The cool, creamy taste of sour cream is something many people miss when going dairy-free.
But don't worry, I have several super easy dairy-free sour cream recipes that will satisfy the fiercest of cravings and will make your meal complete.
To make dairy-free sour cream you basically just start with a creamy, non-dairy neutral base then add some lemon juice to give it that classic "sour" taste.
I have 3 bases that I typically use: coconut cream, cashews, or plain non-dairy Greek yogurt. Let's examine each one.
Coconut cream sour cream
Coconut sour cream is super easy and uses only 2 ingredients: coconut cream and lemon juice. This is my recipe of choice when cooking.
It's especially good when making sauces, such as my Marsala Sauce!
Not only is it super easy, but it adds a creamy, smooth tasting sour cream flavor and no one would ever guess it's dairy-free!
Cashew sour cream
Cashew sour cream is my dairy-free sour cream of choice when used as a topping or a dip.
To me, it tastes the closest to "real" sour cream when eaten plain. There are a few drawbacks though:
- If you don't have a high-powered blender, it won't be smooth.
- It's made from nuts which many people have allergies to.
- It's a bit more labor-intensive than the other versions.
It can also be used in cooking, but I tend to use the coconut cream method when cooking because it's so much easier.
Sometimes getting out my blender just seems like so much work, lol!
Non-dairy yogurt sour cream
When baking, I prefer to use dairy-free sour cream made from non-dairy Greek yogurt because it has a perfect, thick consistency.
It also adds a nice taste to baked goods.
I've never had much success using cashew sour cream in baking.
Coconut cream can be a good option when baking, but I've found that the consistency varies too much - which can sometimes produce poor results.
I've tried plain non-dairy yogurt, but it was too runny (at least the brands I tried) so I would stick to the Greek Style yogurts.
To me, this version does have a slight aftertaste, for this reason, I don't like to use it as a dip or topping.
The aftertaste is undetectable in baked goods though and lends a perfect texture and tartness!
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Easy Peasy Dairy Free Sour Cream
Non-Dairy Yogurt Sour Cream Ingredients:
- 6 oz. SO Delicious Dairy Free Plain Yogurt - Greek Style
- ¾ Tsp. Lemon Juice - more to taste (fresh is best!)
Coconut Cream Sour Cream Ingredients:
- ½ C Coconut Cream - place full fat canned coconut milk into the fridge for 6 hours to overnight and scoop out the coagulated cream. I only recommend Thai Kitchen or Sprouts brand as others may result in a funny aftertaste or off texture
- 1 ½ tsp. Lemon Juice
- Pinch salt
- Filtered water
Cashew Sour Cream
- Cashew Sour Cream - click link for the recipe
Non-Dairy Yogurt Sour Cream Method:
- Drain off any excess liquid from the yogurt.
- Stir the yogurt and lemon juice together in a small container.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes (preferably longer) before using.
Coconut Cream Sour Cream Method:
- Gently combine the coconut cream and lemon juice. If the cream is too hard to combine, place in a microwaveable-safe bowl and heat a few seconds, just until softened NOT melted! Taste and add more lemon juice if needed. Stir in the pinch of salt. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- I prefer yogurt sour cream when baking. It lends the perfect texture and tartness for baked goods but has too much of an aftertaste for me as a dip or topping.
- I prefer the coconut cream sour cream when cooking. It's super easy and is perfect for sauces! Sometimes the coconut cream can become extremely hard. If this happens, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds just to soften. I recommend Thai Kitchen, Sprouts, and Native Forest brands because others may lend an aftertaste or not separate as well.
- The cashew sour cream is the best for dipping or using as a topping. If you have a nut allergy or don't have a high-speed blender though, the coconut cream sour cream is good too!
Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.
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