The official name of this product is Greek-Style So Delicious Dairy Free Cultured Almond Milk (whew!), but we’ll just call it almond yogurt for short. I’m a pretty new dairy-free yogurt fan. I’ve tried most of the brands over the years for Go Dairy Free, but it wasn’t until this year that these probiotic packers were regularly stocked in my kitchen. One of the reasons for my hesitance was added sugar.
The lactose (milk sugar) in dairy yogurt acts as the catalyst for probiotic growth, but dairy-free yogurt needs its own instigator. In most brands, sugar is added to encourage the probiotics. Though I have located a couple of unsweetened varieties, there aren’t any soy-free options sans added sweeteners on the market. So Delicious Almond Yogurt isn’t sugar-free, but it is lower in added sweeteners than most of the brands, and it’s soy-free. These two facts combined placed it on my radar.
And I have to admit, that touch of sweetness (from dried cane syrup and monk fruit extract) puts So Delicious almond yogurt in the “just sweet enough to enjoy on its own” range for my taste buds. In fact, I think I’ve found a new favorite yogurt! I sampled the:
Vanilla – Loved it! As an afternoon snack / treat that doesn’t set me up for a crash, this flavor hit the sweet spot. It generously hints at vanilla, and isn’t too almond-y (just some light nutty underpinnings). I’ve been enjoying it lately with pomegranate seeds (arils), and find myself scraping the container clean.
Strawberry – Delightful was the first word that came to mind. The lightly sweet, unique flavor is pleasant and quite easy to devour. Again, this isn’t as sweet as other types of strawberry dairy-free yogurt – the focus here is on subtle sweetness and that greek-style texture. I actually enjoyed this most with just a couple drops of stevia added to heighten the overall flavor.
Blueberry – Exactly like the strawberry almond yogurt but with … you guessed it … blueberry instead.
Plain – I don’t think I can quite describe the flavor of this unadorned yogurt. Simple, yet complex, the plain almond yogurt is a natural in recipes (uncooked ones, please – to preserve those probiotics!), and one that I’ve turned to for the lowest sugars (6 grams per container) and making fruit-sweetened smoothies. It begs for add-ins according to my taste buds, yet it’s versatility easily makes it one of my go-to’s. I even enjoy it as a topping for oatmeal apple crisp!
They also offer a chocolate variety, which I didn’t sample. Sorry! I’m not a chocolate yogurt fan, but if you are, you may want to scout that one out. Keep in mind that the almond yogurt flavors are unique. If you aren’t a fan of almond milk, then you may want to stick with So Delicious coconut yogurts. If, like me, you do adore almond milk and like yogurt on the “not too sweet” side, then this almond yogurt product line might be perfect for you.
As for the Greek-style texture, I couldn’t tell you how this almond yogurt compares to traditional Greek dairy yogurt, but what I can say is that it is incredibly smooth and creamy. The almond yogurt is also thicker, richer, and less gelatinized than most brands of dairy-free yogurt, sporting an almost pudding-like consistency. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would easily give So Delicious almond yogurt an 11 for texture!
While they do focus on creating a good tasting product, So Delicious never fails to go above and beyond the call of duty. Their dairy-free almond yogurt is:
- Certified Kosher Parve
- Certified by the Non-GMO Project
- Certified Vegan
- Certified Gluten-Free
- Fortified with pea and rice proteins (there are 6 to 7 grams of protein per container)
- Enriched with prebiotics and 6 strains of probiotics: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Rhamnosus, L. Acidophilus, Bif. Bifidum, and Bif. Animalis (love this name, and don’t worry, it’s vegan)
- Fortified with calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 (one container has 30% of the RDA for each)
- A “mini-meal” with 6g protein, 4g fat, and 6g fiber, but just 140 calories
I think my only request above and beyond all of this, is a truly unsweetened almond yogurt from So Delicious for even more versatility … and some coupons please! Yes, I’m demanding, I know.
Dietary Notes: So Delicious almond yogurt is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, and soy-free by ingredients. The label on the almond yogurt products that I consumed stated, “We apply strict quality control measaures to prevent contamination of undeclared allergens.” Nonetheless, processes and ingredients are always subject to change. Check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you, and always, always, always read the label!
For More Product Information: Visit the So Delicious website at www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com.