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Vegan Yogurt Review

Your baked items are only as good as your ingredients. I'm unaware of a single case where this isn't true. It's one of the reasons I stopped using tofu in my recipes years ago, although there are certain rare occasions where it shines. Plain yogurt provides a great way to add complex flavor and introduce mild binding properties to your recipe. It's not going to bind as much as an egg, but in things like cakespancakes and muffins you don't need powerful egg replacers anyway. Read on for my review of the top four plain vegan yogurts currently on the US market.

The market for vegan food products is expanding, much to the delight of everyone, except probably Anthony Bourdain (sorry dude). Part of this expansion means a wider selection of baking ingredients. Right now there are at least four major vegan yogurts with national distribution. I tracked them down and decided to give them each a round of taste testing to see what's best for your cheesecake, coffee cake, pancakes and sweetbreads. This review uses the methodology that the vegan yogurt with the best texture and flavor, along with being closest to dairy yogurt, is probably going to be the best one to bake with. Your mileage may vary and if it does, be sure to leave a comment on what you found in the comments section at the bottom of this review.

Silk Live Soy Yogurt

Silk is the major soy manufacturer in town, owned by Dean Foods. Silk Live is marketed as having six probiotic cultures to aid in your health and theoretically enhance the flavor of their yogurt. It's made with organic soy beans.

Silk Live Soy Yogurt

The Taste Test

Gelatinous and pudding-like. Shakes like jello. This probably has something do to with the amount of starches that are in it. Creamy but leaves a lingering metallic aftertaste.

Ingredients

Organic soymilk (filtered water, whole organic soybeans), rice starch, dextrose, organic evaporated cane juice, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavors, cultured glucose syrup solids, pectin, locust bean gum, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), yogurt cultures (L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, L. casei, L. rhamnosus).

The Ratings (0 to 5 with 5 being the best)

Taste 2
Texture 2
Overall 2

Nutrition Highlights

Serving size: 227g
Protein: 6g
Calories: 150g

WholeSoy & Co Soy Yogurt

WholeSoy yogurt features four active cultures. It's made with organic soy beans.

WholeSoy & Co Soy Yogurt

The Taste Test

Very smooth, velvety texture and good consistency. Slightly sweet, almost apple cider vinegar flavor. Good cultured taste but not as intense as dairy yogurt so it might not work as well if being used as a drop-in replacement. Good overall flavor. Although not spot on with dairy yogurt in the flavor department, it's still a great tasting yogurt due to it's complex sweet flavor.

Ingredients

Pasteurized and Cultured Organic Soymilk (Filtered Water and Ground Organic Soybeans), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cornstarch, Natural Flavor, Lactic Acid (from Vegetable Source), Tricalcium Phosphate, Live Active Cultures (L. Acidophilus, B. Bifidum, L. Bulgaricus and S, Thermophilus).

The Ratings (0 to 5 with 5 being the best)

Taste 3
Texture 4
Overall  4

Nutrition Highlights

Serving size: 170g
Protein: 6g
Calories: 150g

WildWood Probiotic Soyogurt

WildWood soy yogurt has seven active cultures and contains organic soy beans.

WildWood Probiotic Soyogurt

The Taste Test

Great texture that's not too starchy. It was the densest of the bunch, being closest to dairy yogurt. It had accurate cultured plain yogurt flavor that was the most similar to dairy yogurt out of the group. Great complex flavor. This is what a cultured soy product should taste like.

Ingredients

Soymilk (Filtered Water, Soybeans*), Water, Rice Starch*, Chicory Fiber (Inulin)*, Contains 2% or less of each of: Flaxseed Oil*, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline, Dextrose*, Tapioca Starch*, Guar Gum*, Sodium Citrate, Agar, Non-Dairy Active Live Cultures (S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, L. Casei, L. Rhamnosus, B. Bifidum, L. Lactis). *Organic.

The Ratings (0 to 5 with 5 being the best)

Taste 5
Texture 5
Overall 5

Nutrition Highlights

Serving size: 170g
Protein: 8g
Calories: 120g

So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk

So Delicious is taking a gamble in being probably the first to market with a cultured coconut yogurt. It's pretty amazing that coconut yogurt now has national distribution to health food stores and supermarkets. I'll bet you never expected that to happen right? This yogurt is great for people with soy allergies or for those who are just trying to cut back on all of this soy infiltrating our diets right now.

