If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know how much I love yogurt. I have it for breakfast, as a snack, or even for pudding. I really don’t need an excuse to enjoy a bit of yogurty goodness. As a parfait, combined with a thick layer of fruit puree, homemade granola, and a whole heap of fresh fruit. Now that’s my idea of a perfect meal. Plain, with a sprinkle of rice pops, and a few chia seeds. Or even just a flavoured version on its own to end a meal. There are so many different ways to eat and enjoy them, it’s no wonder that I’m such a fan.
This is where it may sound a bit strange. I don’t actually like the traditional dairy yogurt. There’s something about the texture that I just can’t get on with. You know how there’s just some food you can’t like? That’s me with yogurt. I know, I’m a complete weirdo, it just doesn’t make sense! But, this is where I get really lucky. There are so many dairy free alternatives available now, that I have so many variations to choose from. I’ll admit, I’m a massive coconut lover, so naturally that’s my yogurt of choice. I always have a fridge full, ready for me to eat at my pleasure.
La Crèmerie Rice Yogurt
But, there’s one option that I had no idea existed. I didn’t even know that it was possible, really. A very recent discovery of mine… La Crèmerie; a rice based yogurt alternative. I know, who knew that yogurt could even be made out of rice? Rice is a definite favourite of mine, there was even a period where I pretty much lived off the stuff. So, the thought of combining two of my favourite things was something that definitely appealed to me.
What’s Your Flavour?
There are 5 different flavours on offer; original, espresso, cherry rhubarb, basil and vanilla. I was lucky enough to receive a box of 6, and tried the original, cherry rhubarb and basil. What I am going to say is, these aren’t your ‘normal’ idea of yogurts. From a dairy free lover’s point of view, I can definitely give you my honest opinion. But, I wasn’t the only one to give them a go. I made sure that everyone had a good taste, so that I could give you an honest review.
So, who helped me? My mum who, like me is a big yogurt fan. Her lunch isn’t completed unless it’s finished with one for pudding. Normally, she opts for a tummy helping Activia. My brother, who eats pretty much most things, and my sister, who doesn’t like yogurts at all… why did I ask her to help? Because as I said before, it’s not your normal yogurt, so to compare it would be an unfair contrast. I thought that as it was completely different, it may win her over. Spoiler alert, it didn’t work, and to no one’s surprise really, she just wasn’t a fan.
On to the taste. I had a big batch of apple berry compote made up in the fridge. I’d just made a new quinoa granola, using ‘Merchant Gourmet’s Super Seed Mix’. So, in my eyes, I was all ready for a yogurt fix. Firstly, I tried them plain, on their own to see what they were really like. They were different to anything that I’ve ever had. On their own, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t much of a fan. But as I later learnt, they made the perfect base, which is really what I wanted them for. The plain one was perfect as it was all ready to be built up on. Once I layered them up, and transformed it into a parfait, I couldn’t get enough.
The cherry rhubarb flavour had a lovely sour/tart flavour, which would complement a sweet dessert perfectly. Besides being such a pretty colour, it had a lovely flavour, which went perfectly with a sweetened fruit compote.
Now, the basil one. That was the real curveball. It was so strange eating a yogurt that tasted just like pesto. It seemed like it should be spread on a flatbread or transformed into a pizza someway. I wasn’t really sure how to eat it. But, I knew that this would not be a friend of my compote and granola combo. Then, I had a moment of pure genius… What do people have with basil? Strawberries of course. If you know me, then you’ll know that one thing I’m never lacking is fruit in my fridge. So out came a punnet and I went dunking crazy. I wasn’t too sure if it would work, but it really did. The basil complimented the berry perfectly, and even Bo decided it looked good and got enthusiastic about the dunking.
My brother said that the rice yogurt had a ‘weird texture in my mouth, and my yogurt hating sister couldn’t be won over, and neither could my mum really. But I think that they were expecting it to be just like ‘normal’ yogurt. And I think that was the main downfall. Although it is a yogurt alternative, it is majorly different. It has a different taste, texture, and is completely unique. On their website they state, ‘La Crèmerie is the UK’s first rice-based yogurt alternative. Made with organic rice and specially selected ferments, our yogurts are very low in fat and sugar, and come with all the probiotic goodness associated with conventional yogurt. All our products are vegan and completely free from gluten, soy, nuts and added sugar. Did we mention they are also deliciously creamy?’
Would I buy it again? To be honest, I’m not sure. I think that if you have them, then you need to add to them. Different flavours and textures to really bring them to life. I had this idea to make a chia pudding with the cherry rhubarb one, to make a gorgeous pink colour. But, when I went to experiment, I found that both pots had already been eaten. Surely that can only be a good sign. I think that I’m still a coconut yogurt lover, and always will be. But, these are slowly growing on me, and who knows, they may be my new favourites. I think that I still need a bit of convincing though.
If you’re looking for something a little different, or a new yogurt alternative, then I would definitely recommend you give these a try. You get a generous amount, and although they may seem expensive, if it’s something that you love, why not treat yourself? You can pick them up online at Farmdrop, or in a few shops, all details can be found on the La Crèmerie website. I think a blueberry or blackberry flavour would be a true winner, and hopefully the flavours will keep being developed.
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