20 Innovative Dairy-Free Probiotic Foods That Aren’t Yogurt

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Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsIn decades past, the only easy way to get probiotics from food was cultured dairy yogurt. That is unless you immersed yourself in Asian cuisine, and discovered the wonders of kimchi, miso, and natto. But today there are literally dozens of dairy-free yogurts, and new dairy-free probiotic foods seem to be hitting the market every year.

All of the dairy-free probiotic foods in this post are sold in the United States, and most are also available in Canada. Some of them can be purchased in the U.K. and Australia, but comment below if we missed one of your local favorites!

20 Innovative Dairy-Free Probiotic Foods That Aren't Yogurt (mostly vegan and gluten-free too!)

Probiotics in Packaged Snacks – How is This Possible?

A proprietary probiotic called GanedenBC30 (also known as Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) is the magic ingredient in many of the dairy-free probiotic foods that follow. Unlike most probiotics, it’s highly stable through processing, shelf life, heat (including baking), and stomach acids. This specific strain of Bacillus coagulans has proven effective for digestive health, immune support, muscle recovery, and reducing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

But it isn’t the only game in town. As you will see in the dairy-free probiotic foods below, there are other shelf-stable strains that can hold their own.

20 Innovative Dairy-Free Probiotic Foods That Aren't Yogurt (mostly vegan and gluten-free too!)

The Best Dairy-Free Probiotic Foods Money Can Buy

Based on our taste tests, we’ve listed these dairy-free probiotic foods in order of deliciousness. We also took ingredients and overall goodness into account.

#20 – Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps

You can nosh on their probiotic-rich kraut, but these kraut krisps are a fun, portable twist.  Think fermented sauerkraut meets tortilla chips and you’ll get the gist. Just avoid the White Cheddar variety, which does contain dairy.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Dill Pickle, Sea Salt, Smoked Jalapeno, Zesty Garden Veggie
  • Other Pros: The packaging claims 1 billion probiotic cultures per serving, and the dairy-free varieties are certified organic, gluten-free, and vegan.

#19 – Yofiit Bars

You might recall the release of Yofiit Chickpea Milk by this Canadian company. Well their chickpea milk has a new image, and they now make these probiotic-packed bars. The flavors have functional properties – one is higher in fiber, another in protein, and the other one boasts energizing ingredients.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Lemon Coconut, Apple Cinnamon, Goji Choco
  • Other Pros: Each bar contains quite a bit of protein, fiber, and Omega 3, plus 1 billion probiotics. They’re also pretty low in sugars and are made without gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, and soy.

#18 – Brad’s Crunchy Kale with Probiotics

Kale chip fans will love this product. Brad has several crunchy veggie products, but a couple are infused with prebiotics and probiotics. This is a “green” snack indeed, but they have a loyal following.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Original, Radical Ranch
  • Other Pros: Each crispy bite is made with real kale, nuts, and natural seasonings that you could find in your own pantry. They’re also air-dried to avoid depleting nutrients and certified organic, vegan, and gluten-free.

#17 – Enjoy Life Baking Mixes

These gluten-free, top allergen-free mixes are enriched with heat-stable probiotics for muffins and pancakes with a tummy boost. They are finicky blends that can be a little too wholesome for some taste buds, but no one can deny the brilliance of this creative line. Plus they can be fun to experiment with, and make other dairy-free probiotic foods.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Brownie, Muffin, Pancake + Waffle, Pizza Crust
  • Other Pros: Each mix is made top allergen-free in the Enjoy Life facility and is spiked with wholesome ingredients, like ancient grains and sprouted brown rice protein.

#16 – ShaSha Organic Clusters

These are buckwheat-based bites with seeds, nuts, and fruit. They’re made by an organic, dairy-free artisan bakery in Canada. The unique and wholesome taste of buckwheat isn’t for everyone, but fans truly enjoy this hearty and “not too sweet” snack.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Cocoa Vanilla, Ginger Cinnamon, Blueberry Almond
  • Other Pros: This snack is certified organic, gluten-free, and kosher pareve, and is spiked with organic inulin for prebiotics.

#15 – NurturMe Organic Ancient Grain Cookies with Probiotics

This is a kids brand, but adults like these little whole grain cookies too. It says each serving “contains a daily serving of probiotics,” but to the best of my knowledge, there is no official definition for how much that is!

