Shit! Better make those chick peas now! Get the pinto beans out of the slow cooker! Run across the street to get more chick peas! Never mind that I just cooked a metric fuckton of chick peas for other dishes! Must! Use! Yogurt!
I reacted this way because plain vegan yogurt can be ridiculously hard to find. I went to three different stores in search of this little cup, and the store where I finally found it is not on my regular shopping route. If I miss my window with this yogurt, it will be a while before I get out there again.
Then I thought, wait a minute. What if this yogurt sucks? What if it disappoints you, like so many other vegan yogurts? Before you go nuts, taste it. So I stuck my finger in and tasted it. It tastes . . . okay, but nothing like the plain yogurt I remember from pregan days. It has no tartness at all. It's more like vanilla pudding than anything. So I stuck it back in the refrigerator and went about my pinto beany business. I'll be throwing the yogurt in a smoothie, either later today or for breakfast tomorrow morning.
I'd had my suspicions about this yogurt. A 6 ounce container has 13g of sugar, which just sounds insane. But it was the only plain yogurt I could find in that size, and the recipe only calls for a quarter cup. At the health food store across the street I can get Wildwood soy yogurt, which sounds more promising -- only 3g of sugar per serving, and no actual "sugar" in the ingredients -- but it only comes in quart containers, and every time I've seen it the date has been a week or less away. And what if it sucks? I've been burned by soy yogurt in the past -- there was that one batch of onion dip I don't even want to think about (I learned my lesson and use silken tofu for that sort of thing now).
Plain yogurt is the one dairy food for which I have not found an acceptable vegan substitute. I used to love plain yogurt and ate it with all kinds of savory dishes, usually to cool down something spicy. Now I just do without it. I occasionally buy sweet flavors of vegan yogurt, usually because I'm taking antibiotics or have a sore throat and want something that will be smooth going down, but never plain. Usually I do just fine without yogurt in my life, but this particular chick pea recipe spoke to me, and for some reason I didn't want to go the silken tofu and lemon juice route again.
Have you found a vegan yogurt that satisfies? If you have, please share it in the comments.