Frozen yogurt is a cooled milk dessert that delights a lot of people because of its variety of flavors, dietary versatility, and health benefits. The delicacy has earned the tradename “froyo” and is quite popular in many restaurants and ice cream shops today. It’s basically just yogurt, or another dairy product, that is frozen and swirled into a smooth, creamy consistency that resembles ice cream, but the two are different in some ways.
Tutti Frutti is one of those shops that has popularized frozen yogurt with their astounding 125 flavors made with various combinations of cream base and toppings. Since the brand has that many flavors and more via their self-served, make-your-own froyo freedom for customers, I’m glad to inform you that they do have an abundance of vegan options that would make your tongue swirl with delight.
So pucker up, buttercup, because you’re in for a frozen treat, or two!
Tutti Frutti Global Froyo Brand
Tutti Frutti boasts itself as the largest, self-serve, frozen yogurt chain on Earth, and with over 700 locations spread across 30 countries, there’s no denying it. Additionally, Tutti Frutti’s consistent devotion to creating more froyo flavors, combinations, and variants sets it apart from other competitors in the game. Using only the best-quality ingredients, machinery, and service, Tutti Frutti takes its seat as one of the most popular global food brands today.
Merely began in 2011 from Edmonton, Canada, the brand has swept the world by a storm of stunningly delicious and tangy froyo delights suitable for any person no matter their preference in taste and diet, and no matter where they are.
Tutti Frutti Vegan Froyo Options
So punching down the swirl on this piece, here are Tutti Frutti’s vegan frozen treats which include their exclusive soy-based yogurts and yummy fruit sorbets. Keep in mind that not all soy-based Tutti Frutti froyo are dairy-free, so there will be a few left out here. Also, because they make their products in shared equipment, there may be a slight presence of other allergens, especially dairy.
- Soy Bean – Where it all started, plain and simple soy bean froyo that you can decorate and flavor with any of your choice toppings. The fun never ends with this soy bean froyo.
- Soy + – Loaded with extra soy beans that makes the taste stronger and healthier. Contains gluten, and for people who have soy allergens, definitely avoid this one.
- Banana – A personal favorite of mine, and though it’s not an outstanding fat-free, protein-enriched flavor, you’d still go bananas over the sweet, creamy taste of this one. Bananas naturally contain essential vitamins and minerals that most people should take more often. These include manganese for good skin, dietary fiber, vitamin B6 for energy efficiency, vitamin C, and potassium. There’s many good reasons why bananas should be popular in your diet, plus more on that from Health Xchange.
- Banana Milk – An upgrade on soy banana with less fat and more protein. Perfect for a post-workout treat.
- Black Sesame – A light-gray froyo with a spectacular texture of ground black sesame. Non-dairy, non-fat, and protein-enriched.
- Candy Cane Cookies N Cream – If you thought vegan cookies n cream couldn’t get any better, this one just proved you wrong. Minty peppermint notes swirled with favorite, cookies n cream consistency makes Christmas all the more merry.
- Cookies N Cream – A soy froyo blended with vegan-favorite cookies, giving it a sweet, creamy texture and no tartness whatsoever. Allergen-free.
- Chai Tea – Soy Chai Tea is traditionally boiled with milk and other spices, but this soy-based froyo is totally dairy-free and fat-free. It does contain gluten, but it’s quite the aromatic blend.
- Cocoa – Of course, a soy-based line of vegan-friendly flavors won’t be complete without chocolate. The rich cocoa flavor and creaminess of this dessert are sure to satisfy your choco-cravings. It’s also fat-free and protein-enriched, but contains gluten.
- Latte – One of the favorite coffee flavors now comes in a non-dairy, non-fat, and protein-enriched soy froyo, and it’s got that really smooth and creamy feel to it that you should definitely give a try. Contains gluten.
- Melon – A melon sweet froyo that is even more perfect to beat the summer heat. Have a go with the nice, refreshing taste of melons and soy.
- Peanut Butter – A no-fat froyo that has a rich, peanut butter taste and no tartness. Contains gluten and nut allergens.
- Peanut Butter Sandwich – The fresh, breakfast taste of peanut butter sandwich now comes in a delightful froyo and has less fat and more protein to give you an extra nutritious swirl to start any day.
- Red Bean – A protein-enriched froyo with a unique red-bean taste. Red beans on top of soy beans froyo make the perfect combination of a low-fat, high-protein, plant-based dessert.
