In need of a good dairy alternative?
Dairy, gluten and soya alternatives have risen phenomenally in recent years. We are constantly bombarded with the latest food trends and must-have items in our cupboards. First is was quinoa, then it was coconut oil, then kale and now dairy alternatives. These milk and yoghurt imposters have slowly been creeping into our kitchens since the early 2000s but have only recently made a name for themselves in mainstream media. I don't have a dairy allergy (although I did when I was a baby) nor am I lactose intolerant however you know me, I'm always up for trying the latest craze. I am in no way qualified to say there are scientifically-proven health benefits of cutting out dairy - I'm not a dietician. However, as it's not just the allergy sufferers who are grabbing the alternatives nowadays there must be some sort of gain from these products I'm missing out on. Or is it all marketing hocus pocus once again?
Whether you're into the hype or not, or you genuinely have an allergy, I've got a tasty treat you can easily grab from your local supermarket. Coyo is a coconut milk yoghurt alternative that is vegan-friendly, gluten free, soya free, dairy free, and egg free. Sounds perfect right? I tried three of their seven different flavours - raw chocolate, original and salted caramel. Topped with a handful of fruit and yes, more coconut it was the perfect creamy breakfast. It wasn't bland or lacking flavour which these 'healthy' products often are. It did need a good mix to create a smooth, whipped texture. What's even better is they have 4 different ice-cream flavours to try too. Coyo is krafted in Kent (woohoo!) and sold in Waitrose and most health stores.
*The lovely guys from Coyo kindly sent me these samples.
Whether you have an allergy or are trying to be a bit more health conscious, I think Coyo is definitely worth a try. In my honest opinion it wasn't any different to a normal dairy yoghurt, perhaps a little thicker but no obvious differences. The retail price is around £2.00 a pot which I think is a little steep but most alternative products are unfortunately. The salted caramel flavour is a must and I need to get my mitts on some of their ice-cream next!
Do you have a dairy allergy or know of any alternatives I should try next?
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.