. Karen

        July 4, 2018 at 12:24 am

        Thank you!!!

  • Lisa

    July 16, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    I just returned from Quebec where I had the best yogurt ever — Maision Riviera — (not sold in US). I embarked on a mission to find something here similar. Oui is the closest, so I was happy to find your recipe.

    Bought a yogurt maker. Made your recipe yesterday, my first foray into homemade yogurt making and it was SPECTACULAR!

    I only had 4 cups of whole milk so I used far free half and half for the last 3/4 cup. It was perfect.

    Thanks for doing the hard work to find the right formula to duplicate Oui! I have a new favorite yogurt!

    1. Van

      July 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Hi Lisa, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! It probably tastes even better using half and half! I’ve seen Maision Riviera’s website because I was trying to find something similar to Oui for someone in Canada, their yogurt looks amazing!

  • Randa

    July 24, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I am beyond excited to make this in my new instant pot. My favourite flavour by far is the coconut though and after a search I cannot find any clues as to what is in the sweet gelatinous coconut goop at the bottom. Any ideas? This would make my life complete. Thank you!

    1. Van

      July 24, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Hi Randa, what a coincidence that you’re writing about the coconut one! I love that flavor as well & I just developed a recipe for it, my batch is actually chilling in the fridge right now. My recipe doesn’t include the coconut jelly/gloop though since I don’t really like it, but it looks like they created a jelly with pectin, sugar & coconut pieces. Check back on my blog later today, I’ll try to post the coconut yogurt recipe by tonight

  • Maria

    August 6, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m addicted to Oui vanilla yogurt. I don’t currently own an instant pot or yogurt maker. Is there a way to make this yogurt without those items? Thank you!

    1. Van

      August 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Maria, to make this yogurt, the milk needs to be held at around 110-115F consistently for 9 hours. So you do need some device that will do this. You could try the oven method, you turn on your oven for 1 minute then turn off the heat, keep the oven light on and place jars into the oven, then turn the oven back on for a minute every few hours – this is a work around & may not give you predictable results.

  • Mandee Wisniewski

    August 11, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    I have seen both of your recipes. I have a instant pot (no yogurt option) or yogurt maker. I do have an air dryer over that I can see as low as 90 degrees on the dehydrator button. Will this work I’d I keep it at a set 110-115?

    1. Mandee Wisniewski

      August 11, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Sorry I ment air fryer oven, 6qt 7 in 1 cooking features

      1. Van

        August 11, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    2. Van

      August 11, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Mandee, if you have an air fryer that you can set to 100-115F that would work to keep the yogurt warm enough to culture. If you make directly in
      the pot, the texture thins out each time you transfer it. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  • Malinda Stull

    August 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Hi everyone! I was really excited when I found this recipe. I had to accumulate some jars but now I’m in business. I just tried my first batch and it turned out pretty good. It’s a little bit off and I hope you can help. I got ultra pasteurized, organic whole milk (4 cups) then used 3/4 cup ultra pasteurized, organic half and half. I heated 1 cup milk to 115, added sugar, starter and vanilla and the rest of the liquid. I used the instant pot Yogurt setting. The top part of each jar is perfect but the bottom is softer and quite stringy. Can you help?!

    1. Van

      August 13, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Malinda, the only thing I can think of is the yogurt wasn’t mixed in well enough. I usually whisk the yogurt starter with a few tablespoons of milk first before adding it to the rest of milk, this ensures a more even distribution of the starter. If you just mix in the starter with a large amount a milk, you usually end up with pieces of yogurt that sink to the bottom of the jars causing a grainy or weird texture.

  • Paula

    August 19, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Hi! I made your recipe this morning. I just can’t wait to try it! My question is have you or anyone used a euro cuisine yogurt maker? I have an old one that I wasn’t too successful with making regular yogurt. Too tangy. Do I follow your instructions with lids on and times same as IP? Thank you so much!!

    1. Van

      August 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Paula, I had one years ago & it worked great – the tangyness is controlled by your starter, the amount of time you’re culturing & how much sugar you add. You can follow the same method for the Euro Cuisine, it does the same thing as the Instant Pot yogurt function – they both keep the temp around 110-115F.

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