- Spiced Cake – Yes, they have a spice cake flavor that would surely captivate your taste buds with a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Allergen-free.
- Strawberry – There’s no way this all-time favorite fruit would be left out of this line. Enjoy this popular strawberry soy froyo anytime, anywhere.
Sadly, soy almond, coconut, and taro contain dairy. Pretty ironic, right?
- Cherry Cola
- Green Apple
- Gummy Bear
- Jingle Jangle Holiday Punch – pineapple, pomegranate, and some secret ingredients
- Lemonade Iced Tea
- Orange Pineapple
- Orange Summer Burst – loaded with fresh orange flavor
- Passion Fruit
- Spiced Autumn Punch – pineapple, apple, lemon, and cinnamon
- Strawberry Apple
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Tropical – pineapples and mangoes
The pink lemonade sorbet is the only one so far that contains dairy.
Is Vegan Froyo Healthy?
So here’s a pretty good question for you. Though vegan froyo and frozen desserts are undeniably yummy, are they healthy? Quick facts, did you know that traditional yogurt was first marketed as a pharmaceutical product? Yes, this is because for many centuries people believed that fermented milk has extraordinary medicinal qualities and health benefits, but can these qualities also apply to its vegan counterparts?
Yes, they can, because plant-based froyo can also be loaded with essential probiotics that aid our bodies with digestion. Vegan froyo comes from a variety of milk substitutes such as soy, coconut, almond, cashew, and peas. They’re very easy to make and they taste like the real thing, and just about as healthy.
The only honest downside of plant-based yogurts and froyo is that they naturally have fewer proteins and calcium compared to the original dairy yogurt. This is why if you want to pack in more protein with plant-based yogurts, you have to add some more protein-rich bites there. Another thing is that plant-based yogurts and froyo don’t naturally contain the essential fats and carbs that allow it to achieve the sweet, creamy consistency of the traditional version. So they need more enhancing ingredients (such as probiotic pills) and sugars (organic white or stevia) to reach the level of taste and texture that we want.
However, this isn’t to say that they are completely inferior to their less humane counterparts, but they are just as flexible as well. They are packed with essential nutrients and vitamins (vitamin B and D) that aren’t very common in most dairy yogurts, and they also contain more fiber for digestion and less sodium content. Their fat and sugar numbers can also be lowered without having to sacrifice too much of their goodness.
In the end, neither of the two is better than the other, but of course, we would still choose the cruelty-free option that would best suit our taste and lifestyle. See more info from Nutritious Life.
Other Vegan-Friendly Froyo Shops
Tutti Frutti may be the largest, but it’s certainly not the only famous froyo shop out there that can give vegans the great-tasting, frozen delights that they deserve.
The Country’s Best Yogurt has just recently added its first line of vegan-friendly froyo namely Chocolate Almond and Dairy-Free coconut. They are continuously adding more since they’ve partnered with soy milk retailer Silk. They sell a few fruit sorbets that don’t hold back in taste though.
Kiwi Yogurt also sells a handful of vegan-friendly froyo that are underrated and definitely deserve a wider spotlight. Peanut butter, chocolate fudge, cookies n cream, mango, and pomegranate raspberry are amongst their popular vegan delights. Other than that, their froyo are quite colorful and exciting.
Pinkberry’s vegan take on their froyo is made with coconut milk yogurt with a plethora of flavors such as Peach Passion, Tropical Mango, and Coconut Milk. They also sell luscious fruit sorbets and froyos that are sugar-free.
At the top of it all, Tutti Frutti definitely holds up as one of the best vegan-friendly froyo shops to visit because of their nearly unlimited flavors and combinations to choose from. The privilege to create your own cooled dessert with various flavors and toppings is a great bonus to this already-popular brand. Even better is that the brand is available throughout the world, which is why even when you’re traveling around, you can always hope and count to find a Tutti Frutti parlor near you.
Their fruity and exotic sorbets also should be on your list of cold treats to try as they are explicitly delicious, colorful, and refreshing. There’s no need to hold back either as vegan froyo is a pretty healthy dessert, especially if you choose to sweeten it with fresh fruits and other whole food toppings that you prefer.
As for now, it’s a downer that they only offer soy-based vegan froyo, but knowing Tutti Frutti, it may not be too long before they make their coconut and almond variants vegan-friendly. There’s always a lot to expect from the world-famous brand and you definitely can’t go wrong if you try one of their scrumptious treats.
That’s it for today, and remember, eat what you enjoy, and enjoy what you eat!