Let’s talk about a vegan alternative to a popular snack food – yogurt! As any vegan knows, finding suitable dairy alternatives can be tricky, but there are more extensive options than ever! We’re going to take a look at the top vegan yogurt options, provide you with a full list of products, and give you a buyer’s guide to answer any questions you may have about how to find the best vegan yogurt.
Best Brands of Vegan Yogurt
What Is Vegan Yogurt?
First thing’s first, what is vegan yogurt? To put it simply, vegan yogurt is meant to imitate traditional dairy yogurt using non-dairy alternatives. You can find vegan yogurts made from soy, cashews, almonds, coconut, and more. Due to the product’s popularity, there are many products available on the market, ranging in quality from all-natural ingredients to yogurts that are loaded with sugars.
Thich vegan yogurt you prefer depends on personal preference. We’ll evaluate our 10 favorites on taste, nutrition, texture, value, and more and give you everything you need to know to make your decision.
1. Forager Project Organic Dairy Free Cashewmilk Yogurt
To start, we have Forager Project Dairy-Free Cashew Yogurt. This is an example of yogurt using cashew milk as its dairy substitute.
We started with this one because it is a basic, no-frills yogurt. The ingredient list is short, and this one is unsweetened (although Forager does offer sweetened varieties as well). This yogurt is more suitable for cooking or for mixing into smoothies or other dishes as it tastes pretty plain on its own.
All that said, this is a great, simple vegan yogurt option. There is less than 1g of total sugar per serving, which keeps the calorie count low (110 per serving). It is also loaded with probiotics and was cultured with five live active cultures.
If you’re planning to eat yogurt on its own, you might want to go with a flavored option, but this is a simple one to get us started.
- Natural taste
- High in probiotics
- Low in calories
2. Siggi’s Vanilla High Protein Blend
Siggi’s vanilla high-protein blend is a vegan yogurt made with coconut milk.
This yogurt places emphasis on high protein content, containing 10g of protein per serving. It derives its protein mainly from pea protein, which is regarded as the most efficient form of vegan protein. If you’re looking for yogurt to eat after a workout, then this one is a great choice!
It’s a flavourful yogurt with an amazing taste. Vanilla and cinnamon is a unique flavor combination, and we think it works well. It does contain about 9g of sugar per serving (with no artificial sweeteners), but that is still significantly less than other major competitors. As a result, the flavor is a lot more subtle than sweet.
This yogurt is a healthy choice, coming in at 190 calories/serving, which is pretty good for high-protein yogurt. As most of the calories are due to its high protein count, it also keeps you full longer.
Overall, we love this yogurt. It’s high in protein, not overly sweet, and still highly flavorful! This is great as a healthy snack or as a recovery meal.
- High in protein
- Low in sugar
- Some may prefer sweeter yogurt
3. Oui Dairy-Free Coconut Yogurt
This is Yoplait’s answer to vegan yogurt, and it’s a special variety because it has that classic fruit-on-the-bottom that is so common in traditional yogurt cups. If you’re looking for a vegan option to replace your standard yogurt cup, then look no further!
This is another yogurt made with coconut milk, and it comes in a variety of flavors. It’s not the healthiest choice, but it’s not trying to be! It’s focused on being a tasty alternative to traditional yogurt, and it meets that goal. Mix it all up, and you get a delicious mango-yogurt taste with a texture that’s smooth and creamy.
It is pretty high in sugar at 13g per serving, but it’s supposed to be sweet. As a yogurt snack purely for taste, this one is great! And it’s still significantly healthier than other snack options like ice cream.
- Fruit cup is fun to mix
- Great taste
- Great texture
- A lot of added sugar
4. Silk Almond Milk Yogurt
Here’s another dairy-free yogurt from Silk. Silk is a popular brand of almond milk, so it’s not surprising that this yogurt is almond-milk-based.
Silk yogurt packs come in a variety of delicious flavors, ranging from strawberry, mango, peach, chocolate, and more. The yogurt has a great texture, and it’s very smooth and creamy.
