A Closer Look: Vegan Yogurt Starter


“I make wonderful coconut milk yogurt with this product. It’s easy, I can control what is and isn’t in it, and I’m thrilled to be eating yogurt again!” -Snackgirl

“I’ve made two batches of soy yogurt so far, and I’m extremely pleased with the results. The cultures and instructions both worked a treat.” -Tish

Today we are going to take a closer look at Vegan Yogurt Starter.

Product Highlights

Vegan Yogurt Starter


A blend of lactic acid bacteria specifically selected for use in making dairy-free yogurt, this culture has a mild yogurt flavor with a smooth texture and slightly weak viscosity. Ideally suited for soy or rice milk.

This is a direct-set yogurt starter and cannot be recultured (see below).


“I was very nervous making vegan yogurt at home the first time. But this starter and all of the helpful info found on this website eased my fear and now I am a confident yogurt maker! I use a combination of almond and cashew milks, and thicken a little before culturing. I have made it 3 times now and it has come out perfect every time! Thick, rich and delicious” -Cindy

“After a few less than satisfactory experiments I now have my soy yogurt perfected. I use Eden Soy fortified soy milk, arrowroot powder, maple syrup and Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt Starter. I bought the Cuisinart Yogurt Maker and the whole process is so easy. The yogurt is far superior to any dairy or non-dairy yogurt I’ve ever tried. Thank you Cultures for Health for such a great product. Now with your help I’ll be introducing more cultured foods into my diet!” -Beth

Product Q&A

Q. I am excited to find your website as I am looking to make my own yogurt. I do have Celiac disease as well as being highly allergic to yeast, casein and all dairy. Is this starter free of casein as well? Also does it contain the healthy probiotics found in regular yogurt? If not what is the nutritional value? I am able to drink rice, almond, soy, and coconut milk.  Thanks for your help.

A. Our Vegetal starter is completely vegan, so there is no casein in it. It contains the same probiotics as in dairy starters: Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Streptococcus thermophilus.

(The “lacto” refers to the type of bacteria, and does not involve lactose or any dairy.)

Q. How does this product compare/contrast to Gi ProHealth’s DF yogurt starter? I see that it contains more than 3 strains of bacteria.  Will this starter work with Whole Foods brand 365 unsweetened rice milk? Will it also work with homemade nut milk?

A. The strains in the Gi ProHealth starter are: Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, and Lactobacillus casei.

The Vegetal yogurt starter contains Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Streptococcus thermophilus. It also contains rice maltodextrin.

The Vegatal starter is especially formulated to work well with rice milk, and should also work well with homemade nut milk.

Click here to view more Q&A and reviews for the Vegan Yogurt Starter on the Cultures for Health site.



Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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