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Berry Blue Blast Yo-Gurt-Sicle (raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, alkaline) displayed on an old cake pan

Today I made a raw, vegan, nut-free, gluten-free treat for some of our little friends… oh, who am I kidding, I made them for Bob and me. But it would also be excellent for the little ones!

These are perfect for those days when you are on the go or for those times where you are stuck to the couch. They can be stored in the fridge to be enjoyed on the softer side, or pop them in the freezer and enjoy a yo-gurt-sicle. Cool and refreshing!

I am a true yogurt lover. There were even times when it was one of my main foods, back when I was in my….

Dairy Daze

Growing up a bowl filled to the top with a fruity yogurt was a perfectly respectable meal for me. A pack of shredded cheese was a great snack. And don’t get me started on nachos–to me, they deserved to be in their own food group. If you’re picking up what I’m putting down, then you’re likely wondering why in tarnation I gave up dairy?

Well, when I used to eat dairy, I would get a lot of phlegm (mucus) in my throat.  I also would break out all over my face. I didn’t suffer from severe acne, but just enough to play “connect the dots.” Sadly, I wasn’t in tune with my body, and I had no idea that it was manifesting such reactions in an attempt to get my attention. Surely by now, you know that our skin is the largest organ of the body, and we need to learn to listen to it.  It is the body’s magic mirror, displaying imbalances that are occurring within.

I have now been dairy-free since 2008.  There were a few snippets of time where I tried bringing it back into my diet… BUT nope, my body just wasn’t going to have it.  Well, not unless I wanted to be a back-of-the-throat-mucus-dripping-pimple-faced-human. LOL  Doesn’t sound pretty, does it?! If you still consume dairy products, try eliminating them from your diet for one month and see if you notice any shifts within your body. You might be surprised.

Well, it’s time for me to get busy outside weeding, so I will end this here. I hope you enjoy this simple, yet nutritious treat. Blessings, amie sue

Berry Blue Blast Yo-Gurt-Sicle (raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, alkaline) presented in push-pop bagsIngredients:

Yields 2 cups


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  1. First and foremost, make sure all of the utensils and pieces of equipment you use for culturing are sterilized to avoid growing bad bacteria. If at any time mold develops–fuzzy, black, or pink–it will need to be tossed.
  2. Place the coconut meat, water, and probiotic powder in the blender and blend until smooth.
    • Ferment in a glass container, with a loose lid or rubber band and paper towel over the top,  for 24-48 hours.
    • Taste test throughout the process so you can stop it exactly when it reaches the level of “tang” that you enjoy.
  3. When the yogurt is ready, blend with the blueberries and sweetener.
    • I like to use liquid NuNaturals stevia.
  4. Pipe the yogurt into the popsicle bags.  Be sure to work out any air pockets.
  5. Store the fridge for 5 days or in the freezer for one month.

If you don’t have time to make the popsicle bags… enjoy as is!

Berry Blue Blast Yo-Gurt-Sicle (raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, alkaline) presented in a mason jar with fresh blueberries

11 thoughts on “Berry Blue Blast Yo-Gurt-Sicle

  1. onebearheart says:

    gorgeous! question for u: i have this exact coconut meat. i made coconut yogurt a couple of times yet the coconut yogurt tastes like “soap”… i also use wilderness family natural raw coconut oil and am having the same problem. have read it is the lauric acid and to try a pinch of bicarb, yet does not work. has this happened to you, and any words of wisdom here. ( use bio optimizer live pro biotic which is super)…help!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon,

      Hmmm, I never have had that flavor profile pops through with coconut for me. I have heard that some people get an “off” taste with coconut oil but never heard anyone complain about coconut meat having that same effect. Perhaps it’s your taste buds. Just like people who are sensitive to cilantro? So do you get this soapy taste from all coconut products? In what applications do you notice it in? Fresh? Used in dehydrated goods? etc.

