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Product Review: AYO Organic Almond Milk Yogurt

ayo yogurt four varieties photo by gail worley
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Do you like yogurt? I sure do. As food trends adapt to changing diets, I’ve sampled and reviewed a variety of delicious non-dairy yogurts. While these yogurts are ideal for fans who are lactose intolerant, and also those who follow a vegan diet, the bottom line is that it has to taste great. With nut-derived milks becoming increasingly popular, it makes sense that an almond milk-based yogurt would hit the market. If you’re curious about non-dairy yogurt alternatives, let me introduce you to AYO, a delicious and healthy yogurt made with organic almond milk.

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AYO was created by the Billings family, who have been growing almonds on their farm, based in California’s sunny San Joaquin Valley, for four generations. The Billings‘ are forward-thinking farmers who are passionate about introducing better-for-you foods with clear traceability, vertical integration and sustainable practices. Their commitment to innovation, and a farm-to-spoon philosophy, created AYO yogurt. From their almond orchards where everything starts, to picking, then churning, blending with organic fruits or organic vanilla, and culturing the yogurt — the result is luscious, probiotic-rich yogurts that taste fantastic.

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Since I’ve been working from home, yogurt has been one of my go-to snacks, so I was thrilled to receive samples of all four flavors (Strawberry, Peach, Blueberry, and Vanilla) of AYO yogurt to enjoy. Each variety has only 150 or 160 calories per 5.3 ounce cup, so you can stay on your diet as well!

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When I opened my first cup, what I noticed right away about this yogurt is its very smooth, almost drinkable consistency. No stirring is needed because the fruit is thoroughly blended with the yogurt, to guarantee that the first spoonful tastes as sweet and tangy as the last.

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Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, so I enjoyed this flavor every much. You can see little bits of peach on my spoon. Yummy.

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The Vanilla AYO is just sweet enough, but also has the distinctive tangy flavor that tells you that you are eating real yogurt.

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You can snack and work at the same time!

blueberry ayo yogurt photo by gail worley

When you peel back the lid of the Blueberry AYO Almond Milk Yogurt, guess what you smell? Blueberries.

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AYO would be perfect as an ingredient in variety of recipes for healthy shakes and desserts, but today I’m going share with you the most delicious Granola Yogurt Breakfast Popsicle recipe, which they call Gro-Yo Pops. The whole family will love these, as they are great for the summer months and make an easy, nutritious breakfast!

Gro-Yo Pops (Dairy-free, Plant-based, Farm to Freezer Popsicles)

1 ¼ cups AYO Strawberry Yogurt
½ cups chopped fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and/or blackberries)
4 teaspoons coconut oil or GHEE, divided
1 teaspoon almond extract
6 tablespoons coconut flakes, ground almonds and crumbled

Stir yogurt, berries, 2 teaspoons coconut oil and almond extract together in a medium bowl. Divide among six 3-ounce popsicle molds. Stir coconut flakes, and ground almonds and the remaining 2 teaspoons of coconut oil together in a small bowl. Top each popsicle with 1 tablespoon of the coconut almond mixture. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

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Product Review: So Delicious Brand Dairy Free Frozen Almond Milk Dessert, Cookies ‘N’ Cream Variety

So Delicious Almond Milk Cookies and Cream
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The great news for people suffering from food allergies and dietary intolerances these days is that there is an exponentially growing market of specialty food products that cater to those who can’t eat dairy, nuts, gluten, soy and a laundry list of other ingredients. Hallelujah! I’m fortunate that I can eat just about anything I want, but I taste test and review a variety of specialty products for the blog. Sometimes, say with a brand like Better 4U Gluten Free Pizza, the product is just as flavorful and delicious as its non-restricted ingredient counterpart. Other time,s the specialty product might fall short in a head-to-head comparison. Such is the case with So Delicious Brand Dairy-Free Frozen Almond Milk Dessert.

So Delicious Almond Milk Cookies and Cream

I recently consumed, over the course of several days, the contents of a small container of So Delicious Brand Dairy Free Frozen Almond Milk Dessert, Cookies ‘N’ Cream variety. Was it a tasty thing? Yes, I would say so. I enjoyed eating it, but I feel like it would be dishonest of me to not call out a major claim made by So Delicious Dairy Free with regard to their product.

So Delicious Almond Milk Cookies and Cream

It is true that all of So Delicious almond milk products are soy-free, gluten-free, and Non-GMO Product Verified. They are also naturally lower in fat and calories than dairy-based frozen desserts. But with respect to their website’s claim that, “So Delicious Dairy Free Almond Milk frozen desserts are so smooth and creamy (emphasis mine), you’ll never miss dairy ice cream again,” my reflexive response is, “Yeah, I doubt that.”

“Creamy” is not a word I would ever use to describe this product in any way. And, trust me, there is no chance that anyone who has a memory of ever having tasted ice cream would confuse the two products. The best thing about this frozen dessert is that it has a very generous amount of Oreo Cookie chunks mixed into the product.

Bottom line: So Delicious Brand Dairy Free Frozen Almond Milk Dessert is an enjoyable, quality product for anyone whose dietary restrictions will not allow them to eat real ice cream. But don’t buy it thinking you won’t be able to tell the difference, because you will definitely be disappointed.

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So Delicious Almond Milk Cookies and Cream