So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk

The Taste Test

Smooth, sweet custard-like texture and simple, flavor lacking complexity. The least similar to dairy yogurt of the bunch on basis of flavor and texture and probably the least likely to perform like dairy yogurt in vegan baking applications. Enjoyed by testers that were not into sour, cultured flavors. It tasted very mild. This reminded me more of pudding than yogurt but it still tasted good on it's own.

Ingredients

Water, Coconut Milk, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Pectin, Chicory Root Extract, Dextrose, Algin (Kelp Extract), Magnesium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Rice Starch, Locust Bean Gum, Agar, Live Cultures, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Dipotassium Phosphate, Vitamin B12. Live Active Cultures include: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Plantarum, L. Rhamnosus, L. Paracasei and Bif. Lactus

The Ratings (0 to 5 with 5 being the best)

Taste 2
Texture 2
Ovrerall 2

Nutrition Highlights

Serving size: 170g
Protein: 1g
Calories: 130g

The Verdict

Silk Live is probably the most consistently distributed soy yogurt nationwide due to it being owned by Dean Foods. I didn't prefer it's metallic taste and gelatinous texture, but I'd happily use it if there were no other soy-based options.

WholeSoy & Co's soy yogurt was well balanced and should fare equally well in baking or eaten on it's own. I found it's flavors to be middle-of-the-road, which would be preferable if you didn't want too much yogurt sourness to come through in your baked item.

The WildWood Probiotic soy yogurt was my favorite due to it having a texture and flavor that was the closest to dairy yogurt, reminding me of when I used to eat dairy yogurt when I was younger. It's performed wonders in cheesecakes that I've made. WildWood is based in the West Coast so they don't have the same sort of distribution channels as most of the other brands. It took considerable effort to track it down in New York City but it's worth looking out for and highly recommended. It will be interesting to see what the future has in store for non-dairy yogurts.


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What i find extremely strange is that they have all but disappeared.... WEIRD. and the best one IMO, the whole soy and co. YELLOW no sugar container, the most like creamy greek style, has been off market for months and months.....

they are moving to another facility so they had to make the transition. But I ask myself WHY all of soy yogurts are gone...... and i LOATE coconut yogurt. it's like eating a gelatinous mess. YUCK
vegangsterARNP Commented by vegangsterARNP September 18, 2013
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What i find extremely strange is that they have all but disappeared.... WEIRD. and the best one IMO, the whole soy and co. YELLOW no sugar container, the most like creamy greek style, has been off market for months and months.....

they are moving to another facility so they had to make the transition. But I ask myself WHY all of soy yogurts are gone...... and i LOATE coconut yogurt. it's like eating a gelatinous mess. YUCK

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I agree vegangster, it is mysterious that all these have since gone off the market. I know about the whole WholeSoy moving to another manufacturing facility, but I was really looking forward to eating more of the Wildwood yogurt. It seems to have disappeared! I think there must be some sort of hidden costs associated with vegan yogurt production.

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I like the Wildwood Plain Organic Soyogurt for baking, too. Definitely the most tangy of the non-dairy yogurts that I've tried. Another plain soy yogurt choice is Nancy's Organic Cultured Soy, and for nut yogurt there's Amande cultured almond milk by Cascade Fresh. Both are made by Northwest companies, so they're easy for me to get in Seattle, maybe not for you on the East Coast.
Commented by Mary @ Fit and Fed October 30, 2012

Other Vegan Yogurt Choices

I like the Wildwood Plain Organic Soyogurt for baking, too. Definitely the most tangy of the non-dairy yogurts that I've tried. Another plain soy yogurt choice is Nancy's Organic Cultured Soy, and for nut yogurt there's Amande cultured almond milk by Cascade Fresh. Both are made by Northwest companies, so they're easy for me to get in Seattle, maybe not for you on the East Coast.

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Even-handed review of Soy yogurts concludes -as I did -WildWood Probiotic, Unsweetened tops list & is worth searching for: WildWood is a specialty item -even at Whole Foods.
Peerless: WildWood just got better & is GLUTEN FREE!
Commented by Erica Adams July 25, 2012

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Even-handed review of Soy yogurts concludes -as I did -WildWood Probiotic, Unsweetened tops list & is worth searching for: WildWood is a specialty item -even at Whole Foods.
Peerless: WildWood just got better & is GLUTEN FREE!

