Plant-Based Yogurt Guide: The Best Vegan Brands & Recipes

Plant-Based Yogurt Guide: The Best Vegan Brands & Recipes

This decade has seen more vegan dairy alternatives available to enjoy than ever before in human history! When it comes to vegan yogurt, you no longer have to settle for making yogurt out of powdered soy milk, as was the case not so long ago. With more and more vegan products being created every day, it can be hard to keep up so we’ve created a vegan yogurt guide just for you!

What Is Vegan Yogurt Made From?

Vegan yogurt can be made from a variety of ingredients. The most popular base seems to be coconut, and for good reason! Due to its high fat content, coconut makes an excellent base for vegan yogurt. Almond, oat, cashew, and soy are also common ingredients for crafting creamy, dairy-free yogurt. One brand, Lavva, uses the Pili nut along with coconut and cassava to make their vegan yogurt!

Ways to Serve Vegan Yogurt

One of the beautiful things about yogurt is the variety of ways in which it can be enjoyed. While yogurt is often thought of a breakfast food or snack, it can actually be an incredible secret ingredient! Because of its high fat content and tangy taste, yogurt is ideal for adding to a variety of recipes.

Here are just some ideas of what you can do with plain vegan yogurt:

  • Garnish With Granola – Yogurt and granola go together like two peas in a pod! Chop up some fresh fruit, drizzle on the maple syrup, and bask in the glory of these delicious foods coming together.
  • Deepen Your Dressing – If you have a thick enough yogurt, you can easily whip up a quick dressing with just a few spices or herbs! Garlic powder, dill, salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast is just one of many ideas for what you could mix in with yogurt to make a super simple and delightful dressing.
  • Soup Stock – If you’re looking for a simple way to thicken up a soup, just add some vegan yogurt! The tangy touch will easily take your broth from boring to bangin’.
  • Simply Saucy – Making a creamy vegan pasta sauce from scratch? Adding yogurt will help make it smooth, creamy, and downright delicious.
  • Bake Brilliantly – Using yogurt for baking is an excellent way to bring extra moisture into a dish. Cakes, muffins, and more will be made all the better by a heaping helping of yogurt, both baked in and served on top!
  • DIY Pudding – You can easily make plain yogurt into more of a “pudding” by blending it with chocolate, banana, and other sweet ingredients!

100% Vegan Yogurt Brands

The following brands only make yogurts that are 100% free of any animal products. Their bases and flavors vary so you may have a preference of certain brands over others!

The most popular and widely love of these are: Silk, Oatly, Forager, So Delicious, and Kite Hill. 

Vegan-Friendly Yogurt Brands

These brands offer vegan options, but not all of their yogurts are vegan. Most of these originated as dairy brands and are now branching into the popular and profitable plant-based scene. 

  • Chobani
  • Esti
  • Icelandic Provisions
  • Nancy’s
  • Siggi’s
  • Stonyfield
  • Two Good
  • Yoplait

Store Brand Vegan Yogurts

Many stores now carry vegan yogurts under their own label. These are typically one of the brands above, but secretly packaged to look like the store brand. Here are a few you may find:

  • bowl & basket by ShopRite
  • Nature’s Promise by Hannaford
  • Trader Joe’s

RIP to These Cherished Vegan Yogurts of Yesteryear

We get it, things change and nothing lasts forever. In this section of our vegan yogurt guide, we’d like to commemorate some of our favorite vegan yogurts of days long past. You may be gone, but you are not forgotten!

  • Almond DREAM
  • The Collaborative (aka Coconut Collaborative)
  • Daiya
  • Rice DREAM
  • Tempt
  • Vega
  • WholeSoy & Co

Make Your Own Homemade Vegan Yogurt!

If you enjoy getting crafty in the kitchen, you can make your own vegan yogurt from scratch! There are zillions of vegan yogurt recipes online to choose from. You can even make yogurt in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Vegan Yogurt Taste-Test

One brand of vegan yogurt can taste, look, and feel dramatically different from the next. So World of Vegan founder Michelle Cehn joined Plant-Based on a Budget founder Toni Okamoto for a taste test! Please note that everyone has different taste preferences, so these are just two people’s opinions. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Article by Amanda Meth. Cover photo from designed by Michelle Cehn. This vegan yogurt guide and list of plant based yogurt brands is not sponsored. This article may contain affiliate links, and shopping through these links supports our work at World of Vegan. Thank you!

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