Cultured almondmilk yogurt. I've been counting the days for something like this to become available.
It took me some time to see the soy yogurt side of things - after years of a relationship with Greek-style yogurt. Coconut milk yogurt is tasty, too, but a bit harder to find.
Since almondmilk is my favorite non-dairy milk choice, obviously a yogurt version of it is a promising find. This is also great news for anyone with a soy allergy who happens to be vegan.
A brand called Amande (they are nearly non-existent via search engine) appeared on the yogurt shelf at Whole Foods. Hesitant when I did not see a plain or vanilla variety, I decided on the strawberry flavor.
Bad move, I know. Flavored yogurt has never held much appeal for me. If I want berries in my yogurt, I'll add fresh ones. If I want sugar in my yogurt, I'll add maple or agave. I don't want to taste "essence of strawberry" with a few bits of fruit chunks.
I want strawberries that were sliced only seconds ago, and I do not want my yogurt to be a bubblegum shade of PINK.
Victoria's Secret and my yogurt should not be in the same marketing bed together.
That said....How does it stack up to soy yogurt?
Nutritionally, it is very similar, and contains live cultures, but the major downfall? There is no calcium. Calcium is one of my most significant needs as a female vegan, and adding soy yogurt to my diet has helped me satisfy that requirement.
In fact, there is very little nutritional benefit in this yogurt. Even the protein amount is insignificant. You'd be better off drinking a glass of almond milk or snacking on a handful of almonds.
I tried to get over the color, I really did, and then I dipped my spoon. I noticed right off that the almond yogurt was much thicker than the soy yogurt.
Then I took the first plunge and immediately thought of the word STARCHY.
Another word: GUMMY.
I scanned the label again and yep - Rice Starch, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Tapioca.
I cautiously dipped back in and just found myself disappointed. Not to mention I had 3 containers of soy milk yogurt smugly staring at me, waiting for me to crawl back.
Then I realized something. Amande is the Victoria's Secret of yogurt. It's just not good enough. The quality is not quite there. It'll never be La Perla.
Maybe, if it was plain or vanilla, I could get over the interesting texture, but somehow, I don't think the trade off is quite worth it.
Not when the delicious Whole Soy yogurts give me 35% of my daily calcium and have two very necessary, creamy flavors in their line: Plain and Vanilla. Discreetly sexy.
Getting to Know Soy Yogurt: A Love Affair.