When perusing the dairy-free section at Whole Foods, an unfamiliar product caught my eye: Coconut Grove Cultured Coconut Milk. This yogurt subtly slipped into the growing selection of dairy alternatives, but I wasn’t going to pass it by.
The fair price and ingredients of Coconut Grove yogurt make it a standout. I don’t typically like to list product specifics here, as they can change, but Coconut Grove yogurt contains just coconut milk (water, coconut cream, guar gum), tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, coconut sugar, and 4 live active cultures. It is non-GMO and certified organic (all of the aforementioned ingredients are organic, except for the probiotics, naturally).
I purchased the Plain and Vanilla, as their flavored varieties had a bit too many added sugars for my liking. I split them with Tony and here is what we thought…
Plain Coconut Grove Organic Dairy-Free Yogurt
With just 3 grams of sugar per serving, the Plain Coconut Grove yogurt would be my flavor of choice. It has definite hints of coconut, but is overall quite savory with a relatively neutral yogurt flavor. It is a great backdrop for sweetening as you please, enjoying with granola, adding to smoothies, or using in no cook recipes (such as dips or as a garnish), and has a texture that is quite similar to dairy yogurt.
That said, I found it to have a slight “watery” vibe – surprising considering it has a relatively high amount of fat from the coconut milk (14 grams) – and didn’t love it as a stand-alone snack. Useful and pretty good, but not my go-to for a straight-up dairy-free yogurt.
Vanilla Coconut Grove Organic Dairy-Free Yogurt
The Vanilla Coconut Grove yogurt was notably thinner that the Plain and “lacking in texture”, as Tony said. I felt it tasted almost empty, if that makes sense. There were light hints of vanilla and there was some flavor there, but overall it was even a little more watery and void of substance. Between the two of us, we didn’t even finish the Vanilla in a single sitting.
Certifications: Coconut Grove Coconut Milk Yogurt is Certified Organic. It is labeled as gluten-Free and non-GMO, but doesn’t seem to have these certifications.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Coconut Grove Coconut Milk Yogurt is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Coconut Grove website at www.coconutgroveyogurt.com.