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The Probiotic-Rich Yogurt That Healed My Gut—Get the Recipe

A happy gut starts here.

By Camille Styles
Photography Michelle Nash
L. Reuteri Yogurt recipe for gut health, with strawberries and granola

When I recently posted on Instagram that I’ve been eating 1/2 cup of this homemade, gut-healing yogurt every day, I was flooded with requests to share all the details. And honestly, I’m not surprised—this yogurt is incredible, and I wish I’d discovered it years ago! It’s so much more powerful than the yogurt you buy at the grocery store, I hesitate to even call it “yogurt.” Consider it more of a wellness tool—a probiotic powerhouse that nourishes your body and boosts vitality. So today, I’m sharing exactly how to make your own L. Reuteri yogurt, a delicious homemade yogurt recipe that’s about to change your health game.

But first, watch me make it in the video below!

Why Focus on Healing the Gut?

If you’ve been around here awhile, you know that the gut is the cornerstone of our well-being, influencing everything from energy levels to mood and digestion.  I’ve been sharing a lot about my own efforts to heal my gut—switching to a grain-free diet has been a big part of that journey. Now that I’ve laid the foundation, I’m able to start incorporating tools, like this L. Reuteri yogurt, to continue reaching higher levels of health and vibrancy.

L. Reuteri Yogurt recipe for gut health and probiotics

Health Benefits of L. Reuteri Yogurt

I make a batch of this yogurt at the beginning of the week, then eat about ½ cup every day. Here are some of the benefits I’ve noticed:

  • Better digestion from all the probiotics and prebiotics
  • More energy, which comes from a healthier gut and all the good protein found in this yogurt
  • Better mood—it may sound crazy, but the brain-gut connection is real. A common side effect of improving your gut flora is a reduction in brain fog, better mood, and clearer thinking. I’ll take it!

What You Should Know About L. Reuteri Yogurt

Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) is a type of probiotic (“good” bacteria) normally found in the digestive tract. “Good” bacteria like L. reuteri help break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off organisms that might cause diseases. L. reuteri can be added to fermented foods like this yogurt, and is also found in probiotic supplements. I learned about the benefits of L. Reuteri Yogurt from the book Super Gut, a must-read for anyone dealing with sluggish digestion or GI issues, including SIBO. This yogurt isn’t just food; it’s truly a gut-healing elixir.

L. Reuteri Yogurt recipe for gut health and probiotics

Why Not Just Buy Your Yogurt?

While store-bought yogurts boast live probiotics, the potency of L. Reuteri yogurt is in a whole different ballpark. In this recipe, we’re using more traditional yogurt-making mehtods by prolonging fermentation times and adding prebiotic fibers to “feed” the bacteria. Our homemade version cooks at 100 degrees for 36 hours, allowing L. Reuteri bacteria to flourish. When these bacteria colonize your gut, they offer profound health benefits.

Here’s What You Need to Make Your Own Yogurt

When I first heard about making your own yogurt, I thought it sounded like a lot of work. Yet, with a simple and affordable yogurt maker, it turns out that it’s incredibly easy. Our goal? To make a yogurt that is both delicious and packed with probiotics. I’m also making a coconut yogurt for all my dairy-free friends—and yes, you’re going to get alll the same probiotic benefits from the coconut yogurt as you do from the dairy version!

Ingredients for L. Reuteri Yogurt

  • For the classic L. Reuteri Yogurt: Whole milk or half-and-half, Osfortis probiotic, and inulin.
  • For the dairy-free Coconut Yogurt: Coconut milk, agar agar, sugar, arrowroot starch, and Osfortis probiotic.

The Two-Step Process

  1. Make a Slurry: This step ensures smooth texture without clumps—you’re going to blend the thickening agents with just a little liquid. Then you’ll add the remaining liquid.
  2. Set and Forget: Pour the mixture into your yogurt maker, set at 100 degrees for 36 hours, and let the magic happen.
L. Reuteri Yogurt recipe for gut health, with strawberries and granola

How to Incorporate L. Reuteri Yogurt Into Your Diet

Y’all know that I do not eat boring meals, so here are a few ways I like to “dress up” this yogurt in delicious breakfasts, snacks, or even desserts throughout the week:

  • AM Classic: Combine with grain-free granola, banana, berries, and a drizzle of honey.
  • Savory Twist: Top with roasted golden beets, pecans, and arugula for a surprising blend.
  • Evening Treat: Mix with chocolate protein powder, then top with strawberries and cocoa nibs.

Gut-Healing and Delicious

Again, calling this recipe “yogurt” feels like an understatement. It’s truly a tool for gut health, a companion on your journey to wellness, and thankfully, it’s also incredibly delicious. If you’re on a gut health journey, I’d encourage you to dive into making your own L. Reuteri yogurt! And please share your experience in the comments below—I promise, your gut will thank you.

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L. Reuteri Yogurt recipe for gut health, with strawberries and granola

L. Reuteri Yogurt


  • Author: Camille Styles
  • Total Time: 51 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x

Description

Eat 1/2 a cup of this probiotic-rich yogurt each day as part of a gut-healing protocol.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 capsule of Osfortis probiotic (open the capsule and empty out the contents) OR 2 tablespoons whey from a previous batch of yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons inulin powder
  • 1 quart whole milk

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the contents of the Osfortis probiotic (open it up and empty out the powder), the inulin, and 2 tablespoon of milk. Make a slurry by whisking it together, to help prevent clumps. When smooth, stir in remaining milk 
  2. Cover and place in your fermenting device or ygouft maker. Ferment at 100 degrees fahrenheit for 36 hours. 

