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12 Best Substitutes for Yogurt: Must Check

Yogurt is a quick snack that is full of valuable nutrients. Unfortunately, not everyone likes to eat it regularly because of taste and maybe some lactose intolerance concerns. In the event when you want something like yogurt, use one of these 12 substitutes instead!

1. Kefir

If eating yogurt for health reasons (other than milk allergy), you should know that kefir is even better. The word ‘kefir’ comes from the Turkish language and means “feeling good.” This dairy drink has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for many problems: constipation, allergies, inflammation.

But what’s important about it is that it’s a good source of calcium, vitamins, and probiotics.

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2. Acidophilus milk

Acidophilus milk doesn’t contain cow’s milk but soybeans which makes it suitable for vegans. This drink is also rich in beneficial bacteria that can improve digestion and prevent some diseases. Plus, it’s lactose-free, gluten-free, and doesn’t contain any cholesterol.

3. Almond milk

Almond milk has a lighter taste than any other substitute, but don’t be fooled. It’s still creamy and delicious! It can also be used in cooking or for coffee. The best part about this milk is that you don’t need to only stick with the basic one; there are many flavors available today, like vanilla, chocolate, and coconut.

4. Coconut milk

Coconut milk contains healthy fatty acids that can reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, which is very important for heart health. It’s also rich in vitamins E and B, potassium, and magnesium. Moreover, it has a lot fewer calories than other animal milk but the same amount of calcium.

For baking, it is a perfect yogurt substitute with a ratio of 1:1 to follow during substitution.

5. Rice milk

Rice milk is a good alternative for people who have lactose intolerance or are vegan. It’s easy to digest and doesn’t contain any saturated fat, which makes it suitable for children, too. However, rice milk lacks some of the nutrients (like calcium) found in other dairy-free milk.

6. Mayo

For sandwiches and salads, replacing yogurt with Mayo is an excellent idea.  Mayo is rich in vitamin K and D, so it’s a perfect substitute for people who don’t eat dairy products. Also, some brands contain probiotics that can boost your immune system.

7. Cottage Cheese

The curdling of milk with the hint of salt makes Cottage cheese a perfect substitute for yogurt.  It contains calcium and protein, which are great for strong bones. So, next time, if you are out of yogurt, garnish your sandwiches with cottage cheese to enhance their flavor.

8. Sour cream/Creme Fraiche

Being a delicious addition to dishes, Sour Creme can also be used as a substitute for yogurt. Like mayo, it’s rich in vitamin K., make sure that you’re buying only organic sour creme to avoid additives and taste enhancers.

9. Cheese

Who would give up cheese? Yes, there is a dairy-free type containing many healthy ingredients like calcium and vitamin D. On top of everything, it’s lactose-free and doesn’t contain cholesterol. All you need to do is make sure that you buy this milk instead of regular cheese because many brands add unhealthy additives to their products.

10. Cream Cheese

It is another savory worth cherishing that can substitute the yogurt perfectly. It is an excellent ingredient to fit in every place, including your heart

, from dips to desserts.

Cream cheese is a perfect food to keep you healthy, starting with the high protein and calcium content. So, the next time your child asks for cream cheese sandwiches, try this dairy-free deliciousness instead of a regular one.

11. Heavy Cream/Whipping Cream

Just as sour creme, heavy cream contains many nutrients, like folic acid and potassium. So, if you want to substitute yogurt with heavy cream, exclude the additives in it.

12. Sour Milk

Sour milk is another good choice for those willing to move on from yogurt but still have a hint of sourness in their dishes or drinks.  It has many healthy fatty acids that can lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of hypertension and even help people get into shape.

All you need to remember is this: not all milk brands don’t have probiotics, so be careful with what you’re buying next time!


Different types of milk substitutes are widely available these days, and it’s up to you which one is your favorite.  It can be an animal-free option like soy or a dairy one like cream cheese.

Either way, as long as you choose something healthy and tasty, nothing can stop you from getting rid of that yogurt.

Yogurt Expert Sonia Uvezian was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. A renowned expert in Middle Eastern and Caucasian cooking and winner of a James Beard Award, she is the author of six other highly acclaimed cookbooks, such as Recipes and Remembrances From An Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen, Cooking from the Caucasus along with The Book of Yogurt.