Oui French Style Coconut Yogurt Recipe

July 27, 2018Van
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Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 9 hours

Serves: 7 Oui Jars

Oui is Yoplait’s best yogurt, minimal ingredients are used and the yogurt is cultured in adorable glass jars – it creates a creamy texture without any thickeners or straining. The coconut flavor is one of my favorites, my copycat of their yogurt doesn’t include the coconut jelly on the bottom – it’s just pure creamy coconut yogurt. The texture and flavor is amazing and I have simplified the recipe using Fairlife milk so there’s no need to boil 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. You can also use a stainless steel scrubbing pad and dish soap to remove the 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 got them on Amazon (purchase here) — I love how it makes my jars look like a cute mushroom!  You can also find lids on Oui’s website as well.

This recipe isn’t dairy free, if you’re looking for a vegan or dairy free version, check out my Dairy-Free Coconut Yogurt Recipe here.

Oui Coconut Yogurt Recipe

Oui Coconut Yogurt Recipe

You can purchase the Blossom Lids here on Amazon

Oui Coconut Yogurt Recipe

Oui Coconut Yogurt Recipe

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Oui French Style Coconut Yogurt Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 9 hours
  • Serves: 7 Oui Jars



  • ¾ Cup Coconut Cream
  • 4 Cups Fairlife Ultra Pasteurized Whole Milk
  • 1½ Teaspoons Coconut Extract, I used this one
  • ⅓ Cup + 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Plain or Vanilla Oui Yogurt, if you can’t find Oui any plain yogurt with active cultures will work


  • 1)

    Place ¾ Cup Coconut Cream and ⅓ Cup + 1 Tablespoon of Granulated Sugar into a sauce pan. Turn the heat to medium and stir so the sugar dissolves (this should only take a minute or two). Turn off the heat.

  • 2)

    Add 4 Cups of Fairlife Milk, 1½ Teaspoon of Coconut Extract (purchase here) to the sauce pan. In a small bowl, place 2 Teaspoons of Plain Oui Yogurt with 2 tablespoons of the milk mixture, mix very well with a whisk then pour it into the sauce pan and stir well.

  • 3)

    Fill the 7 Oui Jars with the milk mixture and seal with lids (purchase here). You can also seal the jars tightly with homemade foil lids.

  • 4)

    Place the jars into the pot (it’s fine to stack the jars if you need to). Seal the Instant Pot lid and choose Yogurt and set for 9 Hours (make sure it’s on the “Normal” Yogurt setting). *This recipe works with any yogurt maker as well.

  • 5)

    Chill the yogurt in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours before serving (texture is best after 1-2 days). Enjoy!

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  • Jacqueline

    July 27, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks for posting this recipe! This sounds amazing.

    I have a question. When you state “in a small bowl, place 2 Teaspoons of Plain Oui Yogurt with 2 tablespoons of the milk mixture, mix very well with a whisk then pour it into the sauce pan and stir well”.

    Would it be the same if one just put 2 Teaspoons of the Plan Oui Yogurt directly into the saucepan instead of mixing seperately in a bowl? What is the differenceif you mix the Oui Yogurt and milk mixture seperately, only to just add it back all into the milk mixture? Just curious if I’m missing something. Thank you!

    1. Van

      July 27, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Jacqueline, the extra step of whisking the yogurt in a small bowl first ensures that you’ll end up with a smooth yogurt mixture, adding the yogurt directly with the other ingredients will usually result in small bits of yogurt that don’t blend in & that will cause a grainy texture at the bottom of the yogurt.

      1. Jacqueline Lo

        July 28, 2018 at 12:47 pm

        Makes sense. Thank you!

        1. Van

          July 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm

          You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy the yogurt!

          1. Corrie

            July 12, 2019 at 7:57 am

            I was wondering if you have a recipe for the coconut jelly? It’s one of my favorite parts at the bottom of the yogurt! Thanks!

          2. Van

            September 2, 2019 at 3:42 am

            Hi Corrie, sorry I haven’t tried to figure out their coconut jelly yet.

  • Stefanie

    July 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    This recipe sounds great! One question, you say you’ve simplified the recipe using fairlife milk, so no need to boil. Why is that? And if I don’t use fairlife would I have to boil whole milk? Thanks…looking forward to trying this!

