Yoghurt is a very healthy food, and you can still get the ‘live cultures’ without the dairy or refined sugar. Sojade are for our money, the best yoghurts you can buy in Europe. You’ll find them in good indie health stores or farm shops, or buy online. These yoghurts are way and above the main brands, made by a small French company that grow organically and even have a solar panel on their roof to power the plant. The company gave up plastic lids a long time ago, so now all the pots are easy to recycle.
The yoghurts are available in plain, but you’ll also find many fruit flavours (in far more varied flavours than the big brands). Try:
Oh – and a chocolate dessert!
Cocos Organic offers a high-coconut content yoghurt, made ethically at the company’s own factory in Kent, free from dairy, soy, gluten and refined sugar. Certified organic and vegan, the range includes natural, vanilla, mixed berry, strawberry and mango passionfruit.
plant-based yoghurts in North America
As our choice of plant-based yoghurts is pretty dire in England, here are a few brands abroad to inspire. If you’re thinking of starting a yoghurt company!
Nancy’s Oatmilk Yogurt is available in plain, vanilla, blueberry, tropical or strawberry hibiscus (not for pregnancy). Made with chickpea protein and tapioca starch, each serving offers lots of healthy plant-based protein and billions of live dairy-free probiotics.
Forager Project Cashew Yogurt is made with coconut milk and cashew nuts. In plain, strawberry, peach, blueberry, vanilla or a plant-based honey alternative (made with fruit juice and organic cane sugar)
Yoggu (Canada) offers gut-friendly dairy-free yoghurt. It’s craft-fermented for a rich creamy yoghurt with live strains of beneficial bacteria, in vanilla, natural and strawberry.
Kite Hill almond milk yogurts were developed with professional chefs, in plain, blueberry, strawberry or lime. Perfect for eating, dipping or smoothies.
make your own plant-based yoghurt
use a vegan yoghurt starter kit
Or to cheat, use Freshly Fermented vegan yoghurt starter. The result of months of research, it needs a thickening agent but contains live bacteria that ferments on heating. They recommend using a brand yoghurt-making device. One 1g sachet (and 2g of tapioca starch) makes 1 litre of yoghurt.