Updated in 2017! Many of you have weighed in on the flavored versions of Kite Hill almond milk yogurt. See the comments below for all reader feedback to date. We haven’t yet trialed the flavored versions, so I’m not giving this product a rating as of yet. However, we did just pick up the new Unsweetened Kite Hill almond milk yogurt and I now have some tasting notes for you!
Every time we visit Whole Foods, we check out the “dairy” case to see what might be new in the world of dairy-free. Over a year ago, I stumbled upon Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt. This “artisan” cultured product carries rich and creamy claims, like “true European-style yogurt”.
I opted not to purchase Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt at that time, as all of the varieties at my store were quite high in sugars. The Plain reportedly has just 5 grams of sugar (along with 6 grams of protein), but I only had the flavored selections to choose from, which include Blueberry, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Peach.
Fortunately, an Unsweetened Kite Hill almond milk yogurt has since emerged! It’s sold in a larger, 3-serving mini-tub that Tony and I decided to buy for a taste-test. Many brands of unsweetened yogurt are a little flat in flavor, but Kite Hill is extremely bold. I expected tang, but it’s actually quite sour in taste with just subtle hints of almond in the background. I asked Tony if it tasted like sour cream and he said “no, it’s very unique.”
When a little sweetness is in order, I usually spike unsweetened dairy-free yogurt with a few drops of stevia and Tony swirls in some all-fruit jam. To our disappointment, neither of these methods took well to this Kite Hill almond milk yogurt. The flavors “sat on top” rather than melding with the rather overpowering taste.
Tony thought the consistency of the Unsweetened Kite Hill almond milk yogurt was a little on the pasty side. But I liked that it was creamy rather than gelatinous, as many brands can be. It’s thick, but slightly runny, and perhaps a good base for savory salad dressings.
To note, Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt is made purely with almonds and water, cane sugar for sweetening, gums and agar for thickening. It isn’t fortified. However, it is carrageenan-free and contains four strains of live and active cultures. It’s also higher in fat (13 grams) and protein (6 grams) than most dairy-free yogurts.
The Facts on Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt
Suggested Retail Price: $1.79 to $1.99 per 5.3-ounce container
Certifications: We did not note any certifications on Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Kite Hill website at www.kite-hill.com.