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In the UK Alpro is a pretty good yoghurt. I really like their plain one all though it doesn't really have the sourness of a good dairy yoghurt. I made a pretty good soy yoghurt but have not had much luck making nut yoghurts. I added a bit of sweetner as nut milk apparently lacks the sugars to feed the culture. I also read that pectin thickens it but it didn't work at all for me. Have you tried making your own nut yoghurts and if you have what success have you had?
Gilly Commented by Gilly December 03, 2011
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In the UK Alpro is a pretty good yoghurt. I really like their plain one all though it doesn't really have the sourness of a good dairy yoghurt. I made a pretty good soy yoghurt but have not had much luck making nut yoghurts. I added a bit of sweetner as nut milk apparently lacks the sugars to feed the culture. I also read that pectin thickens it but it didn't work at all for me. Have you tried making your own nut yoghurts and if you have what success have you had?

Owner's reply

Hi Gilly,

Making nut yogurts is a great idea! I've been meaning to delve into the art of making yogurts in the future. It makes sense to need to have to add sugar to give the yeast some fermentables to chew on because nuts lack that. Adding the pectin at this stage is definitely not recommended because it coats the fermentables so the east can't access it. I recommend mixing in a starch or pectin-thickened water-based mixture after fermentation has taken place. Feel free to get in touch via my user profile if you'd like to talk more in-depth about nut yogurt science. Good luck!

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Why buy vegan yoghurt when it's so easy to make your own, without any special equipment? :-> And so much tastier too. Alpro soymilk is my favorite soymilk, but their yoghurts have a bit of a beany taste. If I make my own yoghurt with their soymilk it's better, no beaniness at all! Also oat yoghurt, cashew yoghurt, almond yoghurt etc, so easy. http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-make-vegan-yoghurt-at-home-a148623
Commented by Maija Haavisto April 26, 2011

No need for storebought yoghurts!

Why buy vegan yoghurt when it's so easy to make your own, without any special equipment? :-> And so much tastier too. Alpro soymilk is my favorite soymilk, but their yoghurts have a bit of a beany taste. If I make my own yoghurt with their soymilk it's better, no beaniness at all! Also oat yoghurt, cashew yoghurt, almond yoghurt etc, so easy. http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-make-vegan-yoghurt-at-home-a148623

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Why buy vegan yoghurt when it's so easy to make your own, without any special equipment? :-> And so much tastier too. Alpro soymilk is my favorite soymilk, but their yoghurts have a bit of a beany taste. If I make my own yoghurt with their soymilk it's better, no beaniness at all! Also oat yoghurt, cashew yoghurt, almond yoghurt etc, so easy. http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-make-vegan-yoghurt-at-home-a148623
Commented by Maija Haavisto April 26, 2011

No need for storebought yoghurts!

Why buy vegan yoghurt when it's so easy to make your own, without any special equipment? :-> And so much tastier too. Alpro soymilk is my favorite soymilk, but their yoghurts have a bit of a beany taste. If I make my own yoghurt with their soymilk it's better, no beaniness at all! Also oat yoghurt, cashew yoghurt, almond yoghurt etc, so easy. http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-make-vegan-yoghurt-at-home-a148623

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Hi--thanks for the great reviews (I love this website!). I was wondering where you where able to find the Wildwood yogurt in NYC. Thanks for the tip!
Commented by Ang February 27, 2010

wildwood in nyc

Hi--thanks for the great reviews (I love this website!). I was wondering where you where able to find the Wildwood yogurt in NYC. Thanks for the tip!

Owner's reply

Hi Ang, I found the WildWood at Millennium Health (not to be confused with Khim's Millennium) on Bedford and North 3rd in Williamsburg. They occasionally have it in stock in the refrigerator at the very back of the store. I love this health food store! They have better selection than most stores several times their size.

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I've used So Delicious coconut milk yogurt in baking recipes that call for yogurt, and it works magnificently! I do like the pudding-like taste of these yogurts, especially the chocolate and vanilla flavors. I can give them to my kids as a healthy dessert option, and they're very happy campers, indeed.
Commented by Randy February 26, 2010

Coconut Yogurt Works!

I've used So Delicious coconut milk yogurt in baking recipes that call for yogurt, and it works magnificently! I do like the pudding-like taste of these yogurts, especially the chocolate and vanilla flavors. I can give them to my kids as a healthy dessert option, and they're very happy campers, indeed.

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