Mmmm. Yogurt. Okay, actually I hate yogurt. Any yogurt except this one.

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Slow Cooker Yogurt (Sweetened, Vanilla)

This is my mash-up of yogurt recipes that I’ve tried and liked. It’s a whole milk yogurt, sweetened with sugar, that’s made in the crockpot. My two main sources are the Crockpot 365 yogurt recipe and Ma Bacon’s yogurt recipe. Serving sizes are baby-size since I mostly make this for the little ones.

Source: Amalgam of recipes 🙂

Course: Snacks and Sandwiches

Cuisine: Crock Pot

Prep Time: 5 Min

Cook Time: 12 Hr

Total Time: 12 Hr 5 Min

Serves: 32


  • .5 gallon milk whole, organic
  • .5 cup plain yogurt organic
  • .5 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Add half gallon of milk to slow cooker. Cook on low until yogurt reaches 180* Fahrenheit. This will probably be 2-3 hours.
  2. Turn off slow cooker and uncover. Let milk sit, uncovered, until it cools to 115* Fahrenheit. This will take another 90 minutes to 2 hours.
  3. Remove 2 cups of the warm milk and add to medium bowl. Whisk warm milk with the half cup of starter yogurt, half cup sugar, and tablespoon of vanilla extract.
  4. Pour warm milk mixture back into slow cooker and cover.
  5. Unplug slow cooker, wrap in thick towels or blanket so it is well-insulated. Leave wrapped and undisturbed for 8-12 hours or overnight.
  6. Enjoy your sweet, delicious yogurt!


  • Notes: You can add pureed fruit or preserves to make various flavors. My kids liked a berry puree with a bit of stevia sprinkled in the puree before mixing with the yogurt.
  • I use an Infantino Squeeze Station to make yogurt pouches for on-the-go baby food.
  • The yogurt will last about 2 weeks in the fridge (give or take). Keep 1/2 cup of your yogurt for the next batch’s starter!

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