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Cocoa, Lemon-Honey
  • Other Pros: These are lower sugar than your average cookies, kid-friendly, and contain no gluten, egg, dairy, or soy.

#14 – Welo Probiotic Bars

These come in “grown up” and Kids varieties. And unlike many tot bars, the flavors aren’t just smaller versions of the original bars. They’re flavor formulations specifically for kids! Welo is a Canadian company, but they sell throughout North America.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Matcha Almond, Coconut Cashew, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Kids Chocolate Chip, Kids Cocoa Banana, Kids Apple Cinnamon
  • Other Pros: These are low sugar and snack sized with a nice little balance of fiber, protein, and fats. And the Kids versions appear to be made in a facility that does NOT process milk.

#13 – Health Lab Probiotic Balls

This Australian company makes “beauty snacks.” I’m not completely sure what that means. But these simple treats are a little like Larabars, except in a ball format and infused with vegan probiotics.

  • Bacteria Strains: Unknown
  • Varieties: Cacao Matcha, Mixed Berry
  • Other Pros: Each ball contains 1 billion probiotics and only a handful of ingredients.

#12 – Little Duck Organics Tiny Gummies

What kid wouldn’t love duck-shaped gummies? And we love that they are made with fruit and veggies, and boosted with probiotics. They come in larger pouches and lunchbox-size snack packs.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Pomegranate Blueberry & Acai, Orange Carrot & Goji
  • Other Pros: Each serving contains 1 billion probiotics, and the gummies are made purely with fruit and vegetable juices and purees. They contain no added sugars. They’re also certified organic, certified kosher pareve, and certified gluten free.

#11 – Probiotic CareBar

These are date and nut butter bars with added protein and other flavorful ingredients. They also have that nice infusion of prebiotics and probiotics. This company, Effi, has also released Chickpea Probiotic Granola Clusters that have been met with popular demand. But we haven’t found them yet!

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Coconut & Cacao Nibs, Goji & Cashew
  • Other Pros: These bars are certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher pareve.

#10 – Sunbiotics Organic Probiotic Chocolate Bars

This is raw, super-good-for-you chocolate. So if you’re used to sugary “milk” or semi-sweet chocolate, this might be a little intense for you. But if you are a hardcore dark fan who likes the deeper, rustic taste of coconut sugar, then I recommend giving these bars a try.

  • Bacteria Strains: L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. lactis, B. longum
  • Varieties: Original, Ginger Spice, Pure Peppermint
  • Other Pros: It contains 10 billion active probiotics per bar, includes prebiotic yacon root, and is sweetened with low-glycemic coconut sugar. It’s also vegan and made without top allergens (yes, no soy lecithin!).
  • Availability: This brand is mostly sold in the U.S., but they will ship worldwide.

#9 – Yumbutter Plant Protein + Probiotic Almond Butter

Yumbutter makes nutritious nut and seed butters and packages them in unique squeeze pouches. Most of their products have some nutritious goodness added, and this specialty almond butter is no exception. We love this product for its functionality, but would love just a pinch of salt added.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Original
  • Other Pros: They don’t tell us how many probiotics per serving, but they do state that this good bacteria is “allergen-free.” And this organic, vegan, gluten-free nut butter contains 10 grams of protein per serving from almonds, sunflower seeds, and sprouted brown rice protein. It also contains some prebiotic inulin.

#8 – Sunbiotics Organic Probiotic Almonds

I usually lean toward sweets, but these almonds are delicious. The one caveat is that the powder – which I’m assuming holds much of the probiotics – tends to settle in the package. I recommend sprinkling that leftover powder on rice, pasta, popcorn, whatever, so that you don’t waste a speck of that flavorful nutrition.

  • Bacteria Strains: L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. lactis, B. longum
  • Varieties: Original, Chocolate, Cheesy, Truffle
  • Other Pros: Each package contains 1 1/2 servings of perfectly crisp sprouted almonds and 8 billion active probiotics. The almonds are also also vegan and free of wheat, soy, and corn. If you can’t do nuts, try their pumpkin seed line!

#7 – Vegan Rob’s Probiotic Puffs

These crunchy whole grain sorghum puffs come in several dairy-free flavors, but two varieties are also infused with probiotics. We taste-tested them at a tradeshow, where crowds were gathered around. And the consensus was “pretty darn good.” We only wish they were more specific about the amount of probiotics in a serving. The packaging simply states that they are “loaded with probiotics.”