    1. Van

      July 28, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      Hey Stefanie, I think you tagged me on Facebook as well, but just in case… If you use regular pasteurized milk you need to heat it to 180F (monitor the temp with a thermometer) then let it cool to 115F before using it, if you skip this step you’ll end up with liquid yogurt. Fairlife has already been heated to above 180F so you don’t have to heat it before using it for yogurt

  • Shirley

    July 28, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    If I don’t have jars, can I just cook it all in the instant pot and pour into containers after? Like I do with cold start yogurt?

    1. Van

      July 29, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Shirley, yes you can make it directly in the pot, the texture won’t be as thick as making it in the jars because each time you transfer the yogurt, the texture thins out.

  • Jennifer Hengesh

    August 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Do I stack the jars on the trivet, or directly into the pot?

    1. Van

      August 23, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Hi Jennifer, you can stack the jars directly in the pot.

  • Mary Lou Stilwell

    September 2, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Hello–can I make this without an Instant Pot?? I do not have one and am reluctant to buy such an expensive piece of kitchen gadgetry for one recipe. Thanks–these yogurt recipes look fantastic!

    1. Van

      September 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Hi Mary Lou, this recipe can be made with a standard yogurt maker as well (like this one: https://amzn.to/2oAruyN) If you have any other gadget in your kitchen that can keep the milk at a constant temp of 110-115F that would work as well.

  • John Christopher

    September 26, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Van – First let me say thank you for your wonderful recipes; also I admire the fact that you consistently continue to answer questions from your viewers.

    Following your recipe using the ingredients you recommended I made your Coconut Yogurt. I used a yogurt maker and let it sit in the jars for 9 hours (without the lids on per the yogurt maker instructions). After 9 hours in the yogurt maker and then in the refrigerator overnight I discovered that each of the 7 jars had a slightly hard 1/8 inch membrane covering the yogurt; hard enough to resist the gentle poking of a spoon. I tasted the membrane and it had a coconut flavor but also had a buttery/fat creaminess. I realized the fat content in the TJ Coconut Cream has 9g of fat so do you think that was the fat rising and solidifying on the top? When you made this did you have this same result? By the way the yogurt underneath the membrane was wonderful.

    Also, do you think warming the Fairlife Milk mixture in this recipe to 110 degrees before putting it in the jars would help kick-start the cultures and have any benefit vs. using the cool milk from the fridge? Thanks Van – John

    1. Van

      September 26, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Hi John, you’re correct, the fat from the coconut cream does rise an creates a slight layer on top of the yogurt cups – the same thing happens when I make it. It doesn’t make a difference if you heat up the Fairlife milk before hand – you could incubate it longer if you want more beneficial bacteria.

      1. John Christopher

        September 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

        Thanks for the quick response!

    2. Marion

      October 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      I made the coconut and I had a hard layer too. I thought I did something wrong. Thanks for your question. I broke it and tried to stir it into the yogurt but it didnt mix well. I think next jar I open I will cut that layer off and throw it out.

  • Deb

    January 12, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Can I add shredded coconut to this also? Love the texture of the Oui with coconut in it. Thank you.

    1. Van

      January 12, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Hi Deb, sure you add shredded coconut, hope you enjoy it!

  • Natoshia

    January 27, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I can’t have much sugar due to having had bariatric surgery. I usually eat Dannon lite and fit since there is very little sugar. Can I substitute regular sugar for an artificial sweetner?

    1. Van

      February 9, 2019 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Natoshia, yes you can – the only one I would avoid is xylitol since it may interfere with the yogurt culture.

  • Le

    February 7, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Can you use condensed milk as the sweetener instead of sugar? How much would be an equivalent amount? Thanks

    1. Van

      February 9, 2019 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Le, yes you can use condensed milk – 1/3 cup condensed milk would work well, the yogurt will actually turn out slightly thicker using condensed milk.

  • Chelsea

    May 23, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Do you think this could be made with 2% milk instead of whole milk?

    Also, could I use an entire jar of the oui yogurt or would that also affect the process?


    1. Van

      May 23, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Chelsea, you can use 2% milk, but the yogurt will be thinner in texture. If you use the full jar, the flavor might turn out tarter. Good luck!

  • Gianna

    August 20, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    I love this recipe!! If I wanted to make it without coconut cream, what would you recommend as a replacement?

    1. Van

      September 2, 2019 at 3:40 am

      Hi Gianna, just add more milk in place of the coconut cream & add an extra 1/4 teaspoon of the coconut extract.

