Culina Botanical Yogurt Plants Itself in the Healthy Dairy Alternative Market

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Sprouting from the vegan AND paleo movements, Culina Botanical Yogurt is dairy-free, made with simple ingredients, and packaged in an actual flowerpot. It’s a “craft-fermented” line of coconut yogurt with a low sugar, no funny business label that is sure to attract food purists.

Culina Botanical Yogurt Alternative Review and Information - dairy-free, vegan, healthy, probiotics and naturally cultured. See this post for ingredients, availability, ratings, and more.

Culina Botanical Yogurt Plants Itself in the Healthy Dairy Alternative Market

This rich dairy-free yogurt isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s super-thick consistency attempts to rival the mouthfeel and versatility of Greek yogurt. But it is much higher in fat (from the coconut base) and very low in protein. Nonetheless, it’s cultured with live and active probiotics and is very modest in sugars.

Plain & Simple

Culina Botanical Yogurt Alternative Review and Information - dairy-free, vegan, healthy, probiotics and naturally cultured. See this post for ingredients, availability, ratings, and more.Ingredients: coconut cream (coconuts, water), agar, probiotic cultures. Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 5-ounce container): 230 calories, 25g fat, 3g carbs, <1g fiber, 2g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 0g protein.*

Bourbon Vanilla

Culina Botanical Yogurt Alternative Review and Information - dairy-free, vegan, healthy, probiotics and naturally cultured. See this post for ingredients, availability, ratings, and more.Ingredients: coconut cream (coconuts, water), pure maple syrup, agar, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, probiotic cultures. Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 5-ounce container): 240 calories, 23g fat, 11g carbs, <1g fiber, 10g sugars (includes 8g added sugars), 0g protein.*

Strawberry Rose

Culina Botanical Yogurt Alternative Review and Information - dairy-free, vegan, healthy, probiotics and naturally cultured. See this post for ingredients, availability, ratings, and more.Ingredients: coconut cream (coconuts, water), organic strawberries, pure maple syrup, rose water, agar, probiotic cultures. Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 5-ounce container): 230 calories, 21g fat, 11g carbs, <1g fiber, 10g sugars (includes 8g added sugars), 0g protein.*

Blueberry Lavender

Culina Botanical Yogurt Alternative Review and Information - dairy-free, vegan, healthy, probiotics and naturally cultured. See this post for ingredients, availability, ratings, and more.Ingredients: coconut cream (coconuts, water), organic blueberries, pure maple syrup, lavender oil, agar, probiotic cultures. Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 5-ounce container): 230 calories, 21g fat, 11g carbs, <1g fiber, 10g sugars (includes 8g added sugars), 0g protein.*

More Facts on Culina Botanical Yogurt Alternative

Price: $3.99 per 5-ounce container

Availability: Culina Botanical Yogurt Alternative is sold at select Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Natural Grocers locations throughout the US, and in some more local natural food grocers. It’s also available online – see their website below for details.

Certifications: We didn’t notice any certifications on Culina Botanical Yogurt Alternative.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Culina Botanical Yogurt Alternative is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly.*

For More Product Information: Visit the Culina website at www.culinayogurt.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.

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Thank you for making this yogurt

Rated 5 out of 5
September 8, 2021

I am a plant-based eater and have eaten Coconut Collaboratives non-dairy yogurt as I LOVE it. Unfortunately, they stopped making it in US due to a lack of sales. I virtually panicked and was trying to figure out how to get their product shipped from the UK as most non-dairy yogurts are too sour for my taste. Once I settled down, I looked online for other coconut brands and found Culina at my local Whole Foods. I just had my first one, blueberry lavender, and LOVE it. I found my replacement. Thank you!

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PJ

I LOVE this yogurt!!!

Rated 5 out of 5
August 25, 2021

I have been dairy free for 10 years and AIP for 2. I was ecstatic to find an AIP yogurt AND it is the best dairy free yogurt I have ever had. I just can’t believe how good this stuff is. If it were less expensive, I would eat it every day.

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Al

Yum!

Rated 5 out of 5
June 12, 2021

Just had Cherry Almond… this stuff is too good to be “healthy” – it’s really delicious. Is this too good to be true… ?

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Maggie

Very Good!!

Rated 5 out of 5
June 12, 2021

Hi and Happy Monday! I have eaten Lavva Original for years- but it is no longer available where I live. I have switched to Culina because it seems to be the cleanest and closest I can get to Lavva. It’s truly delicious- but completely different. Alisa, can you please explain the difference between the two from a nutrition standpoint and any other standpoint you can… I’m very intrigued and eager to hear your thoughts. I’ve never been a yogurt eater- until I needed to get some food and probiotics in me and yogurt appealed to me more than pills and “real” food. I have ended up enjoying Lavva and have stuck with it ever since. I’m looking forward to your thoughts.
As far as taste, every Culinary flavor I have tasted has been delicious.

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Ilene

Response from Go Dairy Free

From a basic nutrient standpoint, the two are similar. Culina is higher in fat, with more coconut cream, which can also increase the MCT amount (many people are interested in MCT fats these days). Culina’s plain is very low sugar, putting it on par with Lavva. If you’re on a keto-type diet, Culina might fit just a bit better, since it is quite high fat and low carb, but Lavva is still a low carb option. If counting calories, Culina is much higher. In terms of other nutritional merits, both products are coconut heavy. But there is one thing that intrigues me about Lavva – it contains plantains and cassava, which I have read are good prebiotics. Prebiotics reportedly help stimulate the growth of probiotics in our gut, which would mean this is a more synergistic food overall. Lavva also boasts very high probiotics, which could be beneficial for gut health.

YUCK

Rated 1 out of 5
June 6, 2021

Absolutely horrible taste and texture!! Texture is having flour on my tongue and taste is like having some vinegar taste!!!
I bought the plain one and added sugar.

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Lou

excellent

Rated 5 out of 5
March 31, 2021

i’ve always had a problem finding a plant based with low sugar content yogurt. thank you so much for your delicious yogurt. wish there were more flavors. like maybe key lime.

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margaret

This is really good!!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 26, 2021

I’m a huge fan of Lavva Original- but this stuff is really, really good! It makes a great snack with a banana and some walnuts. I have enjoyed every flavor I have tried – which I can’t say about Lavva.
I just hope all this coconut fat is really ok for us…

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Maggie

Bourbon Vanilla

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2021

Absolutely amazing! Mind you, I haven’t had dairy yogurt in probably almost 4-5 years, but prior to that, I ate yoplait quite regularly. The bourbon Vanilla culina yogurt reminded me so strongly of the yoplait thick& creamy vanilla that I grew up eating. I loved the taste and the texture was so similar to real yogurt. The ingredients are fabulous as well! No hint of a coconut taste.
I did even try this “frozen” as frozen yogurt – it was amazing. I highly recommend this.

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Regan

Vegan Wonderful

Rated 5 out of 5
September 12, 2020

This thick, luscious , creamy ,tart, non dairy, low sugar is the best I have had out of 10 brands!!! It is $$$!!

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Mi

Blueberry lavender is delicious

Rated 5 out of 5
September 9, 2020

Super thick, really nice fluffy texture, flavor is perfectly balanced with a tart bite.

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Lindsey

About Author

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.

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