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Natural Yogurt Substitutes

Updated July 18, 2017

Whether you are dealing with food allergies, going vegan or simply in need of a yoghurt alternative for a recipe, rest assured that there are effective and all-natural alternatives to conventional yoghurt. Soy, rice and coconut milk-based yoghurts are available for those who can not eat dairy products. As for those seeking recipe substitutes, yoghurt is interchangeable with a number of common dairy products -- several of which are probably already in your fridge.

Food Allergies

Individuals dealing with food allergies or lactose intolerance will probably find themselves navigating a sea of foreign dairy substitutes, trying to figure out which products they can safely consume and which ones taste most like "the real thing." When food allergies are involved, it is sometimes necessary to avoid soy products as well as dairy; in such cases, sensitive individuals can try Yogurt-type products derived from rice milk or all-natural coconut milk-based yoghurt products, is another soy-free, dairy-free option. These dairy-free, soy-free options can be found in a wide variety of flavours at health food stores.

Vegan Diet

A vegan diet excludes all animal products -- meat, poultry, seafood or dairy. Vegans looking for a yoghurt alternative may try rice and coconut yoghurts, as well as soy yoghurt if food allergies are not an issue. In addition to a yoghurt replacement, soy yoghurt can also be used for baking and in sweet and savoury dips and sauces. Soy yoghurt products comes in a wide variety of flavours and brands. Visit your local health food or speciality store for a variety of soy yoghurt products.

Ingredient Substitutes

Many reduced-fat recipes call for yoghurt instead of full-fat dairy products; however, if you ran out of yoghurt or want to add a creamier, decadent flavour to your recipe, use an equal quantity of either sour cream, buttermilk, creme fraiche or heavy whipping cream. If you choose whipping cream, add a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to every cup of cream to mimic the tart flavour of yoghurt.

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L.W. Westerfield is a writer, editor and blogger. Her interests include food, culture, holistic health, yoga and literature. She has written for "USA Today Magazine" and a variety of southern California newspapers. Westerfield is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and a Whole Foods Nutrition Counselor with a focus in macrobiotics and traditional Eastern healing arts.