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Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt


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5 from 4 votes
Cook Time : 8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time : 8 hrs 35 mins
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Last Updated on July 1, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

This Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt is creamy, rich, and so easy to make! It’s the perfect breakfast or snack and can be made with just a few simple ingredients.

If you love easy Instant Breakfast recipes, then this is the recipe for you. No more buying expensive single-serve yogurt cups at the grocery store when you can make this at home in your own kitchen.

Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt in a jar topped with strawberry, blueberry and granola next to a blue and white checkered cloth with an instant pot blurred in the background

Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt

Yogurt is full of calcium and protein and is a great way to start your day. Also, this yogurt is filled with active live cultures which are great for your gut health.

This recipe is made in the Instant Pot which means that it’s quick and easy to make. Just add all of the ingredients into the pot, set it, and forget it! In just a few hours, you’ll have a delicious batch of yogurt that’s perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Why I Love This Recipe

You can never go wrong with a bowl of delicious vanilla yogurt! This recipe is so easy and quick to make, that you’ll want it for breakfast or snacks every day.

  • Easy to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters

If you love Instant Pot breakfast recipes, you will want to try this Instant Pot Giant Pancake recipe next time.

Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt in a jar topped with strawberry, blueberry and granola next to a blue and white checkered cloth with an instant pot blurred in the background

Ingredients

You only need a handful of ingredients to help you make this creamy homemade yogurt recipe.

  • whole milk
  • full-fat Greek yogurt with active bacterial cultures
  • vanilla extract
Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt ingredients

Substitutions

Yogurt: You can use low-fat yogurt, but I’ve found that it doesn’t thicken as much.

Milk: Instead of whole milk, you can use lower-fat milk but you will have a thinner yogurt.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this family-friendly homemade yogurt recipe.

How to Make Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt

This recipe comes together in several simple steps: gather your ingredients and get ready for a delicious and creamy yogurt.

Step 1: Add milk to the pressure cooker

Add your milk to the Instant pot.

Milk inside the Instant Pot

Step 2: Press the yogurt button

Press the yogurt button twice for the display to show the word “boil.” Use the lid for the Instant Pot to cover and close. It will take about 30 minutes.

Step 3: Check the temperature of your milk

Check your milk to make sure that it has reached a temperature of 180°. If it has not reached 180°, press cancel on your instant pot and turn it on sauté mode until it reaches that temperature.

Step 4: Cool down the milk

Remove the inner pot from the Instant Pot to cool to 105°. I placed my inner pot in the sink with water and ice which sped up the process. (You can allow it to drop in temperature by sitting on the counter, or water in the sink without ice.)

Step 5: Remove any film that has formed on top

Once you have reached the temperature, remove your inner pot from the ice bath. Remove any skin that might have started forming on the top.

Step 6: Mix together vanilla, yogurt, and a small amount of milk

In a small bowl, add your vanilla, 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and a little bit of the milk from your pot. Mix together until you have a thin consistency.

Step 7: Add the mixture to the pot

Once completely mixed together, add back to the pot. Mix well.

Step 8: Return the inner pot to the pressure cooker

Add your inner pot back to your instant pot. Close the lid and close the sealing valve.

Step 9: Pressure cook the yogurt

Press “yogurt” on your Instant Pot and set it to 8 hours.

Step 10: Chill the yogurt

Once the time has been completed, turn off your Instant Pot, and transfer the inner pot to the refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight.

yogurt with spoon in the middle in the instant pot

Step 11: Top with fruit

Top with fresh fruit, frozen fruit, granola, and honey! Enjoy!

Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt in a jar topped with strawberry, blueberry and granola next to a blue and white checkered cloth with an instant pot blurred in the background

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

This yogurt is delicious and so easy to make! You’ll love the creamy texture and the ability to customize it with your favorite flavors. Be sure to try this recipe today!

Cinnamon: Add two teaspoons of cinnamon to the yogurt and milk mixture for a hint of cinnamon spice in your yogurt.

Fruit: Add 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit preserves to the milk and yogurt mixture for a hint of fruit taste.

Chocolate: 1/4 cup of cocoa powder will give this homemade yogurt a nice chocolate flavor.

Toppings

Looking for some ideas on what to top this homemade yogurt with? Here are some ideas:

  • fresh fruit
  • frozen fruit
  • granola
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • coconut flakes
  • jam
  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter
Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt in a jar topped with strawberry, blueberry and granola next to a blue and white checkered cloth with an instant pot blurred in the background

FAQs

Do you have questions about this Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Store your yogurt in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, you can easily double this recipe. Just be sure to use a larger Instant Pot.

Do I need to use whole milk?

You can use any type of milk that you like for this recipe. I prefer to use whole milk because it gives the yogurt a richer flavor, but you can use skim milk, too.

What kind of yogurt should I use?

I like to use plain Greek yogurt for this recipe, but you can really use any type of yogurt that you like. If you want a sweeter yogurt, you can use vanilla yogurt.

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Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt Recipe

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Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt

Corinne Schmitt
This Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt is creamy, rich, and easy to make!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 35 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 333 kcal

Equipment

  • measuring cup and spoon
  • Instant Pot
  • Small bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 2 liters whole milk I used Fair life milk
  • 2 tablespoons full-fat Greek yogurt with active bacterial cultures I used Fage yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Add your milk to the Instant pot. Press the yogurt button twice for the display to show the word “boil.” Use the lid for the Instant Pot to cover and close. It will take about 30 minutes.
  • Check your milk to make sure that it has reached a temperature of 180°. If it has not reached 180°, press cancel on your instant pot, and turn it on sauté mode until it reaches that temperature.
  • Remove the inner pot from the Instant Pot to cool to 105°. I placed my inner pot in the sink with water and ice which sped up the process. (You can allow it just to drop in temperature by sitting on the counter, or water in the sink without ice.)
  • Once you have reached the temperature, remove your inner pot from the ice bath. Remove any skin that might have started forming on the top.
  • In a small bowl, add your vanilla, 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and a little bit of the milk from your pot. Mix together until you have a thin consistency.
  • Once completely mixed together add back to the pot. Mix well.
  • Add your inner pot back to your instant pot. Close the lid and close the sealing valve.
  • Press “yogurt” on your Instant Pot and set to 8 hours.
  • Once the time has completed, turn off your Instant Pot, and transfer the inner pot to the refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight.
  • Top with fresh fruit, frozen fruit, granola, and honey! Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 18gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 199mgPotassium: 794mgSugar: 26gVitamin A: 836IUCalcium: 643mgIron: 1mg
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