I have fallen in love with Kite Hill’s Vanilla Yogurt since starting a Paleo based diet you can say. The “Cave Man Diet,” or Paleo diet, includes Meat, eggs, vegetables, and limited quantities of fruits and nuts. Well my heart was broken when I discovered that I could no longer have my “regular yogurt.” On a trip to Wholefoods one day to get my goods for my new lifestyle change, there it was, a big beautiful display of Kite Hill Yogurt. As I read the ingredients I was doing a happy dance in my head since I can actually eat this on the Paleo program I was starting.
If you are a vegan, or perhaps have a dairy allergy, then you might have heard about Kite Hill—a relatively new company known for delicious nondairy cheeses, including a vegan cream cheese and ricotta, all made from nuts.
They took it to the next level with an almond-based vegan yogurt. According to their web site, “Our almond milk yogurt is produced exclusively with local, top quality almonds that provide a smooth and delicate mouthfeel and flavor. The natural flavor of our almond milk is balanced with acidity produced by Probiotic cultures that are aged with the milk during production. Our yogurt is then churned to a silky texture and cup set with the simplest almond flavors intact.”
Kite Hill’s yogurts come in five flavors: plain, strawberry, peach, blueberry, and vanilla. Each single-serving cup is 5.3 ounces, which makes it perfectly portioned. The base is pure and simple almond milk and the yogurts are sweetened with cane sugar and the real, whole fruits that are indicated on the label. The only declared allergens are almonds, which make the yogurts free from gluten, egg, soy, as well as vegan. There’s no high fructose corn syrup or weird blends of fruits and additives to “replicate” a fruit’s taste. Just as with dairy yogurts, these yogurts are made with probiotic cultures that are aged with the milk during production. These bacteria help promote a happy stomach, as they help keep your digestive track in rhythm.
Overall, Kite Hill totally knocked their almond milk yogurts out of the park. Honestly, I think I would take them over dairy yogurt if I ever decided to eat it again, as they taste great and are more friendly towards the environment. It’s a huge victory for use gluten-free and dairy-free folks to have a product that is soy-free, coconut-free, and yet is a solid replacement for the dairy-laden item it is replacing. I am so happy that Kite Hill is once again opening up the possibility for me to enjoy foods I have had to give up due to dietary restrictions.