At first glimpse, grocery store shelves offer an array of dairy and lactose-free options. Yet, when you take a closer look, you’ll notice that a majority of these options are coconut-milk based and those that are actually nut-based are incredibly expensive. Yet, due to increased demand and popularity, large investors, such as General Mills, have picked up the smaller brands. This means mass production, distribution, and lowered costs.
So, if you’re in need of suggestions as to which nut-based yogurts to try out, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of some nut-milk yogurt options that you should try out in 2018.
2018’s Hot List of Nut and Plant-Based Yogurt
1. Kite Hill Greek-Style Almond Yogurt
Kite Hill Greek-Style Plain Unsweetened Yogurt/© Kite Hill
Kite Hill has been a growing favorite on the dairy-free scene for a few years now. While its launch was relatively quiet, the quality and tastiness of the products quickly elevated their brand’s popularity. This year Kite Hill is launching a Greek-style almond yogurt.
These yogurts are made with almond milk and reduced fat almond milk, pectin (a plant-based complex polysaccharide), guar gum (a thickening agent made from guar beans), and live and active cultures (referring to the living organisms used to convert pasteurized milk to yogurt.)
Kite Hill dairy-free yogurts range between $1.79 to $1.99 for a 5.3-ounce container.
2. Forager Creamy Dairy-free Cashewgurt
Creamy Dairy-free Cashewgurt/Ⓒ 2017 Forager Project
Foragers is a newer, small brand, founded and run by a father and stepson whose mission focused on supplying plant-based and organic foods. While the development of full-on cashew yogurt is still in process, Foragers has successfully provided cashewgurt.
Cashewgurt is made with cashew milk, cassava root, vegan cultured dextrose, locust bean bum, and live and active cultures. One container (5.3 oz) of cashewgurt has six grams of fat, 12 grams of sugar, and two grams of protein. Yet, it provides a small source of calcium (2%) and iron (6%), which Kite Hill’s Greek-style almond yogurt lacks.
Foragers also offer competitive pricing with a 5.3-ounce single-serve costing $1.99 and a 24-ounce tub going for $3.99.
3. Tempt Original Hemp Yogurt
Tempt Plain Hemp Yogurt/Hudson River Foods
Hudson River Foods slogan truly says it all: “Healthier Foods, Healthier Life.” While the company focuses on foods that meet consumer needs, their goal is also to provide consumer-friendly organic, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, plant-based, allergen-free, and superfood options. Beneath the umbrella of Hudson River Foods is a small offshoot called Tempt Hemp, which creates products using hemp, one of the oldest cultivated plants.
One container (5.3 oz) of this hemp-based yogurt provides four grams of fat, 25 milligrams of sodium, three grams of diety fiber, eight grams of sugar, 10 grams of protein, and offers a healthy dose of calcium (15%), as well as a smaller dose of iron (2%). It is also touted to have 10 essential amino acids and Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids.
While Hudson River Foods focuses on a slew of clean, healthy foods, Ripple touts “Dairy Free. As it should be.” as their slogan, abstaining their focus simply to dairy-free foods. They promise high protein, low sugar, nutritious dairy substitutes that don’t sacrifice flavor. And it seems that they are keeping their word, as the popularity of this small brand has exploded over the last few years.
Ripple’s nut-free plant-based greek yogurt is made with plant-based proteins and live and active cultures. One container (5.3 oz) offers five grams of fat, 40 milligrams of sodium, 125 milligrams of potassium, six grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein, and a healthy 10% dose of calcium and iron each.
Prices are TBD at the moment, as the yogurt is brand new to the dairy-free scene!
5. So Delicious Dairy Free Yogurt
So Delicious Dairy Free Plain Thick and Creamy Yogurt Alternative/So Delicious Dairy Free
So Delicious hails as one of the titans of the business, especially when it comes to dairy-free alternative products. While they are known for their coconut-based milk and delicious frozen desserts, So Delicious also offers an expansive selection of dairy-free yogurts with the widest range of flavors including a few rarities such as chocolate, passionate mango, and key lime. The popularity surrounding So Delicious yogurt alternatives relies heavily on the success using a high-fat, coconut-base to create a wonderful and filling greek-style texture and taste. By using a multi-straining method, as well as probiotic powders and tapioca starches, So Delicious achieves one of the most realistic yogurt alternatives on the market.
