Can Vegans Eat Yogurt? Is Yogurt Vegan?

Wondering if vegans can eat yogurt ? Or can you eat yogurt on vegan diet, then you’re in the right place! In this article we will cover the yogurt ingredients, and see if it is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

One of the foods that many people think they will have to give up, when going vegan, is yogurt.

Yogurt is a food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used to make yogurt are known as yogurt cultures. Fermentation of sugars in the milk by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and characteristic tart flavor.[1]

Cow’s milk is the milk most commonly used to make yogurt. 

Which leads us to our main question “Can vegans eat yogurt?”.

Can Vegans Eat Yogurt?

The answer is NO. Technically, traditional yogurt is not vegan friendly. It is made with dairy product (milk).

In fact, most traditional yogurts are dairy based and vegans can not eat them.

But there are now many vegan yogurt brands and vegan yogurt cultures made with a plant-based milk.

When I was vegetarian, i used to love yogurt with granola and fruit. I use it in my smoothies all the time. But I also liked its health benefits.

Fermented foods like yogurt are extremely good for the gut and are full of beneficial body flora and probiotics. They also aid in digesting and build the immune system.

So yogurt was not something i wanted to lose…and it is so yummy.

Luckily I found that all vegan / non dairy yogurts have beneficial flora and probiotics on levels similar to dairy yogurts. And they taste just as good.

When you need vegan yogurt you have two basic choices: you can buy it or make it. 

There are  a lot of brands of non dairy yogurt on the market now. Like Trader Joe’s, Nancy’s, Stonyfield O’Soy Yogurt and coconut Dairy Free to name a few.

There are two main things to look out for when choosing one: sugar and carageenan (or other sources of MSG). A lot of non-dairy yogurts contain quite a lot of sugar per serving, which doesn’t make it very healthy.

Personally, I like to go for Nancy’s Plain and then I mix in my own sweeteners or flavorings (fruit, vanilla, maple syrup, orange oil, etc.). Also make sure you check the ingredients to make sure there are no animal products, like gelatin, casein etc.

As they are sometimes present in soy products.

Does Vegan Yogurt Have Probiotics?

Yes, most vegan yogurts include live active cultures, like dairy yogurts, which are probiotics.

They are formed through fermentation, which is a metabolic process used by bacteria under anaerobic conditions.

In fact vegan yogurts will offer probiotic benefits equivalent to dairy-based yogurt.

Do Vegetarians Eat Yogurt?

Vegetarian diet exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them.

Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are included.

So can vegetarians eat yogurt? Yes. Vegetarians can eat yogurt.

Is Chobani Yogurt Vegan Or Vegetarian?

Chobani Yogurt is free of animal-based thickeners, which makes it suitable for vegetarian.

But it contains cultured pasteurized nonfat milk,and therfore the Chobani yogurt is not considered vegan friendly.


Can Vegans Eat Greek Yogurt?

Is greek yogurt vegan? Can vegans eat Greek yogurt? Unfortunately, no. Greek yogurt is not vegan.

It contains dairy, which makes it unsuitable for vegans. However, there are other vegan  alternatives for Greek Yogurt.

Some alternatives for Greek Yogurt are :

  • Soy yogurt.
  • Coconut milk yogurt.
  • Rice yogurt.
  • Arrowroot yogurt.

Homemade Greek yogurt is easy to make, very versatile and healthy since you know exactly what was put into it.

You can quickly and easily have your whole vegan Greek yogurt made at home with just a few easy steps.

How To Make Vegan Yogurt?

Making vegan yogurt at home is in my opinion the best option.

It’s easy, fun and cheap, and you can make your own flavors. To make yogurt at home you are going to need a few ingredients. First, you need some soy milk and some yogurt culture.

If you have a yogurt maker then follow instructions and put mixture into your yogurt maker instead of the oven.

You can make yogurt with your own flavor. Add your own flavor to your yogurt with fruit, berries, nuts and syrups.

Berries like strawberries, blueberries  and raspberries are perfect to mix with your home made vegan yogurt.

You can also find many toppings and syrups that are vegan, in fact most fruit based toppings and syrups are vegan, just check the ingredients

If you want to make chocolate yogurt just mix some dates, cacao and a little water in a blender to make a chocolates sauce…then mix this in with your yogurt.

There are so many different flavors you can make, it’s a lot of fun making and finding new flavors for your yogurt.

Making vegan yogurt at home is really easy and much cheaper than buying it, so have fun with it and see what you can create…..

What Kind of Yogurt Can Vegans Eat?

Here’s a list of the best Vegan Yogurt Brands that vegans can eat:

  • Chobani: Non-Dairy Coconut and Oat.
  • Dream: Almond Dream or Coconut Dream Yogurt.
  • Forager: Cashewgurt.
  • Kite Hill: Almond Milk Yogurt.
  • Nancy’s: Organic Soy Yogurt.
  • Oatly: Oatgurt.
  • Silk: Soy or AlmondMilk Yogurt.
  • So Delicious: Coconut Milk Yogurt.


Traditional yogurt is not vegan friendly. It is made mainly from cow’s milk. Vegans can eat yogurt only if it is made with a plant-based milk.

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