Listen up, friends. Cutting out dairy can be rough. Brie? I am not going to lie to your beautiful face and tell you it’s not amazing. Fage 2% greek yogurt? To die for. But, of course, these things are easily left behind when you commit to trying something new or changing your lifestyle. On my journey to becoming a super cool, healthy woman in rural Minnesota, I decided to switch to a vegan diet. So far, it has been painfully easy and enjoyable. Now that it has been nearly 3 weeks, I am ready to see what’s out there in the world of dairy alternatives.
Last night after work, I was exhausted and hungry. You and I both know that this is the worst time to go grocery shopping. Naturally, I went.
The ‘health food’ section of my regular grocery store is pretty good for a standard place in a small town. They have all of the staples you’d need, and of course the vegetarian and vegan processed food section. I recalled my experience with Tofutti cream cheese, and as it was a fond memory I snapped up a container of that without hesitation.
Non-dairy yogurt is not something I’ve ever had in the past. I have eaten a lot of dairy yogurt, and as it is something I’m well acquainted with, there is no doubt that I know what I like in a yogurt. Smooth texture, tart bite, sweet but not cloyingly so.
The only vegan yogurt on offer at my store is Amande almond milk yogurt. There were several of the 8 Amande flavors to choose from – I chose peach.
My expectations were pretty high based on the cute packaging. I opened it, thought “Huh, that looks alright”, and took a bite.
It took me 12 hours to mull this over. Sure, 8 of those hours were me sleeping, but 4 hours of deliberation is still a long time for yogurt. I want to be transparent and say right now that I found it somewhat offensive upon first and second try. If you look at the picture below, I hope you can see that it is not a very smooth product:
I am sure it is difficult to tell from that picture, but it was a strange consistency. It has a very slight grainy texture to it, which is not something you want in a yogurt. I bought two containers of this yogurt, and threw that first one away after 2 bites.
This morning, I decided to give it another try. I realized that it wasn’t entirely the consistency, but the sickening sweetness of the yogurt that made it difficult to eat. This yogurt tastes like mealy peach almond juice. It is so terribly sweet, and while the source of sugar is from fruit juice, it is still pretty grossly sweet compared to the plain yogurts I am used to eating.
Instead of throwing it away (it is nearly $2 per container), I put some strawberries in it to try and dull the sweetness. This worked quite nicely, although I will not be buying a flavored Amande yogurt again. They offer a plain yogurt that I will definitely be trying, but it still has quite a large amount of sugar and few nutrients.
Due to the strange consistency, over the top sweetness (ounce for ounce, its sugar content is far too close to the amount in orange soda), and lack of nutrients. If it tasted better, this could easily be overlooked, but that is not the case here.
I give Amande Peach Yogurt…
2 out of 5 peaches.
I don’t plan to eat a lot of dairy replacements, but they definitely have a place in a vegan diet. Amande peach yogurt is not going to have a place in my diet, but I plan to continue checking out new dairy replacement products and giving an honest take. I found lots of reviews giving this yogurt high marks, going so far as to give it an A rating and refer to it as “slightly sweet”. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to continue my quest for a non-dairy yogurt whose sugar content doesn’t rival a can of orange soda.