Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt

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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!

Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt - now available Unsweetened (dairy-free, soy-free, vegan)

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.

Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt; dairy-free, soy-free and vegan, but rich and creamy like true European-style yogurt.

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!!

4.0 rating
August 13, 2019

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.

Jason

No added sugar, thank you

5.0 rating
August 8, 2019

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!

Katherine

I would love to get behind this yogurt, but...

3.0 rating
July 18, 2019

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!

Sophie

Good

4.0 rating
June 7, 2019

I agree taste could be better but, very happy there is no coconut. It’s one of the few alternatives for coconut allergy people.

Alli

Disappointing

1.0 rating
May 13, 2019

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!

Janet Zerbel

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.

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.

62 Comments

  1. Love Kite Hill unsweetened yogurt! I add some vanilla stevia and some ground cinnamon and throw in some organic blueberries for good measure. Breakfast 5 days a week!

      • Hi Alisa, I liked the unsweetened version of the yogurt. I can add in real fruit if I want it sweet. But I was wondering where the fat content and all those 190 calories in a 5.3 oz container of plain yogurt come from. Is it because it’s made from many real almonds?
        Thank you for your insight!

          • I love Kite Hill unsweetened yogurt. I put it on Nachos and Tostadas and yes it’s a great sour cream alternative! I love it in savory dishes
            I even added a vegan dip mix packet to it and my family couldn’t believe it wasn’t sour cream

  2. Honestly this was the most disgusting thing I ever did eat and I drink almond milk daily. I also love the soy and coconut yogurts. I don’t know what’s wrong with this, it tasted foul but I bet it’s the real flavor and not spoiled because the date was I the future.

    • Hi Betsy, did you try the unsweetened? I trialed the unsweetened just recently (was going to update this review with my own notes) and thought it sadly, was terrible. It made me surprised by all of the raves – I can only assume the sweetened versions are much better.

      • Katherine Hampton on

        Agreed!! I actually got sick to my stomach after tasting it and I’m not a whimp when it comes to trying new foods…This is truly disgusting.

        • I agree that this is disgusting. Maybe it’s an acquired taste. Having to plug my nose and swallow without chewing in order to eat the Blueberry Almond flavor. Pasty texture, really weird flavor. It already has 12 grams of sugar, so I doubt adding more sweetener would make it better. Perhaps mixed with granola the strange taste might not be so overpowering.

    • I totally agree. I just bought some, trying to keep keto, but it is HORRIBLE! No amount of sweetener and extracts could make it palatable. And I also hate the consistency. I’m going back to my old Greek yogurt.

  3. I have now tried the plain and the strawberry. LOVE them! Great texture and flavor. Only wish there were less sugars in the flavors, although I typically opt for plain anyway. My only issue with it is the money. Definitely expensive as I eat yogurt almost everyday. Still looking for a dairy free option that makes bigger containers!

  4. Tried the plain variety last week, and it’s my favorite almond/non-dairy yogurt that I’ve found in the US. I am lactose intolerant, and I don’t like coconut or ingesting soy, so I’m left only almond. Like other reviewers have mentioned, I wish it was unsweetened. The best non-dairy yogurt I’ve had is a Canadian company, Yoso, that isn’t available in the US yet, and I’ve been trying to replace it to no avail. My favorite flavor of theirs is the Almond and Cashew Unsweetened Plain. Kite Hill tasted almost similar, but too sweet for me to eat on a regular basis. Good for a treat once in a while though.

    • So glad you are liking this one! For low sugar, I usually use the So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt or CoYo. Even though you don’t like coconut, the former (So Delicious) didn’t taste coconutty to us. If you’re a super-taster, it might still get you though 🙂

  5. I am neither a vegan nor a vegetarian, but was curious about trying this yogurt. I purchased the plain. It has a very delicate taste, obviously different from any cow’s milk yogurt. Texture is fine, not too thick, not too thin. Just do not expect to get any calcium from this product. Comparably sized cow’s or sheep’s milk yogurt will provide you 30-35% of your RDA; this gives you “0”. No cholesterol, no sodium are pluses. As I have sufficient calcium in my diet from other sources, for me, this is not an issue.

