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Oct 18, 2009 06:30 PM

ISO quality fruit yoghurt

Hi Chowhounders.

Every time I enter a supermarket or health food store I excitedly make my way to the dairy section, in the vain hope that I will discover a brand of fruit yoghurt that meets my basic standards of quality: 1) not artificially sweetened 2) not packed with sugar 3) not containing gelatin. Over a year into this search of mine, such a brand of yoghurt is proving to be as hard to find as a unicorn with a four-leaf clover between its teeth at the end of a rainbow. I like Liberty yoghurt (and it's locally made) but their yoghurt is still too sweet. Has anyone managed to find quality fruit yoghurt in Montreal? Does it even exist?

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  1. this may not be what you want to hear, but why not just buy plain yogurt & add your own sweetener & fruit? that's the easiest way to control the flavor.

    5 Replies
    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Dmarg, what do you think of Astro yoghurts? Some are sweetened with honey and do not contain gelatin. There's also Stonefarm products which might be worth checking.
      Otherwise, most fruit yoghurts have little fruit and a lot of sugar, I totally agree with you. Personally I do what 'ghg' suggests, I buy plain thick yoghurt and mix with honey, maple syrup and/or fruits. Defrosted frozen fruits work well for this.
      I do succomb to temptation once in a while and buy Mediterranée Liberté tubs, especially the lemon, coconut and coffee ones - not too often since I could easily eat a 500g tub at once!

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I second that motion. Not as convenient, but better tasting and you control exactly what goes into it.

        1. re: TheLibrarian

          Add my own fruit and sugar to plain yoghurt? What an excellent idea. It's surprising that it didn't occur to me because I like finding novel uses for fruit past its prime (I usually buy too much). Now I will just make a compote with it and mix it into some plain yoghurt. Problem solved! Thanks to you all.

          1. re: dmarg

            I find that if your berries are sweet enough, there's no need to add sugar. I prefer Liberty plain organic yogourt, but if you want it a bit sweeter, you could use their vanilla flavour.

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Exactly what I was going to say!

          Another use for plain yoghurt - Muesli.

          1/3 cup plain yogurt the following, 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal (uncooked), 1 small grated apple (with skin), 1 TB of dried cranberries and a small handful of almonds.

          The variations are endless, of course!

          Sounds super healthy - it is - but it is also VERY YUMMY, and no added sweetness needed, apart from the sugar in the fruit.

          I had been cooking my oatmeal for years until I realized it was unnecessary. Just mix it in. You don't have to wait at all for it to soften. And i'm not using any instant or quick cooking oatmeal. The sturdiest, old fashioned oatmeal type. (but not the pinhead kind). I don't know why the oatmeal companies don't wildly advertise this. It is no less convenient than cereal!