Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

A2 milk yogurt recipe

Gut friendly cow’s milk

Not all cow’s milk was created equal. If you have trouble digesting regular cow’s milk or it makes your stomach feel a bit wrong, you might want to try A2 milk. The A2 difference is not the result of filtering, processing or genetic engineering but rather breeding. All cows’ milk naturally contains protein, but different breeds of cows produce milk with different protein structures.

Regular, store-bought cow’s milk contains a combination of A1 and A2 beta-casein, but a2 Milk contains only A2 beta-casein.  Research has shown that the A2 milk protein is digested differently and may be a healthier option. This a2 milk yogurt makes thick, tub-set, creamy yogurt and is definitely worth a try if you struggle to digest regular milk.

A2 milk yogurt recipe

Interestingly, cows are not the only animal to produce the A2 milk protein. Camels produce exclusively A2 milk, and goat milk, which is well known for being a sensitive dairy option, has little - to no A1 protein. The Luvele kitchen is currently working hard on perfecting a camel milk yogurt recipe, and you can find our goat milk yogurt recipe here. Both are thinner, drinking-style yogurts. 

We have experimented with and compared fresh a2 Milk as well as dry a2 Milk powder and love the versatility of both products. Either of the two products or a combination of fresh milk and dry powder, will reliably give you thick, spoonable yogurt and the best part – you don’t need to heat the milk first! The yogurt pictured was made with dry milk powder only – and it was so simple.

HEATING THE MILK IS OPTIONAL

The a2 recipe method below does not heat the milk before incubation. If you follow the Specific Carbohydrate diet (SCD) or would simply prefer to prepare your yogurt in a traditional method, please feel free to heat the milk. It is well known that heating and holding the milk between 160º-180°F (71°-82°C) produces thicker yogurt. See this cow’s milk yogurt method for instructions.

DRY MILK POWDER TIP

Adding half a cup of dry milk powder to fresh milk produces thicker yogurt. Find out how in our tips for thickening yogurt or click over to our recipe for the thickest tub set yogurt here.

Note: Use only fresh a2 Milk for SCD & GAPS.

We love to hear from you. Please tell us which yogurt making method you prefer.

A2 milk yogurt

A2 milk yogurt recipe

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