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Non-Dairy Sour Cream: Recipes and Uses

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Calling all our lactose-free and vegan readers: If you’ve been searching for a dairy-free sour cream substitute, look no further. We’ve gathered a few recipes for some non-dairy sour cream that you can use for both baking and cooking.

Depending on the recipe, using substitute ingredients in the kitchen can be a bit risky. When it comes to non-dairy sour cream, one recipe won’t work for all purposes – what you’re using it for matters. We’ll look at the best dairy-free sour cream substitutes for both baking and cooking.

Dairy-Free Sour Cream Substitute for Baking

Non-dairy sour cream can be used to help keep your baked goods nice and moist. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Annie Spratt)

The best plant-based substitute for sour cream in baking is actually vegan yogurt, more specifically vegan Greek yogurt. This helps to add extra moisture along with a slight bit of tang to your baked goods. Vegan Greek-style yogurt works well because it has a similar consistency to regular sour cream, and although it’s easy enough to find in stores, you can skip the packaging waste by making it yourself.

Find the recipe here: Vegan Yogurt Recipe for a Plant-Based Breakfast

Non-Dairy Sour Cream for Cooking

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Coconut non-dairy sour cream makes a great addition to curries. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Raman )

When used in cooking, the flavor of vegan Greek yogurt can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, there’s another non-dairy sour cream substitute you can try using coconut cream and lemon juice. This sour cream substitute tastes especially delicious in vegetable curries.


  • 1 cup organic coconut cream
  • 2 tsp organic lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  1. Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. Add more lemon juice or salt to taste.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Sour Cream for Dipping

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Adding some nutritional yeast can add a nice cheesy flavor to your cashew sour cream! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Louis Hansel )

One of the best uses of sour cream is as a dip for nachos, enchiladas, or quesadillas. While you can definitely substitute vegan yogurt for regular sour cream, the nuttiness of a cashew sour cream substitute can add a little something extra to your dish. This non-dairy sour cream also works well as a spread on sandwiches, in creamy pasta sauces, on top of chili, or loaded onto a baked potato.


  • 1 cup of cashews (organic an fairtrade if possible)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp organic lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp dijon mustard
  • a generous pinch of sea salt


  1. Soak your cashews overnight in a bowl filled with water.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews before adding them to a powerful blender.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and then blend at top speed until nice and creamy.
  4. Once the desired consistency is reached, place in the fridge to set.
  5. In an airtight container, this dairy-free sourcream substitute will keep for about 1 week in the fridge.
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