Alpro Soya Yogurt

Alpro Vanilla Yogurt with Prunes and Homemade Granola

Alpro Vanilla Yogurt with Prunes and Homemade Granola

“It’s all about fat, Rach” explained my brother over the summer, as he whipped up a 1/2 litre batch of Hollondaise which would get him through a week of breakfasts. “Seriously – cheese is good, carbs are bad” he explained. But with the arrival of autumn, he has moved away from the eggs and butter, and onto a spirulina instead.

You see, he’s a professional cricketer, which means that he has access to a nutritionist. And having access to a nutritionist gives him strong opinions on nutrition. Only my approach of “everything in moderation” seems to go against professional nutritional advice. Instead, it swings from cutting something out of a diet altogether only for a new piece of research to pardon its sins, and propel it back onto the plate.

The latest victim is dairy. “It’s no good” said my brother as he sipped a black coffee, watching disapprovingly as I turned mine a milky brown. Now, I could get on board his fat-only regime. But no-dairy was more unsettling. I like milk in tea, in coffee, in porridge, in custard … and I also love a bowl of yoghurt with fruit and granola in the morning.

My brother’s not alone in his anti-dairy stance though. Over the past two years, the non-dairy market has grown 155%, and is now worth upwards of £150million. The Bethnal Green supermarket stocks almond milk, soya milk, coconut milk and rice milk, and apparently 1 in 5 households has a carton of one of these strange cow-milk-substitutes in their fridge door.

While current research may suggest that milk-substitutes are a good thing, I can assure you that a glug of almond milk causes no end of damage to my morning cup of tea tea. And I don’t even know where to start with substituting cow-based yoghurt. But just as I was mourning the fact that my breakfast routine would now be laced with guilt, I got an email from Alpro asking if I’d try their soya yoghurt range.

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Over the last couple of years, there has been a boom in ‘free-from’ companies. But Alpro has been plugging away for the last three decades, using soya to create plant-based alternatives to milk, yoghurt and cream. Their longevity in the marketplace shows. The yoghurt definitely tasted like it had come from a cow, rather than a plant. And this level of disguise appeals to me. When I put rice milk in my coffee, it really did taste like I’d put milk squeezed from rice in my coffee, and not in a good way.

Alpro yogurt’s consistency is a far looser than you’d expect from ‘thick and creamy’ dairy versions, but the flavour is bang-on. The strawberry and rhubarb is fruity and delicious, and the ‘simply plain’ is perfect for breakfast. The vanilla had a rich flavour, but was a bit too sweet for my liking. It’d be perfect  in bakes – perhaps a yoghurt cake – but then I’m not sure my brother’s nutritionist would approve of that either…

Alpro big pot soya alternatives, available at Tesco, Sainsburys and Ocado, from £1.25/500g pot
[Top photograph: Alpro Vanilla Yogurt with Prunes and Homemade Granola]

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