  • Joy

    May 27, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I love the Coconut Oui Yogurt, it’s my favorite flavor.

    I had a quick question. Would it be alright to use the Oui Coconut Yogurt instead of plain or vanilla in this recipe? My store is usually sold out of those flavors. And I figured because this is a recipe for coconut yogurt it should be alright… please let me know.

    Thanks again for the great recipe!

    1. Van

      June 1, 2020 at 11:52 am

      Hi Joy, yes using the coconut yogurt for the starter will be fine. Glad you love the recipe!

  • Elise Hibbard

    August 17, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Wondering if I could substitute coconut milk for the dairy milk? How would it affect the finished product?


    1. Van

      August 17, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Elise, no you can’t substitute coconut milk in this recipe – it will just be liquid because coconut milk does’t set like diary milk. If you want to make coconut yogurt, you can try this recipe:


  • Monica

    September 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I’ve never used coconut cream, but I’m guessing it’s pretty thick. Is that why you heat it up on the stovetop first? I was wondering if the coconut cream can be substituted with coconut milk? If so, could this recipe then be used for cold start yogurt?

    1. Van

      September 23, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Monica, you heat it so it dissolves the sugar – this is already a “cold start” recipe because you don’t have to heat the milk. Yes you can substitute coconut milk, but your yogurt will have a thinner texture. Hope you enjoy!

  • Shilpa Patel

    January 24, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Can you use Coconut condensed milk instead of the sugar?

    1. Van

      January 24, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      Hello, yes you can use sweetened coconut condensed milk instead.

      1. Shilpa Patel

        January 25, 2021 at 7:49 am

        The sweetened coconut condensed milk worked awesome! I used the 1/3 cup and used oui coconut yogurt as starter since I didn’t have coconut extract and it turned out awesome! Thank you for the recipe!

        1. Lynette Gatherum

          March 12, 2021 at 7:35 am

          Hi Shilpa! I was excited to hear that you used coconut condensed milk and it worked! What brand do you use? Can you find it in your local store?

  • Gayatri

    February 9, 2021 at 5:53 am

    Hi there 🙂 thanks for this recipe. I’m wondering if you reduced the amount of coconut cream.. to say 1/2 cup or a 1/4 cup .. how does that affect the flavor/consistency/thickness etc?


    1. Van

      February 10, 2021 at 9:13 am

      Hi Gayatri, yes you can reduce the amount of coconut cream, just replace the amount with milk instead. Texture will be slightly less creamy

  • tess

    August 9, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Van!

    What a nice recipe! ☺️ I don’t eat dairy yogurt but I do make my own. I would love to incorporate more coconut flavor…right now I use soy!

    Can you please tell me before I order these lids do they just rest on the yogurt jars (like the loose lids from my old salon yogurt maker did) or do they snap on. I use to use these to make my yogurt:

    The milk glass jars were lovely put the lids just sat on the glass not fitted ….not really air tight. I would find them knocked off in the fridge all the time. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Van

      August 10, 2021 at 7:26 am

      Hi Tess, the silicon lids are fitted and seal the jar well, they don’t fall off unless you take them off. Liquid also doesn’t spill out if the jar tips over with the lid on

  • Susan Wellman

    October 17, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Hey. Can I use almond milk for this recipe? Or would there be too much water in the almond milk?

    1. Van

      October 21, 2021 at 10:14 am

      Hello, sorry almond milk will not work for this recipe because almond milk doesn’t set like standard milk. Almond milk yogurt needs to have thickeners added to set.

  • Patricia

    November 27, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Do I put the jars in a dry Instant Pot or do I add a cup of water?
    Also, can I double this recipe. If so, do I have to made any modifications?

    1. Van

      November 27, 2021 at 11:16 pm

      If the jars fit into a single layer, you don’t need to add any water to the pot, if you’re doubling the recipe, you’ll probably have to stack the jars to get them to fit, so add a cup of water to the pot

  • Katie

    February 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Hello! Can you use any type of non dairy milk to sub the fairlife milk?

    The main reason I love Oui is because they have the dairy free option, and that one is my favorite!

    1. Van

      February 25, 2022 at 9:03 am

      The only non-dairy milk that could work is Ripple brand milk, it’s the only one that will set without additional thickeners. The flavor will probably taste a little different though

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