Aroa Craft Yogurt & Café In Plantation, Florida

Aroa Craft Yogurt & Café In Plantation, Florida

What do you think of when you think of yogurt? Do you think of frozen yogurt? Yogurt that you buy at the grocery store? What if we told you there is more to yogurt than you think? So much more…

 

When we’re not traveling, we love discovering hidden gems in our own back yard. Recently, we heard about Aroa Craft Yogurt & Café in Plantation, Florida. Quite literally in our backyard since we live only 10 minutes away. And when we tell you this craft yogurt is our new obsession, we are not exaggerating!

 

About Aroa

Ricardo and his wife Maria, along with his brother Ignacio and his wife Matea, are the masterminds behind this new yogurt cafe. Originally from Venezuela, they have a passion for creating craft yogurt and believe it is the perfect vehicle for eating healthy and good tasting food. As a new mom, Maria especially wanted to bring healthy and innovative dishes to South Florida families.

Aroa uses organic grass fed milk, and processes the yogurt there at the cafe using an old fashioned technique which produces a creamier yogurt. You can’t step inside the small factory-like area where they process the yogurt since it is heavily regulated by the Department of Agriculture, but you can watch through the glass windows (it’s really interesting to watch!).

Where they process the yogurt has an industrial feel, but the seating area itself is decorated nicely with a simple and warm feel to it. We especially love all of the light that comes through from the floor to ceiling windows.

 

inside decor of Aroa Craft Yogurt

 

The Food

Like we said earlier, there is so much more to yogurt than you think! Aroa wants to show people that yogurt can get to the next level. Yes, they make sweet yogurts. But they also use yogurt in sandwiches, soups, salads, and even juices! You see, depending on how they strain the yogurt, it can be made to be thicker so Aroa uses it as a substitute for cheese spread in sandwiches. Aroa also uses the left over yogurt whey to make ice cubes which they put in their juice blends. Maria is very creative and has figured out ways to create healthy dishes that actually taste good!

Our favorite of their fruity yogurts is the Berries Medley which has yogurt with berries and chopped mint. It’s so flavorful and the mint really gives it a cool and refreshing zing as you eat it. Now their savory yogurts were the biggest surprise and what we love the most. We’re torn for a favorite between the Caramelized Onions and the Basil Pesto. They’re both delicious and are perfect to use as dips. We’ve gone back and bought both for a party and everyone raved about how great they were. Give us some pita chips and we could easily eat a whole tub of each!

 

fruit yogurts, savory yogurts at Aroa craft yogurt cafe

Left: Berries Medley, Floridian, Lime Pie. Top Right: Za’atar, Caramelized Onions, Basil Pesto. Bottom Right: Apple Cinnamon.

fresh Fruit yogurt

Fresh Fruit Yogurt with blueberries, oranges, bananas, and granola.

Roasted Pesto Chicken Sandwich

Roasted Pesto Chicken Sandwich with yogurt spread, slow roasted tomatoes and mixed greens on multigrain bread with a small Tomato Gazpacho soup.

balance bowl at Aroa

Mung Bean and Sweet Carrots balance bowl, with mixed greens, cilantro, yogurt cheese, mixed seeds, and almonds with a side of Caramelized Onion yogurt.

 

Maria uses only the freshest and healthiest ingredients possible (we never thought we’d eat kale!) and there are many gluten free options. Also, if you’re diabetic, you can ask to have your fresh fruit yogurts made with honey or marmalade instead of sugar (although they already use as little sugar as possible in their yogurts).

You can also purchase other goodies that they make at the cafe, like cookies or granola. And whatever they don’t make in house is sourced locally, which we love. For example, they serve Miami based Panther Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster that specializes in the small-batch roasting of coffee beans.

 

Cookies, panther coffee, and honey

Top Left: Varies cookies, granola, and pita chips. Bottom Left: Panther Coffee. Right: Bee-Haven Honey

 

The Third Wave

Have you heard of the third wave of coffee? It’s a movement to create high-quality artisanal coffee with a focus on improving all stages of production. So the first wave of coffee would be brands like Folders. The second wave would be Starbucks. And the third wave would be Panther Coffee. There is now a similar concept for yogurt. The first wave would be brands like Dannon or Yoplait. The second wave would be brands that jumped on the Greek yogurt bandwagon. And now the third wave of yogurt is starting to flourish with craft yogurts being produced by places such as Aroa.

 

Final Thoughts 

We really are obsessed with this new craft yogurt cafe. We love that we can eat rich and savory food and not feel guilty about it afterwards. We love the casual feel of the cafe (we’re thinking of working from there on the days we work from home, yay for the free WiFi and many power outlets they have!). But mostly, we love the passion that Ricardo and Maria have for their food. You can see it when they explain how they cook their dishes. We’ve seen them go over and talk to every customer that comes in and describe the ingredients in their meals. It’s incredible.

You definitely walk in to Aroa with a sense of curiosity, but you walk out feeling healthy, full, and part of the family.

 

Aroa Craft Yogurt & Café

1045 S University Dr, Plantation, FL 33324

(954) 533-0328

 

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Aroa Craft Yogurt & Café in Plantation, Florida creates healthy, flavorful, and innovative dishes that the whole family will love!

**A big thank you to Ricardo and Maria for providing us with samples of their dishes during our first visit. Since then, however, we have gone back many times on our own.**

 

9 Comments
  • Janey Mae says:

    I’m not surprised your obsessed! I should not have read this while I’m hungry because now, I’m starving!
    If i make it down here, i will be checking this awesome place out first! All the yoghurt and fruit for me!

  • chrstina says:

    I love yoghurt and eat it every day. Their craft yoghurt looks delicious. Actually all the food looks pretty yummy. What a neat spot for a healthy meal.

  • Even though yoghurt is one of my favourite things, I didn’t realise it could be used in so many ways!! I’ve got a sweet tooth – but the savoury yoghurts sound AMAZING!! It’s really unlikely I’ll be able to get Aroa yoghurt downunder, but I’ll sure be on the look out for some local artisan goods!

  • Julie says:

    I am a huge fan of yogurt as a substitute for other creamy ingredients. I think an aversion to mayonnaise helped me embrace plain yogurt as a good ingredient for spreads, but I am continually surprised with how versatile this ingredient is. I feel like a lovely fruit and granola bowl would hit the spot right about now!

  • Indrani says:

    Yogurt is an essential part of our diet here. I would definitely love to try out these variations. I hope they launch this brand here soon.

  • Holly says:

    Fresh fruit yogurt looked really good. Funny I was just thinking of getting a yogurt. Interesting ways they work with it.

  • Andreina says:

    Lovely place and food… Ricardo & Maria the best host ever!
    Definitely will come back soon

  • Megan Jerrard says:

    OMG I’m also yogurt obsessed, so NEED to visit Florida!! I love that they make thicker creamier yogurt to place in different foods like sandwiches and salads – and that the emphasis is on the freshest and most healthy ingredients. Also cool that you can watch it being made from behind the glass – epic!

  • This is interesting. We all now how yogurt goes well with fruits but haven’t heard of it being with herbs and other stuff like onions. Now, I am curious and want to give it a try.

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