Happy Saturday, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve done a new Quest for the Best post, so this was an exciting one for me! I’ve been working hard on getting more brands and reviews posted to my other Quest for the Best series (including cleaning out old stuff that’s no longer available), but I wanted to share this one first.
I know that Dairy Free Yogurt is a little outside of my usual product review purview since it’s not packed with protein, but I know there are plenty of you out there who are sensitive to dairy (myself included)! For some reason, yogurt is probably the worst offender on the dairy spectrum for me, so even the thought of digging into a tub of yogurt hurts my stomach 🙁 I can have a little here and there – enough to taste test smoothies or pancakes made with Greek yogurt, but too much beyond that and I’ll end up rolling around on the ground in pain.
Enter the dairy free yogurt alternatives!
One thing I noticed while I was doing side-by-side taste testing was that each type of yogurt alternative had a distinct flavor. No matter how well (or poorly) the brand did with their version of the yogurt, that underlying flavor was still there. My recommendation is that if you know you don’t like a certain base flavor, then you probably aren’t going to be a huge fan of the yogurt alternative made from it. Here are the “bases” that seem to be most common:
- Coconut cream – I thought the coconut cream based yogurts had the most neutral flavor to start with. Watch out for the cultured coconut though, I thought those ones were excessively sour and fermented tasting.
- Almond milk – The almond milk based yogurts had a really distinct flavor to them that was common across all the brands that used it. It was sort of like an almond flavor, but not really…I had a hard time putting my finger on what that distinctive flavor actually was. Some brands did well with it, and some not so much.
- Soy – If you’re not a fan of soy products like soy milk and tofu, you probably won’t like the yogurt alternatives made with it.
- Oatmilk – I don’t have a lot of experience with oatmilk to know if the aftertaste I got from this brand was specific to oatmilk or if it was some other unidentified aftertaste.
- Cashewmilk – I could definitely taste the cashew base in this kind.
All the prices listed are what I actually paid at my local grocery stores.
Here’s how this Quest for the Best series works: Below each brand photo you’ll see a little spreadsheet snippet that includes my rating of taste/texture, plus the macro breakdown, price, and ingredients list. You can click on the little snippets to see them larger or you can click here to see the entire spreadsheet at once.
This is the rundown of different colors you’ll see in the macro charts below:
- Yellow (on the macro ratio) indicates carb content.
- Blue (on the macro ratio) indicates protein content.
- Green (on the macro ratio) indicates fat content.
***Click the link above or any of the spreadsheet snippets below to view the full spreadsheet or zoomed in versions of each snippet.***
- SODelicious Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Yogurt Alternative – Blueberry
2. Chobani Coconut Non-Dairy Treat – Vanilla
3. Oui Coconut Dairy Alternative – Vanilla
4. Silk Dairy-Free Soy Yogurt Alternative – Vanilla
5. Forager Project Organic Dairy-Free Cashewmilk Yogurt – Vanilla Bean
6. Daiya Yogurt Alternative Made with Coconut Cream – Blueberry
7. Ayo Almondmilk Yogurt – Vanilla
8. Nancy’s Probiotic Oatmilk Non-Dairy Yogurt – Vanilla
9. Activia Dairy-Free Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative – Vanilla Cinnamon
10. Lavva Pili Nut Yogurt – Vanilla
11. Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt – Vanilla
12. Cocojune Organic Cultured Coconut – Vanilla Chamomile
13. The Coconut Cult Probiotic Coconut Yogurt – Vanilla Toffee
Here’s the link again to that full spreadsheet!