Saturday, June 19, 2010

Try Something New: Goat's Milk Yogurt

I'm not a yogurt fan of old. Plain yogurt is a ubiquitous "diet food" and to be honest it's just plain nasty (curdled, watery and sour is definitely not delicious.) If it wasn't original Dannon blueberry or that HFCS and fat laden custard style stuff, Fat Andra was not interested. But then I got turned on to the delight that is Greek yogurt. Such rich, creamy flavor and texture, yogurt became something I actually enjoyed eating. And I do, just about every day. But at Trader Joe's on Wednesday when I was dreading buying "more of the same", a lovely blue container in the dairy case caught my eye.

Enter the goat. I love goat cheese, so I figured that I'd love goat yogurt, too. It's a completely different animal (nudge*wink.) It's tangy and creamy like Greek yogurt but with a distinct grassy, licking the barn floor, goaty-finish. And the texture is unlike other yogurt. It's voluptuous in the mouth and silky on the tongue. It's wonderful as it comes but it's even better after being strained for a couple of hours. It transformed into a thick, tangy, velvety cloud!

Goat milk and products made from it are not only delicious but very nutritious. Easier on the digestive system than processed cow's milk, goat milk is a delicious source of protein, calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin (vitamin B2,) conjugated lineolic acid and potassium. One 6-ounce serving of Trader Joe's goat milk yogurt contains just 100 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrate and 7 grams of protein.

Definitely not "more of the same" for breakfast...

Strained goat yogurt mixed chunks of ripe, juicy nectarine,
topped with raw honey and cinnamon.

Goat milk yogurt is a welcome addition to my breakfast table. Give it a try and let me know what you think!


  1. How funny! I've always loved the tangyness of plain yogurt, and hated the sweet flavored kinds. (I'm more of a salty than sweet junk food person). I would love to try goat yogurt...will have to write that up on my list of To-Eat on my next trip to the US!! Enjoy!

  2. I like goat cheese and I make soap with goat milk, but I haven't tried the yogurt. I tried sheep's milk yogurt, which was really rich and creamy.

  3. Huge fan of greek style yogurt. I buy the large tub of plain yogurt strain it and use it in Chile instead of sour cream. i prefer it now!

  4. I eat goat yogurt every day and have for years. It took me a while to get used to the taste but once I got used to it I love it! It feels good to eat it and I love the tangy flavor.