Have I mentioned that I'm trying to see if I can be both gluten-free and vegan? It's something I've thought about for a long time, and a movie I saw recently, Vegucated, gave me a bit of a push in that direction. I've been vegetarian for decades, but it was the cottage cheese, omelettes and yes, even yogurt, though not as much as the other two, that have kept me ovo-lacto since, I think it was 1989!! Well, no promises yet, but I definitely am giving it my best shot. Here, for example, my yogurt research project. I'm sure there are options other than these, but I wanted to start somewhere. Below, the results. This is one of those posts where I would LOVE suggestions from the audience, since I am a real beginner in the gluten-free vegan world, and VERY open to suggestions!
The soy yogurt had the familiar tang of plain yogurt, but, like the others shown above, was sweetened. I was sort of shocked to find each brand was sweetened, since, in the dairy world, unsweetened is a given when you ask for a plain yogurt.
As you can see with the Almond Dream, the word "yogurt" is fairly small. As well it should be, because in a blind taste test I'm sure I would have thought of it as some sort of (sweet) vanilla lemon pudding. Thick, somewhat gelatinous texture.
The coconut milk yogurt had a clear if not unpleasant coconut taste. Thinner than the others. Not bad-tasting but not much to do with yogurt that I could see. Second in tanginess.
I was looking for a product I could use the way I use plain dairy yogurt. In the summer, I put it on berries. In the winter, I use it for dips (as in updated, healthier versions of the old Lipton Onion Soup Mix dip). I can barely imagine using any of these for that pure tangy taste that works so well against the natural sweetness of berries. The sweetness of these "yogurts" would overpower the fruits. And in savory dishes such as parsley dill salad dressing (which I'd make with yogurt and mayo), the sweetness, once again, I think, would be a disaster.
Is my only hope making my own cashew or almond yogurt? Any suggestions? Help!