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I ♥ COCONUT MILK YOGURT
Yay! I’m so happy to eat yogurt again! I used to eat yogurt – goat’s milk, cow’s milk – until I decided to reduce my dairy intake (refresher HERE). I tried in vain to find a delicious, creamy, dairy-free yogurt.
I tried soy-yogurt. Oh dear, that was pure *blech*. Sorry, I’m sure there are many people who have acquired a taste for it, but I am not one of them. So, yes, I was forlorn, reminiscing about the creamy goodness of probiotic-filled yogurt, until I found dairy-free, soy-free So Delicious coconut-milk yogurt at my local Whole Foods. I bought a carton of it in vanilla, not expecting much after my soy-yogurt debacle.
Oh la, coconut milk yogurt was creamy, just like regular yogurt! More importantly it tasted yummy. Okay, maybe a tad too sweet for my liking, but I’ll take what I can. *Jumpy claps* I am so happy with my coconut milk yogurt.
I prefer the vanilla, not the flavoured ones. I would much rather buy the plain one, but my local Whole Foods only carries the vanilla, blueberry, and strawberry flavours.
Looks like the Americans are much luckier than us when it comes to the bevy of coconut-milk yogurt flavours, because in the US, So Delicious flavours include: Blueberry; Blueberry Greek; Chocolate (!); Chocolate Greek; Passionate Mango; Pina Colada; Plain; Plain Greek; Raspberry; Raspberry Greek; Strawberry; Strawberry Greek; Strawberry Banana; Vanilla; Vanilla Greek. Damn, so jealous!
NEUTRAL NOT TROPICAL
It doesn’t really taste like coconut, which some people might be relieved to discover if they don’t care for them. I love all things coconut — coconut water (refresher on my love for it HERE), and coconut-milk ice-“cream” (refresher of my love it this HERE), so I wouldn’t have minded all that much if the coconut-milk yogurt did taste like coconuts. Mmm, wouldn’t it be so good with cubes of pineapple and toasted coconut ribbons on top?
ALMOND MILK YOGURT
Along the same lines, Whole Foods also carries yet another non-dairy yogurt alternative in Amande’s cultured almond-milk yogurt. I like how they have the large containers and the small individual-sized containers as well. It’s vegan, gluten-free, soy free, GMO free, has 6 live active cultures, and is sweetened with fruit juices. It comes in the following flavours: blueberry, strawberry, coconut, cherry (I tried this one), peach, raspberry, vanilla, and plain.
Sounds great, right? Well, I’m sure some lovely folks out there will be all over almond-milk yogurt….sadly, I am not one of them. I just didn’t care for it, and it boiled down to the consistency. I prefer my yogurt all creamy goodness, but the texture of the almond-milk yogurt is much like the Asian dessert called annin-dofu (almond jelly). If that doesn’t bother you, then almond-milk yogurt will be a nice dairy-free yogurt alternative.
Yes, yes, even thought I stirred my almond-milk yogurt to make it somewhat creamy, the taste also didn’t agree with either. I could taste the almond-milk, which I love (and use instead of milk, for my cereal and coffee), but in a yogurt that taste just didn’t work for me. However, the cherry flavour was awesome. And I did quite enjoy the fact it wasn’t too sweet like the coconut-milk yogurt.
Alright, I’ll probably give Amande another go…
DIY COCONUT-MILK YOGURT & ALMOND-MILK YOGURT
I’m not so inclined…but if you have time on your hands and very keen on it, Lexie’s Kitchen has a recipes for DIY dairy-free coconut milk yogurt HERE, and dairy-free almond-milk yogurt HERE. Her recipes are easy to follow and look mighty tasty too!
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