  6. Kim Schwartz on

    Just had one of the Kite Hill blueberry almond yogurts and it was wonderful. I am neither vegan, nor milk intolerant …..just trying to cut down on animal products. I absolutely loved it! It is by far the best nondairy yogurt I have ever tried (and my first stab at almond yogurt). Had been eating Trader Joes blueberry cashew yogurt but the ingredient list is much shorter for Kate Hill and, to me, the taste and texture is better (although TJs is the best of any cashew I have found). All that said – I am a convert!

  7. Wonderful product!!! Wondering if you can put (organic) stevia in your yogurts to lower the grams of sugar? Or make one with zero grams of sugar so I can just add my own stevia? Thanks! I eat the one that’s plain with 5 grams of sugar, but I am very sugar sensitive. Your product is the lowest sugar one that’s non dairy I have found. 🙂 Hadn’t eaten yogurt in years before I found this one.

  8. Celeste | The Whole Serving on

    This is the best non-dairy yogurt I have ever had, whenever I go to the grocery to purchase it’s all sold out. It’s that good.

  9. i agree that this is the best tasting vegan yogurt I’ve tried. That is, the blueberry flavor is very good. The peach one tastes weird, sort of like an artificial flavor. I just wish that this was organic. I am really concerned that these new vegan companies like Beyond Meat, Kite Hill, Daiya and the like really don’t care about health. They are doing just fine, profit wise, making products with residues of herbicides like glyphosate (in Monsanto’s Roundup), which nobody should be eating. I think they are just being opportunistic; people will buy lost of products like these because they are vegan and taste good; if it slowly destroys your health… tough crap.

    • Hi Dave, thank you so much for sharing your review! Actually, many of them struggle profit-wise. It’s a tough industry, so while purely organic can be ideal, it isn’t always feasible for company’s that survive. There are so many factors in food production, and so many expenses, etc., it’s mind-boggling. They seem like a great company doing their best, but I’m sure they could use your feedback. Most of these companies are listening!

  10. I just tried Kite Hill yogurt for the first time this week and this is the best dairy free/gluten free/soy free yogurt I have ever tried! I think if they can lower the sugar just a bit, this would be by far the best yogurt on the market. I will have to try their other products at Whole Foods.

  11. Dear Alisa, I enjoy the Kite Hill yogurt but their labeling says “Cane Sugar” not “Organic Cane Sugar”. I’m told that in the US only the Organic sugar should be considered Vegan since other sugar is made with the Bone Char process (to whiten the sugar). Do you have any thoughts on this??

  12. I just tried the plain almond milk yogurt and it is amazing. The taste and the texture are the closest to the dairy yogurts that I have found among the dairy free alternatives. Definitely will buy again and will be trying their other products.

  13. Although I have tried a few non-dairy yoghurts that I have found very odd tasting, I find Kite Hill plain yoghurt delicious.

  14. I am a vegan and so am always scouting around for new brands of vegan options. Came across kite hill yogurt in whole foods and absolutely fell in love with the taste and texture that no other vegan yogurts came close to. The protein also is higher in this compared to other vegan yogurts out there. I have become a concert now – to Kitehill yogurt. Will be looking out for more of their products to try. For those looking for absolutely delicious vegan sour cream – try wayfare sour cream!

  15. I’ve been enjoying Kite Hill yogurts for a few months now – they are absolutely fabulous! A little high in grams of sugar – but oh, so good!

  16. I have been enjoying the kite hill yogurts as well as their cream cheese. In my opinion these products are amazing. I love the flavors and taste of the yogurts and the chive cream cheese tastes incredibly close to real cream cheese.