Yogurt, fruit, and granola makes for a delicious snack or breakfast. I used to eat at least a yogurt a day before going vegan. Since January, I've pretty much stayed away from the non-dairy yogurts, as my initial impressions of them were not so great. Grainy, odd-tasting soy yogurts were what I'd experienced. But, there are a lot of new products that are actually really good (it may just take some trial & error to find the one(s) you like). Read on for my explorations in the non-dairy yogurt world.
**For my granola recipes, see these links:
Maple-Banana Low Fat Granola
Healthy Tropical Granola
The above parfait was made with SO Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla non-dairy yogurt, granola, and fresh strawberries- and it WAS a SO delicious breakfast. I describe a few brands I've tried below.
A few words on non-dairy yogurts:
- As with anything, it helps to try different brands and flavors to see what you like. Non-dairy yogurts may be made with soy, coconut, rice, or almond milk- try out the different types and see what you like!
- Be prepared for slightly higher fat contents. I used to eat non-fat or low-fat yogurt only (so 2 grams of fat or less per yogurt)- but as I vegan, I've learned to not be so concerned about fat. Well, at least not total fat. Type of fat matters! Poly and monounsaturated fats are the healthy fats, but non-dairy yogurts made with coconut milk will also have some saturated fat. I think in small amounts that's completely fine; 1 coconut milk yogurt is about 3-5 grams of saturated fat, so as long as you're not downing a few of these a day that's not a very large amount of saturated fat.
- Many of these yogurts also have a fair amount of sugar, which may be another reason to have them sparingly. In my pre-vegan days, I used to love Fage brand Greek yogurt; they tend to be lower in sugar and higher in fiber, and have that creamier, lighter texture that is so good. SO Delicious does make a vegan Greek yogurt, but it's not quite the same taste and texture wise.
- On the upside, like dairy yogurt, most (all?) non-dairy yogurts also have the live & active cultures in them as well, which are good for various health reasons.
- Amande Almond Yogurt: In my opinion, these are the best. Smooth, without any grainy-ness, and in a variety of flavors. They have between 6-9 grams of fat and 150-170 calories and are totally satisfying.
- SO Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurts: as I said, these are yummy. But they do have around 5 grams of saturated fat. As mentioned above, they also make Greek yogurts, which I have tried but am not in love with. However, of the Greek non-dairy yogurt flavors, the plain is definitely the best in my opinion. The texture isn't the same as dairy Greek yogurt, but mixed with some fresh fruit, it is good.
- Whole Soy & Co Yogurts: These do have a somewhat "soy-y" consistency and texture, but the flavors are good, and when mixed with fruit, I like them.
- Trader Joe's Coconut Milk Yogurt: These are good! Smooth and sweet, the vanilla flavor is great on its own or used as a fat substitute in baked goods.
- Trader Joe's Soy Yogurt: TJoe's also does a good job with their soy yogurt. It's smooth in consistency and has yogurt-like texture- not just like dairy yogurt, but you get used to it, and it tastes pretty good. I prefer TJoe's to other soy yogurts, and they also come in some nice fruity flavors.
- Almond Dream Yogurts: This and SO Delicious are my favorite non-dairy yogurts. Unlike the coconut milk yogurt, though, these have no saturated fat (and no trans- none of these do), and only 3 grams of total fat (the healthy kind!)- so these are becoming my new go-to yogurts. The consistency & texture aren't exactly like regular dairy yogurt, but the taste is good.
- Ricera Rice Yogurts: Now these are a little odder. The taste is a little weird, and the consistency has an almost jello-like component. Not my favorite.
- O-Soy Soy Yogurts: I think this was one of the original soy-yogurt brands I tried and did not like much; grainy texture and taste.
I will update this page with more non-dairy yogurts as I try them. And feel free to leave a comment with your favorite vegan yogurt!