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Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt

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Instant Pot cold start yogurt is creamy and delicious. Perfect for breakfast, smoothies, and more. 

vanilla yogurt in a glass jar topped with granola on a towel

Yogurt is one the easiest thing I’ve made in my Instant Pot. This Instant Pot cold start yogurt takes only 3 ingredients to make, and it makes a lot. So, if you’re a yogurt lover, this is definitely a recipe you’ll want to make.

I make my yogurt using the cold-start method and it is no-fuss.

What a different ways to enjoy homemade yogurt?

There are many great uses for yogurt. With your favorite toppings, like fruit and granola, or in smoothies. Also, as a substitution for mayonnaise and sour cream in many dishes, though you may want to use plain yogurt for this. 

What are the benefits of yogurt?

Yogurt is also high in protein which keeps you feeling full longer. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals.

vanilla yogurt in a glass jar topped with granola on a towel

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Makes a large quantity for less money than store bought
  • You can flavor the yogurt how you would like
  • Lasts for a couple weeks in the refrigerator
  • Versatile and can be used in many ways
vanilla yogurt in a plastic container with a spoon on a towel top view


What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Ultra pasteurized milk, such as Fairlife ultra-filtered milk
  • Natural Bliss vanilla creamer
  • Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt

You need only 3 ingredients to make yogurt. First, milk that is ultra pasteurized, like Fairlife. It’s important to start with a milk that has already been boiled to kill any bacteria.

You can get away with not boiling Fairlife milk for this method because it’s already been boiled.

The ultra pasteurized milk goes through a heating process that kills all of that bacteria, so it’s ready to use without needing to be boiled first. The cold-start method will save time on your yogurt making process. If you are unable to find ultra-pasteurized milk locally, then the boil yogurt method works too.

This cold start or no boil method will not work with regular milk.

For boiling milk, any type of milk will work, including non-dairy milks. To do this, start by pouring the milk in a pot on the stove and bring it to 180 degrees. It doesn’t need to come to a full boil at 212 degrees.

Once the milk is at 180 degrees, hold it there for about 30 minutes. Then, cool the milk down to 115 degrees. Now it’s ready to add to the Instant Pot.

vanilla yogurt in in the instant pot with a spoon inside

How to make this recipe

1 – Stir together the milk and the vanilla creamer in the Instant Pot. I use the Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss brand. You can skip this step if you prefer plain flavored yogurt. I add the vanilla creamer because I like my yogurt flavored a bit. 

2 – Once the milk and creamer are stirred together, add in the plain Greek yogurt to the milk and creamer with a whisk, stirring until the yogurt is blended in.

The reason you need yogurt to make yogurt is because of the active cultures it contains. It acts as a starter for your new yogurt. When buying your yogurt, be sure that it has live active yogurt cultures. Not all yogurt works as yogurt starters.

3 – Secure the lid on the Instant Pot, leaving the valve open. Press the yogurt button and let the Instant Pot work its magic. It takes about 8 hours for the yogurt to finish.

4 – Once it’s done, remove the insert, lightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled. At least for 4 hours, but overnight is better.

If you save several tablespoons of your yogurt you can use it to start your next batch of Instant Pot yogurt. 

vanilla yogurt in a glass jar topped with granola on a towel

How do I store homemade yogurt?

Place yogurt in an airtight container. It will last for 10-14 days in the refrigerator. 

Can I freeze homemade yogurt?

Yes. Place yogurt in a freezer safe container. It will last in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Calories per serving (1/2 cup): 139

You can also find my FREE Instant Pot cheat sheets here.

Yield: 16 Servings

Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt

vanilla yogurt in a glass jar topped with granola on a towel

Instant Pot cold start yogurt is creamy and delicious. Perfect for breakfast, smoothies, and more.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes


  • 52 ounces Fairlife, whole ultra-filtered milk
  • 16 ounces Coffee-Mate natural bliss vanilla creamer
  • 7 ounces Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt


  1. Add milk and creamer to the Instant Pot and stir together. Whisk yogurt to the milk and creamer until smooth.
  2. Secure lid on Instant Pot and push the Yogurt button. It will take approximately 8 hours for yogurt to finish. The vent does not need to be sealed.
  3. After the yogurt is done, remove pot insert, cover lightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill, about 4 hours.


If ultra pasteurized milk is unavailable, you can use any milk using the boil method. Pour milk in a pot on the stove and bring milk to 180°. Once the milk is at 180°, you’ll want to hold it there for about 30 minutes. Then, quickly cool the milk down to 115°. Now it’s ready to add to the Instant Pot.

    Nutrition Information:



    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 6g

    Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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    Wednesday 11th of May 2022

    I have been making my yogurt this way for a number of years. Can you tell me, what woudl be considered “one” serving? Would it be 5 ounces?


    Wednesday 4th of May 2022

    Has anyone ever tried to use different flavored creamer other then vanilla bliss?


    Saturday 6th of June 2020

    Can you cut this recipe in half?


    Monday 8th of June 2020

    Hi Becky, I've never tried cutting the recipe in half, but I don't see why that would be an issue. Let me know how it goes. :)


    Sunday 17th of May 2020

    Can I use vanilla non dairy creamer instead of Natural Bliss. It is impossible to find where I live. I can get several liquid va. coffee creamers. Can I use those? Love va. yogurt.


    Sunday 17th of May 2020

    Hi Linda, I've never tried it, but it should work fine. All you really need is the milk and the yogurt. The creamer is optional to give it the vanilla flavor. Let me know how it goes. :)


    Monday 20th of April 2020

    I didn't know you could make yogurt in an instant pot! This looks so creamy and rich, and homemade is always best!

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