5 Dairy-Free Yogurts Worth Trying

by Emily Harland, RDN, CSO, LDN

Last Updated: November 16, 2020

You may have noticed the recent addition of dairy-free yogurts to the already crowded yogurt aisle. Like most packaged foods, dairy-free yogurts vary widely in terms of nutrition and ingredients, and overall, they are not inherently healthier than your typical dairy yogurt. However, plant-based yogurt options may be a great option if you are sensitive to dairy or avoiding dairy for any reason.

Are Dairy-Free Yogurts Healthy?
Let’s first discuss dairy-containing yogurt. Greek yogurt is a protein-rich option containing gut-healthy probiotics. The plain varieties of Greek yogurt typically only contain just one ingredient: milk!

If you are sensitive to dairy or have lactose intolerance, the dairy-free yogurt craze has surely been a gift! This trend also seems to be coinciding with the plant-based eating boom, and for the most part, eating more plants is never a bad thing. While whole plant foods are incredibly nutritious, this doesn’t always translate into processed and packaged foods. Even if yogurt is “plant-based” or “dairy-free,” it does not always translate to “nutritious.” Read on to know more about how some of the choices stack up!
  1. Silk Vanilla Dairy-Free Soy Yogurt
    Soy yogurt is at an advantage as it naturally contains protein from soymilk. This variety contains 6 grams of protein, which is comparable to a serving of regular vanilla yogurt. Many soy yogurts contain more added sugar than regular yogurt, so be sure to check out the added sugars tab when making your choice. Overall, soy yogurt is most comparable in flavor and texture to regular yogurt and may be a good choice for those new to the dairy-free yogurt scene.
  2. Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt
    This variety is made from cultured almond milk and is seriously yummy! This product is super creamy and free of soy and gluten for those who are avoiding these two ingredients. With 4 grams of protein, it contains slightly less protein than the soymilk variety; however, when paired with an additional protein source (e.g., nuts), this could make a filling snack!
  3. SO Delicious Dairy-Free Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative
    Made with organic coconut, this product has a creamy, pudding-like consistency and contains live active cultures for some gut-healthy probiotics. The downside? This yogurt only contains 1 gram of protein, so it would need to be paired with an additional protein source(s) to make this a more balanced part of a meal.
  4. Simple Truth Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative
    This variety is also made from cultured almond milk and boasts live and active cultures for gut health. It is soy-free and contains healthy fats found in almonds.
  5. Good Belly Probiotics Lactose Free Yogurt
    Although this yogurt still contains milk, it is technically “lactose-free,” which makes it suitable for someone with lactose intolerance that is still comfortable eating some dairy products. This yogurt is nutritionally the most similar to regular Greek yogurt as it has the same flavor/texture and also has 11 grams of protein/serving.

The Bottom Line
There is no set in stone rule on whether or not to go for or skip dairy-free yogurts like any other product recommendation. Look for low in added sugars, as much protein as possible, and a short ingredient list, and enjoy trying something new!

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

Emily Harland, RDN, CSO, LDN

Emily Harland, RDN, CSO, LDN

Emily is a passionate clinical dietitian who strives to make nutrition changes sustainable while improving peoples’ relationship with food. She makes every effort to get to know each one of her clients on a personal level to ensure whole-person care. Emily is specialized in nutrition for oncology and cancer prevention/treatment. She has expertise from diabetes and heart health to hormonal health and fertility issues. Emily is an avid indoor cyclist and loves spending time in the kitchen cooking up nutritious and energizing meals.