Before ditching dairy, I was nothing short of a yogurt hoarder. I’d go to Costco, grab a huge box of Greek yogurt, and have a solid supply in my fridge at all times. I’ve found that most non-dairy yogurt leaves something to be desired, so I went on the hunt to find the very best one. It wasn’t easy, and let’s just says I ate a lot of yogurt in my exhaustive research, but somebody had to do it.
With cow’s milk taking a backseat, you’re able to choose from a wide variety of options made with oat, almond, cashew, soy, and more. Also cool? With all the probiotics added in, you’re still getting the same gut-friendly strains of bacteria found in the real deal, all without the inflammation often caused by dairy products.
“You don’t have to give up yogurt if you’re giving up dairy,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. “I always recommend opting for ones with as little added sugar as possible—so an unsweetened yogurt, when possible. As with any yogurt, you can add your own sweetness with fruit and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.”
I tried out some of the most popular varieties of non-dairy yogurt and ranked them by taste and texture. Here’s exactly which ones came out on top.
Daiya has completely changed the formula of its dairy-free cheeses, upping the taste and meltability—is that a word?—so they’re even more dairy-like. Unfortunately, while I love the brand’s other products and use them regularly, this yogurt isn’t my favorite.
Soy milk has always seemed like the most milk-like to me, so it’s no wonder I was a fan of the texture of this yogurt. But despite loving other Silk products (they’re sitting in my fridge as we speak!), I’m not a big fan of this yogurt. Maybe the company’s oat milk and almond milk varieties are better picks.
What a RD thinks of soy milk: “Soy is a complete protein source, which means it contains all the essential amino acids. It’s one of the higher-protein options for alternative milks. A cup of soy milk can contain up to around 9 grams of protein. Many soy milks are fortified with vitamins and minerals, and so you can get about 30 percent of the daily value for vitamin D and 30 percent of the daily value for calcium per cup.” —Amy Gorin
Because this yogurt is made up of coconut cream, it has triple the calories of some of the alt-dairy yogurt options on this list.
If you’re an oat milk fan, you’ll undoubtedly love this yogurt. It’s super creamy, uses wholesome ingredients, and has a texture that could fool just about anyone into thinking they’re eating dairy. It also has a surprising ingredient: faba beans, which give an extra boost of protein.
What a RD thinks of oat milk: “Oat milk tends to be a little higher in calories than some of the other alternative milks. A cup of milk typically provides about 20 percent of the daily value for calcium. You also get some blood-pressure-helping potassium. Oat milk has a creamy texture that very closely resembles that of real milk. Some oat milks are fortified with additional nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.” —Amy Gorin
The lid on this yogurt screams “I’m alive” and warns you to open it carefully. And after I did remove it, I have to say: the raw coconut-based product definitely did look alive. Even though I personally wasn’t a fan of the tangy taste, it deserves an all-star rating for its short list of ingredients and nutrition stats.
Looking for a perfect yogurt to add into your smoothie? This is it. It doesn’t have a crazy-sweet taste like other options, and it’s one of the runniest I tried, making it a great option to mix in with other ingredients and sip up for breakfast.
Almond milk is typically my least favorite non-dairy milk, but I’ve gotta say—this yogurt is making me change my mind. It was incredibly smooth and creamy and the vanilla flavor wasn’t at all overpowering or artificial-tasting, making it a great base for smoothies and parfaits.
What a RD thinks of almond milk: “Many almond milks are fortified with vitamins and minerals—so in a cup of milk, you could get around 45 percent of the daily value for calcium, 50 percent of the daily value for vitamin B12, and 25 percent of the daily value for vitamin D. Vitamin D is typically not easy to find in foods.” —Amy Gorin
Trader Joe’s is making affordable, dairy-free yogurt accessible to all with one of its latest releases. (Which only sets you back $1.69 each, by the way.) After trying it out, I’m happy to say it holds up to some of the bigger names.
What a RD thinks of cashew milk: “Cashew milk provides small amounts of iron and calcium and is typically low in calories when unsweetened—around 25 to 40 calories a serving. Some cashew milks are fortified with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12 and zinc.” —Amy Gorin
Key lime was always one of my favorite yogurt flavors, so this one had a lot to live up to. And luckily, it didn’t disappoint. In fact, I think I like it even more than the types I ate regularly in the past.
What a RD thinks of coconut milk: “Unsweetened coconut milk has a nice creamy texture. However, it contains very little or no protein. Most coconut milk beverages are fortified with vitamins and minerals, and so you may get 50 percent of the daily value for vitamin B12 and 30 percent of the daily value of vitamin D per cup.” —Amy Gorin
Here’s why there’s locust bean gum in all your favorite non-dairy foods. Then, check out this go-to guide to picking a non-dairy milk.