This yogurt does contain about 13g of added sugars, but it helps achieve the sweet taste. Each serving contains 180 calories, which is relatively high but still a healthy snack. You also get all the benefits of almond milk as well, including notable amounts of protein (5g) and calcium (10% of DV).
Overall, this is another great option for a portable yogurt snack. If you’re looking for a yogurt that is sweet, creamy, and delicious, then it’s hard to go wrong here.
- Great taste
- Smooth, creamy texture
- Good amounts of calcium and protein
- High amounts of added sugar
5. Kite Hill Yogurt
We like the Kite Hill brand because they exclusively focus on plant-based products. Its vegan yogurt is one of the brand’s most popular products, and you can tell the amount of care and focus that went into crafting this recipe.
We’ll start with their plain yogurt. It’s made from almond milk. Kite Hill uses traditional techniques to blend almond milk with live active cultures to create this vegan yogurt. They wanted to keep this authentic, and you can tell from the first taste.
The plain yogurt is good on its own, and the smooth and creamy texture closely mimics actual yogurt. The ingredients list is short and basic, which reflects the all-natural focus of this yogurt. There are no added sugars, and it comes in at 140 calories a serving with 5g of protein.
Because it’s plain, you might not want to eat it on its own. This is an excellent choice for adding to smoothies, oatmeal, fruit, or for any of your culinary needs.
- No added sugar
- The authentic process yields authentic results
- Unsweetened yogurt won’t be for everyone
6. Best Overall: Kite Hill Greek Style Yogurt
We like the Kite Hill brand a lot, and we chose its Greek vegan yogurt as our best overall pick. As outlined above, we like this brand because it specializes in vegan alternatives to dairy products. It puts special care into making its products as true to the original process as possible.
Once again, Kite Hill nails it here. This is an extremely worthwhile Greek yogurt substitute. The taste is on point, and the texture is great. Thick and smooth, just like real Greek yogurt.
As with all Kite Hill’s products, the ingredient list is short and simple. It is made with almond milk and naturally sweetened. There’s only 3g of sugar per serving, making it a healthy choice!
This has many of the other benefits you might expect from Greek yogurt, meaning it’s quite high in protein with 13g almond protein per serving. This is an ideal choice as a post-workout snack.
Overall, it’s simply an excellent option if you want a Greek yogurt substitute. You can tell this brand was founded by an artisan chef. It’s a bit on the expensive side, but we think it’s worth the price.
- Excellent Greek yogurt substitute
- High in protein, low in sugar
- A bit expensive
7. SO Delicious Coconut Yogurt
SO Delicious is another yogurt brand that we like. It makes a variety of excellent yogurt alternatives with simple, organic ingredients. This is yet another substitute that stands right up against the real thing.
Let’s check out their unsweetened coconut milk yogurt. As it’s unsweetened yogurt, it mostly tastes like the coconut milk base. Where this yogurt excels is the texture. It has that smooth, creamy consistency that you’d expect from yogurt which makes it a perfect additive to many different dishes and culinary creations.
Overall, there isn’t much to say about this vegan yogurt that we haven’t already said about other unsweetened yogurts on this list. This yogurt compares to them admirably, and whether you prefer it is a matter of taste. If you don’t want to try them all, know that you really can’t go wrong here.
- Great texture and consistency
- Only 90 calories/serving
- Unsweetened, may be too bland for some
8. Best Value: Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture
We’re going to mix it up a bit with a vegan yogurt starter culture so that you can make your yogurt at home. The main benefit of this is price efficiency, as each little packet makes two quarts of yogurt. Plus, you will know every ingredient that goes into it.
The yogurt is simple to make, and you can use any non-dairy milk except almond milk. The result is yogurt with an admirable taste and texture. While the flavor will vary depending on which milk you use, we don’t think you will be disappointed with any of the results.
This product is purely vegan, and it’s made with high-quality non-GMO ingredients. Cultures for Health specializes in making cultures for you to make food at home. As a result, you can access how-to guides and easy recipes on their website! If you find yourself confused, they can help.
