Whether you’re dairy-averse or on a vegan kick, adding a dairy-free yogurt to your fridge is a solid move. While plant-based ‘gurts are lactose-free, they’re also brimming with healthy fats coming from the bases they’re crafted with—think soy, nuts, and coconut. Most of our go-to picks below are of the plain variety because they pack in the least amount of added sugars—and all of the options below are enriched with the gut-friendly probiotics we try to get more of daily.
If you’re avoiding the dairy stuff because of lactose intolerance, know that these aren’t the only creamy tubs to add to your grocery list. In fact, you don’t have to avoid dairy altogether. Green Valley’s lactose-free yogurt contains the enzyme lactase to help your tummy break down the natural sugar without any uncomfortable side effects. Other cow’s milk options include YQ by Yoplait, which has less than one percent of lactose.
Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt
PER 5.3 OZ CUP: 160 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 6 g protein
Kite Hill crafts its dairy-free yogurt with its artisan almond milk before it adds in live and active cultures. The result is an uber creamy ‘gurt with 11 grams of unsaturated, heart-healthy fats and a texture that rivals the real thing. Try the brand’s other traditionally cultured flavors or go for the Greek style—which packs in a whopping 10 grams of almond protein. Or throw the Strawberry Banana and Wild Berry Kids’ Tubes into your kiddos’ lunch boxes.
I found the Kite Hill yogurt tubes at Target in the kid yogurt sections.
Ripple Greek Yogurt Alternative
PER 5.3 OZ CUP: 140 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (0 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 12 g protein
Ripple invented a method to harvest the protein in peas without hanging onto any flavonoids and tannins that lend plant products that distinct—and usually avoided—flavor. The clean pea protein is the star of Ripple’s Greek tubs, which also contain a bit of sunflower oil for creaminess and a dash of organic cane sugar for sweetness. You can also find six strains of gut-benefiting probiotics in every cup!
Forager Unsweetened Plain Cashewgurt
PER 5.3 OZ CUP: 100 calories, 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 3 g protein
Whether you’re building a granola-layered parfait or dolloping it alongside sliced seasonal fruit, Forager’s organic cashew milk yogurt will lend a satisfying velvetiness to your breakfast or snack. With just 100 calories and 7 grams of plant-based fats, this pick also has the added benefit of probiotics.
Stonyfield Organic Dairy-Free Vanilla
PER 5.3 OZ CUP: 130 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 6 g protein
Stonyfield is known for its quality, organic dairy products, but the brand also kills it in the dairy-free space with its soy-milk-based ‘gurt. It packs in loads of flavor coming from organic cane sugar and natural vanilla. While the vanilla may lend your smoothies the richness you’re aiming for, it’s higher in sugar than our other offerings. Since Stonyfield doesn’t offer a plain tub, we suggest saving this one for dessert.
Daiya Plain Greek Yogurt Alternative
PER 5.3 OZ CUP: 150 calories, 8 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 6 g protein
Almond Dream Plain Non-Dairy Yogurt
PER 5.3 OZ CUP: 150 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (3 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 1 g protein
For a treat that lacks lactose and packs in dessert-like consistency, try Almond Dream’s nutty pick. Although this offering lacks protein, we love that the brand added calcium as well as fiber, which helps feed the live probiotics. Dollop the plain over a twice-baked potato or opt for the mixed berry, coconut, or vanilla flavors when you’re craving something sweet.
Good Karma Plain Dairy-Free Yogurt
PER 6 OZ CUP: 90 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 75 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (1 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 6 g protein
Good Karma opts for crafting its yogurt’s base with cultured flax milk, which lends the container a respectable 800 milligrams of brain-boosting omega-3s per serving! What’s more, this six-ounce cup packs in the least amount of calories and most protein per ounce than all of the other offerings. Spoon Good Karma into homemade baked goods or use it as a base for a savory tzatziki.
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