Easy Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt


You may recall the Raw Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe that we shared from Gena Hamshaw’s new cookbook, Choosing Raw, just recently. Well we have one more gem from this amazing new high-raw cookbook: super-easy Banana Cashew Yogurt.

Easy, Raw Banana Cashew Yogurt (no culturing required!) - dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free recipe

Gena says:

Greek yogurt is one of the last non-vegan foods I stopped eating, and it was one of my favorites. I’ve seen all sorts of super complex recipes for fermented, homemade yogurts, but this simple recipe is my go-to.

This banana cashew yogurt calls for a probiotic powder. You don’t have to go out and purchase one to make it. If you take any kind of probiotic supplement, you can simply empty two to three capsules into the recipe and enjoy. If you don’t want to, or don’t have a probiotic powder at all, that’s fine. Just go ahead and enjoy the taste of this sweet, tangy treat.

See my other post for a few more details about Choosing Raw, or peruse this cookbook on Amazon.

Easy, Raw Banana Cashew Yogurt (no culturing required!) - dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free recipe

Special Diet Notes: Banana Cashew Yogurt

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

4.9 from 21 reviews
Raw Banana Cashew Yogurt
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Recipe reprinted with permission from Choosing Raw, © 2014 by Gena Hamshaw, DaCapo Lifelong. Please note that the prep time does not include soaking the cashews.
Serves: 4 small or 2 large
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours or more, then drained
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2⁄3 cup coconut water (1⁄2 cup if you’re using a food processor)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dairy-free probiotic powder (optional; you can simply open up a few probiotic capsules for this!)
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  2. Alternatively, place all the ingredients, except the coconut water, in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Turn the motor on and drizzle in the coconut water in a thin stream. Keep processing until the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the yogurt will keep for 2 days.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  3. I gave 5/5 for ratings. This is awesome to try. Love the taste. My kids love it. Nice and simple recipe with healthy meals.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I just tried this and loved it.
    I’m not necessarily a vegan, but I love raw foods and raw desserts, and I love recipes with just healthy ingredients. Before I started making this yogurt, my yogurt of choice used to be Greek yogurt. As for the calories, I think this one will come to be less since the only high-calorie food in there is a banana, which is about 105 calories!

  5. I love yogurt and I love cashews. I have a feeling I’m going to love instapots too. Never knew they could do so many amazing things.

  6. I’m passing this on to a family member who has a number of food allergies. This looks delicious and I don’t see any food items he can’t eat. It sounds good. Frankly, I didn’t know you could make homemade yogurt that easy. There’s so much you can make with yogurt, but I wouldn’t touch the stuff they sell in most supermarkets. Will pass the recipe on and have someone make it for me before I try it.

    • That’s great! I hope they get the chance to enjoy it. As for the store brands of dairy-free yogurt, there are really quite a few “cleaner” brands emerging. I’ve been impressed myself lately.

  7. Do you have a plain yogurt alternative? I need some to make tzatziki sauce for gyros! My hubby is terribly dairy intolerant and loves gyros! Also if you have a dairy free alternative for feta cheese that would help too.

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  11. Having to soak the cashews for a few hours somewhat disqualifies this recipe from being “instant”….misleading post title!

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