Reader Tip: Make Your Own Drinkable Yogurts

Joanna emailed in the following tip:

I used to buy those drinkable yogurts for my babies. My older daughter loved them so much and would drink all four bottles in one sitting if I’d let her. Those organic drinkable yogurts are expensive and I just couldn’t stomach spending that much on them.

My father, born in Europe, came from a family where my grandmother made just about everything from scratch. As I was complaining to my father about how expensive those drinkable yogurts were, he suggested I just make them.

I don’t know why I didn’t think about it, they are actually so easy to make. You just take any yogurt and add water, little by little, to get it to the consistency you want. I usually whisk it with a fork to get it to blend well.

It works great and my kiddos love it!

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  1. Amy says

    I do sort of the same thing, but I mix it with milk to keep it creamy. Love the calcium and protein!

  2. javajunkie says

    Yep, I do this with milk instead of water. My 2-year-old still has a really hard time spooning yogurt out of the containers, he gets it EVERYWHERE, so I sometimes just add milk and put it in a cup for him to just drink. So much neater that way. ;)

  3. says

    Great idea! My family makes our own yogurt too….it is a great way to save money and the yogurt tastes better! :)

  4. says

    brilliant!! my husband who is a child at heart loooooves drinkable yogurts, but i agree they are expensive, esp. when it’s a grown man who is drinking them. love this tip. we are definitely going to give it a try.

  5. Deborah says

    Great idea! Instead of water, I think skim milk would work as well. I like to thin things down with like or similar ingredients. It’s worth a try. Thanks.

  6. Jesse says

    We make them and call them milk shakes. We also started making our own yogurt, talk about saving money. I almost want to invest in a yogurt maker, but you don’t need one. Just google how to make yogurt and you will find a bunch of ways. Right now we do ours by pouring the milk into jars, and heating them in a pot of water, cooling, adding the yogurt and incubating it in a cooler. It is a little bit of work, but worth the savings if you use it as much as I do.

  7. Jill says

    Sounds like a good idea! Will have to give it a try! I make my own yogurt too, but I use a crockpot. It is amazing. I can now no longer eat store bought because it just doesn’t taste the same in flavor and consistency. Love my yogurt!

  8. Joanna says

    Water was suggested because babies under 1 shouldnt have milk, but they can have yogurt from about 6-8 months old :)

  9. V. says

    i will do this from now on. i will use milk and will try it with o.j. thanks for the wonderful tip.

  10. Caitlin says

    I do it with milk, and sometimes with the V8 fruit juice. Makes me feel like I’m being healthy or something :)

  11. says

    I found that when you first start making yogurt at home (especially in winter) you get drinkable yogurt whether you like it or not. My first batch of homemade yogurt made in the crockpot was very thin. So I served it as a drink to my one year old and froze the rest into yogurt pops. Certainly better than throwing it out. So I would say no need to think perfectly good homemade yogurt (especially considering how much work it is), just let the yogurt ferment a little less time or use less of a starter, no gelatin or whatever you use to thicken it, and you’ll have a nice big batch of thinned yogurt for drinking or freezing, no water or extra milk required.

  12. Shannon K says

    I always put a straw in it? if you get the ones that are foil like on top just perce it with your pinky and add straw (no mess) and drinkable, works great with applesause also.

  13. says

    Great idea! My kids LOVE yogurt drinks so I feel like we are spending a small fortune on them every week! Thanks for the tip!

  14. Susan L. says

    I haven’t tried it, but since little bit is a yogurt-gourmand, I’ve been seriously considering it. I have seen recipes somewhere (maybe food.com?) that suggest adding fruit juice to thin it. :)