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Cauliflower, Dragon
  • Other Pros: This snack is certified kosher pareve, certified gluten-free, and certified vegan.

#6 – Linwoods Ground Flaxseed with Probiotic & Vitamin D

Flax sprinklers, this one is for you. This ground flaxseed blend contains dairy-free probiotics and vitamin D and is perfect atop your morning oatmeal. And since the Omega 3s in ground flaxseed and the probiotics used in this product are heat stable, you can use it for baking too!

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Original
  • Other Pros: It is labeled as suitable for vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets, and each serving contains a whopping 9 grams of fiber.

#5 – Purely Elizabeth Probiotic Granola

Purely Elizabeth has made a popular gluten-free granola line for years. But did you know they now have some probiotic-infused varieties? They’re crunchy and a little indulgent with a delicious balance of flavors.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Maple Walnut, Chocolate Sea Salt
  • Other Pros: Everything this company makes is certified gluten-free and these granolas are also certified vegan. The granola is sweetened with coconut sugar, and baked with coconut oil for a wholesome, dairy-free touch. It also contains a little prebiotic inulin to help those probiotics get busy. 

#4 – Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips

If you like coconut chips, then this Canadian brand will not disappoint! They use simple ingredients for a naturally flavorful, relatively low sugar snack. Just be sure to grab the right bag. They offer quite a few coconut chip flavors with similar packaging, but only a couple varieties contain probiotics.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Classic, Cheeky Chocolate
  • Other Pros: These are baked, not fried, vegan, and made without top allergens.

#3 – Naturally More Spreads with Probiotics

Sugary Nutella it isn’t. But their much better-for-you chooclate hazelnut spread is infused with rich chocolate and spiked with prebiotics and probiotics. It’s got a more rustic vibe, but is still pretty darn delicious. If you aren’t in the mood for chocolate (yes, it happens), then you can still enjoy one of their other probiotic nut butters.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Chocolate Hazelnut with Probiotics, Organic Valencia Peanut Butter with Probiotics, Natural Roasted Almond Butter with Probiotics
  • Other Pros: The Chocolate Hazelnut Spread has 80% less sugar than the aforementioned Nutella brand, and the nut butters are just lightly sweetened with coconut sugar. They also contain flax for an extra boost of Omega 3s. And all three varieties are vegan and soy-free.

#2 – GoodBelly Bars

These scrumdiddlyumptious bars are thin and crunchy with a wonderful icing. They taste a little like a treat, but with some solid staying power.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bifidobacterium Lactis (BB-12)
  • Varieties: Cocoa Peanut Butter, Honey Almond Butter
  • Other Pros: Each bar contains 1 billion probiotics and is made without dairy, eggs, gluten, and soy. They are sweetened with maple sugar and organic honey (so not strictly vegan) and made purely with whole grains.

#1 – Melt Organic Vegan Probiotic Buttery Spread

I’ve always been a fan of buttery spreads, yes even back in the day of “bad for you” margarine (we all have our guilty pleasures!). So this is my top pick. It’s also one of the most versatile options in this dairy-free probiotic foods list since you can spread it on, cook with it, or bake with it.

  • Bacteria Strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086
  • Varieties: Original
  • Other Pros: Two tablespoons of this buttery spread delivers 1 billion active cultures, and as mentioned above, you can heat it without sacrificing the probiotic goodness. It also contains prebiotics (organic inulin), is vegan, and is made without top allergens.

20 Delicious Dairy-Free Probiotic Foods That Aren't Yogurt (vegan too!)

Which One Do You Want to Try First? What Are Your Favorite Dairy-Free Probiotic Foods?

Know Your Needs! By ingredients, all of the products listed above were dairy-free at the time of our review. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. All products are at some degree of risk for cross-contamination with allergens, but you must determine if the protocols are safe for your needs. Also processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

15 Comments

  1. A few of my favorites!! The GoodBelly bars have been a staple for me in the early months of pregnancy. I saw the brownies on Facebook earlier this week and wished I had enough energy (under the weather with a cold that took me out) to make them but they’re on the list to make soon!!
    There are so many foods and it doesn’t have to be complicated or in pill or yogurt form like many think.

  2. Great list!
    Don’t forget about Kunachia too!
    Chia seeds that has added Probiotics in them! Coagulens, I believe. What IS it about that specific strain, anyways? 🙂

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