Available in both 5.3 and 24-ounce containers, So Delicious Dairy Free Plain Thick and Creamy Yogurt Alternative is made primarily from organic coconut milk (with a water and coconut cream base), organic cane sugar, and rice starch. When it comes to its nutritional value, this yogurt has a higher amount of saturated fat (six grams per one cup) due to the use of coconut cream, 45 milligrams of sodium, three grams of dietary fiber, a little under one gram of protein, and 15 grams of sugar.
Due to their popularity and widespread distribution, So Delicious is able to offer some of the most reasonable prices. The small container of 5.3 ounces goes for $1.79, while the larger 24-ounce container is available for $4.99.
Anita’s Coconut Yogurt/©ANITA’S 2016
While So Delicious offers some of the lowest prices and highest availability, Anita’s Coconut Yogurt offers a unique set of probiotics. Even though they are a small Brooklyn-based company, created by Anita Shepard, the key to this yogurt is a specifically designed blend of cultures that thrive when mixed with coconut. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they are the only product on the market to have this specific probiotic content. The only downside of this brand is their limited availability.
Based out of Brooklyn, New York, Anita’s yogurt is unable to be shipped to the central coast or west coast, but it can be found at Whole Foods Market.
Anita’s yogurts tote a simplistic make-up of coconut milk, organic coconut water, and live cultures including lactobacillus acidophilus and streptococcus thermophilus. Flavored yogurts are a bit more complex such as their blueberry chia yogurt which adds organic blueberries, organic chia, organic coconut sugar, and organic lemon juice concentrate on top of the coconut milk, water, and probiotics.
This yogurt offers great nutritional value along with their unique probiotic panel. One cup of Anita’s yogurt has 36 grams of saturated fat (via full-fat coconut), 120 milligrams of sodium, 640 milligrams of potassium, four grams of sugar, and one gram of protein.
7. Stonyfield O’Soy Organic Soy Yogurt
Stonyfield Organic Dairy Free Vanilla Yogurt/© 2018 Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
Established 35 years ago, Stonyfield is gargantuan in the organic and dairy-free business. Their goal from inception was to promote healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet via the founders nonprofit organic farming school in New Hampshire. Since then their mission has remained the same, yet their business and products have expanded and they currently offer some of the tastiest and affordable dairy-free yogurt options.
Stonyfield yogurts can be found at almost any major food product store including Sprouts Markets, Target, Walmart, and even in bulk through Amazon.
This organic dairy-free yogurt is made with cultured pasteurized organic soy milk, organic cane sugar, calcium carbonate, organic fruit and vegetable juice concentrates, and organic carob bean gum. One tub (150 grams) of Stonyfield Organic Dairy Free yogurt has 2.5 grams of fat, 40 milligrams of sodium, 270 milligrams of potassium, a little less than one gram of diety fiber, 18 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein. On top of that, this yogurt is also 10% calcium and 6% iron, offering a more balanced nutritional value than most dairy-free yogurts.
Homemade Cashew Yogurt/ One Green Planet
Making your own yogurt is cost-efficient and easy. While many people automatically turn to the popular almond, coconut, and soy options, I’ve decided to feature cashew yogurt. It’s incredibly difficult to find cashew-based yogurt on the grocery store shelf, yet cashews offer a thicker, nuttier, and more earthy taste.
Once you’ve got all the ingredients, all you need to do is blend them together in a high-speed blender, pour into a sealed container, and let sit for at least four hours. After allowing the yogurt to “ferment”, transfer to the refrigerator and wait at least two hours before consuming.
Living dairy-free or lactose-free can be easy with the right resources. We highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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