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How to Make Yogurt in Your Ninja Foodi

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Yes, you can indeed make yogurt in your Ninja Foodi! I mean, I am beginning to think what can’t the Ninja Foodi do! Am I right? If you are like me, you are loving all the Ninja Foodi recipes. Let me share how to make yogurt in your Ninja Foodi with little to no effort needed! The hardest part is waiting for your yogurt to finish before you can dive right in! 

When you look online you can find tons of recipes showing you how to make yogurt in the Instant Pot with the yogurt button. But, the Ninja Foodi doesn’t offer a yogurt button, so now what? Well, I shared a while back how to make yogurt in the Instant Pot without a yogurt button, and now I want to do the exact same with the Ninja Foodi! 

Learn How to Make Yogurt In Your Ninja Foodi

I am a problem solver, and the other night I was dreaming of making yogurt in my Instant Pot. I stopped and thought will it work in the Ninja Foodi? So, my wheels began working and I went and tested it out, and sure enough, creamy, silky smooth yogurt was what I was able to serve up to my family! 

How to Make Yogurt in Your Ninja Foodi

If I can make it work in the Instant Pot I was hopeful I could master the Ninja Foodi as well! 

Tips On How To Make Homemade Yogurt In Your Ninja Foodi

  • Sterilize| One big tip is to make sure you sterilize your inner pot and all utensils you will be used for making yogurt. This will give you success in the end. 
  • Milk | I personally reach for whole milk, it will give you a really nice and silky yogurt. Now if you want lower fat milk, be prepared that it could be a bit thinner consistency. 
  • Room Temperature Yogurt Starter | Try to remember to set your yogurt out a bit before you are ready to use it. Having room temperature yogurt starter really helps set you up for success in getting that creamy homemade yogurt you want. Make sure your yogurt starter has active cultures. 
  • Incubate | Once you are done with the process allow your yogurt to incubate. You can go anywhere from 6 hours all the way up to 12 depending on how you like your flavor and texture of yogurt to be. 

How Long To Let Your Ninja Foodi Yogurt Incubate

This is all about preference right here. The longer your yogurt sets in the incubate stage the sourer it will become. Personally, I like a bit of sour yogurt, you can always dress it up with fruits, jam, and other toppings. For a Greek-style yogurt that is thicker, you will leave your yogurt in this stage for longer. If you prefer less thick and not as tart, you would pull earlier. 

When Will Your Yogurt Begin To Thicken When Making Homemade Yogurt in Ninja Foodi

One tip is to be patient, this is a long process to make homemade yogurt. At around hour 5 or 6 you will begin to see your milk mixture start to thicken. Then as time passes it will get thicker and thicker as I stated above. 

How to Make Yogurt in Your Ninja Foodi

I always get a little anxious that it isn’t going to work. Each time I check it is that extra milky texture with no thickness. But you have to wait and watch, and almost always it starts to thicken like clockwork. 

My Favorite Toppings and Stir-Ins For Homemade Yogurt

While I love yogurt, I also love making parfaits and adding toppings to add more layers of flavor. If you need some stir in and toppings let me share what I prefer for my yogurt. 

How to Make Yogurt in Your Ninja Foodi

Those are a few of my favorite toppers and stir-ins for homemade yogurt. 

How to Make Yogurt in Your Ninja Foodi

Give this homemade yogurt a try, and let me know what you think! We found it to be a huge success, and now we have tasty yogurt for the week. 

How to Make Yogurt in Your Ninja Foodi

How to Make Yogurt in Your Ninja Foodi

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Delicious homemade yogurt that is made with just 2 ingredients in your Ninja Foodi.


  • ½ gallon of whole milk
  • 3-4 Tbsp of plain yogurt


  1. Pour milk into your pot then seal the pot with the lid and seal closed. (If you want to add a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk) you can do so before closing your lid) Push the “keep warm” button and leave milk for about 40-45 minutes.
  2. Release the lid and whisk your warm milk.
  3. Set the IP to “sauté” to heat the milk to 185 degrees.
  4. Once milk hot remove inner pot with hot pads and set aside to cool to 110 degrees.
  5. Add 3-4 Tbsp of plain yogurt in your cooled milk and whisk.
  6. Place the inner pot back into the IP and seal the lid with a closed seal. The IP is off at this point. Wrap your Ninja in a towel and let sit 8 hours. How to Make Yogurt in Your Ninja Foodi
  7. Once done remove the homemade yogurt and place in a storage container in your refrigerator.
  8. If you would like to sweeten with honey, agave or vanilla, you can mix it in now.
  9. Use homemade berry IP jam to place at the bottom of your jar and top with your yogurt and enjoy!


Make yogurt as directed. Some sweetening choices:

* Before spooning your yogurt into mason jars, mix in 1 tablespoon vanilla extract into prepared yogurt, this will flavor the yogurt without any added sweeteners.

** If you like your yogurt to be sweet, you can add in honey, maple syrup or sugar/sweetener adjusted to your desired level of sweetness.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g

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  1. I’m not sure what you mean under directions, number 1 says you can add a can of sweetened ? . Can of what?
    Thanks, kay

  2. Thanks for what sounds like a simple recipe! I was going to buy an Instant Pot to make yogurt and because of all the recipe books dedicated to it; but since I already own a Ninja Foodie, it looks like that may not be necessary! By the way, your steps 3, 6 & 9 refer to the “IP”. For step 3 you reference using the “saute” button. I assume the equivalent would be the Ninja’s “Sear/Saute” button?

  3. I don’t understand why you wrap a towel around the pot with a sealed lid? Leaving the Foodi turned off for 8 hours will keep the temperature of 110F? I read that someone else said to use the dehydration function for the temperature to stay. I am new to yoghurt making and just don’t want to mess up and waste.

    1. Using the dehydration function is another method. One I have not tested so I can speak for it’s success. This is the same process used for Instant pots with no yogurt button

  4. I want to like yogurt so bad!! But I do not like that sour tart that yogurt has. My mouth is puckering just thinking about it! I don’t know why I don’t just let it go haha
    I noticed you said the longer it sets the more tart it will be, but it also has to set to thicken up. So I wonder…is there a way to make it thick enough before it gets too tart? Or do I just need to accept that I do not like yogurt!

    Another random fact, I hate avocados too!

  5. Follow up to my last comment. Letting it drain with cheesecloth in a sieve made it much thicker and I’m now a pro after my 2nd time. Although, having said that, I’d now like to know if I can use some leftover whey as a starter. I guess we will find out. I’m going to double the recipe also.

  6. Thank you for this really easy and straightforward guide to making Yoghurt in the Ninja Foodi. – I have just completed my first batch, having never made yoghurt before and was really thrilled with the results. As a fan of Greek yoghurt, I am planning on straining my next batch, but confident this will be successful

  7. I’ve made this recipe for homemade yogurt in my Ninja Foodi quite a few times now, and it turns out great! It is so easy and so good! I like it quite a bit better than store-bought yogurt (besides, the longer time that you can let it ferment at home makes it healthier than the store bought version which is no doubt a sped up process). I let my yogurt incubate about 10 hours and it’s nice and thick and not too tart. Thanks for the recipe!

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