Oui Vanilla French Style Yogurt Copycat Recipe

March 16, 2018Van
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Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 11 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 Style Yogurt Copycat Recipe

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 11 hours
  • Serves: 7 - 5 oz Jars

For Instant Pot or Yogurt Maker


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


  • 1)

    Pour 4¼ 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 bad 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. This recipe makes enough to fill 7 Oui 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 11 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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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Erica

    March 31, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    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:


  • 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!

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