      Blessings, amie sue

      • onebearheart says:

        thanks amie sue; no it is not just my taste buds; i have searched on line and some recommend adding a tsp of bicarb to prevent the flavor from lauric acid, giving that soapy taste. yes it has happened with yogurt using the meat from where u order as well; and with oil. i use raw organic cold pressed and am thinking of changing oils.

        • amie-sue says:

          Good morning Onebearheart,

          I have been doing some reading, as well as you and this is what I am gathering:

          1. “Unrefined coconut oil is rich in lauric acid which is one of the most common fatty acids used to make soap.” This was stated on a website but I can’t find scientific evidence yet to support this.
          2. Some people can taste the lauric acid significantly more than others.
          3. Unrefined coconut oil doesn’t contain much lauric acid so you don’t get the hit of soap… of course, it is now void of many wonderful health benefits.
          4. Do NOT buy coconut products with emulsifiers, food acids, preservatives, this can lead to a chemical taste and honestly… why is any of that even needed in our food?

          I have placed inquiries to several different coconut product manufacturers to see if I can get some solid answers, rather than “opinions”. I will keep in touch as I hear back.

          • onebearheart says:

            thanks amie sue! did not mean to draw u in to my “coconut dilemma” (lol) i think no 3 should read refined? yes i have done extensive research as well; have always opted for UN refined cold pressed, in order to get the benefits; however, lauric acid taste (soap!) is not one i want! lol. i think i may have to go with centrifugal raw at this point. will keep u posted. what kind do you use?

            • amie-sue says:

              No worries. lol It’s a learning opportunity for all. I am still waiting for some more email responses. I was pleasantly surprised that they had answered so quickly. I use many different brands and don’t experience that soapy taste… ever. Must be my taste buds. haha Let’s keep one another posted. We will get to the bottom of this yet! :) Blessings, amie sue

            • Jenarihealth says:

              Jumping in on this conversation, I, too, have never experienced the soapy taste and I’ve tried many brands. I have heard others, tho, say they don’t like coconut oil due to the taste, so it may be that. I use the Member’s Mark brand from Sam’s. It’s Extra Virgin unrefined coconut oil and I think is deliciou! Cheaper than other stores, too, which makes it a bargain.

              • amie-sue says:

                Good morning Nancy,

                Thanks for chiming in. It’s great to hear from others too. I still somewhat stick to my guns that it is a taste bud issue… because I have tried so many brands over the past 10 years and never experienced this soapy taste. I am sure there are manufacturing techniques that might cause a person to be more sensitive to this off-put flavoring. Bob is a supertaster and he has never complained of experiencing this either. But that’s not to say that there isn’t anything to be learned from exploring this topic. hehe

                Blessings, amie sue

        • amie-sue says:

          Good afternoon Onebearheart,

          I heard back from Tropical Traditions and this is the email response that I got…

          Hi Amie,

          Thank you for your inquiry. The taste of coconut oil is very often determined by the method of production.

          Our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is a traditionally-made hand-crafted coconut oil that is not mass-produced by machine, but crafted in small batches by family producers. Hence, there are some slight variations in taste from batch to batch. However, if you are comparing the taste of our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil with a mass-produced machine-made coconut oil, the taste is very different. Most people enjoy and prefer this taste, while others do not. We have been producing our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for more than 15 years now, and it is one of the first coconut oils in the market. The benefits of a wet-milled/fermented product are discussed on this link: https://healthytraditions.com/coconut-oil/what-is-virgin-coconut-oil

          Some slight variation in taste may occur between batches, based on the time of year the coconuts are harvested, different varieties of coconuts, etc. There are also other factors that affect the taste of our hand-crafted Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. In general, the fresher the coconut oil, the stronger it will taste. The scent and taste will generally dissipate over time, especially as you open and close the container and expose it to air. The dissipating aroma or flavor over time does NOT spoil the coconut oil, or indicate that it is spoiled. If stored properly, Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil will last for years. Therefore, if you are accustomed to purchasing large containers of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, such as 1-gallon or 5-gallon pails that last a long time, it is normal to think that a new purchase will taste different, as it will be fresher. Most of our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is sold within 60 – 90 days after it is produced.

