If the goal was to top one of the biggest dairy yogurt makers, they may have succeeded. Silk Dairy Free Yogurt takes cultured milk beverage to a new sweet and dreamy level.
But first, lets address the elephant in the room. Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative is soy-based. Why do I still like it? It is made with whole, non-GMO soy and not with genetically-modified soy and not soy protein, soy isolates, or soy concentrates. The latter are the types of soy that tend to get a thumbs down from scientific studies when eaten in excess. Fermented soy and whole soy foods actually don’t have a bad rap in the research. Just enjoy in moderation is the mantra I take with all foods! Plus, let’s face it, soy has been largely unbeatable as a base for yogurt substitutes.
Tasting Notes for Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative
Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative has a creamy, perfectly thick consistency and a flavor that certainly doesn’t smack of soy. The Vanilla had marvelous little flecks of vanilla bean! It had a rich, sweet taste with the perfect hint of yogurt-y tang. The Peach & Mango was like summer in a cup. The bright fruits and seamless taste beckoned to beloved dairy yogurts on the market, and made Tony say, “it tastes like Yoplait!”. Black Cherry isn’t the first variety I would usually reach for, but the dessert-like quality made it irresistible.
Which brings me to the one caveat for Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative. Like most dairy-based yogurts, the flavored varieties have 16 to 17 grams of sugars per serving. This is a bit steep for my breakfast. But considering the other virtues, I think it makes a wonderful afternoon or evening treat.
Since it is made with whole soybeans, each serving of Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative has 6 grams of natural, plant-based protein and 20% of the RDA for calcium without fortification. It is also fortified with vitamin D2 for a bigger bone health boost. And of course, it is carrageenan-free and each bite is stocked with dairy-free live and active cultures (a.k.a. probiotics). Plus, for those of us who want a lower sugar option, Silk has delivered.
Silk now offers larger 24-ounce tubs of select varieties, including Simply Plain. This no frills flavor is lower in sugars (7 grams per cup) and has a much less sweet, more versatile flavor profile. I still have to get my hands on a tub to give it a full test, because I have only sampled a little trade show taste, thus far!
The Facts on Silk Dairy Free Yogurt
Price: $1.29 per 5.3-ounce single
Certifications: Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative is Non-GMO Verified. It is also labeled as gluten-free, but we did not note a certification for this.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 Silk website at silk.com.
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Satisfyingly sweet and slightly tangy
If you’re looking for a dairy-free option that rivals popular dairy yogurts in taste and consistency, then this could be your holy grail. Not only does it offer satisfyingly sweet, slightly tangy flavors and the perfect creamy consistency (without carrageenan!), it’s also naturally equivalent in protein and calcium. But like those dairy-based yogurts, these are a bit high in sugars (aside from the Simply Plain with just 7 grams per cup). To note, these have a base of non-GMO, whole soy (not isolates).