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.
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Probiotics not and sugary.. Thank you!!
First time I had Greek yogurt, I found it terrible. Next time I added apple slices and blueberries and way very happy with it.
But I want to go plant based. So I tried So Delicious, and it was WAY too sweet.. so gross, so sugary.
I am so happy to have found this Kite Hill plain yogurt with its probiotic ingredients. I threw in some fruits and granola and was pleased with my breakfast. Gonna do the apple and blueberry mix next time.
No added sugar, thank you
I have been searching for a dairy free yogurt alternative that does not have any added sugar. I found the plain almond milk yogurt filled that gap for me. I prefer to add my own ingredients and I like to switch it up each time. My favorites are: 1/4 sliced banana, tbsp cacao powder, drizzle of honey and a few dashes of cinnamon. Occasionally, I will add a little peanut butter. Other choices are some blueberries or strawberries and a drizzle of honey. I am giving a 4 because the taste is a bit tart/sour, but adding some fruit or honey takes care of that. I am very pleased to read “no carrageenan.” Thank you!
I would love to get behind this yogurt, but...
I recently tried the Greek style vanilla almond milk yogurt from this company, and while I love the idea of dairy free yogurt, I do not feel like these companies have a good idea who they’re trying to cater to. For instance, personally I really only care about the environmental impact of dairy, so when I am looking for a new yogurt I am not dying to see that it contains next to no sugar. I would much rather have a product that has been made to taste good rather than a product that has been made to taste like an alternative health food. That being said, I was impressed by the thick and creaminess of this yogurt, although it does verge on being what I read in a different review elsewhere a ‘starchy, stick to your mouth’ type of texture, or as you said, ‘pasty’. The vanilla bean is good because it is usually pretty hard to ruin vanilla bean, but it would be completely worth a few more grams of sugar (this only had 2 grams!) from an organic honey or cane sugar product. This reminds me of the current situation with meatless burgers — those are not low calorie, low sodium burgers! They are made to taste like meat so that people who eat meat will switch to them, not so that people who want to lose weight will select them as an alternative. If almond milk yogurts want to grow, I really think they need to devote more attention to an environmentally-minded crowd in addition to their focus on a health conscious crowd. I totally think a synthesis is possible once both bases have been covered!
I agree taste could be better but, very happy there is no coconut. It’s one of the few alternatives for coconut allergy people.
I am on a low carb diet in an effort to lower my A1C, so I’m always on the lookout for a good tasting, non-dairy, unsweetened yogurt. Kite Hill plain, unsweetened doesn’t do it for me and I have yet to find a way to make it palatable. The flavor of fruit preserves doesn’t blend with it. Nuts do help, but it takes a lot of them. I’d love suggestions!
Response from Go Dairy Free
We found the same problem. You could try adding a touch of alternative sweetener with the nuts. We tried stevia, and it didn’t meld well, but perhaps with the nuts or a different low carb sweetener.