          Another factor that affects taste from batch to batch is the presence of very tiny coconut solids in the oil. We don’t filter out all of the coconut solids, because excessive filtering also filters out very desirable and beneficial components and nutrients. Our producers in the Philippines have done an excellent job over the years to ensure these particles are evenly distributed throughout the oil to make sure the taste is not too strong. But if the coconut oil is shipped or stored during very warm weather in a liquid state, those particles tend to settle at the bottom of containers, particularly our pails. This will affect the taste as they become more concentrated.

          For those who do not care for the batch variation of this high anti-oxidant method of production, we offer a cold-pressed oil. Healthy Traditions Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil is a high quality machine-made Virgin Coconut Oil. Certified organic fresh coconuts are first dried and then the oil is cold-pressed out by machine. As with our Virgin Coconut Oils, this oil retains the scent and taste of coconuts. Our Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil is made in a central location in the Philippines under strict quality control procedures to produce a consistent product that meets stringent USDA organic certification standards. This high quality Virgin Coconut Oil is not made from copra, but from certified organic fresh coconuts that are processed shortly after they are harvested. After the oil is cold-pressed from the dried coconut meat, no further refining is needed.

          And, finally, for those who simply do not care for the taste of coconut at all, we offer an expeller pressed coconut oil. Healthy Traditions EPCO is a high quality refined organic coconut oil. This oil is processed the “old” way by what is called “physical refining.” The modern way of processing coconut oil is by chemical extraction, using solvent extracts, which produces higher yields and is quicker and less expensive. Healthy Traditions Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil does not use solvent extracts. It is made the “old” way by expeller-pressed mechanical extraction. This oil is also not hydrogenated, and contains no trans fatty acids. It is a very good quality food-grade coconut oil. Healthy Traditions Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil is made from coconuts that have not been treated with chemicals or fertilizers. It is 100% natural, and it is also certified organic according to USDA and EU standards. Our Expeller-Pressed coconut oil is high in the medium chain fatty acids, such as Lauric acid. This is the “common” type oil that billions of people in Asia consume on a daily basis. Expeller Pressed Coconut oil is less expensive than Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, and because it goes through a steam deodorizing process the taste is very bland, unlike Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil which retains the odor and taste of fresh coconuts.

          As far as the comparison between the Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil (EPCO) and VCNO, the EPCO still has the medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides (MCTs) that are the major reason for the nutrient benefits of coconut oil. These are what studies say increase metabolism, support the immune system, etc. What the EPCO is missing is some of the nutrients and anti-oxidant properties that are in VCNO, like Vitamin E, for example (although coconut oil is not a real significant source of Vitamin E: Palm oil is better for that.). Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions link to read more: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/faq.htm

          I trust you will find this helpful.


          Healthy Traditions Customer Service
          866-311-2626 Ext. 2
          [email protected]

  2. Jenarihealth says:

    Aaaahhh that looks soooo delicious!!! It’s making my mouth water for some as I type! I will enjoy making this. I don’t know what Thai coconuts cost in your neck of the woods, but in Arkansas, they are over $2.00 each . . . at an Asian store, where they are cheap! :<( But it might be worth the investment to make this healthful food.

    And yes, the dairy is a major contributing factor in more than just eh-eh phlegm. I had migraine headaches terribly bad, along with the phlegm while I was eating dairy products. Since I left them out of my diet over 25 years ago, I have never had a migraine since. How easy was that?!

    Have a blessed day, Amy Sue!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Nancy,

      Always a pleasure to hear from you. :) Young Thai coconuts are spendy here… upwards of $5 a piece. I now buy the meat frozen on-line. Been getting that way for years now and I love it. It’s always the perfect texture, cleaned, and I know what I am getting.

      Boy, dairy can be a bugger for people. I am so happy that you discovered what the culprit was that was causing the headaches. Easy fix indeed. People spend a lifetime suffering from them, and never know what brings them on.

      I hope you are enjoying the summer. Sending you love and blessings, amie sue

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