- Very cost-efficient
- Can use a variety of non-dairy milks
- Not as convenient as ready-made yogurt
9. Dairy-Free Drinkable Yogurt
Let’s mix it up some more with some vegan drinkable yogurt. If you prefer your yogurt in liquid form, then this is the product for you.
This vegan yogurt option is made with almond, coconut, and oat-based yogurt. It all comes together to create a creamy liquid drink that tastes awesome. Do note, though, that this is a very sweet drink and contains 14g of added sugar per serving.
Califia prides itself on providing a healthy blend of probiotics in its products. This drinkable yogurt has 10 billion live, active probiotic CFUs, which is great for digestive and gut health.
This yogurt treat is meant to be drunk on its own, but is also a great addition to smoothies, on oatmeal, or anything in between!
- Great if you prefer drinkable yogurt
- Delicious texture and taste
10. Best Premium: Chobani Oat Non-Dairy Yogurt
Let’s round out our list with a vegan oat yogurt. This is the only yogurt on our list to be made with oat milk, and it goes to show the true versatility of dairy-free options!
Chobani Oat tastes great, but do note that this is a sweet yogurt. It almost feels more like a dessert than a snack and contains about 19g of sugar per serving. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a sweet snack, but it’s important to know what you’re eating.
This yogurt is pretty well-rounded nutritionally, containing 3 to 4g protein per serving, and is also a decent source of calcium and vitamin D.
Overall, this is a great yogurt to round out our list. One of the sweeter options, but it’s hard to deny how delicious it tastes!
- 3 to 4g protein per serving
- Great taste
- Lots of added sugar (170 cal/serving)
Vegan Yogurt Buyer’s Guide
Is Vegan Yogurt Healthy?
One of the most commonly asked questions about vegan yogurt is whether it’s healthy. People often want to know whether it’s a healthier option than traditional yogurt. The answer, albeit unsatisfying, is that it depends.
As you can see from the yogurts in our list, there is a lot of variety when it comes to vegan yogurt. As a result, there is a wide spectrum when it comes to whether or not vegan yogurt is healthy. Vegan yogurt contains a broad assortment of ingredients, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Your best bet is to evaluate each yogurt individually. Take a look at the ingredients, and see what each yogurt contains. Check out the vitamins and nutrients in each yogurt, as well as the percent DV of each ingredient. Healthier yogurts tend to contain more protein, less added sugar, and various vitamins and minerals.
For the healthiest option, aim for a yogurt that has under 5g of sugar per serving (some contain a lot more than that). Also, try to buy a yogurt that has around 10g of protein per serving. Some yogurts are also good sources of Vitamin A, D, and calcium. The Kite Hill brand is a good example.
Overall, it’s a mixed bag. Some yogurts tend more toward the sugary snack variety, while others put a clear emphasis on health and nutrition.
Choosing a Vegan Yogurt
How do you pick between all the vegan yogurts above? Here’s a quick buyer’s guide to help you decide.
First up is nutrition. You want to consider this when purchasing vegan yogurt. Check out the previous section for what to consider.
Taste is your next major consideration. Consider the flavor of the yogurt and other factors that contribute to taste, like the non-dairy option that was used to make the yogurt. There are notable differences in taste between almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, and the various other options. Try them out to see what you prefer.
Additionally, the amount of added sugar makes a major difference in taste. Options on our list ranged from low added sugar (0-4g) to quite high (over 15g) per serving. This probably makes the biggest difference in taste. While high added sugar may not be the healthiest option, we can’t deny that it tastes pretty great!
Finally, consider value. As is the case with many vegan foods, some can get pretty expensive! Find a yogurt that you like, but that is fairly priced. We did our best to exclude any yogurts from our list that were overly expensive. If you want a budget option, try buying the culture and making it yourself!
Either way, when it comes to yogurt, so much of it is a subjective decision. We have given you all the information you need to compare brands and make the best choice for your next yogurt snack!