Monday, September 5, 2011

Vegan Greek Yogurt Review and a Giveaway!

Since I've been writing recipes for Everythingmom.com, working on the launch of The Vegan Slow Cooker, and getting goodies ready for Vida Vegan I've gotten behind on my blogging at Busy Vegan. I guess I'm making sure the name fits!

Last week I went to Vida Vegan, the vegan blogger's conference. It was so amazing meeting some of my internet friends and heroes. I got to try new products, meet more vegan bloggers, and get even more ideas for projects.

I have a ton of reviews coming your way in the next few months. 

Today I'm starting off with a product by one of my very favorite manufacturers, So Delicious. When they mentioned Greek yogurt and a new coconut nog I couldn't wait to try some. Then I waited and waited...until I thought I might never see it in the wild.

My friend Gail of So Delicious (and Hungry Vegan) brought us all a yummy surprise to Vida Vegan. It was amazing enough to have a vegan breakfast buffet every morning, but seeing the elusive vegan Greek yogurt on it made me jump up and down.



My first taste was of their blueberry variety. It was super creamy and thick just like I was hoping it would be. There weren't chunks of blueberries, but there was enough blueberry puree to give it that blueberry flavor in each bite. 

Next I tried the plain. I liked eating it by itself, and I think it would be easy to add into baked goods and sweet desserts. I think it may be a little sweet to try in a few of the savory applications that I have in mind. But I still have to get some in my own kitchen to do some experimenting. 

I completely understand how hard it is to make a non-dairy yogurt. Last year I was working on one for the book, but never got past a kiefer stage. Since cow milk already contains sugar in it that feeds the cultures, non-dairy milks have to add a sweetener to create the yogurt with all that friendly bacteria that we're looking for.

I was a little worried that the texture might be like Amande's, the almond milk yogurt. Amande reminds me more of a pudding than a yogurt because of the way they have implemented the thickeners. Don't get me wrong, I like Amande and eat it fairly often. I just prefer it as a snack or dessert over breakfast.

But as you can see below So Delicious got the texture spot on!



There is no doubt that I'll be having So Delicious Greek yogurt at least a few times a week once I can get my hands on it!

Giveaway:

Now about the giveaway. Did you miss Vida Vegan? I put a few things in the swag bag to promote my book, The Vegan Slow Cooker, and I'd love to give them to you too.

There is this super cool OXO peppermill, some tasty peppercorns to fill it from My Spice Sage, and a postcard with my recipe for Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised with Figs and Port Wine.  I have a few extra coupons I'll be adding too and a few other bonuses too.

Each of the following things will get you one entry. You must add a comment for each one that you do. So if you do 4 things you make 4 separate comments. Got it?
Good luck! There will be two winners and I will post them next Monday morning - so you have a week to enter.

50 comments:

  1. Vegan Greek Yogurt????? WOW! It really does look thick and creamy!

    It sounds like you had such a wonderful time at Vida Vegan Con. Wish I could've been there. I posted a link to this post on my Facebook page. (I also like So Delicious on FB. Does that count?) Congrats on your new book! Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised with Figs and Port Wine recipe sounds delicious!

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  2. subscribed!

    I can't wait to try the yogurt, hopefully my whole foods will have it soon.. I also didn't know about the needing to add sugar to make non-dairy yogurts.. I always wondered why there weren't truly plain, unsweetened varieties.. I think Wildwood is the only one that makes an unsweetened soy yogurt

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  3. This sounds so good! I subscribe to Busy Vegan via RSS.

    xmeliss182x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  4. sounds amazing! i subscribed via email!!
    chocolate_frogs7 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Thank you for the sweet mention, Kathy! It was so wonderful being able to give you a big hug at Vida Vegan Con. I'm so glad you love the new Greek-style yogurt! It actually has the same amount of sugar as unsweetened dairy Greek yogurt, and I've been using the plain to make tzatziki sauce and as a substitute for cream cheese on my morning bagel! I think you're going to love cooking and baking with it!

    Your blueberry yogurt photo is amazing and makes me want to lick the screen! You've done it again! Now I'm hungry! :)

    I won't enter the giveaway, because I already got my goodies, but I am retweeting your giveaway, because I want all my friends to have a chance to win. (The recipe card alone makes this giveaway fantastic!)

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  6. i am so looking forward to trying this new product!!!

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  7. I'm beside myself with glee over the news of So Delicious Greek Coconut Milk Yogurt! It looks so creamy!

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  8. Thanks for the great give away contest!

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  9. I'm exited to try the new yogurt :)

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  10. As a new vegan I appreciate your blog and food reviews on vegan products. :)

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  11. Signed up to your tweets @coniecone

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  12. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/coniecone/status/110876153601990656

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  13. I subscribed via RSS to the blog (been meaning to, anyway!)

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  14. I also "liked" My Spice Sage on FB - and thanks, btw, for posting when they had vanilla beans and free shipping! It was my first order with them, and I have been so happy with what I purchased!

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  15. I've commented on the Healthy Slow Cooker FB page.

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  16. And I posted this giveaway to my FB page (and that's all, since I'm not on twitter). Thanks!

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  17. I just joined this blog via email! (1)

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  18. I liked My Spice Sage's Facebook Page. (3)

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  19. I'm following you on Twitter. (4)

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  20. Posted this page on my Facebook. (6)

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  21. I have subscribed to your blog. Fingers crossed!

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  22. I was excited when I heard that So Delicious was making a coconut milk based Greek yogurt. I didn't know it had hit the shelves yet. Thanks for posting! So excited to try it!

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  23. I subscribe! thanks so much for the giveaway

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  24. I liked Spice Sage's facebook page.

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  25. I liked the Healthy Slow Cooker facebook page.

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  26. Looking forward to the cookbook. It's supposed to be waiting for me when I get home today!

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  27. facebook like for the slow cooker page

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  28. Just discovered your blog and subscribed via RSS!

    Thanks for the vegan Greek yogurt review -- I can't wait to try it! Now I just have to find it somewhere near me... :)

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  29. I'm an email subscriber.

    unclebonald at gmail dot com

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  30. I like OXO on Facebook.

    Pt Sweeper

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