Notes

For future batches, you can use 2 tablespoons of whey from a prior batch instead of the probiotic.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 36

Keywords: homemade yogurt, probiotic yogurt. l. reuteri

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L. Reuteri Yogurt recipe for gut health and probiotics

Dairy-Free Coconut L. Reuteri Yogurt


  • Author: Camille Styles
  • Total Time: 1 hour 8 minutes

Description

The same probiotic benefits of the classic L. Reuteri Yogurt, using coconut milk to make it dairy-free.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 13ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon agar agar or guar gum
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch or tapioca starch
  • 1 osfortis probiotic (open it up and use the powder inside the capsule

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the coconut milk until it comes to a simmer. Remove and pour into a blender—allow to cool for 5 min.
  2. Add agar agar, sugar, and potato or tapioca starch to the blender.
  3. Blend until smooth and beginning to thicken, about 1 minute. 
  4. Mix in the contents of the osfortis (or 2 tablespoons whey from a previous batch of yogurt), then ferment for 48 hours at 100 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 48

Comments (30)

  1. Cindy says:

    What brand of probiotic powder do you recommend? I’m mainly seeing it in capsule form online ?

  2. jessica says:

    Do you have a recommended brand for the osfortis?

  3. Michelle Pye says:

    Can you link your yogurt maker, please? This looks amazing!

  4. Stacy Rushton says:

    Hi Camille, may I ask if you are using the Trust Your Gut brand probiotic? Thank you!!

    1. Camille Styles says:

      Hi Stacy! I use this one: https://rstyle.me/+4wx50ISX4QU8g5lZMWyp0Q

  5. LR says:

    Hi! Can you link the Osfortis probiotic and inulin powder that you buy? Thank you!

  6. Cheryl says:

    Hi! I have a couple of questions! First is there something magic about coconut milk or can I use another DF milk? Also I have an insta pot, is ok to make in it instead of yogurt maker? Just lengthen the time?

    1. Camille Styles says:

      I think you should be able to use a different plant-based milk, but I haven’t tested it – so it will be an experiment! Please report back if you try it.

  7. Heidi says:

    I am confused on which probiotic capsules to purchase for this.

    1. Camille Styles says:

      Here’s the probiotic: https://rstyle.me/+4wx50ISX4QU8g5lZMWyp0Q

  8. Charli says:

    This sounds great. Where do you buy Osfortis probiotic and the inulin? What brand? Thank you.

  9. Sarah says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! I was wondering if you knew approximately how much protein is in a 1/2 cup serving of the dairy version?

    1. Camille Styles says:

      It will equal the same amount of protein that’s in 1/2 cup of whichever milk that you’re using! 🙂

  10. susan dunkel says:

    hi the yogart maker says it goes on for 12 hours, can you program for 36? or just hit it , 3X? I bought the same one as yours. thanks.

    1. Camille Styles says:

      Hi Susan – I realized that there was one incorrect link in the post above – I’m so sorry! Here’s the correct yogurt maker — the temperature control is important. Apologies!! https://rstyle.me/+ZtNL3NDz03ny4zOoIfknSw

  11. Camille says:

    Camille,
    I was excited to try this recipe, but it is SO frustrating when your YouTube video does not match the recipe!! In the video you mentioned that you used half & half for a creamier result, but the recipe doesn’t specify using half and half so I don’t know how much to use. Is the total more than a quart? Same for the sugar – is it a teaspoon or a tablespoon? I can’t tell. It would be really nice if you provided an update that matched the video.

    1. Camille Styles says:

      HI Camille! The half-and-half is totally optional. You can add as much or as little as you’d like, as long as you swap equal parts milk and half-and-half. When I use it, I usually do about 1/4 cup half-and-half and reduce the milk by 1/4 cup to keep the liquid measurement the same.

      The sugar is used ONLY in the coconut milk version — 2 tablespoons as listed in the recipe card above. If you’re making it with dairy milk, you don’t use sugar.

  12. Barbara Reynolds says:

    Can you make this yogurt with lactose free milk?

    1. Camille Styles says:

      Yes! Lactose-free is fine… Low-pasteurized doesn’t work as well though, since the solids separate.

  13. Polly Jackson says:

    Hi – the yogurt maker you linked doesn’t have a temp control. Do you just turn the power on and let it sit for 36 hours?

    1. Camille Styles says:

      HI Polly! I realized that there was one incorrect link in the post above – I’m so sorry! Here’s the correct yogurt maker — the temperature control is important. Apologies!! https://rstyle.me/+ZtNL3NDz03ny4zOoIfknSw

  14. Camille Styles says:

    HI Polly! I realized that there was one incorrect link in the post above – I’m so sorry! Here’s the correct yogurt maker — the temperature control is important. Apologies!! https://rstyle.me/+ZtNL3NDz03ny4zOoIfknSw

  15. stacy says:

    For the coconut milk yogurt you have the ferment time at 48 hours instead of 36. Is this a typo or have you found this longer ferment is better for coconut milk.

    1. Casey McKee says:

      Yes, 48 hours for the coconut milk yogurt!

  16. Kate says:

    Good morning! I have made two batches of milk-based yogurt and have been moderately successful. I’ve used one quarter half and half in the mixture. The yogurt is quite watery in consistency. Is that normal? Also, the inulin is very clumpy and hard to incorporate into the slurry. I tried using a stick blender and it was a little better, but some of the pots of yogurt are still inconsistent with some being half full of whey. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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